Course Title: Use a sewing machine

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2017

Course Code: MIET6198C

Course Title: Use a sewing machine

School: 350T Fashion & Textiles

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C3227 - Certificate III in Clothing Production

Course Contact: Peter Bonnell

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99259171

Course Contact Email:

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Nominal Hours: 40

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This unit covers the skills and knowledge required to use a range of industrial sewing sewing machines to align and sew work pieces.

It applies to sewing work using a plain lockstitch machine, zigzag sewing machine or a three thread overlocker to sew straight seams or join flat pieces of stable fabric together.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

LMTCL2001B Use a sewing machine


1. Prepare work pieces

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Work pieces are received and checked, and any follow-up action is determined.

1.2  Work pieces are laid out in sequence.


2. Prepare for machine use

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Workbench and seating are set up according to OHS  practices.

2.2 Machines are cleaned and checked.

2.3 Records are maintained.

2.4 Machines are set up and adjusted according to specifications for work.

2.5  Worn or damaged parts are identified and reported or replaced according to manufacturer specifications.


3. Identify poor machine performance

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Tension faults are identified.

3.2 Poor thread performance or incorrect thread selection is identified.

3.3 Incorrect foot or needle for sewing is identified.

3.4 Impact of poor machine performance on sewing is identified.


4. Sew work pieces

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Machine is used for sewing operations.

4.2 Pieces are sewn according to product requirements and quality standards.

4.3 Machine is used according to requirements for speed of work.

4.4 Machine speed and work handling are controlled according to type of operations, fabrics and product type.

4.5 OHS  practices are followed in operation of machine.

4.6  Action is taken according to OHS  practices to prevent accidents and to eliminate risks to personal safety.


5. Assess quality of sewn pieces

Performance Criteria:


5.1 Quality standards are identified.

5.2 Sewn pieces are inspected against quality standards.

5.3 Any faults or pieces that do not meet quality standards are identified and reported.

5.4 Results of quality inspection are recorded.

5.5 Production records or packing slips are completed as required.

5.6  Work is directed to  next operation or packing section.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate competency in the above elements

Details of Learning Activities

This unit is clustered with the following units:


LMTGN2001BOH&S policies and procedures
LMTGN2002BApply quality standards
LMTCL2004BSew components

Learning activities will include the following:

  • practical demonstrations in the production rooms
  • individual and class exercises to acquire and perfect demonstrated skills
  • group discussion and feedback sessions
  • independent project based work under simulated workplace conditions
  • Work practice at home including research
  • Blog/Wiki or other online discussion and participation


Depending on the group you have joined this program is delivered in the production rooms at RMIT's Brunswick Campus or in a community organisation. In both environments the intention is to provide a teaching space that simulates as much as possible workplace conditions.

Teaching Schedule

WeeksGeneralOHSApply Quality StandardsUse a Sewing Machine/Sew ComponentsHome Work
1Orientation, Introduce Units, Tour of School. G+ or Facebook set-up in computer roomPersonal Safety & SignsIntroduce Quality StandardsDiscuss sewing kit. Equipment induction. Set up machine.1/ OHS, FASHIONABLE online quiz. 2/ Student IDs - make sure they have one!
215 mins review and check homework and outline todays workProduction Room safety reviewQuality TerminologyParts of Machine HO. Threading M/C and bobbin case. Winding Bobbin. Insert Needle. Class task:  Endless band. Sewing Pictures (min of 3).Review parts of Machine
3 Apply work health and safety (WHS) standardsDiscuss Quality and introduce manual.Demonstrate good quality of seams1/ Review F&F and Quality manuals and answer questions for review in class. 2/ View YouTube video - SEWING/FAB
4 Apply standards. Introduce Housekeeping checklist Demonstrate seam samples. Students practice (6 samples needed; 3 x 2 fabrics)Continue samples for folder (6 samples needed; 3 x 2 fabrics)
5 Apply work health and safety (WHS) standardsCheck Seam SamplesStandard Machines: Lockstitch, Overlocker1/ Complete Samples for folder 2/ Do 4 more fabric samples
6 M/C maintenance, troubleshooting.Paper patterns, discuss measurements, seam allowances. HO - M/C maintenance, troubleshooting.Start Tote Bag (Create paper pattern, discuss measurements, seam allowances. HO - M/C maintenance, troubleshooting. Use TrimsUpload picture of seam sample - comment on a lesson learnt
715 mins review and check homework and outline todays workApply work health and safety (WHS) standardsInspect process of the Tote BagComplete Tote BagUpload picture of top stitch sample and Tote Bag - comment on a lesson learnt
8 Apply work health and safety (WHS) standardsSpecification sheetSpecification sheet 
    (Tote Bag).(Tote Bag). 
9 Apply work health and safety (WHS) standardsDiscuss quality standards of Happy Pant Start sewing Happy Pant - assembly plan and step by stepPin cushion 
10 Apply work health and safety (WHS) standardsQuality checklistComplete Happy PantDiary Cover or Clutch
1115 mins review and check homework and outline todays workApply work health and safety (WHS) standardsInspect Happy PantPocket Samples.
12 Apply work health and safety (WHS) standardsInspect pocket samplesPocket Samples continue 
13 Apply work health and safety (WHS) standardsInspecting samplesSamples: Peter Pan and Double Yoke (Curve sample) - using 3 pre-cut samples. Darts, pleats and tuck Pencil Case
14 Apply work health and safety (WHS) standardsBundle Checking Child's Shirt (each student to cut out their own) with double rolled hem and curved pockets. Discussion about Fusing 
15 Apply work health and safety (WHS) standardsAttach labels - care, brand, size (primary and secondary labelling)Continue shirt Write up an assembly plan.Complete samples
16 Apply work health and safety (WHS) standardsSpecification Sheet. Use QA checklist on a shirt. Exercise; student does QA check on other student's shirt.Complete shirt and assembly plan.Upload photo of student's shirt on G+/Facebook and write about lessons learnt
17 Feedback   

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

The production rooms are equipped with one lockstitch sewing machine per learner complete with all necessary bobbins and other equipment, including different feet and  attachments for hemming etc.  

One overlocker per group is also provided and patterns. drawing rules, drawing Instruments, cutting equipment, small tools, machine oil and sundry items, cutting table, fabric, material, yarn and other resources.

The student is expected to arrange for the use of a lockstitich machine (a domestic machine is sufficient) for practice and work on projects at home between sessions and to put together an equipment kit for personal use during the delivery session and for homework. The kit will include clippers, bobbins and bobbin case, tape measure, pins etc. A lsit of items will be given at induction. (Alternatively an equipment kit can be purchased from the School).

The student will also need access to the use a smart phone or computer with internet connection in order to upload pictures of their completed work.

In addition there are extensive resource in RMIT's libraries and in particular at Brunswick's Fashion and Textile collection which is of great interest to the student studying clothing production. In addition the library provides guides and subject specialist help via Liaison Librarians.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment is ongoing throughout the course and will include three assessments or projects. Assessments will be in the form of tests for underpinning knowledge and demonstration and observation of your abillity to use a single sewing machine to align and sew work pieces. Also by questioning for underpinning knowledge.

Assessment Tasks

You will be assessed on an ongoing basis whilst you are working on your skills and whilst working on your projects and relevant feedback will be given to allow you to develop towards competency. In addition you will receive feedback from the teacher at the conclusion of each assessment task.

This course is assessed in accordance with competency-based assessment. To demonstrate competency in this course you will need to complete the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard.


AssessmentsTask NameCommencement WeekAssessment due
Assessment 1Work Safely TEST:  
*  OHS·        FASHIONABLE online TestWeek 1Week 4
·        Use a Sewing machine/Sew Components ·        Needle Test  
Assessment  2Resources Folder  
*  OHS·        Housekeeping Checklist and MSDS sheet exerciseWeek 4Week 7
·        Use a Sewing machine/Sew Components    
·        Apply Quality Standards·        Observation checklist on all products and review of folderWeek 4Week 13
Assessment  3 Week 8Week 14
*  OHSHazard Report  
Assessment  4Shirt Project  
·        Use a Sewing machine/Sew Components QA checklist on Child's ShirtWeek 13Week 16
·        Apply Quality Standardsand garment sample  


Results that apply to courses that are delivered and assessed in accordance with competency-based assessment are:

CA: Competency Achieved
NYC: Not Yet Competent
DNS: Did not Submit for Assessment


Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant unit of competency. These matrices are available through the Program Coordinator.

Other Information

Please refer to the RMIT student page for extensive information about study support, assessment, extensions, appeals and a range of other matters:


Cover Sheet for Submissions:

You must complete and sign a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work, including online submissions.



Your learning experience will involve class-based teaching, discussion, demonstration and practical exercises

It is strongly advised that you attend all timetabled sessions. This will allow you to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring you the maximum opportunity to complete this course successfully.


Assessment Feedback: 

You will receive feedback on all your work.  Where relevant, this feedback will also include suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.


Student Progress:

Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy designed to assist you in achieving your learning potential.


Adjustments to Assessment (eg. applying for an extension of time):

If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment satisfactorily by the due date, you can choose to apply for an adjustment to your assessment. RMIT University offers a range of adjustments designed to support you in your studies, including an extension of time to complete the assessment.


Academic Integrity and Plagiarism:

RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity. Please refer to the website for more information on this policy.


Credit Transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning:

Credit transfer is the recognition of previously completed formal learning (an officially accredited qualification).

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is an assessment process that allows you to demonstrate competence using the skills you have gained through experience in the workplace, voluntary work, informal or formal training or other life experiences.

Recognition of Current Competency (RCC) RCC applies only if you have previously successfully demonstrated competence in a unit of competency, and now require to be reassessed to ensure that the competence is being maintained.

Please speak to your teacher if you wish to discuss applying for Credit Transfer, RPL, or RCC for the unit(s) of competency addressed in this course.

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