Course Title: Perform garment repairs and alterations

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2018

Course Code: MANU7404C

Course Title: Perform garment repairs and alterations

School: 350T Fashion & Textiles

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C3394 - Certificate III in Clothing and Textile Production

Course Contact: Peter Bonnell

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99259171

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

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



Use a sewing machine for fashion design


Identify fibres, fabrics and textiles used in the TCF industry


Course Description

In this course you will acquire the skills and knowledge required to repair and alter finished garments based on client needs.


The course applies to repairing garments that have been damaged, either during the production process or during normal wear. It also applies to the alteration of garments following production, where they do not fit an individual.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

MSTCL3003 Perform garment repairs and alterations


1 Determine job requirements

Performance Criteria:


Follow standard operating procedures (SOPs)


Comply with work health and safety (WHS) requirements at all times


Use appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) in accordance with SOPs


Identify job requirements from specifications, drawings, job sheets or work instructions


2 Prepare for repairs and alterations

Performance Criteria:


Identify type of garment damage or alteration required


Determine repair or alteration work requirements, take measurements and develop plan


Lay out work in sequence according to repair or alteration plan


Prepare workstation, machines and equipment


3 Sew minor alterations or repairs by machine or hand

Performance Criteria:


Repair or alter product according to product requirements, quality standards and required operations


Control machine speed and work handling for type of operations, fabrics and product type, and workplace procedures


Regularly check performance of machine for signs of faulty operation, including evidence from inspection of finished pieces, and take required action


4 Complete work

Performance Criteria:


Inspect product and check against quality standards, identify any faults and take appropriate action


Record results of inspection of finished product and complete client records


Direct completed work to finish section

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course you will acquire the skills and knowledge required to repair and alter finished garments based on client needs.

Details of Learning Activities

This unit is clustered with the unit:

Perform Minor maintenance


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




Perform Garment repairs and Alterations

Perform Minor Maintenance

Home Work


Introduce Units/Semester

Comply with WHS requirements at all times

Use appropriate personal protective equipment in accordance with SOP’s standards operating procedures



15 mins review and check homework and outline todays work



Minor machine maintenance on the overlocker and lockstitch machines

Minor machine maintenance on overlocker, lockstitch machines-{clean oil feed dog and blunt blade}


Review maintenance


Discuss garment repairs –types

Class to organise their own repairs

 (Shorten garment hem)


Discuss different machine feet and uses

Prepare and organise garment alterations for next class

(Shorten garment hem)


Discuss and Demonstrate different needle sizes for different types of fabrics

Discuss and demonstrate specialised machines eg- Button hole - blind stitch



Remind class to bring pant, trousers, shirt or dress for alterations for  next week

Identify requirements from job request sheet

Prepare and organise garment

alterations for next class




Class to work in pairs to discuss alterations / repair request for pant, trousers’ shirt, skirt dress or child’s garment.

Discuss and demonstrate

Trouble Shooting for Lockstitch Machine

Handout in class

Revise Trouble Shooting

Bring 2 articles for alterations after Term Break


TERM BREAK (Date: …)




Class to work in pairs to discuss alterations / repair request for pant, trousers’ shirt, skirt dress or child’s garment.







Bring 2 articles for alterations after Term Break




15 mins review and check homework and outline todays work

Start alterations on garments-eg-Centre back crotch seam pant in or out.



Upload photo’s-Before and after alterations


Long sleeve to short sleeve or shortening a dress hem











15 mins review and check homework and outline todays work


















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 activities to show theoretical understanding, practical demonstration and questioning. Full assessment briefs will be provided.

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.



Task Name

Commencement Week

Assessment due


Maintenance Test-trouble Shooting

Week 5

Week 6


Before and after-Upload photo’s before and after shaped seams/ hems

Week 5

Week 11


Alterations Test

Week 11

Week 14



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

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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