Course Title: Perform industrial sewing on textile products

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2016

Course Code: GRAP5215C

Course Title: Perform industrial sewing on textile products

School: 350T Fashion & Textiles

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C5213 - Diploma of Textile Design and Development

Course Contact: Peter Bonnell

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99259171

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Margaret Papadopoulos

Nominal Hours: 50

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 course is designed to give you the skills and knowledge required to perform industrial sewing on textile products.

The unit applies to sewing work using an industrial sewing machine. Sewing operations may be performed to repair or finish textile products using a single machine on a limited range of fabrics and textile products.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

LMTTX2012B Perform industrial sewing on textile products


1 Prepare work

Performance Criteria:

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

1.2  Work is laid out in sequence.


2 Prepare workstation

Performance Criteria:

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

2.2 Machine is cleaned and checked.

2.3 Records are kept.

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

2.5  Needles, attachments and/or parts are checked and worn needles and/or parts are identified and reported or replaced, according to manufacturer instructions.


3 Identify poor machine performance

Performance Criteria:

3.1  The performance of the machine is regularly checked for signs of faulty operation, including evidence from the inspection of finished work and required action taken.


4 Sew textile product

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Sewing is conducted according to requirements for operations.

4.2 Quality standards are met.

4.3 Sewing is conducted according to OHS practices and the requirements for the speed of work.

4.4  Machine speed and work handling are controlled for the type of operations, fabrics and product type.


5 Complete work

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Sewn components or textile products are inspected, any faults identified and appropriate action taken and finished pieces are checked against quality standards.

5.2 Results of inspection of finished work are recorded.

5.3 Action taken to reject or correct faulty work is recorded.

5.4 Preventative action taken to avoid any recurrence of defective work is recorded.

5.5 Production records and packing slips are completed.

5.6  Completed work is directed to the next operation or packing section.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge to demonstrate competency in the above elements.This course is a workshop based course. Students will undetake a number of technical exercises that enable them to perform industrial sewing.

Details of Learning Activities

This course is delivered as a practical workshop where you will be involved in practical exercises, learn theory through class demonstrations and exercises and participate in both in class and on-line activities.

Teaching Schedule



Week 1







Discuss Student Learning Guides

Equipment List;

Discussion : suitable product development for Open Day 14th  August

Lock Stitch Sewing Machine Operation

Thread machine

Insert/Remove needle and foot. Set up and wind bobbin

Threading and inserting the bobbin case

Introduction to OH&S  

Revise Basic Machine Safety and Safety signs.


Set up of OH&S class representative schedule

Revise parts of the machine & threading    Needle Test

Demonstration /discussion tension and stitch length adjustments.

Machine Cleaning – Notes and activity

Students to test own machine and make own sample of correct tension/stitch length before proceeding. SAMPLERS (PRE-CUT)

  • Task 1: Marking and sewing long band (without thread)
  • Task 2: Endless band (½ foot and foot width sewing) with thread
  • Task 3: Endless band (stopping on a line with 5mm back tack) with thread




  • On-line OH&S compliance TEST to be completed-FASHIONABLE                                                                        

Week 2

  • Task 4: Vilene Lines (sew /clip/ turn)
  • Task 5: Unmarked lines (sew /clip/ turn / sew on a calico square) with thread

Demonstration of the Overlock machine and threading to small group whilst others continue tasks above.

  • Task 6

            Students working in pairs threading and testing Overlocking stitch        

             Make samples of right & wrong side of Overlocking stitch

             Overlock Square 

      Overlock chaining (both sides and clip)

  • Task 7

Joining stitch (using narrow/short band) 

Straight seam open   (using narrow/short band) 

Straight seam closed (using narrow/short band) 

(all seams 1cm seam allowance and overlock neatened)






Week 3


Introduction to basic use of pressing equipment – (for open and closed seams)

Pressing notes.

  • Task 8       French Seams,  Top stitch (foot width) and edge stitch combined
  • Invisible Zip
  •  Single Welt Zip


Observational Checklist








Week 4

  • Task 9

Make-up bags

Introduction and safe use of Chain Stitch Buttonhole machine

        Introduction to Button Sew machine

        Samplers (vertical/horizontal buttonholes)


In-seam Pocket

Curved Hip Pocket


Start work for Open Day Products

Class to work in teams

Making their chosen products

Week 5


Class to work on Open Day Products


Week 6


Theory: Introduction To Assembly Plan

Students to work and complete Technical folder

Discuss Individual Final Project




Organise Patterns and fabrics


Week 7

8 and 9


  • Task 11

Individual final Project  students to work on patterns and calico toile



Week 10

Individual final Project  students to work on patterns and calico toile



Week 11








  • Task 12

Individual final Project students to continue working and complete


        Quality Checklist

        Finish Press & Package








 Due week 16






Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Students will be required to bring the following equipment.
Tape measure
Dressmakers pins
Scissors - sharp good quality for fabric
Specific coloured machine thread to match project work
Quick unpick
Folder / notebook

Overview of Assessment

Assessment is ongoing throughout the course and students will be asked to demonstrate their competency. Assessment will be done by observation and by questioning by the assessor. Assessment tasks have been designed to measure competency in a flexible manner. To achieve successful completion of this course students must demonstrate an understanding of all elements of competency.

Students will be awarded a grade only if competency has been demonstrated within the standard enrolment period on the first assessment attempt.
Units assessed as ‘not yet competent’ on a first assessment attempt and ‘competent’ on a second or subsequent attempt are to have results amended to competent but are not eligible for grading.

All work must be submitted by the due date.

Late submission will not be graded higher than a PASS.

Assessment Tasks

Details of the following Assessments tasks will be provided in class:

Assessment tasks for this course are either formative or summative. Formative tasks provide the basis for ongoing feedback and can be considered as essential building blocks for more substantial summative assessment tasks.
You will receive feedback on all assessment.
Grading criteria for this assessment can be found on the course blackboard site.
Each project has criteria that must to be completed to an acceptable standard for you to be deemed competent. No further grading of result will be considered until competency is achieved. You will be given an opportunity to resubmit work for assessment and represent it for assessment.



OH&S Compliance (not graded but Mandatory):

                          - Observational Checklist  Week 3

                          -Fashionable Certificate     Week 3

Graded Assessment:

                          - OPEN DAY Products          Week 5       40%

                          - Individual Project              Week 16    60%    


Assessment Matrix





x x

1 Prepare work   

Observational Checklist and Fashionable Certificate Open day Products Individual Final Project
2 Prepare workstation x x x
3 Identify poor machine performance x x x
4 Sew textile product x x x
5 Complete work X x








 Observational Checklist and Fashionable CertificateOpen day ProductsIndividual Final Project
1 Prepare work xx
2 Prepare workstationxxx
3 Identify poor machine performancexxx
4 Sew textile productx xx
5 Complete work  xx

Other Information


It is an OHS requirement that students must wear flat fully covered shoes in the workshops. Long hair must be tied back and jewellery that could pose a possible hazard if caught in machinery must be removed.
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 a submission cover sheet for every piece of work.

It is strongly advised that you attend all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to gain the competency.

Special consideration
Use the special consideration process if your circumstances are such that you cannot fulfil assessment requirements. For example, if you are unable to complete any piece of assessment by the due date, you will need to apply for an extension.

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.

Ongoing feedback will be provided to enable you to monitor your own performance including detailed feedback on assessed tasks

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described and referenced under ’Assessment’ at:

A Student Charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.

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