Course Title: Perform industrial sewing on textile products

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2019

Course Code: GRAP5399C

Course Title: Perform industrial sewing on textile products

School: 350T Fashion & Textiles

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C6158 - Advanced Diploma of Textile Design and Development

Course Contact: Deborah Wills-Ives

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99259233

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Patricia Mcarthy-Henry

9925 9253

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

In this course you will learn how to operate various industrial sewing machines, designed to sew fabrics and textiles together, finish raw edges and complete finishing operations. You will learn how to follow and apply instructions while complying with safe work practices to construct samples and finished sewn pieces for knitted and woven fibres, fabrics and textile products.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

MSTTX2009 Perform industrial sewing on textile products


1 Determine job requirements

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Follow standard operating procedures (SOPs) 1.2 Comply with work health and safety (WHS) requirements at all times 1.3 Use appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) in accordance with SOPs 1.4 Identify job requirements from specifications, drawings, job sheets or work instructions


2 Prepare to perform industrial sewing

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Receive and check work to determine any follow-up action 2.2 Lay out work in sequence 2.3 Prepare work station according to workplace procedures, clean and check machine 2.4 Set up and adjust machine, needles, attachments and/or parts and identify and report or replace worn or faulty items 2.5 Keep a record of operations


3 Sew textile product

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Conduct sewing operations according to requirements to meet quality standards, speed of operations and workplace procedures 3.2 Control machine speed and work handling according to the type of operations, fabrics and product type 3.3 Check machine performance regularly and inspect finished work for signs of faulty operation 3.4 Take required action to rectify faults according to workplace procedures


4 Complete work

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Inspect sewn components or textile products, check finished pieces against quality standards, identify any faults and take appropriate action 4.2 Record results of inspection and any action to correct or reject faulty work 4.3 Take and keep a record of preventative action to avoid any recurrence of faulty work 4.4 Complete production records and packing slips 4.5 Direct completed work 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 required to demonstrate competency in operating selected industrial sewing machines in accordance with WHS standards to create various sewn textile products.

Details of Learning Activities

In this course you will engage in the following learning activities:

  • practical demonstrations in studio
  • design activities and projects
  • independent project based work
  • practical studio based workshops.

Teaching Schedule

Note: While your teacher will cover all the material in this schedule, the weekly order is subject to change depending on class needs and availability of speakers and resources.



Class Activities



Overview of course Handout: Course outline


Introduction to sewing room

OH&S procedures/rules

Operating machinery safely

  • sewing machines
  • overlockers
  • pressers

Equipment list


Preparation of work-station

Lock stitch machine

Task: Technical File




On-line OH&S compliance Quiz -

TFIA fashionAble







Assessment 3 start:
Technical File




overlockers (3 and 4 thread)

  • woven fabric: 3 thread
  • knit: 4 thread
  • right and wrong side of stitching
  • leaving a chain


Task: Technical File

Overlocked square calico sample

Overlock: open seam, closed seam, trimming & knotting threads


Changing threads on overlocker

Revise sewing machine threading



  • weaves
  • knits

Special handling requirements/fabric variations


Assessment Task 1 Online Quiz Due:

Completed on-line quiz. All students must present a printed certificate.






Seam allowances:

- 1 cm (Industry)

- 1.5 cm (Commercial patterns)


- Quality control/assessment

Task: Assessment Task 2 Equipment Roll

Show sample

Pattern requirements

  • Students to design own roll with end use in mind.
  • Students encouraged to incorporate their own printed fabrics.

Construction as per sample





Samples: overlocked and double fold

Production: Equipment Roll






Production: Equipment Roll



Production: Equipment Roll

Quality checklist

Cover Sheet

Assessment Task 2 Equipment Roll Due:
Competent completion of equipment roll (including pattern) and submitted at start of class


Zippers: types

  • standard (lapped method)
  • invisible
  • exposed


  • appropriate machine feet


  • lapped method





Button-hole machine


- sewing on a button (by hand)



Task: Assessment Task 4 Tote Bag

Tote Bag

Pattern requirements

  • Students encouraged to incorporate their own printed fabrics
  • Creative use of fabric combinations
  • Show sample/discuss inclusion of individual design requirements e.g. lining, patch pocket, lining pocket, straps


* May use purchased web-strapping




- sample: patch (square/rectangular – top-stitched





Mid Semester Break:

Friday 19th April to Sunday 28th April 2019




Production: Tote Bag


Assessment Task 3 Technical File Due:
Competent completion and submitted at start of class


Production:  Tote Bag and/or student project



Production:  Tote Bag and/or student project



Production:  Tote Bag and/or student project




Production: Tote Bag and/or student project

Quality checklist

Assessment Task 4 Tote Bag Due:
Competent completion and submitted at start of class


Course completion

Discussion: Q&A/possible pathways

Return of students’ work

Resubmission of work
 (if necessary)




































































































For detailed competency mapping that relates to you weekly learning and assessments, please request detailed information from your teacher or program coordinator

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

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

The University Library has extensive resources on Sewing methods and other relevant support information. The Library has produced a number of subject guides that includes quality online and print resources for your studies.

The Library provides guides and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarians.

Overview of Assessment

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

You will receive feedback from the teacher at the conclusion of each assessment task.

Competency is achieved only if competency has been demonstrated within the standard enrolment period. Students are advised that they may be asked to personally demonstrate their assessment work to confirm aspects of competency not evidenced in class or through assessments.

Results for this course are delivered and assessed in accordance with competency-based assessment are:
CA: Competency Achieved
NYC: Not Yet Competent
DNS: Did not Submit for Assessment

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 Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.
Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online:

Assessment Tasks

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. You will receive feedback from the teacher at the conclusion of each assessment task.

You should refer to the assessment brief which is available on MyRMIT for full assessment criteria

Assessment Task 1: On-line Quiz FashionAble TFIA  Due date:  Week 2

Assessment Task 2: Equipment Roll         Due date: Week 6

Assessment Task 3: Technical file            Due date: Week 11

Assessment Task 4: Tote Bag                  Due date: Week 15

Assessment Matrix

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


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 spoken and written 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 requires 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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