Course Title: Use a sewing machine

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2009

Course Code: MIET5915C

Course Title: Use a sewing machine

School: 350T Fashion & Textiles

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C3198 - Certificate III in Applied Fashion Design and Technology

Course Contact : Mandy Penton

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99259202

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Sharon Koenig:
Claire Nolan:
Pam Dunston:
Dawn Taylor:
Julie Wood:

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

:Preparation of sewing equipment and machines
:Operation of Industrial Sewing Machines
:Relevant Safety Procedures
:Application of Quality Standards.

The course is integrated with LMTGN2001A Follow Defined OH&S Policies and Procedures & LMTCL2004A Sew Components to form a cluster called Production

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

LMTCL2001A 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 OH&S 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 OH&S practices are followed in operation of machine.
4.6 Action is taken according to OH&S 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

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

Details of Learning Activities

Students will participate in the following:

1. Trainer assisted use of self-paced learning materials.
2. Observation tasks.
3. Basic machine set-up.
4. Assembly tasks, basic sewing operations, simple garment construction.
5. Occupational health and safety.
6. Quality checks.

The course is integrated with LMTGN2001B Follow defined OH&S polices and procedures & LMTCL2004B Sew Components to form a cluster called Production

Teaching Schedule

Weeks 1-3: Introduction to Production area and machinery.
Weeks 2-8: Straight Sewing Machine Activities.
Weeks 3-8: Overlock Machine Activities.
Weeks 6-8: Simple garment construction.
Weeks 9-17: Sampler construction activities
Weeks 11-13: Intermediate garment construction and sewing activities
Weeks 14-17: Complex garment construction and sewing activities.

Please note that due to unforseen circumstances this schedule is subject to change.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Sewing for the Apparel Industry” By Claire Shaeffer

Other Resources

Essential items students need to bring to all classes:

Closed toe shoes
All sewing machine equipment
Fabric scissors

Overview of Assessment

Tasks that have not been authenticated in class as the student’s own work will not be considered for assessment. Regular attendance is necessary to demonstrate that you can:
1. Follow correct Occupational Health and Safety procedures by setting up and doing work according to safety standards
2. Thread, adjust, test and safely operate at least 4 different machine types and an overlock machine to produce test and specified work-pieces according to specifications and quality standards
4. Explain how various sewing machines could de used for different situations  (by means of oral or written test and practical activities).
5. Investigate and report on the causes of faults by completing appropriate report work

Assessment Tasks

In class activities and Completed Sample File 1: 25%
Garment 1: 20%
In class activities and Completed Sample File 2: 15%
Garment 2: 20%
Garment 3: 20%
TOTAL 100%
Quality Standards must be met for the Samplers and Presentation of the A4 File.
You will be given further information about the assessment tasks in class.

Assessment Matrix

 In class activities and completed Sample File1 25%Garment 1
In class activities and completed Sample File 2
Garment 2
Garment 3
1. Prepare work pieces. XXXXX
2. Prepare for machine use.XXXXX
3. Identify poor machine performance.X X  
4. Sew work pieces. XXXX
5. Assess quality of sewn pieces.  X XX

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