Course Title: Operate machine to sew upper

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2013

Course Code: MANU7240C

Course Title: Operate machine to sew upper

School: 350T Fashion & Textiles

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C4238 - Certificate IV in Custom made Footwear

Course Contact : Ben Stranieri

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99259118

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Andrew Robinson
Ph: 03 9925 9252

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

In this unit you will develop the skills and knowledge to align and sew uppers for footwear production.   You will learn to plan and organise to sew uppers and be able identify any processing problems.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

LMTFP2005B Operate machine to sew upper


1. Prepare work pieces

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Work bundle is received, checked and follow-up action taken including quality checks.
1.2 Quality of received component parts is assessed.
1.3 Work pieces are laid out in correct sequence.


2. Prepare workstation

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Workbench and seating are set up to achieve operator comfort and to minimise fatigue.
2.2 Machine is cleaned and checked.
2.3 Records are maintained.


3. Prepare machine for operation

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Machine settings are adjusted according to manufacturer instructions and specifications for work.
3.2 Threads are selected according to specifications.
3.3 Needle types, attachments and parts are checked, and worn needles and parts are changed as necessary.
3.4 Stitch length is set and tested against specifications.
3.5 Tension is set according to specifications.
3.6 Machine is tested for correct operation.


4. Perform machine sewing

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Pieces are selected according to size, colour and style.
4.2 Materials are accurately positioned to achieve required specifications.
4.3 Seams are machined to achieve specific results.
4.4 Threads are trimmed as required.
4.5 Work is carried out according to OHS practices .


5. Identify poor machine performance

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Performance of machine is regularly checked for signs of faulty performance.
5.2 Follow-up action is taken to address faulty machine performance.


6. Conduct final quality check for operations

Performance Criteria:

6.1 Final product is checked to ensure workplace quality requirements are met.
6.2 Production faults are addressed.


7. Dispatch completed work

Performance Criteria:

7.1 Uppers are bundled, stacked and stored or despatched.
7.2 Production faults are recorded as required.
7.3 Records are completed.

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

Integrated learning consisting of theory and practical components will be carried out in practical workshops for the skills and knowledge required to Operate machine to sew upper while producing shoes.

Teaching Schedule

Practical workshops to Operate machine to sew upper will be conducted in conjunction with other practical based learning. Workshops will include demonstration of techniques and students will be required to demonstrate their practical skills to operate machine to sew upper for each pair of shoes produced for assessment.
Week 1-4 Development of Court Shoe - 1Pair
Week 5-11Development of Derby Shoe - 1Pair
Week 12-16Development of Oxford Shoe - 1Pair

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Bespoke Shoemaking: a comprehensive guide to hand made footwear – Skyrme, Tim


Other Resources

• Assorted Hand Tools
• Footwear components

Overview of Assessment

Assessment is ongoing throughout the semester and will consist of both theory and practical based exercises, predominantly in class but some out of class research and information formatting is required as well. Feedback will be provided throughout the semester on all assessment tasks.

All assessment tasks must be completed before competency can be achieved. Tasks that have not be authenticated in class as the student’s own work will not be considered for assessment. Regular attendance is encouraged.

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.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online:

Assessment Tasks

Student will demonstrate and answer relevant questions regarding the knowledge and skills required to operate machine and sew upper to a competent standard.
Student will submit for assessment a minimum of 2 pairs of shoes. Shoes to be produced are to be to an industry standard. Included in the production of these shoes, student will demonstrate how to operate a machine to sew upper using safe & efficient methods.

Assessment Matrix

 Assessment Task 1 Submission of one pair of ShoesAssessment Task 2 Submission of second pair of Shoes
 1. Prepare work pieces          X          X
 2. Prepare workstation          X          X
 3. Prepare machine for operation          X          X
 4. Perform machine sewing          X         X
 5. Identify poor machine performance         X         X
 6. Conduct final quality check for operations          X         X
 7. Despatch completed work          X         X

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