Production pattern making class
The short version: This one day class is designed for anyone in the process but mostly for designers who may not be doing their own pattern work. It will also be very useful for those who have studied pattern making but do not have industrial experience. Other kinds of training designed specifically to your needs is also available -see this post on rapid product development. Yep, we make it while you wait, soup to nuts.
The focus of the class is everything pattern books don’t tell you. Authors spend a lot of paper and ink teaching you things you’ll rarely if ever do but not the things you should be doing daily. Some of these are mentioned in this entry.
You will learn the standards of production patterns (standards to implement and why), and how to inspect and walk a pattern so you can determine whether the work you’ve paid for is on par. You will leave with a completed production ready pattern and sewn samples made on industrial sewing machines. Basic sewing skills are helpful. If you don’t have my book, you will need to get it as we use it extensively. Depending on interest, classes can be expanded to cover topics of your choosing.
Private instruction is available for a maximum of three students but two is preferred. The class fee per person per day is $900, (50% discount for attendees from the same company). For those traveling here (everybody), I can provide comfortable and private accommodations in my 800 sqft guest house with breakfast and lunch (vegetarian) on site. The guest house has 5 rooms; a bedroom (queen size bed, feather bed in the winter), living room (queen size futon), full kitchen, bath with shower stocked with towels, shampoo, soap etc (photos of accommodations) and a utility room. It’s very private, about 50 yards from any other building on the grounds. Transportation to and from the airport is likely but not guaranteed depending on arrival and departure times.
You will need to comply with the dress code to be let in the plant. If you don’t read that or don’t understand that I do mean *you*, you can’t come in and then everybody else will talk about you, maybe for years. Invoices will not be adjusted for the lost time. Speaking of payment, you need to pay a 50% deposit to guarantee your slot.
Contact me or phone (505-877-1713) for more information or see the thread in the forum.
The long version: These classes aren’t scheduled but held by arrangement. Classes are customized so I need to interview people to assess their skills and what they need to get out of it to know whether we’re a match. Content varies but I don’t do knits beyond the cursory stuff. In the case of manufacturers (and or their designers, pattern makers, sample makers), I help them learn the skills their employers want to develop better products. I only do one introductory class (meaning no knowledge prerequisites) for entrepreneurs on production pattern making. That is really all most designers need since they don’t make patterns but I’m flexible.
I should explain how my classes are set up. Keep in mind these classes are intensive and rigorous! Even though my shop is fairly large with nice amenities and many machines and tools, I take a maximum of three students but two is best. Other than that I provide accommodations and meals, classes are small because I can’t do a job I would be proud of otherwise. Staying on site is preferable as classes are 10 hours or more each day and the closest hotel is 10 miles away and there are few amenities such as restaurants near by. Of course, you’re welcome to make your own accommodations.
I interview prospective students at length by phone to get an idea of their needs, learning styles and personalities. Then I organize classes according to student personalities, who I think would get along well together because they’ll be working with each other as much as they will with me -and they are usually rooming together.
- No colognes, perfumes, oils, strong deodorants (AXE makes me ill), scented hairspray, gels or smelly lotions. The guest house is stocked with inoffensive grooming products.
- Cell phones must be turned off unless someone is on a donor waiting list (you can call on breaks). WIFI and computers available for use.
- No open toed shoes. Shoes must be sturdy! Not ballet flats.
- No dangling jewelry or accessories.
- Hair must be tied back or out of the way.
- We do not leave the job site for breakfast and lunch; all provided meals are vegetarian. I can accommodate kosher, vegan, glucose/lactose intolerance with advance warning.
- Coffee and breakfast makings are stocked in the guest house.
The cost varies on the material, number of days and students. The average cost for a two day class with two students is $900 per person per day. If students are from the same company, subsequent slots are $450 (discounted because only one curriculum is needed). Since no two classes are the same, it takes time to write curriculum and have it approved by whoever is paying (employer usually, or student). Goals, tasks, exercises and objectives are fully discussed in advance. Developing curriculum and materials takes at east four hours for every hour of class time so you can understand why I don’t do it until needed. You will need to provide materials for use in curriculum development in advance. This will be discussed beforehand.
I have a guest house I’ve been using for student accommodations as long as no problems arise. You won’t have to rent a car at the Albuquerque airport if you can coordinate arrival and departure times. Officially you have to fend for yourself at dinner (guest house has a full kitchen) but unofficially, we’ve gone out to dinner, gotten carry out etc. Staying on site is a benefit because you can work in the shop as late as you like -subject to things not coming up missing etc. Students will need to bring their copy of my book with them because we will be using portions of it, putting it into the context of their growth.
Lastly, ours is a rural property. It is not fancy and we have animals. We have 2 medium sized, outdoor dogs. Lately, my dog’s girlfriend (Pearl, a Weimaraner) has been coming over (hops her fence, then ours) so better figure 3 dogs total. If you do not like animals or are allergic to them, they can be penned. Penning is not much of a hardship, the back pasture is about an acre along the easement, making it convenient for them to chase UPS trucks safely. We also have one outdoor cat who comes and goes, a friendly boy by the name of Farm Cat. And last but not least, we have some laying hens and a rooster. He isn’t too loud. See this if you want to know more about the location.
Here is a list of equipment and amenities of my small sewing factory:
Facilities and equipment
- 2250 sq ft building
- WI-FI wireless network (serves all buildings on the compound)
- 800 sqft guest house for visiting clients
- StyleCAD pattern, grading & marking software
- 4′ X 6′ Accugrid digitizing table
- 72″ Ioline pen plotter
- Dual monitor PC workstation
- Single needle Adler 271-140342 servo
- Flatlock Merrow Activeseam MB-4DFO servo
- Needle feed, Juki DLN-9010SH servo
- Coverstitch 5 thread Kansai WX-8803D servo
- Buttonhole/Bar tack Siruba BH790 servo
- Walking foot Juki DNU-1541S servo
- Overlock, 5 thread safety stitch, Reliable MSK-3316N servo
- Blind hemmer Consew 817 (clutch)
- Single needle Mitsubishi DB-170 (clutch)
- 28 foot cutting table
- 60″ spreader
- button covering machine
- nail head and snap setting kick press
- belt and tie turner (production, manual)
- washer & dryer
- Alvanon full body form (UK size 12), 2006
- Alvanon squishy form, US size 10, 2012
- 28 foot, 72″ wide Philocraft table w/rails
- Eastman Blue Streak 8″ cutting knife
- Overhead power/drop down
- 60″ Ghetto spreader of indeterminate vintage
- 1.5 liter Boiler Iron (Reliable)
- Blower & vacuum extraction pressing station
- Sussman gravity feed iron