Some courses in sewing machine maintenance can be found at technical schools and community colleges through adult education and professional certificate training programs in textile and apparel, upholstery production or automotive trim and upholstery. These courses are rare, but the skills needed for sewing machine maintenance can also be found in appliance repair or electrical systems courses. Individuals who successfully complete sewing, upholstery, or automotive programs may find work in the auto, fashion or furniture industries, among others.
Here is an outline of common concepts taught in sewing machine maintenance courses:
- Basic sewing techniques
- Upholstery design
- Machine functions
- Mechanics in sewing
- Industrial machines
- Safety procedures
- Upholstery specializations
List of Common Courses
Introduction to Sewing Skills Course
Both adult education courses and certificate training courses in sewing and upholstery include instruction in basic sewing techniques. Students learn to sew various types of stitches, including straight seams, corners and welt stitching. Instruction in making and using sewing patterns could be included in a basic skills course, though some schools offer it as a separate class.
Sewing Machine Operations Course
Courses in sewing machine operations are usually included in sewing industry certificate programs. They typically include hands-on training sessions that provide students with the opportunity to learn to setup, procedures and maintenance of the sewing machines they are using. Lessons might address various types of sewing machines, such as standard, upholstery and industrial machines. Courses usually include instruction on how to use various sewing machine attachments that make different stitches or seam patterns.
Industrial Sewing Machines and Production Techniques Course
Industrial sewing machines are used for specific tasks that cannot be performed on a standard machine. Examples include the lock and chain stitches. Students learn how to use and maintain specialized industrial sewing equipment, and courses often emphasize safety procedures. Instructors offer students machine demonstrations that are often accompanied by opportunities for students to familiarize themselves with these machines firsthand.
Specialized Industrial Sewing Machines and Techniques Course
Industrial sewing machines are often used in the marine and automotive upholstery industries. Courses that provide students with instruction in these specialized fields also usually address the particular equipment that is required, as well as how to operate and maintain it. In addition to creating different patterns, such as seat, armrest and headrests, students might learn how to estimate construction and repair jobs.