What: A one-of-a-kind, hands-on training opportunity in sewn product manufacturing. The only one of its kind in the world. Really.
Twice a year, for 4 days, we converge at The Albuquerque Sewing Factory in Albuquerque New Mexico, USA to manufacture a product designed to benefit an under served segment of New Mexico’s residents. Training is free but as products are donated to qualified 501-c3s, attendees cover the expenses of creating the products (fabrics etc).
When: Apparel Manufacturing Boot camp is held twice a year; Spring and Fall. There is a planning event (Pre-production Boot Camp) held approximately 3 months before each manufacturing boot camp (if you sign up for Pre-production, you are automatically enrolled in the production segment that follows 3 months later).
- Spring Pre-production Boot Camp is held mid January to coincide with Martin Luther King weekend.
- Spring Apparel Manufacturing Boot Camp is held mid March.
- Fall Pre-production Boot Camp takes place over the July 4th holiday.
- Fall Apparel Manufacturing Boot Camp is held over Labor Day; the first week of September.
Where: 410 Old Coors Dr. SW, Albuquerque, NM USA 87121
Who: You! No experience? No problem. We train. 75% of attendees at our inaugural event had never used an industrial machine. Only 10% had any production experience, yet we cut and sewed 125 fully lined, first quality winter coats in four days.
Training is provided free of charge by Kathleen Fasanella, principal of Apparel Technical Services (Albuquerque Sewing Factory aka The Sewing Factory School). Kathleen has nearly 40 years of production manufacturing experience, having worked in factories throughout the United States -before everything went off shore. Speaking of, that’s what this is about. We’ll never be able to re-shore production and provide good jobs in our communities if nobody knows how to do it anymore.
To register, click on “manufacturing boot camp” above and from the menu that follows, select the session that interests you. Read the post for instructions. Please note, registration fills very quickly. As in, less than 12 hours. Please note that we do not have paid staff to run after people; you will lose your slot if you don’t pay your deposit by the deadline that appears on the invoice.
Options: If these dates don’t work for you and you have a large group, we can create a custom boot camp for you. Call 505-877-1713 for more information.
Upcoming events for 2018:
Spring 2018 Pre-production Boot Camp:
January 12-15, 2018 (Friday through Monday)
Spring 2018 Apparel Manufacturing Boot Camp:
March 16-19, 2018 (Friday through Monday)
Fall 2018 Pre-production Boot Camp
July 1-4, 2018 (Sunday-Wednesday)
Fall 2018 Apparel Manufacturing Boot Camp
August 31 – September 3, 2018 (Friday through Monday)
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