Well, we had a blast at the Spring Apparel Manufacturing Boot Camp, held Memorial Day weekend and everybody learned and contributed tremendously. Unfortunately, I can’t tell you much about it now because attendees and other interested parties, are clamoring for me to post registration information for the Fall session. So that will go up next. In the meantime, enjoy photos from the event! If you want to see the full size version of each photo, click on it and when the page opens, click on it again. Sorry for the hassle but I must not have the slideshow plugin installed.
Jamie and Donna
Kris, cutting with the chickadee.
A chickadee in the fridge. Isn’t this where everyone stores hot cutting tools?
Frank and Lia. Frank was very useful to us -as would anyone who owns a tractor like he does.
Our mechanic, Robert. He owns National Sewing Supply.
Mary, our star stitcher. In real life, she’s an old school pattern maker like me.
L-R: Keera, Zach, Andrew and Anna.
Being left handed, Kris had a bit of trouble learning to use the knife.
Eric, training Kris on the knife.
Keera and Jamie
Dustin -who btw, placed 78th overall at the 2016 Boston Marathon.
Dave and Lisa -they came in celebration of their 25th wedding anniversary!
Dave and Lisa manning the Soabar shade marking station. Eric at right.
Kris, modeling the glove stay.
Kris. Notice the glove, dust mask and safety glasses. We’re serious about safety at apparel manufacturing boot camp.
Art (Donna at left). Art had never sewn before but learned the overlock very well.
Another style ready for bundling.
Anotther view of the cutting room at apparel manufacturing boot camp.
One style, ready for bundling.
The end of a long day.
We’re still-shoring, not re-shoring.
Production report, sewing operations and cost estimates at a glance.
Bundled in preparation for label attachment.
Kitting complete with piece work tickets.
Flagged facings. See Abby.
Another whiteboard shot.
Ready for notching
One of the knives, notcher and clamps.
Sew bys at apparel manufacturing boot camp.
Supplies and parts
Sewing line #1
These carts fit neatly by the sewing machines.
Another bundle cart
This Singer overlock is very old (50 years?) but still works like a champ.
Another view of bundle carts.
The button hole machine, Kessler automated table stand.
The sewing room at the start of the day.
Bundles, more neatly now.
Bundles ready for sewing
Piece work tickets hot off the dot matrix (yeah) printer.
The pressing room.
Getting ready to fuse zipper inset areas.
Contrast yokes, ready for fusing.
Facings prepped for fusing.
Donna, David (lisa in the back) and Heather.
Velma, Dustin, Darlene and Kris.
Heather -my former assistant who dropped in to visit.
Keera. I think there are so many pictures of her because she was always at a machine and easy to find.
Liz (who unfortunately, became ill and could not return).
Abby (designer and product manager)
Sue, Christin and Fatima.
Yvonne, her guest and Eric, aka Mr. Fashion-Incubator (factory co-owner)
Dustin, designer & QC
Sue, our designer and illustrator.
Hard at work before everyone else arrives, Abby and Sue.
Margaret, Stephanie and Brianna
Keera and Mary
David and Eric
Kris, cutter extraordinaire
Susan and Bente
Lisa and Jen
L-R: Susan, Keera, Kris and Bente
Dinner on the last night.
L-R, Bente and Keera
Badge pick up, day one of apparel manufacturing boot camp.
Abby with the first bundle.