My first class of Garment Construction 1 entailed being acquainted with an industrial sewing machine, threading our new friends, and practicing perforations.
I’ll be working with machine 23, a Juki, that feels as if he can stitch n’ bitch at the speed of light. I haven’t mastered him yet. But I’ve been at home practicing with my baby Singer (who can’t even remotely compare to an industrial sewing machine’s speed) and going to the sewing lab in-between classes just so I can practice my perforations.
Perforations are great exercises for beginners or those who want to perfect their craft. By following the lines of a pattern on paper, you receive the feel of power and control of your machine while practicing your hand & eye coordination – an essential step before moving forward in your relationship, I say.
We only need to turn in 3 sheets of these perforations, but I must have practiced with close to 30 sheets, only having 6 or 7 of them I’m truly proud of.