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86 n Performance & Hotrod Business n May 2014 HOTROD Once they learn cutting material they move on to basic sewing competencies. First, they will be sewing two 3-by-9-inch pieces of material together with a perfect 1/2-inch seam allowance and 3/8-inch back- stitches on both ends. This first competency assessment ("comp") is very important be- cause it gives the student a firm understand- ing of what is expected of them as they start into their other comps. The student will learn how to sew a single, reinforced seam, a double, reinforced seam, sew welting onto material and single rein- force it. Once they have completed these ba- sic seams, they move on to sewing welting to a corner with boxing on it. This will set them up for starting more ad- vanced comps. One important factor that goes into all of these basic seam designs is accuracy. The instructors are very particular about the work being accurate and precise and they do not allow a student to move on unless they complete the basics. The next comps get more advanced and require the students to learn how to lay out pleats, boxing and collars. Once they master how to lay out material and cut foam, then they will sew a small mock-up seat with no pleats but with boxing. The student will then add a pleated insert with collars and boxing to the next mock-up seat. Once that is completed, the student will learn how to lay out diamonds and sew them properly. Now we all know that diamonds are not as popular as they once were, but the concept behind this exercise is to give the students practice on laying out different de- signs. The student, after learning diamonds, will then be required to use them as an insert in their mock-up seat. The student will also learn how to sew tuck-and-roll pleats using two different styles that are used in the in- dustry. Then it's on to their biggest challenge, which is completely sewing new covers for a bucket seat. Students are taught about each compe- tency exercise through lecture, and they take written tests on the information they learn. In addition to the time spent on the sew- ing machine, there is a lecture and hands-on demonstration outlining each of the compe- tencies as they progress through the program. Once the student is ready to work on the Students learn to sew tuck-and-roll pleats using two different styles that are used in the industry. PHBMAYp58-91.indd 86 4/2/14 2:08 PM

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