We sponsor and host Manufacturing Boot Camps at The Albuquerque Sewing Factory
Twice a year, for four 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 the products we make are donated to qualified 501(c)3 non-profit charities, attendees cover the expenses of creating the products. (E.g., fabrics, etc.)
What: A one-of-a-kind, hands-on training opportunity in sewn product manufacturing. The only one of its kind in the world. Really.
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. Registration dates for upcoming events is at the bottom of the page.
- Spring Pre-Production Boot Camp is held in January, usually 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.
Who: You! No experience? No problem. We train although homework is required. 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.
To register, select Boot Camps on the main menu; the information for the upcoming (or most recent event) will be at the top. Registration dates are listed below. There is a 2 week window in which to sign up. Due to popularity, entrants are selected by lottery. Once you are notified of winning a slot in the lottery, you have 3 days to pay your deposit. 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. Also note that advanced preparation is required. In fact, the registration form has a short quiz. See Policies & Supply List, Boot Camp Caveats, Reading List (aka, homework) and Accommodations, Schedule & Parking to optimize your chances of getting in. We don’t expect you to complete the reading and exercises before registration but you should look it over to determine whether you can commit to doing it before registering.
- Spring 2020 Apparel Manufacturing Boot Camp
Registration: Nov 3-17, 2019
Pre-production: January 17-20, 2020 (Friday through Monday)
Production: March 20-23, 2020 (Friday through Monday)
- Fall 2020 Apparel Manufacturing Boot Camp
Registration:March 30- April 13, 2020
Pre-production: July 3-6, 2020 (Friday-Monday)
Production: August 28- 31, 2020 (Friday through Monday)
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.
Principal, Apparel Technical Services
Training is provided free of charge by Kathleen Fasanella, principal of Apparel Technical Services, also known as the “Albuquerque Sewing Factory” and “The Sewing Factory School.” Kathleen has nearly 40 years of production manufacturing experience, having worked in factories throughout the United States before everything went offshore. 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.
Support the Bootcamp
Please consider underwriting the project or sponsoring a scholarship. We appreciate your generosity.