Well, we’re eagerly awaiting the start of apparel manufacturing boot camp and working like fools to get it all done. We’re looking forward to meeting all of you and getting some work done for a great cause.
Here are a few updates and reminders:
2. Factory Feeding
3. Lunch sponsors
4. Coat recipient selection
5. Supply list -please note that the supply list has changed slightly.
6. Mandatory dress code
7. Safety and scents policy
Please note that the work day starts at different times depending on the day and the track. The mental shortcut is that work starts at 8:00 AM Sept 5-7, 2015. This means you’ll need to arrive at the factory by 7:30 so you can get situated and ready to start work by 8:00.
September 4th, the first official day, everyone needs to be here at 7:00 so we can meet and greet, and make work assignments. Obviously we’d like everyone to try any jobs that interest them but we need a plan to start with -for training if for no other reason.
On September 3rd, the 2nd track (marker making) starts at 7:00 AM.
The majority of you don’t arrive until the 3rd but activities are going on before then. Registered participants are welcome to join in for anything you see listed. Just show up at 410 Old Coors Rd SW, 87121. Somebody will be here.
Tuesday Sept 1, 2015 -8:00 AM: Training of sewing supervisors (or anyone who shows up)
Wednesday Sept 2, 2015 -8:00 AM: Training of sewing supervisors (or anyone who shows up)
Thursday Sept 3, 2015: Two tracks:
- Track 1 (8:00 AM) designing operator sewing training and setting up sewing lines.
- Track 2: (7:00 AM -firm) Marker making and fabric spreading.
Friday Sept 4, 2015, 7:00 AM: Two tracks:
- Track 1: (7:00 AM -firm) Operator sewing training.
- Track 2: (7:00 AM -firm) Cutting, shade marking, fusing, and bundling
Saturday, Sunday Monday Sept 5-7: 8:00 AM SEWING!
If you’re wondering why there is no end time, it’s because I don’t know. Depending on how much gets done, we may run 2 shifts. On the other hand, if we’re unexpectedly productive, we may knock off around 3 PM for mojitos and cerveza.
Factory Feeding (Amenities):
We plan on having coffee (bring a coffee mug if you can) and snacks available but details are still pending. Lunch will be provided each day. We were lucky enough to find generous sponsors to support the project. The lunch sponsors are:
- Alvanon -the global fit experts.
- Answer God’s Call (Navajo Nation) -a community service organization based in Gallup NM.
- Clovis and MaryVivian Maestas, private citizens underwriting the effort from Espanola, NM
- Andaluz Hotel; one of the finest hotels in the world, the first Hilton hotel ever built (Conrad Hilton was from San Antonio NM, not San Antonio TX);
Coat recipient selection:
I was on the fence for a long time about whether to announce which charities we’d selected to receive the donated children’s coats. To me, it was a matter of dignity and self respect but the need for transparency wins out. The organizations we’ve selected are:
- Nacimiento Community Foundation, Cuba New Mexico
- Crisis Center of Northern New Mexico, Espanola NM
- UNM Prevention Research Center- To’hajiilee New Mexico
The criteria we had is that the organization must be not for profit, serves a disadvantaged population and has the means to distribute the coats to the neediest children.
- Safety glasses -particularly if you must use pins to sew. You will not be permitted to use pins without safety glasses (you will be taught to sew without pins).
- *Pins (optional). Large head (read: visible) preferred.
- Snips or nippers. We usually thread ours on a string to wear around our necks.
- Needle threader
- *Seam gauge (optional)
- Measuring tape (retractable) or small metal rule
- Full or half apron with pockets.
- Screwdriver to change out presser feet.
- Screwdriver to change out needles
- *Seam ripper (optional) I don’t like these. We typically use razor blades or scalpels in the factory. We will have scalpels on hand.
Label all of your items with your name or initials. If you don’t think you’ll be sewing but just coming to observe, use your best judgement as to what you should bring but minimally an apron.
Mandatory dress code
If you do not comply with the dress code, you won’t be allowed in the factory, no exceptions, this means YOU.
- As an attendee, you are responsible for dressing safely in a commercial environment. If you dress as you SHOULD when mowing the lawn, you should be okay. This means sturdy work pants and shirts that follow the body’s contours. Only wear clothing you won’t mind ruining.
- Footwear: No open-toed shoes, pumps or heels of any kind. No ballet flats.
Choose a shoe with a thick, gripping sole. Boots are good provided they don’t have a fashion heel. You will be standing most of the day, wear comfortable shoes.
- Jewelry: No dangling jewelry and/or accessories. This means no loop earrings (posts are okay), no necklaces that hang outside of your shirt. No large bracelets; watch bands should be secured.
- Body piercings: With the exception of post earrings, any surface exposed objects embedded into your face, neck and arms must be removed. Any objects embedded in one’s hands and wrists, to include posts, must be removed.
- Accessories: Belts should fit close to the body. Accessory-fashion belts that may catch on equipment or cause injury to you or another, are to be avoided. Besides, if you dress up, you’re going to feel awkward because nobody else will. Speaking of, skip the make up and tie your hair back.
- Clothing: Please select attire with comfort and safety in mind. Assume that any item of clothing you wear will be ruined so if you dress to impress, you’ll be the only one who does.
Scent free policy
Do not use any scented products. This includes oils, perfumes, colognes, after shave, musk, strongly scented lotions, strong deodorants etc. The intent is this: no artificial smells, no matter how “natural” the product purports to be. Rubbing raw lemon or fresh picked Rosemary on your skin is fine (nice, actually) but Lemon or Rosemary lotion (perfume, cologne, aftershave, etc) isn’t. The consequences for non-compliance is that I may become violently ill (it’s rather dramatic, very fast and very messy) and then we’re dead in the water. If you ignored this request thinking it didn’t apply to you or you didn’t read down this far, you’ll be asked to take a shower -we’ve got one at the factory. Besides, scents come off on your hands and get the products dirtied. Most scents have some kind of oily base which attracts still more dirt on fabric. Ditto for make up. You touch your face, then you touch the fabric. Not good. Most factory workers (what you’ll be) don’t wear more than eye make up -if that.
Okay! That’s it! We’re so excited and can’t wait to meet you here at our sewing factory in Albuquerque New Mexico, USA!