Update from the Sewing Machine Repair Class in Las Lagunas, Nicaragua
Justification: The necessity to have skilled people available in the community for the cleaning and maintenance of the sewing machines used at the W/NP Learning Centers. Many of the Learning Center locations are remote; therefore, difficult and not cost effective to send someone for repairs. Better option is to have onsite skilled people available.
General Objective: Training in the cleaning, repair and maintenance of sewing machines.
December Class Program Outline:
Please see photos and the detailed description on the sewing machine repair course from December 2010 is below in corresponding order:
I. Information Material
Provide information material of the principal parts of a treadle sewing machine one stitch and how the machine works or sews. The participant needs to be familiar with the names of the principal parts of the sewing machines when they need to ask for a part that will be necessary to repair or change at the Managua office or at other sewing machine part store. The information will help the participants remember the names of the main parts and will help them work into different sewing machines as well as more than one stitch.
II. Introduction to the treadle machine.
Three participants brought their own treadle sewing machine and started to work just on treadle machine. The machines were having different problems. Two sewing machines were really old and rusted and the other three participants were changing broken parts of the treadle sewing machine. They were working hard getting it cleaned, took out part and put them together again and were sure that the machine worked well once again.
III. Worked and explained the different problems that the sewing machines have.
I explained how to fix the sewing machines they were working with. They learned the basics to repair their work equipment.
IV. The participants started to work with sewing machines with than one more stitch and what really will help is to be observant person and take in mind the machines they have in the learning center and practice everything that they learned. There are different machines, different models, different ways how to treat them. There is a particular person that learned pretty well to timing machines so this lady will help the other participant a lot. She had the opportunity of timing two different machines. I know timing is a big problem and I am sure she will help the others.
Participants need to demonstrate what they were reading on the information material that I provided and be able to remember some sewing machine topics that I explained during the four days classes.
VI. Participants need to work as a team.
I would like to advice that the five participant need to work as team and share their strength to each of other. During the four classes there were some participants doing better tasks than others. Mainly all of them were ok but as you know some of them are better in some specific tasks than others.
The participant commitment is to keep the Learning Center Sewing Machine running. They will elaborate a schedule to do the necessary maintenance.
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