Recently, the office staff had the opportunity to work with our talented staff in the sewing room. We each spent 5 hours in the sewing room on the cutting table, the pinning table or at QC. This gave the sales staff the opportunity to not only learn the product better, but also have a clear understanding of how the sales process connects with the sewing process and gain insight into the skills and time needed to complete these projects.
I started at the cutting table with Jorge, who has been with the company for over 21 years. We began by analyzing the cut list that was given to us by the sales person and checking to make sure that the fabric was completely clean and intact. After that, we measured out the correct amount of fabric. Once it was measured, we smoothed out the fabric, cut it into pieces and folded up each piece to give to the pinning table. Jorge is incredible at his job and patiently waited for me to slowly catch up to him. He made sure that every cut was measured correctly and that each piece was folded meticulously.
Next, I worked at the pinning table with Sara, Gloria, and Maria. Again, we started by checking the cut list that was passed down from the cutting table. We were working with a 22oz Encore, which is much harder to push a pin through than you would think, and we began by folding and pinning around the edges. The fabric was so thick that I bent most of my pins and poked myself almost every single time trying to push them through. Sara, Gloria and Maria made the pinning look completely effortless and I could barely put two pins in before they finished the entire piece of fabric.
Lastly, I worked in QC. Miguel showed me how they add ties onto the sewn drapes and push a tie through the top hem. We took a long, skinny pole with string attached to push through the top of the drape. This was not an easy task; I was using all the muscle in my arms to get that pole to the end. Not only did we have to push the string through, but we had to tie tight knots through every grommet along the top of the drape. After finishing all the ties, we checked that the measurements were correct and attached it to the truss to be lifted and checked one last time. Once it was brought back down, we folded the finished product and placed it into a Sew What? bag. Miguel was incredibly careful that the drape was the correct size and that it was all input correctly for the customer.
This experience has taught me a lot about how much effort and detail is put into every single drape that we make. Everyone in the sewing room is amazing at their job and has such incredible skill that is unmatchable. I feel so lucky that I get to be apart of such a hard-working team that truly cares about the quality of their product.