Gerber for Beginners

The Gerber Accumark digital pattern making course is a three-day beginner’s course designed for those with manual pattern cutting experience, and wish to extend their skills.

Course content 

PowerPoint presentation explaining Gerber AccuMark, the basics of lines, points, how the computer recognises pieces and the filing system – AccuMark Explorer.

Pattern input using the digitiser/curser. (This is an optional part of the course)

Pattern Design – PDS
Introducing the key Gerber functions and processes for pattern drafting and pattern modifications.
Personalising and setting up workspace.
15 functions to master from day one.
Demonstrations of up to 100 frequently used functions and how we implement them.

AccuMark Explorer
Saving, moving, copying, and re-naming pieces.
Looking at the various file components.

Putting the functions to use – A series of exercises putting into use many of the functions and understanding how to execute them.

Previous Gerber learner Emily said: “I used to work as a tailor in E.Tautz and Ozwald Boateng in Savile Row and I am working as a freelance Pattern Cutter for Simone Rocha. I see more industries require CAD pattern cutters than manual pattern cutters, so I realized I need to learn these new techniques. I would like to be familiar with doing patterns based on Gerber system and learn everything in ethical factory production ways.”

This course is available at:

  • London Haringey Campus
  • Leicester Campus
  • Wales Campus
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