What the Gerber AccuMark For Beginners Course Can Do For You?
At the Fashion Technology Academy we regularly host three-day Gerber AccuMark courses led by two leading industry experts who have more than 30 years Gerber experience between them.
The course is essential for any individual working with patterns and knowledge gained in Gerber is considered a valuable asset by industry, read on to find out why September’s cohort of Gerber learners chose to do the course...
Nancy: “I have known for some time that technology was changing the workplace, I even taught this to my students at Bexhill Sixth Form College and here was I, in danger of being left behind if I didn't get to grips with these changes.
“I was recently employed, as a freelance manual pattern cutter, at a young, fashion company in nearby Lewes, they had received a grant which they were spending on a Gerber System. However, they decided this meant they only needed their existing pattern cutter/grader, Ian - and I was now surplus to requirement. So I decided to get myself trained up in Gerber, so I could add this to my list of existing skills; and If Ian was ever ill or on holiday I could offer cover for him and also increase my employment options elsewhere.”
Wayne: “I signed up to the course to self invest and upskill for the imminent future, second by it being highly recommended.”
“I hope to achieve competence in pattern digitising to offer as a service and garment production forecasting where fabric quantities are concerned.”
Anya: “After completing a course in Postgraduate for Professionals in Creative Pattern Cutting I worked as a manual pattern cutter for a luxury womenswear brand. My next role was as a Garment Technologist for a high street brand. I then took a 2-year break to work as an Olympic weightlifting coach (a little random!!) and now I've recently been offered a position as a Technologist for another brand, People Tree. I have been using CLO 3D to make patterns digitally, but I really want to learn the industry leading software Gerber to further my career and maybe work on my own projects digitally in the future. I just don't want to be left behind as a manual pattern cutter when the industry is moving more and more to CAD.”
Emily: “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.”
Afsha: “I am doing this course to become a more efficient pattern maker. I believe this course will help me to be closer to my dream career.
“To adapt certain designs manually in blocks can take a long time, as sometimes the process requires you to work with many working patterns. By using Gerber I would like to get the same result as a manual pattern but in far less time. I would like to become proficient in Gerber so that it will help me in my career as a pattern maker or as a couturier.”
The 15-hour course is taught in small groups with clear, easy-to-follow guidance and includes the following:
+ PowerPoint presentation explaining Gerber AccuMark, the basics of lines, points, how the computer recognises pieces and AccuMark Explorer the filing system.
+ Pattern input using the digitiser/puck.
+ Pattern Design
+ Introducing the key Gerber functions and processes for pattern drafting and pattern modifications.
+ Setting up work space.
+ 15 functions to master from day one.
+ Demonstrations of 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.
The next three-day course takes place on 6th, 13th and 20th October and costs £499, and the November installment is scheduled for 10th, 17th and 24th November, however we are flexible and can book for future dates so please get in touch if you are interested.
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