ASU CareerCatalyst is thrilled to announce the launch of a new program, Transforming Fashion Manufacturing: Apparel Production Machinist Certificate. From learning industry garment construction techniques to machine operation and processes, this course provides learners with key information and beginner skills to launch a career in fashion.

Staying Ahead of Fashion Trends and Manufacturing

Working in the fashion industry requires a wide range of knowledge about how clothes are made. As apparel manufacturing evolves, the industry needs people who both operate and understand manufacturing machinery, as well as cutting edge design processes. Developing comprehensive knowledge on machine operation, construction techniques, and the implementation of new technology is the first step ASU provides within the larger Transforming Fashion Program. 

"The seismic shift in how fashion is developed and produced means partnering with digital pioneers and industry experts who can provide insights and best practices for using cutting edge technology," says Dennita Sewell, Fashion Program Director, Herberger Institute.

Learning How Fashion Goes from Paper to Hanger

Developed in partnership with ASU’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, the Apparel Production Machinist certificate provides you with an overview of the machines that drive the fashion industry forward. Throughout this course you’ll learn:

  • Fundamentals of identifying and working with knit and woven fabrics
  • Seam construction and measurement systems that allow you to work with various fabrics
  • Information on how single and double-needle sewing machines are operated
  • Skills to adjust fabrics throughout production and how to identify any defects

The Apparel Machinist certificate is broken into two modules and can be completed on-demand, offering flexibility for busy learners. The total time commitment for completing the certificate is approximately forty hours. This introductory video will show you what it's all about.

This pathway is designed for people interested in learning the fundamentals of sewing machines and have little to no previous industry experience. After this course you’ll be well-prepared for entry-level positions in apparel manufacturing.


Whether you are new to the industry or have an interest in beginning your career, this course will give you the essential skills in industry sewing machinery. As more manufacturing takes place in the United States, the demand for these jobs will continue to grow. 

If you’re interested in working in apparel manufacturing or creating your own designs, this program will give you the boost to confidently understand the ins and outs of how clothing is made. Transforming Fashion Manufacturing: Apparel Production Machinist is now available — start your learning journey and unlock the magic of fashion with ASU CareerCatalyst.