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Name: ______________________________ Date: __________________

GETTING READY TO SEW


Diagnostic Test
This test is for diagnostic purposes only. The teacher will review your answers to determine at what level
to start the safety instruction for the course. Dont worry if you dont know the answers to some of the
questions. We will cover the information in the next few days in class.
Answer all questions on the paper.

True or False Read the statement carefully. If the statement is true write T on the blank. If the
statement is false write F on the blank.

_______1. It is recommended that you turn the power and light switch on before changing needles, presser
feet and needle plates.

_______2. To run the machine, press the foot control pedal. The harder you press, the faster the machine
will go.

_______3. The thread and needle you choose will depend upon the fabric being stitched.

_______4. Test the stitching on a fabric scrap to make sure the tension is correct.

_______5. Straight pins can be safely stored on the bed of your machine for easy access and use.

_______6. Keep your machine in good working order and wash with a little clean soapy water to remove
dust and lint.

_______7. When sewing or serging you should not pull or push the fabric through the machine.

_______8. Lean your face fairly close to the stitching to carefully follow the stitching lines.

_______9. Unplug the electrical cord from the wall outlet before disconnecting the cord from the machine
when not in use.

_______10. As you sew, remove straight pins before stitching over the area.

_______11. Dont touch an iron except on the soleplate with a wet finger to test for heat.

_______12. Rest the iron flat on its soleplate when not in use.

_______13. Protective eyewear in the fashion lab is available but not mandatory.

_______14. If you do not have a large enough table for cutting, then it is best to cut on the floor where the
fabric can lay flat.

_______15. Its safe to iron or press over pins, zippers, and other metal objects.
Complete the following statements that best show your knowledge of health and safety in the fashion lab.

16. Safely store sharp objects, like shears, tracing wheels, or seam rippers in ____________________

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17. Occasionally when material is being sewn, why might bunching occur? ____________________

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18. If the sewing machine isnt working properly, what steps should you follow? _________________

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19. What should you do if the needle breaks? _____________________________________________

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20. Causes for machine needle breakage include the following:

a) _________________________________

b) _________________________________

c) _________________________________.