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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Machine sew covers for upholstered items 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
117356  Machine sew covers for upholstered items 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Furniture 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 06 - Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology Manufacturing and Assembly 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 3  NQF Level 03  30 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2018-07-01  2023-06-30  SAQA 06120/18 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This unit standard does not replace any other unit standard and is not replaced by any other unit standard. 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
The person credited with this unit standard is able sew and attach items to cover and fabrics in a safe and productive manner.

The qualifying learner is capable of:
  • Selecting materials and equipment.
  • Preparing equipment and components
  • Sewing seams and assembling covers.
  • Attaching ancillary items. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Learners accessing this qualification will have demonstrated competence in numeracy and literacy equivalent to NQF level 2. They will also have achieved, or be able to demonstrate equivalent competence to, the National Certificate in Furniture Upholstery (Wood), NQF level 2. 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    The following elements include, but are not limited to:
  • Specifications: written; oral; type and size of component; size and colour of fabric
  • Queries: errors; unclear instructions; omissions
  • Equipment: lockstitch machine; or longarm; twin needle; overlock machine; multi needle machine, type of foot; type of thread; type of needle; colour of thread; amount of thread; thickness of thread; tension; stitch length
  • Materials: components; thread; piping; zips
  • Equipment preparation: Components: for modern furniture; armchair (include wings); settee; box pouffe; office or reception
  • Marking components: for identification; matching positions; placing
  • Component preparation: skiving; notching
  • Machines: lockstitch machine; other stitch type
  • Seams: straight sewing; shaped sewing; other seam type
  • Seam specification: type; size
  • Quilting/Pleating: type; size; visual appearance
  • Components: modern furniture; armchair (include wings); settee; box pouffe; office or reception furniture
  • Information: type of cover; operator identification
  • Ancillary items: piping; zips; labels; braids; fringes; gimps; velcro
  • Rectifying: repair; reject; replace; report. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Select materials and equipment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The specification is checked and confirmed to be clear, accurate and complete. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Any queries regarding the specification instructions are clarified with the relevant person. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Tools and equipment are identified and set out for the work to be done. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Tools and equipment are checked and confirmed to be in required condition for safe and effective production. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Materials are selected according to specification requirements and confirmed to be free from debris and faults. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Workstation is kept clean and tidy. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Operations are performed safely and within the time allocated. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Prepare equipment and components. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Equipment is handled safely, without damage and prepared as required. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Test sews are carried out and confirmed against specification. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Any deviations to the specifications are identified and rectified. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Components are accurately sorted, identified and sequenced for production. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Components are accurately marked and prepared for sewing. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Relevant information is recorded onto appropriate documents. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    The operations are performed safely and within the time allocated. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Sew seams and assemble covers. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Machine is operated safely and correctly according to operating instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Seams are sewn evenly with the required tension and conform to specification. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Quilting and pleating is formed to specification. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Components are sewn in correct sequence. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Sewn covers conform to shape and size requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Faults are identified and rectified. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Non-recoverable faults are reported to the relevant person, discarded and replaced. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    Sewn work is marked and arranged for passing on for next process. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 9 
    Relevant information is accurately recorded onto appropriate document. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 10 
    The operations are performed safely and within the time allocated. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Attach ancillary items. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Machine is operated safely and correctly according to operating instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Ancillary items are checked and confirmed to comply with specification requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Faulty items are identified, reported to the relevant person and rectified. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Items are accurately positioned and securely sewn. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Sewing of components is performed in the correct sequence. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Finishing methods are according to specification and is visually balanced. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Faults are identified and rectified. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    Non-recoverable faults are reported to the relevant person, discarded and replaced. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 9 
    Sewn work is clearly marked and arranged for passing onto next workstation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 10 
    Relevant information is recorded onto appropriate document. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 11 
    Operations are performed safely and within the time allocated. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    Assessors assessing a learner or moderating the assessment of a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the FIETA ETQA

    Institutions offering learning that will enable the achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with the FIETA ETQA. 

    UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • A broad understanding of equipment and its faults and how to identify them.
  • An ability to interpret specification requirements.
  • A sound understanding of different machines, tools and equipment and their correct and safe usage.
  • A sound understanding of relevant health and safety requirements.
  • A sound understanding of the importance of punctuality, work quality and performance standards and how they affect production.
  • A sound understanding of different seams, quilting and pleating and their purposes of use.
  • A sound understanding of the different finishing methods and techniques.
  • A broad understanding of quality checks and acceptable tolerances and the deviations of tolerances. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify & solve problems in which responses display that responsible decisions using critical and creative thinking have been made when machine sewing covers for upholstered items. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others when carrying out good housekeeping routines. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively to ensure work is carried out according to quality and performance requirements, without compromising safety for self and colleagues. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively using language skills when communicating with supervisors and work colleagues. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognising that problem-solving contexts do not exist in isolation, that when carrying out machine sewing they do not pose a safety risk and that failure to maintain rate and quality of production will negatively impact upon all parts of the furniture production cycle. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    N/A 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  49105   National Certificate: Furniture Making: Wood  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  FPMSETA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
    This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionaries have a lag in their recording systems for provider accreditation, in turn leading to a lag in notifying SAQA of all the providers that they have accredited to offer qualifications and unit standards, as well as any extensions to accreditation end dates. The relevant Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
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