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Department of Apparel

Magnification of fabric

Pilling test

Digitising patterns in to Gerber system


Innovation Zone


6-needle electronic embroidery machine

Demonstration of elastic attachment for lingerie

Ultrasonic welding


Body scanning session


CAD drop-in


Laser cutting service for students

The Department of Apparel has an excellent portfolio of technical equipment and facilities. The technical support teams provides expert advice, support and guidance reinforcing student learning on new and innovative equipment.

The 2 teams of 11 professional staff support subject disciplines and activities relating to CAD Pattern and Garment Construction, Anthropometrics, Textile Testing. The Resource Centre provides technical advice on garment construction, laser cutting, embroidery along with a comprehensive range of fabric, threads, trimmings and student support materials.

The team of 11 expert staff support subject disciplines and activities relating to clothing design and manufacture. Notable services inlude advice and technical support with; anthropometrics, Textile testing, garment technology and a pattern technology design service. A resource centre is available, where fabrics and materials can be sourced. You can also access CAD support here or use laser and 3D printers.

What we provide

Studios and Equipment

The department of Apparel has four garment technology studios in which all the equipment is industry standard and updated regularly in line with manufacturing developments. There are three pattern technology studios and three CAD rooms housing the latest 2-D and 3D-software applications (Gerber/Acumark, Adobe Design Suite, V-stitcher, Optitex). Technical staff are close on hand to assist with the setting up and operating of equipment safely and professionally.

There are a diverse range of joining equipment for woven, stretch, leather materials and a specialist Innovation Zone for non-sewn technology ( ultrasonic welding, bonding and waterproof seam taping).

The facilities are utilised by undergraduate, post graduate programmes, research and enterprise collaborations. The equipment allows for a certain level of experimentation and works in synergy with the textile testing laboratories.

Technical Support

Technicians contribute by preparing and demonstrating equipment and informing students and staff of any high-risk elements to the processes.

Services include:

  • Competition and final year sample making
  • Maintaining and setting up specialist equipment for staff and students
  • Laser cutting, etching
  • 3-D printing
  • Embroidery design
  • Operation and support on body scanners
  • Pattern Directory – linked to Gerber/Acumark
  • Poster Printing, binding
  • Resource library
  • Staff and student demonstrations
  • Equipment loans

How we improve your student experience

All technical staff have had accomplished careers in the apparel industry. Consequently they have a vast experience to draw upon when advising students and dealing with enquiries. Students working autonomously on projects can seek technical help and support from the team.

Students can access equipment throughout the teaching weeks and technical staff are also on hand to support and advise students during extended opening hours on three evenings.

Our booking system for the laser, embroidery and 3D printing ensures fair access to the facilities along with point of contact for expert advice on apparel construction methods.

Our location

Cavendish Building, Manchester campus

Contact us

Marie Slater, Technical team leader (pattern and garment technology) / 0161 247 2629

Our staff

  • Marie Slater, Technical team leader (pattern and garment technology) / 0161 247 2629
  • Colin Stone, Technical Officer (CAD, media) / 0161 247 2626
  • Derek Hebdon, Technical Officer (Textiles, 3-D printing) / 0161 247 2634
  • Ella Wong, Technical Officer (pattern and garment technology)
  • Geoff Watkin, Technical Officer (sewing and non-sewn equipment technology) / 0161 247 2653
  • James Roscoe, Technical Officer (sewing and non-sewn equipment technology, 3-D, laser cutting)
  • Lynne Kyte, Technical Officer (garment technology, Resource Centre) / 0161 247 2630
  • Marlene Taylor, Technical Officer (pattern and garment technology) / 0161 247 2629
  • Clair Templeton, Assistant Technical Officer (equipment preparation and body scanning)
  • Steven Heaps, Technical Officer (CAD) / 0161 247 2487
  • Jayne Gill, Technical services manager (pattern and garment technology) / 0161 247 2608