Textile and Fashion Industry Training Centre (TaF.tc)

ALTERAROUND
(SEWING ALTERATION PROJECT)

Earn as you learn, doing what you love, from the comfort of your home

A Learning Initiative With:

LHUB Logo      U Women and Family Logo-1-1  U FSE logo

 

Why AlterAround?

The digital age is here. Faster than ever, and we want to be ahead of the curve by developing and creating business opportunities to help our sewing graduates.

We want you to start your very own alteration business, and for the same reason, to meet the gap in the fashion industry.

Illustration of student sewing with domestic machine

What is the current gap in the fashion industry?

More and more Singaporeans are buying clothes online because it is convenient. However, one of the main disadvantage is that they are unable to try the clothes on first, so returning the clothes or altering them would be the next best option.

When Singaporeans are looking for an alteration service near their neighbourhood, it is a difficult and time consuming process because they need to justify the price with the sewing workmanship.

Illustration of the tools of sewing

 

What is AlterAround?

AlterAround is a brand new alteration service proudly developed by TaF.tc!

With AlterAround, our sewing graduates are able to provide and offer alteration services from the comfort of their own home.

TaF.tc is developing a web application to help Singaporeans who are finding alteration shops nearest to their location, and matching them with the closest alteration personnel.

We will be partnering with our sewing vendor, to provide a loan cum purchase (sponsored by third party) for the sewing machines to help our new business owners!

This project is for you if you want to:

  • Be a business owner 

  • Generate a primary or secondary source of income
  • Love the craft of sewing and alteration

  • Be part of a new movement and create a best-in class standard in the alteration industry

  • Supporting sustainability in fashion by upcycling clothing
Illustration of students doing a sewing project

Introducing the Business Fundamentals Modules by NTUC LearningHub:

The Business Fundamentals Modules are curated so that all our sewing alteration project graduates can grasp the basic principles of running a business!

Click on the individual modules to find out how every one of them will help you get comfortable as being a business owner in the alteration industry.  

SkillsFuture for Digital Workplace:
SkillsFuture for Digital Workplace (SFDW) is a national initiative that gears Singaporeans with foundational digital skills and a mindset for the digital transformation, preparing them for the future economy. Faced with rapid changes and constant disruptions at work and in our personal lives, it is important that we become future ready by anticipating and embracing change positively.

Course Duration: 16 Hours

Implement a Business Plan:
This course is contextualised to enable learners to understand what a comprehensive business plan would entail and their respective role/s in the business plans, executing and adapting implementation plans which includes monitoring and reporting of the outcomes of the implementation of a business plan.

Course Duration: 20 Hours

Monitor Income and Expenses:
This course aims to give learners fundamental knowledge in monitoring income and expenses in their E-Commerce business. Learners will be able to learn the various types of control systems for income and expenses and procedures to
establish them. Learners will also learn the methods and how to assess the effectiveness of established control systems for income and expenses.

The financial records of managing petty cash, ensuring completeness and accuracy, the types
and characteristics of costs and cost control measures are included in this programme to enhance learners knowledge on how to monitor income and expenses.

Course Duration: 20 Hours

Here's what you can expect!

What Do I Need?

  • A set of drafting and sewing tool kit (Please refer to full list here)
  • Laptop (Only for students applying for online classes)

Since this is the first time you are learning how to draft and sew, it is advisable to get fabrics that are not too soft and slippery.

Solid colour fabric is highly recommended. However, please note that you clearly mark which is the face and back of the fabric. If you prefer to get prints, you must get prints that are non-directional and that you can cut in either direction. That means if you choose a dinosaur print, you must make sure the dinosaurs are looking at all different directions (up and down, left and right) and not only one direction.

Please only buy the following:

Basic Drafting and Sewing

  1. 100% non-stretch cotton poplin for blouse
    • 1.5m (45-48 Inch width range)
      OR
    • 1m (58 – 60 inch width range)
  2. 100% non-stretch cotton twill for skirt
    • 1.5m (45-48 Inch width range)
      OR
    • 1m (58 – 60 inch width range)
  3. 23cm invisible/conceal zipper for skirt

Intermediate Drafting and Sewing

  1. 100% non-stretch cotton poplin for shirt
    • 2m (45-48 Inch width range)
      OR
    • 1.6m (58 – 60 inch width range)
  2. 100% non-stretch cotton twill for pants
    • 2.4m (45-48 Inch width range)
      OR
    • 2m (58 – 60 inch width range)
  3. 18cm normal coil zipper (do not use metallic teeth) for pants

 

I'm interested!

TaF.tc will be creating a curated training programme to help you kickstart your sewing alteration journey! NTUC members will receive additional course fee support through the Union Training Assistance Programme (UTAP).

For more information about the AlterAround programme schedules, you can visit our website here! (OCT)(NOV)

You will be learning
8 TaF.tc Sewing Modules
&
3 NTUC LearningHub Business Modules

Wondering if there are online or on-campus options for specific classes?
Watch out for the symbols indicated beside the course name!

💻  - Only Online Classes

🏤 - Only On-campus Classes

🏤 💻 - Both Online or On-campus Classes Available


October Intake 🏤 💻

Course Fee for SG/PRs (Aged 40 and below): S$2,278.96

TaF.tc Sewing Modules - S$1,516.94

NTUC Business Modules - S$563

Application Fees - S$199.02

SFMCES (Aged 40 and above): S$1,330.96

TaF.tc Sewing Modules - S$928.94

NTUC Business Modules - S$203

Application Fees - S$199.02

NTUC Members (Aged 40 and below): S$2,238.96

TaF.tc Sewing Modules - S$1,516.94

NTUC Business Modules - S$523

Application Fees - S$199.02

SFMCES NTUC Members (Aged 40 and above): S$1,290.96

TaF.tc Sewing Modules - S$928.94

NTUC Business Modules - S$163

Application Fees - S$199.02


November Intake 💻

Course Fee for SG/PRs (Aged 40 and below): S$2,698.40

TaF.tc Sewing Modules - S$1936.38

NTUC Business Modules - S$563

Application Fees - S$199.02

SFMCES (Aged 40 and above): S$1,358.40

TaF.tc Sewing Modules - S$956.38

NTUC Business Modules - S$203

Application Fees - S$199.02

NTUC Members (Aged 40 and below): $2,658.40

TaF.tc Sewing Modules - S$1936.38

NTUC Business Modules - S$523

Application Fees - S$199.02

SFMCES NTUC Members (Aged 40 and above): S$1,318.40

TaF.tc Sewing Modules - S$956.38

NTUC Business Modules - S$163

Application Fees - S$199.02


  1. Course fees indicated above are after SSG funding
  2. Payment and Enrolment for the 3 NTUC LearningHub courses will be done on NTUC LearningHub website
  3. Prices indicated above are subject to changes without prior notice
  4. SkillsFuture for Digital Workplace is not claimable under UTAP funding
  5. UTAP funding claimable of 50% of unfunded (balance course fee payable after applicable government subsidy) course fee support for up to $250 for NTUC members aged 40 and below
  6. UTAP funding claimable of 50% of unfunded (balance course fee payable after applicable government subsidy) course fee support for up to $500 for NTUC members aged 40 and above

  • Courses listed above are SkillsFuture Credit & PSEA applicable
  • Union Training Assistance Programme (UTAP) claimable
    • Sign-up for NTUC Member here!
    • Membership can be paid on a monthly basis
  • Sewing Tool Kit will be sponsored and only be provided for students who have not done TaF.tc's Basic Drafting and Sewing
  • Guidance will be provided on registering as a sole proprietor
  • Our sewing vendor will be loaning one lockstitch sewing machine (worth $220) and one overlock machine (worth $498)
    • At the end of the course, students can keep both lockstitch and overlock sewing machine
    • Students must complete the modules listed above 
    • The sewing machine model may vary but rest assured that the technical specifications of each model is of equal value
  •  

If you are interested to join us in this project, you can fill in your contact details on the provided form, and we will get back to you!


 

Register Your Interest!

 

FAQs

You can pay the remaining course fees by card! Alternatively, you can apply as a NTUC member to claim the Union Training Assistance Programme (UTAP) funding.

Yes, you can! However, you would still be required to go through all the modules listed above.

Yes, in our Basic Drafting & Sewing class, we will teach you how to draft, cut, sew and finish your very own basic skirt and blouse according to industry standards!

You can directly open an alteration shop from the comforts of your own home! This way, you do not have to pay for any rental and electricity.

We have evening and weekend classes available for those who are working!

As long as you are capable of industry standards alteration, we will consider you on a case-by-case basis. You will also have to go through a mandatory assessment by TaF.tc’s trainers.

Yes, you can! We will provide a loan cum purchase (sponsored by our sewing vendor) for the sewing machines. At the end of the course, students must complete all the modules in order to keep both the lockstitch and overlock sewing machines. Because if you are to run an alteration business, you’d need the tools to help your business thrive!