The Industrial Commons Expands Successful Training Program to Include Furniture Upholstery Classes

Updated: Apr 20

By eTextileCommunications


This article was published in eTextileCommunications April 14, 2022. More information on Industrial Commons programs can be found here.


The Industrial Commons has added furniture upholstery training to their programming.

This expands their offerings, which also includes a successful industrial sewing program. Both trainings, in partnership with Western Piedmont Community College, provide the opportunity for students to pursue their career goals while gaining lifelong marketable skills.

Sewing and upholstery jobs are in high demand in our area's furniture and textile industries. These programs prepare students to be professional upholsterers and sewers with a hands-on, project-oriented format. Course instructors work with manufacturers to help trainees get hired through job fairs and site visits to local textile and furniture companies.


NEW Furniture Upholstery Training Program:

The Furniture Upholstery Program runs from April 26-August 18 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 p.m.-7 p.m. located at The Industrial Commons, 647 Hopewell Road in Morganton, N.C.


The Furniture Upholstery Program instruction includes:

  • Frame building and spring up

  • Fabric and material cutting

  • Furniture finishing

  • Basic upholstery

Industrial Sewing Training Program:

The Industrial Commons, in partnership with the Carolina Textile District and Western Piedmont Community College, has trained 22 individuals since launching the Industrial Sewing Class in 2021 and there are many success stories to share. Most manufacturers are looking for sewing technicians that have some basic experience with industrial machines, so this training is the perfect foot-in-the-door with area manufacturers. Just this year, the Industrial Commons had three students get jobs at Ekornes right after the first 2022 Boot Camp! Penny Justus, HR.


Manager with Ekornes, said, “We were pleased to be able to hire three new employees through The Industrial Commons’ Sewing Boot Camp. We look forward to continuing this partnership throughout 2022 and beyond!” Sara Chester, The Industrial Commons co-executive director, added, “We have heard from our industry partners that finding skilled workers is particularly challenging right now. We are excited to utilize our extensive professional network, our partnership with Western Piedmont Community College, and our talented instructors and help meet that need here at The Industrial Commons.”


Lesly Hernandez finished the training in February 2022. “I learned so much from the industrial sewing training. This hands-on class gave me the skills I needed to feel confident in my new job at Ekornes,” Hernandez said. “I was able to start my new job immediately after completing the training.”


Upcoming classes are “Boot Camp” style where you receive 96 credit hours from Western Piedmont Community College in just 12 full-day classes. The next Industrial Sewing Boot Camp dates are offered this summer from June 16-July 1 and July 11-July 26.


Industrial Sewing Program instruction includes:

  • Tools and Techniques

  • Basic stitches and seams

  • Machines for furniture and home goods (single needle machine, serger, and cover stitch)

  • Beginner projects (bags, pillows, zip pouch, etc.)

For more information visit https://theindustrialcommons.org/education-training. Contact Kelly here to sign up.

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