Operates or tend sewing machines to join, reinforce, decorate, or perform related sewing operations in the manufacture of garment or nongarment products.
This career is part of the Manufacturing cluster Manufacturing Production pathway.
A person in this career:
- Monitors machine operation to detect problems such as defective stitching, breaks in thread, or machine malfunctions.
- Places spools of thread, cord, or other materials on spindles, inserts bobbins, and threads ends through machine guides and components.
- Positions items under needles, using marks on machines, clamps, templates, or cloth as guides.
- Guides garments or garment parts under machine needles and presser feet to sew parts together.
- Removes holding devices and finished items from machines.
- Matches cloth pieces in correct sequences prior to sewing them, and verifies that dye lots and patterns match.
- Folds or stretches edges or lengths of items while sewing to facilitate forming specified sections.
- Cuts excess material or thread from finished products.
- Selects supplies such as fasteners and thread, according to job requirements.
- Examines and measures finished articles to verify conformance to standards, using rulers.