Operates or tends 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.
- Matches cloth pieces in correct sequences prior to sewing them, and verifies that dye lots and patterns match.
- Guides garments or garment parts under machine needles and presser feet to sew parts together.
- Starts and operates or tends machines, such as single or double needle serging and flat-bed felling machines, to automatically join, reinforce, or decorate material or articles.
- Records quantities of materials processed.
- Inspects garments, and examines repair tags and markings on garments to locate defects or damage, and marks errors as necessary.
- Mounts attachments, such as needles, cutting blades, or pattern plates, and adjusts machine guides according to specifications.
- Selects supplies such as fasteners and thread, according to job requirements.