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Sewing Machine Operators

Operate or tend sewing machines to join, reinforce, decorate, or perform related sewing operations in the manufacture of garment or nongarment products.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Monitor machine operation to detect problems such as defective stitching, breaks in thread, or machine malfunctions.
    • Cut materials according to specifications, using blades, scissors, or electric knives.
    • Place spools of thread, cord, or other materials on spindles, insert bobbins, and thread ends through machine guides and components.
    • Position items under needles, using marks on machines, clamps, templates, or cloth as guides.
    • Guide garments or garment parts under machine needles and presser feet to sew parts together.
    • Remove holding devices and finished items from machines.
    • Match cloth pieces in correct sequences prior to sewing them, and verify that dye lots and patterns match.
    • Fold or stretch edges or lengths of items while sewing to facilitate forming specified sections.
    • Cut excess material or thread from finished products.
    • Select supplies such as fasteners and thread, according to job requirements.
    • Examine and measure finished articles to verify conformance to standards, using rulers.
    • Start and operate or tend machines, such as single or double needle serging and flat-bed felling machines, to automatically join, reinforce, or decorate material or articles.
    • Inspect garments, and examine repair tags and markings on garments to locate defects or damage, and mark errors as necessary.
    • Record quantities of materials processed.
    • Attach buttons, hooks, zippers, fasteners, or other accessories to fabric, using feeding hoppers or clamp holders.
    • Turn knobs, screws, and dials to adjust settings of machines, according to garment styles and equipment performance.
    • Repair or alter items by adding replacement parts or missing stitches.
    • Attach tape, trim, appliques, or elastic to specified garments or garment parts, according to item specifications.
    • Position material or articles in clamps, templates, or hoop frames prior to automatic operation of machines.
    • Perform equipment maintenance tasks such as replacing needles, sanding rough areas of needles, or cleaning and oiling sewing machines.
    • Draw markings or pin appliques on fabric to obtain variations in design.
    • Tape or twist together thread or cord to repair breaks.
    • Baste edges of material to align and temporarily secure parts for final assembly.
    • Position and mark patterns on materials to prepare for sewing.
    • Mount attachments, such as needles, cutting blades, or pattern plates, and adjust machine guides according to specifications.
    • Perform specialized or automatic sewing machine functions, such as buttonhole making or tacking.

    Skills

    • Monitoring

      Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    • Complex Problem Solving

      Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    3
    Workplace Documents
    3
    Graphic Literacy
    3

    Abilities

    • Arm-Hand Steadiness

      The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.

    • Manual Dexterity

      The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.

    • Control Precision

      The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.

    Knowledge

    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    • Production and Processing

      Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

    • Mathematics

      Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 28130/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 13.52/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 4,120
    • Yearly Projected Openings 410

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    Personality

    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.They do well at jobs that need:
    • Attention to Detail
    • Dependability
    • Integrity
    • Cooperation
    • Self Control
    • Independence

    Tools

    • Sewing patterns
    • Sewing machines
    • Rulers
    • Rotary paper or fabric cutter
    • Bobbins or bobbin holders

    Technology

    • Word processing software
    • Spreadsheet software
    • Office suite software
    • Internet browser software
    • Electronic mail software

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