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Sewers, Hand

Sew, join, reinforce, or finish, usually with needle and thread, a variety of manufactured items. Includes weavers and stitchers.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Sew, join, reinforce, or finish parts of articles, such as garments, books, mattresses, toys, and wigs, using needles and thread or other materials.
    • Trim excess threads or edges of parts, using scissors or knives.
    • Select thread, twine, cord, or yarn to be used, and thread needles.
    • Draw and cut patterns according to specifications.
    • Fold, twist, stretch, or drape material, and secure articles in preparation for sewing.
    • Smooth seams with heated irons, flat bones, or rubbing sticks.
    • Measure and align parts, fasteners, or trimmings, following seams, edges, or markings on parts.
    • Use different sewing techniques such as felling, tacking, basting, embroidery, and fagoting.
    • Sew buttonholes, or add lace or other trimming.
    • Wax thread by drawing it through a ball of wax.
    • Tie, knit, weave or knot ribbon, yarn, or decorative materials.
    • Soften leather or shoe material with water to prepare it for sewing.
    • Attach trimmings and labels to articles with cement, using brushes or cement guns.


    • Judgment and Decision Making

      Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

    • Time Management

      Managing one's own time and the time of others.

    • Complex Problem Solving

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


    Applied Math
    Workplace Documents
    Graphic Literacy


    • 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.

    • Finger Dexterity

      The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.

    • 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.


    • Customer and Personal Service

      Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

    • Design

      Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

    • Production and Processing

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

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    • Ohio Annual Salary 29850/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 14.35/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed Not Available
    • Yearly Projected Openings Not Available

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    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
    • Independence
    • Innovation
    • Integrity
    • Achievement/Effort


    • Shears
    • Fids
    • Dressmakers ruler
    • Domestic clothing irons
    • Awls


    • Presentation software
    • Optical character reader OCR or scanning software
    • Office suite software
    • Graphics or photo imaging software
    • Computer aided design CAD software

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