Sewing Machine Operators

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About the Job

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

It is also Called

  • Plastic Sewer
  • Plaiter
  • Piper
  • Piped Pocket Machine Operator
  • Pinking Sewing Machine Operator
  • Pinked Edge Sewing Machine Operator
  • Pillowcase Maker
  • Picked-Edge Sewing Machine Operator
  • Paper Bags Sewing Machine Operator
  • Pants Maker
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What They Do

  • Perform specialized or automatic sewing machine functions, such as buttonhole making or tacking.
  • Position and mark patterns on materials to prepare for sewing.
  • Baste edges of material to align and temporarily secure parts for final assembly.
  • Tape or twist together thread or cord to repair breaks.
  • Draw markings or pin appliques on fabric to obtain variations in design.
  • Position material or articles in clamps, templates, or hoop frames prior to automatic operation of machines.
  • Attach buttons, hooks, zippers, fasteners, or other accessories to fabric, using feeding hoppers or clamp holders.
  • Inspect garments, and examine repair tags and markings on garments to locate defects or damage, and mark errors as necessary.
  • Cut materials according to specifications, using blades, scissors, or electric knives.
  • Mount attachments, such as needles, cutting blades, or pattern plates, and adjust machine guides according to specifications.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: I.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Investigative interests.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Support, but also value Relationships and Independence in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • 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.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • 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.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • 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.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.

Education Required

Some of these occupations may require a high school diploma or GED certificate.

Wages

In 2016, the average annual wage in Pennsylvania was $24,910 with most people making between $17,450 and $34,720

Outlook

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avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 4,830 people in Pennsylvania. It is projected that there will be 3,690 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 0 openings due to growth and about 30 replacement openings for approximately 30 total annual openings.



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