Sewers, Hand

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About the Job

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

It is also Called

  • Umbrella Tipper
  • Thread Marker
  • Stitcher
  • Sewer Separation Designer
  • Seamstress
  • Pelota Maker
  • Passementerie Worker
  • Mattress Specialist
  • Mattress Finisher
  • Mattress and Foundation Sewer
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What They Do

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

Interests

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

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Investigative interests, but also prefer Social environments.

Work Values

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

Things They Need to Know

  • 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.
  • Sales and Marketing - Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • 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.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • 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.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Education Required

These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

Wages

In 2016, the average annual wage in Pennsylvania was $28,710 with most people making between $21,260 and $37,200

Outlook

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During 2010, this occupation employed approximately 150 people in Pennsylvania. It is projected that there will be 140 employed in 2020.

This occupation will have about 0 openings due to growth and about 2 replacement openings for approximately 2 total annual openings.



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