CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Sewing Machine Operators

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Manufacturing
Job Family: Textile/Apparel/Furnishings
Benchmark Title: Sewing Machine Operators
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
Operate or tend sewing machines to join, reinforce, decorate, or perform related sewing operations in the manufacture of garment or nongarment products. Monitor machine operation to detect problems such as defective stitching, breaks in thread, or machine malfunctions.
 
Position items under needles, using marks on machines, clamps, templates, or cloth as guides.
 
Place spools of thread, cord, or other materials on spindles, insert bobbins, and thread ends through machine guides and components.
 
Match cloth pieces in correct sequences prior to sewing them, and verify that dye lots and patterns match.
 
Guide garments or garment parts under machine needles and presser feet to sew parts together.
 
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.
 
Record quantities of materials processed.
 
Inspect garments, and examine repair tags and markings on garments to locate defects or damage, and mark errors as necessary.
 
Select supplies such as fasteners and thread, according to job requirements.
 
Mount attachments, such as needles, cutting blades, or pattern plates, and adjust machine guides according to specifications.
 
Cut excess material or thread from finished products.
 
Fold or stretch edges or lengths of items while sewing, in order to facilitate forming specified sections.
 
Perform equipment maintenance tasks such as replacing needles, sanding rough areas of needles, or cleaning and oiling sewing machines.
 
Examine and measure finished articles to verify conformance to standards, using rulers.
 
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.
 
Cut materials according to specifications, using blades, scissors, or electric knives.
 
Remove holding devices and finished items from machines.
 
Position and mark patterns on materials to prepare for sewing.
 
Position material or articles in clamps, templates, or hoop frames prior to automatic operation of machines.
 
Attach tape, trim, appliques, or elastic to specified garments or garment parts, according to item specifications.
 
Perform specialized or automatic sewing machine functions, such as buttonhole making or tacking.
 
Attach buttons, hooks, zippers, fasteners, or other accessories to fabric, using feeding hoppers or clamp holders.
 
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.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Manufacturing
Job Family: Textile/Apparel/Furnishings
Benchmark Title: Sewing Machine Operators
 
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
 
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
 
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
 
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.
 
Operation Monitoring Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
 
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
 
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Manufacturing
Job Family: Textile/Apparel/Furnishings
Benchmark Title: Sewing Machine Operators
 
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
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.
 
Rate Control The ability to time your movements or the movement of a piece of equipment in anticipation of changes in the speed and/or direction of a moving object or scene.
 
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
 
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.
 
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
 
Visual Color Discrimination The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
 
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
 
Multilimb Coordination The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
 
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
 
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
 
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
 
Reaction Time The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
 
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
 
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
 
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
 
Perceptual Speed The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
 
Depth Perception The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
 
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Manufacturing
Job Family: Textile/Apparel/Furnishings
Benchmark Title: Sewing Machine Operators
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education Less than a High School Diploma
 
Related Work Experience None
 
On-the-Job Training Anything beyond short demonstration, up to and including 1 month
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Manufacturing
Job Family: Textile/Apparel/Furnishings
Benchmark Title: Sewing Machine Operators
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
Appliquer
Apron Operator
Armhole Sewer
Automat Watcher
Automatic Folder-Seamer
Automatic Hemmer
Automatic Serging Machine Operator
Automatic Shirring Machine Operator
Automatic Trimming Sewer
Back Facer
Bag Maker
Bag Mender
Band Maker
Bander
Bar Tacker Sewing Machine
Bartacker
Baster
Basting Machine Operator
Bathing Suit Maker
Bead Worker Sewing
Belt Loop Machine Operator
Belt Maker
Belt Sewer
Binder
Binding Stitcher
Blind Stitch Machine Operator
Blindstitch Hemmer
Blindstitch Lapel Padder
Blindstitch Lining Feller
Blindstitch Machine Operator
Border Machine Operator
Borderer
Bouffant Curtain Machine Tender
Bow Maker
Box Spring Sewer
Braider
Braiding Machine Operator
Brim Stitcher
Buckle Sewer
Button Sewer
Button Sewing Machine Operator
Buttonhole Facer
Buttonhole Machine Operator
Buttonhole Maker
Buttonhole and Button Sewing Machine Operator
Buttonholer
Canvas Baster
Cap Maker
Cap Sewer
Capper
Carpet Sewer
Carpet Sewing Machine Operator
Casing Sewer
Chainstitch Binder
Chainstitch Elastic Attacher
Chainstitch Felled Seam Operator
Chainstitch Hemmer
Chainstitch Pants Outseamer
Chainstitch Seat Joiner
Chainstitch Sewing Machine Operator
Chainstitch Tunnel Elastic Operator
Chainstitch Zipper Setter
Chenille Machine Operator
Cloth Mender
Coat Feller
Coat Finisher
Coat Joiner
Coat Operator
Collar Baster
Collar Feller
Collar Maker
Collar Runner
Collar Setter
Collar Sewer
Collar Stitcher
Complete Garment Lockstitch Sewing Machine Operator
Complete Garment Overlock Machine Operator
Computer Stitcher
Cone Sewer
Cord Sewer
Corset Maker
Cover Seamer
Cover Stitch Machine Operator
Covering Machine Operator
Coverstitch Binder
Coverstitch Elastic Attacher
Coverstitch Machine Operator
Crotch Piece Baster
Cuff Maker
Cuff Runner
Cuff Setter
Cuff Sewer
Cuff Stitcher
Cuffer
Cuffing Machine Operator
Curtain Sewer
Curtain Stitcher
Cushion Sewer
Custom T-Shirt Embroidery Machine Operator
Cutter
Doll Wig Maker
Double Head Machine Operator
Double Needle Operator
Double Needle Stitcher
Drapery Maker
Drapery Operator
Drapery Seamstress
Dress Finisher
Dress Fitter
Dress Operator
Dressmaker
Dressmaker Helper
Edge Cutting Machine Operator
Edgestay Seamstress
Embroiderer
Embroidery Finisher
Embroidery Machine Operator
Embroidery Worker
Facer
Facing Baster
Fagoter
Fancy Needleworker
Fastener Sewing Machine Operator
Felled Seam Operator
Feller Hand
Feller Machine Operator
Feller Seam Operator
Felling Machine Operator
Finisher
Flag Maker
Flap Maker
Flat Bed Operator
Flat Lock Machine Operator
Flat Lock Operator
Flat Locker
Flatlock Sewing Machine Operator
Flosser
Flower Cheniller
Fly Maker
Folder Seamer
Front Edger
Front Facer
Front Maker
Fur Coat Sewer
Fur Finisher
Fur Machine Operator
Fur Operator
Fur Sewer
Garment Finisher
Garment Liner
Garment Sewing Machine Operator
Gatherer
Glove Cuffer
Glove Machine Operator
Glove Maker
Glove Operator
Glove Sewer
Glove Stitcher
Gore Maker
Gore Seamer
Gusset Edger
Gusset Stitcher
Handbag Finisher
Handbag Stitcher
Handkerchief Maker
Handstitching Machine Armhole Feller
Handstitching Machine Collar Feller
Hat Binder
Hat Liner
Hat Trimmer
Hat and Cap Sewer
Hemmer
Hemming and Tacking Machine Operator
Hemstitcher
Hemstitching Machine Operator
Hook and Eye Machine Operator
Hose Mender
Hose Seamer
Hosiery Operator
Hosiery Repairer
Industrial Sewer
Interlocking Machine Operator
Jumpbasting Armhole Baster
Jumpbasting Canvas Baster
Jumpbasting Collar Baster
Jumpbasting Facing Baster
Jumpbasting Lining Baster
Jumpbasting Machine Operator
Knotter
Label Maker
Label Sewer
Lace Mender
Lace Sewer
Ladies Suit Operator
Ladies Underwear Operator
Lapel Padder
Lapel Stitcher
Lapeler
Levi Maker
Line Closer
Liner
Lining Baster
Lining Feller
Lining Maker
Lining Setter
Lockstitch Armhole Sew and Trim Operator
Lockstitch Back Maker
Lockstitch Binder
Lockstitch Coat Joiner
Lockstitch Collar Setter
Lockstitch Cup Setter
Lockstitch Front Edge Tape Sewer
Lockstitch Front Maker
Lockstitch Hemmer
Lockstitch Lining Maker
Lockstitch Lining Setter
Lockstitch Machine Operator
Lockstitch Pocket Setter
Lockstitch Shoulder Joiner
Lockstitch Sleeve Maker
Lockstitch Sleeve Setter
Lockstitch Topstitcher
Lockstitch Tunnel Elastic Operator
Lockstitch Waistband Setter
Lockstitch Waistline Joiner
Lockstitch Zipper Setter
Lockstitcher
Loop Sewer
Loop Tacker
Machine Baster
Machine Fancy Stitcher
Machine Feller
Machine Stitcher
Match Up Person
Mender
Mitten Sewer
Monogram Machine Operator
Monogram Maker
Monogram Operator
Monogram Technician
Multi Needle Machine Operator
Multineedle Chainstitch Machine Operator
Neck Band Maker
Neck Band Operator
Neck Band Setter
Necktie Centralizing Machine Operator
Necktie Maker
Needleworker
Non-Garment Sewing Machine Operator
Nylon Mender
Ornament Stitcher
Ottoman Sewer
Overcaster
Overedge Machine Operator
Overedge Sewer
Overedger
Overlock Collar Setter
Overlock Elastic Attacher
Overlock Hemmer
Overlock Operator
Overlock Sewing Machine Operator
Overlock Sleeve Setter
Overlock Waistline Joiner
Overlocker
Overseamer
Padder
Pantograph Watcher
Pants Maker
Paper Bags Sewing Machine Operator
Peak Maker
Picked-Edge Sewing Machine Operator
Pillowcase Maker
Pinked Edge Sewing Machine Operator
Pinking Sewing Machine Operator
Piped Pocket Machine Operator
Piper
Plaiter
Plastic Sewer
Pleater
Pocket Closer
Pocket Finisher
Pocket Hemmer
Pocket Maker
Pocket Operator
Pocket Setter
Pocket Stitcher
Pocket Tacker
Pockets and Pieces Necktie Operator
Pointer
Power Sewing Machine Operator
Profile Stitching Machine Operator
Purler
Quilt Maker
Quilter
Quilting Machine Operator
Reinforcement Maker
Reinforcer
Rejoiner
Repair Operator
Roll Edge Machine Operator
Roll or Tape Edge Machine Operator
Rooter Operator
Ruffling Machine Operator
Sack Maker
Sack Repairer
Sack Sewer
Saddle Tree Stitcher
Sample Maker
Seam Feller
Seam Finisher
Seam Sewer
Seamer
Seamstress
Seat Cover Maker
Seat Joiner
Semiautomatic Sewing Machine Operator
Serger
Serging Machine Operator
Sew On Operator
Sewer
Sewer and Inspector
Sewing Machine Operator
Sewing Machine Operator Floorperson
Sewing Trimmer
Shape and Tape Operator
Shirrer
Shirring Machine Operator
Shirt Bander
Shirt Closer
Shirt Hemmer
Shirt Maker
Shirt Operator
Shirt Sewer
Shoulder Joiner
Skirt Maker
Skirt Sewer
Sleeve Facing Sewer
Sleeve Fixer
Sleeve Lining Tacker
Sleeve Maker
Sleeve Setter
Sleeve Sewer
Sleever
Slip Cover Operator
Slip Cover Seamstress
Slip Cover Sewer
Smocker
Sock Mender
Special Equipment Sewing Machine Operator
Splicing Machine Operator
Stitch Bonding Machine Operator
Stitch Bonding Machine Tender
Stitcher
Stitching Machine Operator
Strap Maker
Strap Sewer
Stripe Matcher
Suspender Maker
Sweat Band Sewer
Tacker
Tacking Machine Operator
Tailor
Tape Edge Machine Operator
Tape Sewer
Taping Machine Operator
Tents Assembler
Textile Bag Sewer
Tie Maker
Toe Closing Machine Tender
Top Collar Baster
Top Collar Maker
Top Stitcher
Topstitcher
Toss Pillow Sewer
Towel Hemmer
Truss Maker
Tucker
Tucking Machine Operator
Two Needle Machine Operator
Ultrasonic Seaming Machine Operator
Under Baster
Undercollar Maker
Underliner
Underwear Finisher
Underwear Hemmer
Underwear Trimmer
Underwear Welter
Uniform Maker
Upholstery Sewer
Utility Operator
Vamper
Vest Backer
Vest Baster
Vest Finisher
Waist Fitter
Waistband Setter
Waistline Joiner
Welt Maker
Welt Sewer
Welt Stitcher
Welter
Whip Stitcher
Window Shade Ring Sewer
Yoke Setter
Yoker
Yoker Machine Operator
Zigzag Appliquer
Zigzag Elastic Attacher
Zigzag Machine Operator
Zigzag Stitcher
Zigzag Topstitcher
Zigzag Tunnel Elastic Operator
Zigzagger
Zipper Setter
Zipper Sewer
Zipper Sewing Machine Operator
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Manufacturing
Job Family: Textile/Apparel/Furnishings
Benchmark Title: Sewing Machine Operators
 
 
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