Sewing Machine Operator Job Description

January 22, 2011 | By More

Sewing Machine Operator Job Profile and Description

The ready-to-wear clothes we wear are products of mass sewing operations performed by Sewing Machine Operators from various labels that often subcontract these operations to large factories with mass sewing operations, usually overseas in low labor cost countries. These operators handle individual sewing machines to join, reinforce or decorate textile and fabric materials in the manufacture of garment and non-garment products.

Sewing Machine Operator Duties and Responsibilities

  • Monitor sewing machine operation to spot problems such as defective stitching, thread breaks, or machine malfunctions
  • Account for the quantity of textile materials processed
  • Inspect garments, and examine repair tags and markings on garments to locate defects or damage, and mark errors as necessary
  • Segregate quality-accepted finished garments for packaging
  • Segregate defective or off-quality finished garments for proper disposition
  • Select sewing supplies like fasteners and threads in accordance with job requirements
  • Mount sewing machine attachments like needles, threads, pattern plates or cutting blades, and adjust machine guides according to approved specifications
  • Ensure that garment textile parts are in correct sewing sequences and verify that dye lots and textile patterns match

Sewing Machine Operator Skills and Specifications

  • Has high organizational skills to sort and handle cut textile parts for joining
  • Has high mechanical dexterity to operate sewing machines
  • Has a good command of the English language, both verbal and written
  • Has above average interpersonal skills to work in a team


Sewing Machine Operator Education and Qualifications

  • A high school diploma or GED is basic to the position while a 1-2-year post secondary education is an advantage
  • A previous experience in packaging or other manufacturing operations is an advantage

Sewing Machine Operator Salary

The median salary for a Sewing Machine Operator in 2009 was $9.74 hourly or $20,260 when annualized.  The variance in the salary depends on the type of apparel or textile product being manufactured, not necessarily the brand or label.

Category: Manufacturing Job Descriptions

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