Garment Inspector

Inspect garments for defects in sewing, knitting, or finishing.
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Salary Range
$20,000 – $56,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Garment Inspectors do?

Inspects garments for defects in sewing, knitting, or finishing: Spreads garment on table or draws garment over inspection form. Scans garment to detect defects, such as faulty seaming, incorrect sleeve or collar setting, misaligned fasteners or trim, and variations in color of fabric. Examines fabric for mispicks, slubs, runs, dropped stitches, holes, or stains. Marks defects, using chalk, thread, tags, tape, or pins. Measures garment at designated places, using tape measure or following markings on table, to determine that garments conform to standard size. Trims excess material and thread ends from garment, using scissors, or tends trimming machine to remove excess material and loose threads [THREAD CUTTER 789.684-050]. Folds garment or hangs it on hanger or rack. May remove spots and stains from garments [SPOT CLEANER 582.684-014]. May inspect surgical garments and appliances, such as belts, hosiery, or knee and ankle braces, and be designated Inspector.May examine cut garment parts to detect inaccuracies in cutting and be designated Cutting Inspector. May be designated according to production stage as Finished-Garment Inspector; Greige-Goods Inspector; Seconds Inspector.


Should I be a Garment Inspector?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • Also known as: Finished-Garment Inspector, Garment Maker

    How to become a Garment Inspector

    Most Garment Inspectors have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9zcaaa&chl=no+college+%2869%25%29|certificate+%2828%25%29|associate%27s+%283%25%29|||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,69,69
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