Mend torn or defective portions of cloths or carpets.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$19,000 – $39,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Menders do?

Mends torn or defective portions of unfinished or finished cloth or carpets and rugs by handweaving: Examines cloth or rug for tears or defects, or marking that indicate imperfections. Reweaves thread or yarn to close holes or repair defects, using needle and thread or burling iron, and blends repair thread or yarn with existing pattern. Draws missing warp or filling threads through cloth and pulls out coarse and surplus threads, using burling iron, tweezers, and needle and thread. Pulls loosely woven threads through back of cloth to reduce slack, using tweezers. May trim yarn from defect, using scissors. May weave patch into hole, pounding repaired area smooth, and be designated Rug Mender.

Should I be a Mender?

You should have a certificate degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.
  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.

  • Also known as: Curtain Mender, Darning-Machine Operator, Examiner-Mender, Hand-Woven Carpet and Rug Mender, Perch Mender, Sail Maker See More

    How to become a Mender

    Menders often have a Certificate or higher. Chart?chd=s:9zadaa&chl=no+college+%2853%25%29|certificate+%2822%25%29||bachelor%27s+%2825%25%29||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,53,53
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