Repair Operator

Operate lockstitch sewing machines to repair defective parts of garments.
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Salary Range
$16,000 – $32,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Repair Operators do?

Operates lockstitch sewing machine to repair or replace damaged or defective parts of garments: Examines repair tags and markings on garment to locate defects or damage, such as irregular stitches or torn or snagged parts. Removes stitches, using scissors or ripper. Joins replacement parts to garment and sews missing or improperly sewn stitches on garment parts. Performs duties as described under SEWING-MACHINE OPERATOR, REGULAR EQUIPMENT Master Title.


Should I be a Repair Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • How to become a Repair Operator

    Most Repair Operators have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Bachelor's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9hacaa&chl=no+college+%2886%25%29|certificate+%2811%25%29||bachelor%27s+%283%25%29||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,86,86
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