Sewing Machine Operator I

Operate sewing machines to join or decorate parts of household articles.
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Salary Range
$16,000 – $32,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Sewing Machine Operator Is do?

Operates sewing machine to join, reinforce, or decorate parts of household articles, such as bedspreads, curtains, drapes, bed linens, mopheads and quilts: Guides parts under machine needle to sew stiffening material to tops of drapery panels, or elastic to fitted articles, or to stitch ruffles to curtains and chair pads, or to sew tape, fringe, or welt to seams or edges of articles to decorate or reinforce them. May oil machine, change needles, and secure modifying attachments to machine. May be designated according to article or parts of articles assembled as Bedspread Seamer; Buckram Sewer; Cover Assembler; Elastic Sewer; Fringer; Lining Sewer. May be designated: Mophead Sewer; Panel Sewer; Quilt Sewer; Taping Machine Operator. May mark patterns on articles with chalk and sew along markings to decorate articles. Performs duties as described under SEWING-MACHINE OPERATOR, REGULAR EQUIPMENT Master Title.


Should I be a Sewing Machine Operator I?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.

  • How to Become a
    Sewing Machine Operator I

    Most Sewing Machine Operator Is 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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