Shop Tailor

Perform sewing operations in the manufacture of ready-to-wear clothing.
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Salary Range
$18,000 – $42,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Shop Tailors do?

Performs specialized hand and machine sewing operations in manufacture of made-to-measure or ready-to-wear clothing, applying knowledge of garment construction and fabrics: Trims and shapes edges of garment parts preparatory to sewing and cuts excess material from seam edges, using shears or knife. Fits collar facing to underfacing, trims edge of undercollar with shears, and sews undercollar to collar. Bastes collar or sleeves to coat body and sews collar or sleeves to coat with permanent stitches. Stitches shoulder padding, coat facing, and lining together at armhole. Bastes and sews canvas material in various coat parts, such as undercollar, shoulder, and front edge. Joins shoulder padding to coat with basting stitches. May sew on buttons and make buttonholes to finish suits. May be designated according to tasks performed or garments sewn as Coat Baster; Coat Padder; Collar Setter; Lapel Padder; Sleeve Tailor; Suit Finisher. May be designated: Top-Collar Maker; Undercollar Baster; Undercollar Maker; Vest Tailor.

Should I be a Shop Tailor?

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.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • Also known as: Made-To-Measure Tailor, Merchant Tailor, Sample Tailor, Shop Tailor Apprentice, Sleeve Tailor, Tailor Apprentice See More

    How to become a Shop Tailor

    Most Shop Tailors 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:9rhaaa&chl=no+college+%2871%25%29|certificate+%2820%25%29|associate%27s+%289%25%29|||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,71,71
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