Sewing machine operators

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Tasks and duties

  • Operating or tending sewing machines to perform garment sewing operations such as joining, reinforcing, seaming or decorating garments or garment parts
  • Attaching buttons, hooks, zippers, fasteners or other accessories to fabric, using feeding hoppers or clamp holders
  • Tending semiautomatic sewing machines with multiple-sewing heads controlled by pattern chains that embroider various designs on garments
  • Operating machines such as single or double needle sergers and flat-bed felling machines to automatically join, reinforce or decorate material or articles
  • Operating fur sewing machines to join fur pelt strips to required size and shape and join pelts into garment sections or shells
  • Operating stitching machines to sew leather parts together for leather garments, handbags, gloves or similar items
  • Monitoring machine operations to detect problems such as defective stitching, breaks in thread or machine malfunctions
  • Performing equipment maintenance tasks such as replacing needles

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    Skill level

    Semi-skilled
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