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Sewing Machine Operator

92

Statewide
Job Postings
289th

Out of 439
Jobs In-Demand
3,890

Currently Employed
in Indiana
$10.41 - $15.34

Avg. Hourly Wage
Indiana
$10.00 - $14.29

Avg. Hourly Wage
USA
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Sewing Machine Operator - Indiana Regions Overview:

The graph above shows that there were 92 job postings for the occupation of Sewing Machine Operator in Indiana during 2013 and 2014. The vertical bar chart shows which regions had the most demand for Sewing Machine Operator. These numbers represent current demand as advertised in online job postings and do not necessarily indicate projected job growth in the future. Nevertheless, these numbers are a valid barometer for gauging recent job demand statewide and regionally in Indiana.

Top 3 Certifications

There are not any certifications requested by Indiana employers for this occupation.
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What Sewing Machine Operator Do:

Operate or tend sewing machines to join, reinforce, decorate, or perform related sewing operations in the manufacture of garment or nongarment products.

Common Job Activities:

  • Monitor machine operation to detect problems such as defective stitching, breaks in thread, or machine malfunctions.
  • Position items under needles, using marks on machines, clamps, templates, or cloth as guides.
  • Place spools of thread, cord, or other materials on spindles, insert bobbins, and thread ends through machine guides and components.
  • Match cloth pieces in correct sequences prior to sewing them, and verify that dye lots and patterns match.
  • Guide garments or garment parts under machine needles and presser feet to sew parts together.
  • Start and operate or tend machines, such as single or double needle serging and flat-bed felling machines, to automatically join, reinforce, or decorate material or articles.
  • Record quantities of materials processed.
  • Inspect garments, and examine repair tags and markings on garments to locate defects or damage, and mark errors as necessary.
  • Mount attachments, such as needles, cutting blades, or pattern plates, and adjust machine guides according to specifications.
  • Select supplies such as fasteners and thread, according to job requirements.
  • Cut excess material or thread from finished products.
  • Fold or stretch edges or lengths of items while sewing to facilitate forming specified sections.
  • Cut materials according to specifications, using blades, scissors, or electric knives.
  • Perform equipment maintenance tasks such as replacing needles, sanding rough areas of needles, or cleaning and oiling sewing machines.
  • Remove holding devices and finished items from machines.
  • Position and mark patterns on materials to prepare for sewing.
  • Examine and measure finished articles to verify conformance to standards, using rulers.
  • Turn knobs, screws, and dials to adjust settings of machines, according to garment styles and equipment performance.
  • Position material or articles in clamps, templates, or hoop frames prior to automatic operation of machines.
  • Attach tape, trim, appliques, or elastic to specified garments or garment parts, according to item specifications.
  • Perform specialized or automatic sewing machine functions, such as buttonhole making or tacking.
  • Repair or alter items by adding replacement parts or missing stitches.
  • Attach buttons, hooks, zippers, fasteners, or other accessories to fabric, using feeding hoppers or clamp holders.
  • Baste edges of material to align and temporarily secure parts for final assembly.
  • Tape or twist together thread or cord to repair breaks.
  • Draw markings or pin appliques on fabric to obtain variations in design.

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