Sewing Machine Operators

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What do they do?

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

Also known as:

Line Closer, Machine Operator, Prototype Sewer, Sample Maker, Seamer, Seamstress, Sew On Operator, Sewer, Sewing Machine Operator, Sewing Operator, Zipper Machine Operator

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Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Sewing Machine Operators is projected to show little or no change from 2018 to 2028.

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Projected Employment

No Data Available

Projected Employment Rankings For Virginia:

  • -0.4%

    Percent Change

    Ranks #33 in job growth rate
  • 310

    Annual Projected Job Openings

    Ranks #19 in net job growth

Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (0.2%)
  • Master's degree (0.9%)
  • Bachelor's degree (6%)
  • Associate's degree (4.2%)
  • Some college, no degree (13.5%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (34.7%)
  • Less than high school diploma (40.5%)

Percent of workers in this field

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Abilities

People in this career often have talent in:

  • Arm-Hand Steadiness - The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
  • Manual Dexterity - The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
  • Control Precision - The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
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Activities: what you might do in a day

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Watch operating equipment to detect malfunctions.
  • Cut fabrics.
  • Load materials into production equipment.
  • Feed materials or products into or through equipment.
  • Mount materials or workpieces onto production equipment.
  • Maneuver workpieces in equipment during production.
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This page includes data from:

O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 24.3 Database by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (“USDOL/ETA”). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license. O*NET® is a trademark of USDOL/ETA

Occupation statistics: USDOL U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics

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