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Details for Sewers, Hand


Description

Sew, join, reinforce, or finish, usually with needle and thread, a variety of manufactured items. Includes weavers and stitchers.

Tasks

  • Fold, twist, stretch, or drape material, and secure articles in preparation for sewing.
  • Measure and align parts, fasteners, or trimmings, following seams, edges, or markings on parts.
  • Select thread, twine, cord, or yarn to be used, and thread needles.
  • Sew, join, reinforce, or finish parts of articles, such as garments, books, mattresses, toys, and wigs, using needles and thread or other materials.
  • Smooth seams with heated irons, flat bones, or rubbing sticks.
  • Trim excess threads or edges of parts, using scissors or knives.
  • Use different sewing techniques such as felling, tacking, basting, embroidery, and fagoting.
  • Attach trimmings and labels to articles with cement, using brushes or cement guns.
  • Draw and cut patterns according to specifications.
  • Sew buttonholes, or add lace or other trimming.
  • Soften leather or shoe material with water to prepare it for sewing.
  • Tie, knit, weave or knot ribbon, yarn, or decorative materials.
  • Wax thread by drawing it through a ball of wax.

Interests

  • Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
  • Artistic - Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.
  • Conventional - Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.

Education, Training, Experience

  • Education - These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
  • Training - Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
  • Experience - Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.

Knowledge

Skills

Related Careers

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  • Jewelers
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