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Sewing Machine Operators

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


  • Most workers learn their skills informally on the job, working alongside more experienced workers.
  • International competition and greater worker productivity will result in rapidly declining employment for most occupations; upholsterers and laundry and dry-cleaning workers, however, are expected to experience some employment growth.
  • The need to replace workers who retire or leave the occupation for other reasons will lead to numerous job openings.
  • Earnings of most workers are relatively low.


Personality I'm hands on
Salary $21,120/yr ($10.56/hr)
Job Outlook Average
Education High School diploma