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Fabric Menders, Except Garment - 49-9093.00

O*NET-SOC Description

Repair tears, holes, and other defects in fabrics, such as draperies, linens, parachutes, and tents.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Awning Craftsman
  • Custom Marine Canvas Fabricator
  • Fabric Worker
  • Hand-Woven Carpet and Rug Mender
  • Mender
  • Perch Mender
  • Sail Maker
  • Sail Repair Person
  • Seamstress
  • Tarp Repairer

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations


  • Check repaired and repacked survival equipment to ensure that it meets specifications.
  • Clean stains from fabric or garments, using spray guns and cleaning fluid.
  • Measure and hem curtains, garments, and canvas coverings to size, using tape measures.
  • Operate sewing machines to restitch defective seams, sew up holes, or replace components of fabric articles.
  • Patch holes, sew tears and ripped seams, or darn defects in items, using needles and thread or sewing machines.
  • Pull knots to the wrong sides of garments, using hooks.
  • Re-knit runs and replace broken threads, using latch needles.
  • Repair holes by weaving thread over them, using needles.
  • Replace defective shrouds, and splice connections between shrouds and harnesses, using hand tools.
  • Sew fringe, tassels, and ruffles onto drapes and curtains, and buttons and trimming onto garments.
  • Sew labels and emblems onto articles for identification.
  • Spread out articles or materials and examine them for holes, tears, worn areas, and other defects.
  • Stamp grommets into canvas, using mallets and punches or eyelet machines.
  • Trim edges of cut or torn fabric, using scissors or knives, and stitch trimmed edges together.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Cut materials according to specifications or needs.
  • Inspect safety equipment to ensure proper functioning.
  • Measure distances or dimensions.
  • Sew materials.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Airborne and Air Delivery Specialist (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Aircrew Flight Equipment (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Aircrew Flight Equipment Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Aircrew Flight Equipment Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Aircrew Flight Equipment Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Aircrew Flight Equipment Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Aircrew Flight Equipment Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Aircrew Survival Equipmentman (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Aircrew Survival Equipmentman Basic (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Aviation Life Support Systems Intermediate Level Technician (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Aviation Life Support Systems Organizational Level Technician (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Aviation Survival Technician (Coast Guard - Enlisted)
  • Fabric Repair Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Fabric Repair Specialist (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Flight Equipment Technician (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Parachute Rigger (Army - Enlisted)
  • Shower and Laundry Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Special Operations Parachute Rigger (Navy - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

  • Survival Equipment (Parachute Repair)

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Canvas Repairer
  • Mender
  • Mender, Knit Goods
  • Parachute Mender
  • Weaver, Hand