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Sewers, Hand - 51-6051.00

O*NET-SOC Description

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

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Alteration Specialist
  • Couturier
  • Custom Clothier
  • Custom Designer
  • Custom Seamstress
  • Designer
  • Dressmaker
  • Seamstress

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations


  • Attach trimmings and labels to articles with cement, using brushes or cement guns.
  • Draw and cut patterns according to specifications.
  • 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 buttonholes, or add lace or other trimming.
  • 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.
  • Soften leather or shoe material with water to prepare it for sewing.
  • Tie, knit, weave or knot ribbon, yarn, or decorative materials.
  • Trim excess threads or edges of parts, using scissors or knives.
  • Use different sewing techniques such as felling, tacking, basting, embroidery, and fagoting.
  • Wax thread by drawing it through a ball of wax.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Adjust fabrics or other materials during garment production.
  • Align parts or workpieces to ensure proper assembly.
  • Assemble garments or textile products.
  • Attach decorative or functional accessories to products.
  • Cut industrial materials in preparation for fabrication or processing.
  • Design templates or patterns.
  • Measure dimensions of completed products or workpieces to verify conformance to specifications.
  • Prepare fabrics or materials for processing or production.
  • Select production input materials.
  • Sew clothing or other articles.
  • Smooth surfaces of objects or equipment.
  • Trim excess material from workpieces.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • 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)
  • Aviation Survival Technician (Coast Guard - Enlisted)
  • Flight Equipment Technician (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Parachute Rigger (Army - Enlisted)
  • Retail Services Specialist (Navy - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

No information available.

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Bale Sewer
  • Baseball Sewer, Hand
  • Beadworker
  • Casing Sewer
  • Cloth-Bale Header
  • Decorator
  • Feather Stitcher
  • Finisher, Hand
  • Foundation Maker
  • Hand Sewer, Shoes
  • Hat Maker
  • Hosiery Mender
  • Lamp-Shade Sewer
  • Mattress Finisher
  • Passementerie Worker
  • Pelota Maker
  • Sewer, Hand
  • Sole Sewer, Hand
  • Stitcher, Hand
  • Thread Marker
  • Umbrella Tipper, Hand