NOC 9446 – Industrial sewing machine operators



Industrial sewing machine operators operate sewing machines to sew fabric, fur, leather or synthetic materials to produce or repair garments and other articles. They are employed in clothing, footwear, textile products, fur products and other manufacturing establishments and by furriers.

Industrial sewing machine operators may progress to supervisory positions with experience.

Main Duties

Industrial sewing machine operators perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Assemble pieces of garments by matching patterns and dye lots
  • Operate single, double or multi-needle serging, flat bed felling, banding and other sewing machines, to join sections of garments or other articles into finished products on a piece-work or production basis
  • Operate fur sewing machines to join fur pelt strips to required size and shape and join pelts into garment sections or shells
  • Operate stitching machines to sew leather parts together for leather garments, handbags, shoes and other leather articles
  • Operate serging machines to sew and overcast edges of material simultaneously
  • Operate tackers, pocketsetters, buttonhole makers and fusing, hemmer and other machines to perform various operations in the fabrication of garments and other articles
  • Examine garments and operate sewing machines, sergers and other machines to repair garments and other articles during the manufacturing process
  • Complete production reports
  • May perform minor maintenance and repairs on sewing machine.

Employment Requirements

  • Some secondary school education is usually required.
  • Experience operating a sewing machine is usually required.
  • On-the-job training may be provided.

All Titles

  • automatic sewing machine operator
  • bag sewer – textile manufacturing
  • bag sewer, leather
  • basting machine operator – sewing
  • basting sewing machine operator, automatic
  • binding machine operator – sewing
  • binding sewing machine operator
  • binding stitcher – footwear manufacturing
  • blindstitch-sewing machine operator
  • button sewer, machine
  • button stayer
  • buttonhole finisher
  • buttonhole machine operator
  • buttonhole maker
  • buttonhole stayer
  • canvas goods sewing machine operator
  • carpet binder
  • carpet sewer
  • closer – sewing
  • closer sewing machine operator
  • cloth mender
  • commercial sewing machine operator
  • domestic sewing machine operator
  • double needle sewing machine operator
  • double needle sewing machine stitcher
  • drapery header
  • drapery heading maker
  • drapery sewer
  • fabric mender
  • fabric repairerfabric repairman, fabric repairwoman
  • factory hat sewer
  • fancy stitch machine operator
  • footwear sewer
  • fur goods sewer
  • fur sewer
  • fur sewing machine operator
  • garment braid maker – garment manufacturing
  • garment braider – garment manufacturing
  • garment mender – sewing
  • glove stitcher
  • hat sewer, factory
  • hemmer machine operator – sewing
  • industrial sewing machine operator
  • joiner sewing machine operator
  • leather garment sewer
  • leather garment sewing machine operator
  • leather glove repairerleather glove repairman, leather glove repairwoman, repairman, leather glove, repairwoman, leather glove
  • leather products sewing machine operator
  • leather sewer
  • leather-glove-stitching machine operator
  • leather-sewing machine operator
  • lining sewer
  • lining stitcher
  • machine operator – garment manufacturing
  • material mender
  • mender, garment – sewing
  • mender, textile products
  • moccasin sewer
  • multineedle sewing machine operator
  • operator, leather gloves stitching machine
  • operator, sewing machine
  • overcaster – garment manufacturing
  • overcasting machine operator
  • overedging machine operator
  • overlock sewing machine operator
  • overseamer – garment manufacturing
  • piping-sewing machine operator
  • pocket setter
  • profile-pocket sewing machine operator
  • repairer, leather glove
  • rug joiner
  • rug sewer
  • sample sewer
  • serger – garment manufacturing
  • serging machine operator
  • sewer – garment manufacturing
  • sewer, fur goods
  • sewer, textile products
  • sewing machine operator
  • sewing machine operator, automatic
  • sewing machine operator, fur
  • shoe parts sewer
  • shoe sewer
  • shoe stitcher
  • single-needle sewing machine operator
  • slide-fastener-sewing machine operator
  • slipper maker
  • stitcher – garment manufacturing
  • stitching machine operator – industrial sewing machine
  • stocking stitcher
  • tacking machine operator – sewing
  • textile products mender
  • tufted carpet mender
  • underwear sewer
  • vamp stitcher
  • zipper-sewing machine operator


  • Fabric, fur and leather cutters (9445)
  • Mattress sewing and embroidery machine operators (See 9442 Weavers, knitters and other fabric making occupations)
  • Shoe repairers and shoemakers (6343)
  • Supervisors of sewing machine operators (See 9217 Supervisors, textile, fabric, fur and leather products processing and manufacturing)
  • Tailors, dressmakers, furriers and milliners (6342)


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