In a typical work setting, sewing machine operators:
- Have a low level of social contact. They work mainly with machines and sewing materials.
- Usually communicate with others in person.
- Are somewhat responsible for the health and safety of others.
- May work as part of a team of sewing machine operators.
Physical Work Conditions
- Always work indoors.
- Often share work space with others.
- May sometimes wear protective devices such as gloves. Garment workers are more likely to wear protective devices.
- Must be sure that all details are done and their work is exact. Errors could cause injuries to workers.
- Work in a moderately competitive atmosphere in which daily deadlines must be met.
- Must allow the work pace to be determined by the speed of the machinery.
- Usually work under the direction of a supervisor, who sets the tasks and goals for the day.
- May work day or evening shifts for manufacturers that have multiple shifts.
- Schedules are usually established.