Machine Stitchers

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Machine Stitchers

Machine Stitchers - Working Conditions

In a typical work setting, sewing machine operators:

Interpersonal Relationships

  • 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.

Work Performance

  • 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.
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.