Machine Stitchers


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Machine Stitchers

Machine Stitchers - Employment & Outlook

The table below provides information about the number of workers in this occupation in various regions. It also provides information about the expected growth rate and future job openings.

Employment

About 10% of sewing machine operators are self-employed.

Most jobs for sewing machine operators are in the apparel and textile industries. These jobs are concentrated in California, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Georgia.

Major employers:

  • Apparel manufacturers
  • Textile products manufacturers
  • Household furniture manufacturers

Outlook

The apparel industry has been declining for years. This trend will continue. However, some job openings will occur each year as current sewing machine operators leave the occupation.

Many factors affect this decline. One is the increase in imported products from other countries. Many companies have moved their operations to Mexico and China to reduce costs. This trend will continue. In addition, many larger firms have automated simple sewing procedures. As a result, automatic machines have increased output and reduced the need for workers.

Sewing Machine Operators (CIS 100447)

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Illinois
3,548
Medium
&
-0.3%
5.8%
>>>>
371
Moderate
  Champaign Area
159
Large
&
0.6%
7.0%
>>>>
17
High
  Charleston-Effingham-Centralia Area
65
Medium
&
0.0%
5.0%
>>>>
7
Moderate
  Cook County
1,841
Medium
&
-2.6%
5.6%
>>>>
186
Moderate
  Decatur Area
16
Small
&
0.0%
7.0%
>>>>
2
Very few
  DeKalb-Elgin-Aurora Area
341
Large
&
2.6%
9.7%
>>>>
38
High
  Du Page County
137
Small
&
0.7%
5.4%
>>>>
15
Few
  Edwardsville Area
110
Medium
&
2.7%
5.1%
>>>>
11
Moderate
  Jacksonville-Carlinville-Litchfield Area
13
Very small
&
0.0%
7.0%
>>>>
2
Very few
  Kankakee-Morris-Pontiac Area
37
Small
&
-8.1%
5.2%
>>>>
4
Few
  Lake County
180
Medium
&
3.9%
8.6%
>>>>
20
Moderate
  McHenry County
97
Medium
&
-8.2%
6.8%
>>>>
8
Moderate
  Mt Vernon-Marion-Carbondale Area
25
Small
&
4.0%
6.8%
>>>>
2
Very few
  Northwest Illinois Area
28
Small
&
0.0%
3.6%
>>>>
3
Very few
  Peoria-Bloomington Area
65
Small
&
6.2%
7.3%
>>>>
7
Few
  Quincy-Macomb-Galesburg Area
22
Small
&
-9.1%
4.3%
>>>>
2
Very few
  Rock Island-Moline Area
61
Medium
&
3.3%
5.7%
>>>>
7
Moderate
  Rockford Area
67
Small
&
6.0%
7.6%
>>>>
7
Few
  Shawnee National Forest Area
39
Medium
&
-5.1%
2.4%
>>>>
4
Moderate
  Springfield Area
25
Small
&
0.0%
4.7%
>>>>
2
Very few
  St Louis-Belleville Area
42
Small
&
2.4%
6.4%
>>>>
4
Few
  Vermilion County
13
Small
&
-7.7%
4.9%
>>>>
2
Very few
  Will County
238
Large
&
1.7%
9.1%
>>>>
26
High
United States
146,500
Medium
&
-9.4%
3.7%
>>>>
12,700
Moderate
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.