Sewing machine operators run or tend machines that join parts of garments and form other items.
Most sewing machine operators produce items such as:
Operators select materials such as fabric, thread, or bindings based on work orders. They set up machines with the proper threads and adjust machine settings.
Operators start the machine and guide the material to sew parts together. If the machine is automatic, operators observe it for malfunctions or defects. They make adjustments to the machine, or notify the supervisor if there are problems.
When the item is completed, operators inspect it for defects to determine if it meets standards.
Many sewing machine operators specialize in tasks such as:
Operators repair items that have been inspected and rejected. Operators record the number of items they process in logs.
Operators often maintain their machines. They may replace needles or oil parts.