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Wage and Hour Division (WHD)

Service Contract Act Directory of Occupations

15190 Sewing Machine Operator

Operates power sewing machines to sew, alter or repair wearing apparel, linens, blankets and other fabric articles. Alters article according to alteration ticket, fitter's pins, chalk marks, or verbal instructions. Locates defects, and repairs article, including ripping of seams and matching sizes and colors of replacement parts. May operate automatic sewing machines, utilizing knowledge of threading machines, winding bobbins, adjusting tension, and oiling parts. Work is reviewed for accuracy, neatness, and to determine if instructions have been followed.

The following kinds of work are not covered under this classification: Fitting and marking necessary alterations; measuring and cutting materials to make new articles; designing and making articles for special purposes; sewing leather; and using heat-sealing machine to patch articles.