Alabama Department of Labor

Labor Market Information Division
SOC: 51-6051 Sewers, Hand
Sew, join, reinforce, or finish, usually with needle and thread, a variety of manufactured items. Include weavers and stitchers. Exclude "Fabric Menders, Except Garment" (49-9093).
Education: These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
OJT: Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
Tasks: Sew, join, reinforce, or finish parts of articles, such as garments, books, mattresses, toys, and wigs, using needles and thread or other materials. Trim excess threads or edges of parts, using scissors or knives. Select thread, twine, cord, or yarn to be used, and thread needles. Draw and cut patterns according to specifications. Fold, twist, stretch, or drape material, and secure articles in preparation for sewing. Smooth seams with heated irons, flat bones, or rubbing sticks. Measure and align parts, fasteners, or trimmings, following seams, edges, or markings on parts. Use different sewing techniques such as felling, tacking, basting, embroidery, and fagoting. Sew buttonholes, or add lace or other trimming. Wax thread by drawing it through a ball of wax. Tie, knit, weave or knot ribbon, yarn, or decorative materials.
License: License not required.
Outlook: poor
Alabama Employment Outlook
Alabama Wage Data
Hourly Wage   Annual Wage
Entry $11.67   Entry $24,258.00
Mean $15.50   Mean $32,241.00
Experience $17.42 Experience $36,243.00

The data is based on the May 2017 Occupation Employment Survey employment and wage estimate file. The wages have been aged using the most current ECI factors reflecting wages as of June 2018.

Alabama Projections
Estimated Employment 2016Projected Employment 2026Annual Average OpeningsAnnual Growth Rate
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No postsecondary schools reported programs.
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51-6051.00 Sewers, Hand