Industrial Sewing Machine Operators

(NOC 9446)

in All Manufacturing and Utilities

Industrial sewing machine operators use sewing machines to sew fabric, fur, leather or synthetic materials to make or repair clothes and other items. They work for clothing, footwear, textile products, fur products and other manufacturing companies and by furriers.

Job Outlook

Average

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  • Estimate Decline slightly employment change, 2019-2021
  • Estimate 40 openings due to growth and retirements, 2018-2020
  • Estimate Low rate of unemployment in 2019

Compared to: All Manufacturing and Utilities

  • Estimate 75 employment change, 2019-2021
  • Estimate 1460 openings due to growth and retirements, 2018-2020
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for these occupation.

The employment outlook over the next few years for this occupational group is “average”, which indicates the chances of a qualified individual finding work is comparable to the average for all occupations in Nova Scotia. This is not a large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities may not be that frequent. The number employed in this occupation is expected to decline slightly over the next few years, which may affect the number of new opportunities available. With a large percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to be a key contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Industrial Sewing Machine Operators most commonly work full-time hours.

The median employment income for 45% of Industrial Sewing Machine Operators who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $25,980. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2016 Census)

Hourly Pay

$12.95

Minimum

$15.00

Median

$20.00

Maximum

Annual Pay

$5,288

Minimum

$20,715

Median

$33,611

Maximum

Compared to: All Manufacturing and Utilities

Hourly Pay

$13.00

Minimum

$23.91

Median

$35.04

Maximum

Annual Pay

$6,056

Minimum

$30,111

Median

$70,518

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

Industrial sewing machine operators use sewing machines to sew fabric, fur, leather or synthetic materials to make or repair clothes and other items. They work for clothing, footwear, textile products, fur products and other manufacturing companies and by furriers.

Job duties

Industrial Sewing Machine Operators:

  • Assemble pieces of clothes by matching patterns and dye lots.
  • Use single, double or multi-needle sergers, flat bed felling, banding and other sewing machines, to join sections of clothes or other items into finished products on a piecework or production basis.
  • Use fur sewing machines to join fur pelt strips to required size and shape and join pelts into clothing sections or shells.
  • Use stitching machines to sew leather parts together for leather clothes, handbags, shoes and other leather pieces.
  • Use serging machines to sew and overcast edges of material at the same time.
  • Use tackers, pocketsetters, buttonhole makers and fusing, hemmer and other machines to carry out various tasks in the production of clothes and other items.
  • Examine clothes and use sewing machines, sergers and other machines to repair clothes and other items during the manufacturing process.
  • Complete production reports.
  • May carry out minor maintenance and repairs on sewing machine.

Sample job titles

  • fur sewing machine operator
  • leather products sewing machine operator
  • lining stitcher
  • sample sewer
  • serging machine operator
  • sewing machine operator
  • shoe sewer

Skills

You should be responsible, alert, and in good physical health. Coordination, agility, and mechanical skills are important. You must also be able to take direction and carry out instructions given by a supervisor.

Job requirements

  • Some high school is usually required.
  • Experience using a sewing machine is usually required.
  • On-the-job training may be provided.

Other considerations

Shift work may be typical for many of these jobs. Industrial sewing machine operators may move to supervisor positions with experience.

By the numbers

Quick look

340

employed in 2016

76.8%

employed full-time

10.1%

self employed

92.8%
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7.2%
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51.4

median age

Compared to: All Manufacturing and Utilities

15,275

employed in 2016

83.2%

employed full-time

3.2%

self employed

27.6%
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72.4%
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44.7

median age

Where will I likely work?

63.6%

North Shore

24.2%

Halifax

9.1%

Annapolis Valley

3.0%

Southern

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

North Shore

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

87.7%

Manufacturing

5.3%

Wholesale trade

3.5%

Retail trade

3.5%

Construction

What is the age of Employment?

26.0%

55-64

26.0%

45-54

18.0%

35-44

13.0%

25-34

9.0%

15-24

7.0%

65+

Compared to: All Manufacturing and Utilities

24.5%

45-54

20.8%

55-64

19.3%

35-44

16.5%

25-34

15.0%

15-24

Top levels of education

46.4%

High school

$23,080 median annual income
18.8%

College Diploma

$15,600 median annual income
18.8%

Less than high school

$20,709 median annual income
10.1%

Apprenticeship

$20,077 median annual income
4.3%

Bachelor

N/A

Compared to: All Manufacturing and Utilities

38.1%

High school

$28,505 median annual income
23.3%

Less than high school

$19,224 median annual income
19.9%

College Diploma

$38,781 median annual income
12.2%

Apprenticeship

$43,975 median annual income
4.5%

Bachelor

$39,715 median annual income

Education & training

Adult High School Siploma or Equivalent

High School Program

The Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning (NSSAL) administers, coordinates, and supports the development and delivery of adult education programs through learning partners in Nova Scotia. Our learning partners include the Nova Scotia Community College, Adult High Schools, Université Sainte-Anne, and community-based learning organizations that offer tuition-free programming across the province. NSSAL offers clear, accessible pathways from adult basic education to a high school credential or GED, empowering Nova Scotians to achieve their learning and employment goals.

Institutions providing this program

Universite Sainte-Anne

Pointe-de-l'Église, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Adult Learning

Various, NS

Adult High Schools

Various, NS

Community Learning Organizations

Various, NS

Employment requirements & contacts

No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile

Contacts

Canadian Textile Industry Association
Ottawa, ON

Additional resources

There are no additional resources for this occupation.