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Sewing, embroidery and related workers





Sewing, embroidery and related workers sew together, repair, renovate and decorate garments, gloves and other products of textile, fur, light leather and other materials and fabricate tents, sails, awnings and tarpaulins. They work mainly by hand, using a needle and thread, but may perform some tasks using a sewing machine.
Tasks include -
(a) repairing defective or damaged portions of cloths or garments by hand, using matching thread and needle;
(b) removing stitches from garments to be altered, using rippers or razor blades;
(c) selecting thread according to specifications or colour of parts, or dyeing thread to match colour and shade of cloth to be darned;
(d) patching holes, sewing tears and ripped seams, or darning defects in items, using needle and thread;
(e) pulling knots to the wrong sides of garments, using hooks;
(f) trimming ends with scissors to make mended portions look uniform with the pattern of cloth;
(g) sewing ornamental designs by hand over stamped, printed or stencilled patterns on fabric, using needle and coloured thread;
(h) embroidering ornamental designs on cloth by hand or machine, using needle and coloured thread;
(i) softening leather or shoe material with water to prepare it for sewing;
(j) sewing or gluing decorative trimmings to articles such as hats, caps or other millinery;
(k) hand-sewing umbrella covers to frames, tacking cover to ribs along seams, sewing corners to tips of ribs and sewing ties to outside of cover to hold umbrella when folded;
(l) fabricating and assembling thick cloth, canvas and similar materials into sails, awning, tarpaulins and tents.
Examples of the occupations classified here:
- Embroiderer
- Sewer
- Umbrella maker
Some related occupations classified elsewhere:
- Textiles handicraft worker - 7318
- Dressmaker - 7531
- Sewing machine operator - 8153

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