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49-9093.00 - Fabric Menders, Except Garment

Repair tears, holes, and other defects in fabrics, such as draperies, linens, parachutes, and tents.

Sample of reported job titles: Awning Craftsman, Custom Marine Canvas Fabricator, Fabric Worker, Hand-Woven Carpet and Rug Mender, Mender, Perch Mender, Sail Maker, Sail Repair Person, Seamstress, Tarp Repairer

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Tasks  |  Tools & Technology  |  Knowledge  |  Skills  |  Abilities  |  Work Activities  |  Detailed Work Activities  |  Work Context  |  Job Zone  |  Education  |  Credentials  |  Interests  |  Work Styles  |  Work Values  |  Related Occupations  |  Wages & Employment  |  Job Openings

Tasks

  • Measure and hem curtains, garments, and canvas coverings to size, using tape measures. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Operate sewing machines to restitch defective seams, sew up holes, or replace components of fabric articles. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Spread out articles or materials and examine them for holes, tears, worn areas, and other defects. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Stamp grommets into canvas, using mallets and punches or eyelet machines. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Trim edges of cut or torn fabric, using scissors or knives, and stitch trimmed edges together. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Patch holes, sew tears and ripped seams, or darn defects in items, using needles and thread or sewing machines. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Check repaired and repacked survival equipment to ensure that it meets specifications. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Sew labels and emblems onto articles for identification. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Repair holes by weaving thread over them, using needles. See more occupations related to this task.

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Tools & Technology

Tools used in this occupation:

  • Buttonhole machines — Eyelet machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Crochet hooks — Crocheting hooks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Desktop computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Fids — Push fids See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hand sprayers — Spray guns See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ironing machines or presses — Industrial steam irons See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Personal computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power feeder — Fabric feeders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Sewing machines — Blind hemmers; Flatlock machines; Serger sewing machines; Walking foot sewing machines (see all 7 examples) See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Sewing needles — Hand-sewing needles; Sewing machine latch needles See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Shears — Fabric scissors; Fabric shears See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Splices or splice plates — Marlinspikes; Splicing spikes; Splicing wands See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Steam pressing machines — Steam presses See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tape measures — Measuring tapes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Utility knives See more occupations related to this tool.

Technology used in this occupation:

  • Electronic mail software — Microsoft Outlook See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Word processing software — Microsoft Word See more occupations related to this technology.

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Knowledge

  • Customer and Personal Service — Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Production and Processing — Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Administration and Management — Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Education and Training — Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Clerical — Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Design — Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Mechanical — Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance. See more occupations related to this knowledge.

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Skills

No skills met the minimum score.

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Abilities

  • Arm-Hand Steadiness — The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Manual Dexterity — The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Finger Dexterity — The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Multilimb Coordination — The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Control Precision — The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions. See more occupations related to this ability.

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Work Activities

  • Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Controlling Machines and Processes — Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles). See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Performing General Physical Activities — Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Cut materials according to specifications or needs. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Measure distances or dimensions. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Inspect safety equipment to ensure proper functioning. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Sew materials. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Work Context

  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 89% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Decision Making — 75% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 14% responded “Important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Contaminants See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — 74% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Telephone — 74% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Freedom to Make Decisions — 75% responded “Some freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Electronic Mail — 28% responded “Never.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work — 72% responded “Some freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Time Pressure — 71% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Repeating Same Tasks — 15% responded “Not important at all.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Contact With Others — 16% responded “Contact with others most of the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 22% responded “Minor results.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets — 18% responded “Never.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Duration of Typical Work Week — 16% responded “Less than 40 hours.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Physical Proximity — 14% responded “I work with others but not closely (e.g., private office).” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Sitting See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled — 23% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Hazardous Conditions — 19% responded “Never.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — 25% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Standing — 17% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Conflict Situations See more occupations related to this work context.

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Job Zone

Title Job Zone One: Little or No Preparation Needed
Education Some of these occupations may require a high school diploma or GED certificate.
Related Experience Little or no previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, a person can become a waiter or waitress even if he/she has never worked before.
Job Training Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few days to a few months of training. Usually, an experienced worker could show you how to do the job.
Job Zone Examples These occupations involve following instructions and helping others. Examples include taxi drivers, amusement and recreation attendants, counter and rental clerks, nonfarm animal caretakers, continuous mining machine operators, and waiters/waitresses.
SVP Range (Below 4.0)

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Education


Percentage of Respondents
Education Level Required
Not available High school diploma or equivalent Help
Not available Post-secondary certificate Help
Not available Bachelor's degree

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Credentials

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Interests

Interest code: R

  • Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others. See more occupations related to this interest.

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Work Styles

  • Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Independence — Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction. See more occupations related to this work style.

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Work Values

  • Support — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • Achievement — Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • Working Conditions — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions. See more occupations related to this work value.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages (2014) $11.50 hourly, $23,930 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2012) 1,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Decline (-3% or lower) Decline (-3% or lower)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 200
State trends Employment Trends
 
Top industries (2012)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014 wage data external site and 2012-2022 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2012-2022). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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