Fabric Menders, Except Garment

Description

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

Tasks

  • Measure and hem curtains, garments, and canvas coverings to size, using tape measures.
  • Operate sewing machines to restitch defective seams, sew up holes, or replace components of fabric articles.
  • Spread out articles or materials and examine them for holes, tears, worn areas, and other defects.
  • Stamp grommets into canvas, using mallets and punches or eyelet machines.
  • Trim edges of cut or torn fabric, using scissors or knives, and stitch trimmed edges together.
  • Patch holes, sew tears and ripped seams, or darn defects in items, using needles and thread or sewing machines.
  • Check repaired and repacked survival equipment to ensure that it meets specifications.
  • Sew labels and emblems onto articles for identification.
  • Repair holes by weaving thread over them, using needles.
  • Clean stains from fabric or garments, using spray guns and cleaning fluid.
  • Sew fringe, tassels, and ruffles onto drapes and curtains, and buttons and trimming onto garments.
  • Re-knit runs and replace broken threads, using latch needles.
  • Replace defective shrouds, and splice connections between shrouds and harnesses, using hand tools.
  • Pull knots to the wrong sides of garments, using hooks.

Knowledge

Food Production
Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.

Skills

Equipment Selection
Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
Learning Strategies
Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
Science
Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
Installation
Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.
Programming
Writing computer programs for various purposes.
Equipment Maintenance
Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
Repairing
Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.

Abilities

Memorization
The ability to remember information such as words, numbers, pictures, and procedures.
Dynamic Flexibility
The ability to quickly and repeatedly bend, stretch, twist, or reach out with your body, arms, and/or legs.
Spatial Orientation
The ability to know your location in relation to the environment or to know where other objects are in relation to you.
Night Vision
The ability to see under low light conditions.
Peripheral Vision
The ability to see objects or movement of objects to one's side when the eyes are looking ahead.
Sound Localization
The ability to tell the direction from which a sound originated.

Work Activities

Selling or Influencing Others
Convincing others to buy merchandise/goods or to otherwise change their minds or actions.
Interacting With Computers
Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

Interests

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.
Conventional
Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
Artistic
Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.
Enterprising
Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
Investigative
Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
Social
Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.

Work Style

Attention to Detail
Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
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.
Integrity
Job requires being honest and ethical.
Dependability
Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
Initiative
Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
Innovation
Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
Cooperation
Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
Concern for Others
Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
Persistence
Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
Achievement/Effort
Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.

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.
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.
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.
Relationships
Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.
Independence
Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
Recognition
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition and Social Status.

Lay Titles

Awning Craftsman
Bag Repairer
Canvas Repairer
Curtain Mender
Custom Marine Canvas Fabricator
Fabric Worker
Hand Weaver
Hand-Woven Carpet and Rug Mender
Industrial Sewer
Knit Goods Mender
Mender
Parachute Mender
Perch Mender
Sail Maker
Sail Repair Person
Seamstress
Seat Mender
Sewer
Sewing Machine Operator
Tarp Repairer
Umbrella Mender

National Wages and Employment Info

Median Wages (2008):
$12.99 hourly, $27,020 annual.
Employment (2008):
770 employees