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What is a Fabric Mender?

Example of Fabric Mender Job Repair tears, holes, and other defects in fabrics, such as draperies, linens, parachutes, and tents.

Daily Life Of a Fabric Mender

  • Operate sewing machines to restitch defective seams, sew up holes, or replace components of fabric articles.
  • Sew fringe, tassels, and ruffles onto drapes and curtains, and buttons and trimming onto garments.
  • Patch holes, sew tears and ripped seams, or darn defects in items, using needles and thread or sewing machines.
  • Spread out articles or materials and examine them for holes, tears, worn areas, and other defects.
  • Measure and hem curtains, garments, and canvas coverings to size, using tape measures.
  • Stamp grommets into canvas, using mallets and punches or eyelet machines.

Things a Fabric Mender Should Know How to Do

Below is a list of the skills most Fabric Menders say are important on the job.

Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Operation and Control: Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

Time Management: Managing one’s own time and the time of others.

Monitoring: Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

  • Fabric Mender
  • Canvas Repairer
  • Fabric Worker
  • Umbrella Mender
  • Custom Marine Canvas Fabricator

Are There Job Opportunities for Fabric Menders?

There were about 700 jobs for Fabric Mender in 2016 (in the United States). There is little to no growth in job opportunities for Fabric Mender. Due to new job openings and attrition, there will be an average of 100 job openings in this field each year.


The states with the most job growth for Fabric Mender are Florida, Georgia, and Illinois. Watch out if you plan on working in North Carolina, South Carolina, or Nebraska. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

How Much Does a Fabric Mender Make?

The typical yearly salary for Fabric Menders is somewhere between $22,250 and $50,350.


Fabric Menders who work in Arizona, California, or North Carolina, make the highest salaries.

How much do Fabric Menders make in each U.S. state?

State Annual Mean Salary
Arizona $45,010
California $30,060
North Carolina $30,090

What Tools do Fabric Menders Use?

Below is a list of the types of tools and technologies that Fabric Menders may use on a daily basis:

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft Windows

How to Become a Fabric Mender

What education or degrees do I need to become a Fabric Mender?


What work experience do I need to become a Fabric Mender?


Where Fabric Menders Work


Below are examples of industries where Fabric Menders work:


Those who work as a Fabric Mender sometimes switch careers to one of these choices:


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