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Fabric Mender

What You Need to Know About Fabric Mender

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

A Day in the Life of a Fabric Mender

  • Sew labels and emblems onto articles for identification.
  • Measure and hem curtains, garments, and canvas coverings to size, using tape measures.
  • Check repaired and repacked survival equipment to ensure that it meets specifications.
  • Operate sewing machines to restitch defective seams, sew up holes, or replace components of fabric articles.
  • Trim edges of cut or torn fabric, using scissors or knives, and stitch trimmed edges together.
  • Sew fringe, tassels, and ruffles onto drapes and curtains, and buttons and trimming onto garments.

Fabric Mender Skills

These are the skills Fabric Menders say are the most useful in their careers:

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 Worker Supervisor
  • Sewer
  • Fabric Worker Leader
  • Fabric Worker Fitter
  • Parachute Mender

Fabric Mender Job Outlook

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. The BLS estimates 100 yearly job openings in this field.


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.

Average Fabric Menders Salary

The salary for Fabric Menders ranges between about $22,250 and $50,350 a year.


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

Tools & Technologies Used by Fabric Menders

Although they’re not necessarily needed for all jobs, the following technologies are used by many Fabric Menders:

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

How do I Become a Fabric Mender?

Individuals working as a Fabric Mender have obtained the following education levels:


How many years of work experience do I need?


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