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Life As a Hand Sewer

Position Description Sew, join, reinforce, or finish, usually with needle and thread, a variety of manufactured items. Includes weavers and stitchers.

What Do Sewers, Hand Do On a Daily Basis?

  • Draw and cut patterns according to specifications.
  • Select thread, twine, cord, or yarn to be used, and thread needles.
  • Fold, twist, stretch, or drape material, and secure articles in preparation for sewing.
  • Tie, knit, weave or knot ribbon, yarn, or decorative materials.
  • Trim excess threads or edges of parts, using scissors or knives.
  • Soften leather or shoe material with water to prepare it for sewing.

Hand Sewer Needed Skills

Below is a list of the skills most Sewers, Hand say are important on the job.

Judgment and Decision Making: Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

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

Complex Problem Solving: Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

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

Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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

Other Hand Sewer Job Titles

  • Feather Stitcher
  • Embroidery Specialist
  • Dressmaker
  • Hand Quilter
  • Mattress and Foundation Sewer

Job Outlook for Sewers, Hand

In 2016, there was an estimated number of 13,500 jobs in the United States for Hand Sewer. There is little to no growth in job opportunities for Hand Sewer. The BLS estimates 1,400 yearly job openings in this field.


The states with the most job growth for Hand Sewer are Oregon, Colorado, and Massachusetts. Watch out if you plan on working in Ohio, New York, or New Mexico. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

Salary for a Hand Sewer

The salary for Sewers, Hand ranges between about $20,900 and $39,410 a year.


Sewers, Hand who work in Kentucky, Oregon, or Colorado, make the highest salaries.

Below is a list of the median annual salaries for Sewers, Hand in different U.S. states.

State Annual Mean Salary
Alabama $31,260
California $29,700
Colorado $32,810
Florida $27,720
Idaho $30,990
Illinois $28,620
Indiana $28,240
Kentucky $35,850
Louisiana $21,740
Massachusetts $30,820
Missouri $35,700
New Jersey $30,200
New York $29,310
North Carolina $26,160
Ohio $28,460
Oregon $38,060
Pennsylvania $28,370
Tennessee $29,820
Texas $32,100
Utah $23,600
Virginia $26,160
Wisconsin $31,100

What Tools & Technology do Sewers, Hand Use?

Below is a list of the types of tools and technologies that Sewers, Hand may use on a daily basis:

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Illustrator
  • Corel CorelDraw Graphics Suite
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Freehand
  • Drawing software
  • Embroidery design software

Becoming a Hand Sewer

Learn what Hand Sewer education requirements there are.


What work experience do I need to become a Hand Sewer?


Where Sewers, Hand Work


The table below shows some of the most common industries where those employed in this career field work.



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