Industrial sewing machine operators (NOC 9446)

About this job

Industrial sewing machine operators:

  • operate sewing machines to sew fabric, fur, leather or synthetic materials to produce or repair garments and other articles.
  • work for clothing, footwear, textile products, fur products establishments and other manufacturing establishments and by furriers.
Common job titles
  • blindstitch-sewing hemmer
  • buttonhole maker
  • carpet binder / sewer / mender
  • fabric mender / repairer
  • fancy stitch machine
  • footwear manufacturing


Industrial sewing machine operators:

  • put together pieces of garments by matching patterns and dye lots
  • run single, double or multi-needle serging, flat bed felling, banding and other sewing machines, to join sections of garments or other articles into finished products on a piece-work or production basis
  • operate fur sewing machines to join fur pelt strips to required size and shape and join pelts into garment sections or shells
  • run stitching machines to sew leather parts together for leather garments, handbags, shoes and other leather articles
  • operate serging machines to sew and overcast edges of material simultaneously
  • run tackers, pocketsetters, buttonhole makers and fusing, hemmer and other machines to perform various operations in the fabrication of garments and other articles
  • examine garments and operate sewing machines, sergers and other machines to repair garments and other articles during the manufacturing process
  • complete production reports
  • may do minor maintenance and repairs on sewing machine

Work environment

Key aspects of the work in this occupation:

  • Work takes place in a regular controlled indoor environment.
  • Working with equipment, instruments, machinery or power/hand tools can be a source of injury.
  • The workplace may contain airborne particles such as textile dust.

Career paths and resources

Career paths

Sewing machine operators may progress to supervisory positions with experience.

Additional resources

Additional resources are not currently available for this career.