What Does A Hand Sewer Do (including Their Typical Day at Work)

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Hand Sewers

Hand Sewers sew, join, reinforce, or finish, usually with needle and thread, a variety of manufactured items. Includes weavers and stitchers.

Salary
$30790
Becoming One
Easy
Education
No degree required
Job Satisfaction
Low
Job Growth

Personality





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What they do

Hand Sewers sew, join, reinforce, or finish, usually with needle and thread, a variety of manufactured items. Includes weavers and stitchers.

  • Sew, join, reinforce, or finish parts of articles, such as garments, books, mattresses, toys, and wigs, using needles and thread or other materials.
  • Trim excess threads or edges of parts, using scissors or knives.
  • Select thread, twine, cord, or yarn to be used, and thread needles.
  • Draw and cut patterns according to specifications.

Typical day

On a daily basis, Hand Sewers trim excess threads or edges of parts, using scissors or knives. The smooth seams with heated irons, flat bones, or rubbing sticks.

A typical day for a Hand Sewer will also include:

  • Sew, join, reinforce, or finish parts of articles, such as garments, books, mattresses, toys, and wigs, using needles and thread or other materials.
  • Select thread, twine, cord, or yarn to be used, and thread needles.
  • Use different sewing techniques such as felling, tacking, basting, embroidery, and fagoting.
  • Measure and align parts, fasteners, or trimmings, following seams, edges, or markings on parts.
  • Wax thread by drawing it through a ball of wax.

Other responsibilities

Besides their typical day, Hand Sewers also draw and cut patterns according to specifications. They may also sew buttonholes, or add lace or other trimmings.

On a weekly to monthly basis, Hand Sewers tie, knit, weave, or knot ribbon, yarn, or decorative materials. They might also use different sewing techniques such as felling, tacking, basting, embroidery, and fagoting.

In addition, they soften leather or shoe material with water to prepare it for sewing.

Although specific duties may vary, many of them measure and align parts, fasteners, or trimmings, following seams, edges, or markings on parts.

To some Hand Sewers, it is also their responsibility to the wax thread by drawing it through a ball of wax.

Freedom to make decisions

How much decision making freedom does this job offer?

No freedom
0%

Very little freedom
0%

Limited freedom
19%

Some freedom
38%

A lot of freedom
42%

Structured vs unstructured work

To what extent is this job structured for you versus allowing you to determine your own tasks, priorities, and goals?

No freedom
0%

Very little freedom
11%

Limited freedom
11%

Some freedom
30%

A lot of freedom
48%


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What is the job like

Job satisfaction

Low

Is this job meaningful

Low

61% said they were satisfied with their job and 46% said they found their job meaningful.


Pros

Suitable for people who like practical and hands-on work.

Suitable for people who want independence and like to work on their own and make decisions.

This career is perfect for people who love to work indoors.

It is easy to get into this career. Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for this career.

Cons

Not suitable for people who like to help and teach others.

One of the lowest paying jobs.

Demand for this career is declining.

How much do they make

Average salary

$30790 per year

Average hourly wage

$15 per hour

Entry-level Hand Sewers with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $21,040 to $24,690 per year or $10 to $12 per hour.

Salary range Hourly Annual
Highest (Top 10%) $20 $40,710
Senior (Top 25%) $18 $36,420
Middle (Mid 50%) $14 $30,000
Junior (Bottom 25%) $12 $24,690
No experience (Bottom 10%) $10 $21,040

What is the work day like

Working hours

Less than 40 hours
52%

40 hours
20%

More than 40 hours
28%

Working schedule

41%

48%

11%

Work with group or team

How important is it to work with others in a group or team in this job?

Not important at all
38%

Fairly important
38%

Important
12%

Very important
4%

Extremely important
8%

Deal with external customers

How important is it to work with customers in this job?

Not important at all
19%

Fairly important
8%

Important
23%

Very important
15%

Extremely important
35%

Manage or lead others

How important is it to coordinate or lead others in completing work activities in this job?

Not important at all
50%

Fairly important
27%

Important
12%

Very important
8%

Extremely important
4%

Email

How often do you use email in this job?

Once a week
30%

Every day
26%

Telephone

How often do you have telephone conversations in this job?

Once a week
52%

Every day
37%

Group discussions

How often do you have group discussions in this job?

Once a week
42%

Every day
33%

Public speaking

How often does this job require you to do public speaking?

Never
54%

Once a year
35%

Once a month
12%

Once a week
0%

Every day
0%

Frequency of conflict situations

How often are there conflict situations in this job?

Never
24%

Once a year
52%

Once a month
16%

Once a week
4%

Every day
4%

Dealing with angry people

How often do you have to deal with angry, unpleasant, or discourteous individuals in this job?

Never
21%

Once a year
67%

Once a month
13%

Once a week
0%

Every day
0%

Dealing with physically aggressive people

How often do you have to deal with physically aggressive people in this job?

Never
89%

Once a year
11%

Once a month
0%

Once a week
0%

Every day
0%

Level of competition

How much competitive pressure is in this job?

Not competitive at all
11%

Slightly competitive
26%

Moderately competitive
56%

Highly competitive
7%

Extremely competitive
0%

Repetition in this job

How important is repeating the same type of task over and over in this job?

Not important at all
19%

Fairly important
19%

Important
11%

Very Important
33%

Extremely Important
19%

Impact of decisions on co-workers or company results

What results do your decisions usually have on other people or the reputation or financial resources of your employer?

No impact
15%

Minor impact
8%

Moderate impact
27%

Important impact
31%

Very important impact
19%

Frequency of decision making

How frequently do you have to make decisions that affect other people, the financial resources, and/or the reputation of the company?

Never
15%

Once a year
19%

Once a month
8%

Once a week
23%

Every day
35%

Responsibility for others’ health and safety

How much responsibility is there for the health and safety of others in this job?

No responsibility
58%

Limited responsibility
35%

Moderate responsibility
4%

High responsibility
0%

Very high responsibility
4%

Responsibility for outcomes and results

How much responsibility is there for the work outcomes and results of other workers?

No responsibility
58%

Limited responsibility
23%

Moderate responsibility
8%

High responsibility
12%

Very high responsibility
0%

What is the work environment like

Office-style environment

Indoors in an environmentally controlled condition

Never
32%

Once a year or more
0%

Once a month or more
0%

Once a week or more
0%

Every day
68%

Warehouse-style environment

Indoors in a non-controlled environmental condition such as a warehouse

Never
62%

Once a year or more
15%

Once a month or more
0%

Once a week or more
0%

Every day
23%

Outdoors

Outdoors exposed to all weather conditions

Never
96%

Once a year or more
4%

Once a month or more
0%

Once a week or more
0%

Every day
0%

Outdoors – Under Cover

Outdoors but under cover (e.g. structure with roof but no walls)

Never
96%

Once a year or more
4%

Once a month or more
0%

Once a week or more
0%

Every day
0%

How to become one

Difficulty to become one

Easy
You may need some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience. Most careers in this difficulty category usually don’t require a degree. However, you will need a few months of on-the-job training with experienced employees. Similar careers include Customer Service Representatives, Security Guards, and Bank Tellers.

Required level of education

What level of education do you need to perform the job?

Less than a High School Diploma
30%

High School Diploma or equivalent
22%

Post-Secondary Certificate
30%

Some College Courses
7%

Associate’s Degree or similar
7%

Bachelor’s Degree
4%

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate
0%

Master’s Degree
0%

Post-Master’s Certificate
0%

First Professional Degree
0%

Doctoral Degree
0%

Post-Doctoral Training
0%

Relevant work experience

How much related work experience do you need to get hired for the job?

None
4%

1 month
0%

1 to 3 months
4%

3 to 6 months
4%

6 months to 1 year
11%

1 to 2 years
26%

2 to 4 years
30%

4 to 6 years
15%

6 to 8 years
4%

8 to 10 years
0%

Over 10 years
4%

On The Job Training

How much on the job training do you need to perform the job?

None or short demonstration
4%

1 month
15%

1 to 3 months
23%

3 to 6 months
8%

6 months to 1 year
35%

1 to 2 years
8%

2 to 4 years
8%

4 to 10 years
0%

Over 10 years
0%

Should you become one

Best personality for this career
The Builder

People with this personality type likes practical and hands-on work. They prefer working with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

86%

24%

71%

19%

24%

67%

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People who are suitable for this job tend to like work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They like working with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

They also like working with forms, designs, and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.

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