Sewing, embroidery and related workers

Duties and tasks

  • Repairing defective or damaged portions of cloths or garments by hand, using matching thread and needle
  • Removing stitches from garments to be altered, using rippers or razor blades
  • Selecting thread according to specifications or colour of parts, or dyeing thread to match colour and shade of cloth to be darned
  • Patching holes, sewing tears and ripped seams, or darning defects in items, using needle and thread
  • Pulling knots to the wrong sides of garments, using hooks
  • Trimming ends with scissors to make mended portions look uniform with pattern of cloth
  • Sewing ornamental designs by hand over stamped, printed or stencilled patterns on fabric, using needle and coloured thread
  • Embroidering ornamental designs on cloth by hand or machine, using needle and coloured threads
  • Softening leather or shoe material with water to prepare it for sewing
  • Sewing or gluing decorative trimmings to articles such as hats, caps or other millinery
  • Hand-sewing umbrella covers to frames, tacking cover to ribs along seams, sewing corners to tips of ribs and sewing ties to outside of cover to hold umbrella when folded
  • Fabricating and assembling thick cloth, canvas and similar materials into sails, awning, tarpaulins and tents

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