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Fabric Menders, Except Garment
SOC Code: 49-9093.00

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

Sample of reported job titles: Awning Craftsman, Custom Marine Canvas Fabricator, Fabric Worker, Hand-Woven Carpet and Rug Mender, Mender, Perch Mender, Sail Maker, Sail Repair Person, Seamstress, Tarp Repairer


  • Measure and hem curtains, garments, and canvas coverings to size, using tape measures.
  • Operate sewing machines to restitch defective seams, sew up holes, or replace components of fabric articles.
  • Spread out articles or materials and examine them for holes, tears, worn areas, and other defects.
  • Stamp grommets into canvas, using mallets and punches or eyelet machines.
  • Trim edges of cut or torn fabric, using scissors or knives, and stitch trimmed edges together.
  • Patch holes, sew tears and ripped seams, or darn defects in items, using needles and thread or sewing machines.
  • Check repaired and repacked survival equipment to ensure that it meets specifications.
  • Sew labels and emblems onto articles for identification.
  • Repair holes by weaving thread over them, using needles.

Technology Skills

  • Electronic mail software - Microsoft Outlook
  • Operating system software - Microsoft Windows
  • Spreadsheet software - Microsoft Excel
  • Word processing software - Microsoft Word

Tools Used

  • Buttonhole machines - Eyelet machines
  • Crochet hooks - Crocheting hooks
  • Desktop computers
  • Fids - Push fids
  • Hand sprayers - Spray guns
  • Ironing machines or presses - Industrial steam irons
  • Personal computers
  • Power feeder - Fabric feeders
  • Sewing machines - Blind hemmers; Flatlock machines; Serger sewing machines; Walking foot sewing machines (see all 7 examples)
  • Sewing needles - Hand-sewing needles; Sewing machine latch needles
  • Shears - Fabric scissors; Fabric shears
  • Splices or splice plates - Marlinspikes; Splicing spikes; Splicing wands
  • Steam pressing machines - Steam presses
  • Tape measures - Measuring tapes
  • Utility knives


  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.


  • Arm-Hand Steadiness - The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
  • Manual Dexterity - The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
  • Finger Dexterity - The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
  • Multilimb Coordination - The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Control Precision - The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.


  • Interest code: R
    • Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.

Work Context

  • Face-to-Face Discussions - 89% responded “Every day.”
  • Frequency of Decision Making - 75% responded “Every day.”
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate - 14% responded “Important.”
  • Exposed to Contaminants
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled - 74% responded “Every day.”
  • Telephone - 74% responded “Every day.”
  • Freedom to Make Decisions - 75% responded “Some freedom.”
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable
  • Electronic Mail - 28% responded “Never.”
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work - 72% responded “Some freedom.”
  • Time Pressure - 71% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls
  • Importance of Repeating Same Tasks - 15% responded “Not important at all.”
  • Contact With Others - 16% responded “Contact with others most of the time.”
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results - 22% responded “Minor results.”
  • Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets - 18% responded “Never.”
  • Duration of Typical Work Week - 16% responded “Less than 40 hours.”
  • Physical Proximity - 14% responded “I work with others but not closely (e.g., private office).”
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results
  • Spend Time Sitting
  • Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled - 23% responded “Every day.”
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety
  • Exposed to Hazardous Conditions - 19% responded “Never.”
  • Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions - 25% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Spend Time Standing - 17% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Frequency of Conflict Situations

Work Styles

  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
  • Independence - Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
  • Innovation - Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
  • Concern for Others - Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
  • Achievement/Effort - Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
  • Persistence - Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
  • Analytical Thinking - Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
  • Leadership - Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.

Work Values

  • Support - Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.
  • Achievement - Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.
  • Working Conditions - Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.

Wages & Trends

  • Median wages (2017)
    • $13.77 hourly, $28,640 annual
  • Employment (2016)
    • 1,000 employees
  • Projected growth (2016-2026)
    • Decline (-2% or lower)
  • Projected job openings (2016-2026)
    • 100

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