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  NOC 9446 – Industrial sewing machine operators

To apply under NOC-9446 National Occupation Classification you must follow the roles and responsibilities of Industrial sewing machine operators.

Required roles and responsibilities:-

Industrial sewing machine operators perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Assemble pieces of garments by matching patterns and dye lots
  • Operate 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
  • Operate 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
  • Operate 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 perform minor maintenance and repairs on sewing machine.

You can also see the required titles to apply as a Industrial sewing machine operators

NOC 9446 – Industrial sewing machine operators: example titles.

  • automatic sewing machine operator
  • bag sewer – textile manufacturing
  • bag sewer, leather
  • basting machine operator – sewing
  • basting sewing machine operator, automatic
  • binding machine operator – sewing
  • binding sewing machine operator
  • binding stitcher – footwear manufacturing
  • blindstitch-sewing machine operator
  • button sewer, machine
  • button stayer
  • buttonhole finisher
  • buttonhole machine operator
  • buttonhole maker
  • buttonhole stayer
  • canvas goods sewing machine operator
  • carpet binder
  • carpet sewer
  • closer – sewing
  • closer sewing machine operator
  • cloth mender
  • commercial sewing machine operator
  • domestic sewing machine operator
  • double needle sewing machine operator
  • double needle sewing machine stitcher
  • drapery header
  • drapery heading maker
  • drapery sewer
  • fabric mender
  • fabric repairer
  • factory hat sewer
  • fancy stitch machine operator
  • footwear sewer
  • fur goods sewer
  • fur sewer
  • fur sewing machine operator
  • garment braid maker – garment manufacturing
  • garment braider – garment manufacturing
  • garment mender – sewing
  • glove stitcher
  • hemmer machine operator – sewing
  • industrial sewing machine operator
  • joiner sewing machine operator
  • leather garment sewer
  • leather garment sewing machine operator
  • leather glove repairer
  • leather products sewing machine operator
  • leather sewer
  • leather-glove-stitching machine operator
  • leather-sewing machine operator
  • lining sewer
  • lining stitcher
  • machine operator – garment manufacturing
  • material mender
  • moccasin sewer
  • multineedle sewing machine operator
  • overcaster – garment manufacturing
  • overcasting machine operator
  • overedging machine operator
  • overlock sewing machine operator
  • overseamer – garment manufacturing
  • piping-sewing machine operator
  • pocket setter
  • profile-pocket sewing machine operator
  • rug joiner
  • rug sewer
  • sample sewer
  • serger – garment manufacturing
  • serging machine operator
  • sewer – garment manufacturing
  • sewer, textile products
  • sewing machine operator
  • shoe parts sewer
  • shoe sewer
  • shoe stitcher
  • single-needle sewing machine operator
  • slide-fastener-sewing machine operator
  • slipper maker
  • stitcher – garment manufacturing
  • stitching machine operator – industrial sewing machine
  • stocking stitcher
  • tacking machine operator – sewing
  • textile products mender
  • tufted carpet mender
  • underwear sewer
  • vamp stitcher
  • zipper-sewing machine operator

Employment Requirements

  • Some secondary school education is usually required.
  • Experience operating a sewing machine is usually required.
  • On-the-job training may be provided.

Additional Information

  • Industrial sewing machine operators may progress to supervisory positions with experience.


  • Fabric, fur and leather cutters (9445)
  • Mattress sewing and embroidery machine operators (in 9442 Weavers, knitters and other fabric making occupations)
  • Shoe repairers and shoemakers (6343)
  • Supervisors of sewing machine operators (in 9217 Supervisors, textile, fabric, fur and leather products processing and manufacturing)
  • Tailors, dressmakers, furriers and milliners (6342)

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