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Sewers and Tailors

Sewers and Tailors
Quick Facts : Sewers and Tailors*
2010 Median Pay$25,850
Entry Level EducationLess than high school
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 201257,500
Job Outlook1% (Little or no change)
Employment Change400

sew, join, reinforce, or finish clothing or other items. Those who do alterations ensure that clothes fit customers properly. They make changes to garments, such as hemming pants to make them shorter or taking in seams to make clothing smaller. Sewers and tailors may also create new pieces of clothing from patterns and designs or alter existing garments to fit customers better.

What Sewers and Tailors Do

  • Measure clients to ensure that clothing will fit properly
  • Mark garments to note where alterations are necessary
  • Open seams to hem garments and to make other alterations
  • Sew clothing by hand, using a needle and thread or with sewing machines
  • Fit clothing on customers to determine if additional alterations are necessary

Work Environment

Sewers and tailors work for textile and apparel manufacturers, department stores, and drycleaners. Many are self-employed.
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Job Outlook

Employment of sewers and tailors is expected to experience little or no change, growing 1 percent from 2010 to 2020 due to limitations from clothing continued to be made in other countries and the demand for custom clothing keeps declining.
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The average hourly wage of hand sewers in May 2010 was $11.13.
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Becoming a Sewers and Tailors

There are no formal education requirements for someone to work as a sewer or tailor. Most workers are trained informally on the job or through apprenticeship programs. Some take classes to learn how to sew and alter clothing.
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