Fabric Menders, Except Garment
SOC: 49-9093.00


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

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
800 employed

Projected (2024):
700 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

Alternate Titles:

  • Awning Craftsman
  • Awning Craftsperson
  • Bag Repairer
  • Canvas Repairer
  • Curtain Mender
  • Custom Marine Canvas Fabricator
  • Fabric Awning Repairer
  • Fabric Worker
  • Fabric Worker Fitter
  • Fabric Worker Foreman
  • Fabric Worker Leader
  • Fabric Worker Supervisor
  • Hand Weaver
  • Hand-Woven Carpet and Rug Mender
  • Industrial Sewer
  • Knit Goods Mender
  • Mender
  • Parachute Mender
  • Parachute Repairer
  • Perch Mender
  • Sail Maker
  • Sail Repair Person
  • Sail Repairer
  • Seamstress
  • Seat Mender
  • Sewer
  • Sewing Machine Operator
  • Tarp Repairer
  • Tarper
  • Umbrella Mender

  • Job Zone One: Little or No Preparation Needed


    Little or no previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, a person can become a waiter or waitress even if he/she has never worked before.


    Some of these occupations may require a high school diploma or GED certificate.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few days to a few months of training. Usually, an experienced worker could show you how to do the job.

    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Troubleshooting
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • History and Archeology
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation

  • Tasks:

  • 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.
  • Clean stains from fabric or garments, using spray guns and cleaning fluid.
  • Sew fringe, tassels, and ruffles onto drapes and curtains, and buttons and trimming onto garments.
  • Re-knit runs and replace broken threads, using latch needles.
  • Replace defective shrouds, and splice connections between shrouds and harnesses, using hand tools.
  • Pull knots to the wrong sides of garments, using hooks.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Blind hemmers
  • Crocheting hooks
  • Desktop computers
  • Eyelet machines
  • Fabric feeders
  • Fabric scissors
  • Fabric shears
  • Flatlock machines
  • Hand-sewing needles
  • Industrial steam irons
  • Lockstitch sewing machines
  • Marlinspikes
  • Measuring tapes
  • Overlock sewing machines
  • Personal computers
  • Push fids
  • Semi-automated sewing machines
  • Serger sewing machines
  • Sewing machine latch needles
  • Splicing spikes
  • Splicing wands
  • Spray guns
  • Steam presses
  • Utility knives
  • Walking foot sewing machines
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft Windows
  • Microsoft Word

  • installation maintenance and repair

    industry stats

    SOC: 49-0000

    Total Employed: 5,374,150

    Average Annual Salary: $45,990