Clothing and soft furnishing production workers are involved in all stages of production, from marking and cutting the fabric through to finishing the item.
Clothing and soft furnishing production workers may perform the following tasks:
Clothing and soft furnishing production workers can work in factories or at home using a range of specialist machines. They may be employed on a full-time, part-time or casual basis.
A cutter create and arrange patterns for garments on a piece of cloth or marker paper, ensuring no material is wasted, and then cut the cloth using shears, a hand-held electric cutter or computer-assisted cutting equipment.
A material handler checks that parts of garments are sorted according to style, size and colour before they go to the machinists to be sewn up.
A product examiner checks products for faults both during and after manufacture.
A sewing machinist operates sewing machines using various sewing techniques such as hemming and pleating.
A soft furnishing maker makes curtains, cushions or furniture coverings and takes measurements, provides cost estimates, and fits tracks and curtains on site.