Clothing and soft furnishing production workers are involved in all stages of production, from marking and cutting the fabric through to finishing the item.
Personal requirements for a Clothing and Soft Furnishing Production Worker
- Enjoy practical and manual activities
- Able to work as part of a team
- Able to do neat, detailed work
- Able to work patiently and systematically, and meet production deadlines
- Good eyesight (may be corrected) and normal colour vision
- Good hand-eye coordination
- Able to cope with the physical demands of the job
- Good communication skills.
Duties & Tasks of a Clothing and Soft Furnishing Production Worker
Clothing and soft furnishing production workers may perform the following tasks:
- Prepare machines for use by selecting and installing clothing production attachments
- Set and operate clothing production equipment controls
- Start and monitor clothing production equipment
- Mix fibres into uniform blends or add dyes or chemicals
- Examine final products for defects.
Working conditions for a Clothing and Soft Furnishing Production Worker
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.
Soft Furnishing Maker
A soft furnishing maker makes curtains, cushions or furniture coverings and takes measurements, provides cost estimates, and fits tracks and curtains on site.