Alexandria, Virginia
Aug 29, 2017
Oct 03, 2017
Career Level
Entry Level
Part Time

Under direct supervision of the Production Manager, the incumbent performs varying work requiring basic hand and machine sewing ability. Tasks include cutting cloth, sewing textiles, finishing edges, and labeling finished articles for sale. This position also requires providing assistance to adult program participants as needed.  Versatile sewing skills are required for much of the work, but design, fabrication and weaving can come into play.

This position is classified as non-exempt and in accordance with the Federal regulations is eligible for overtime pay for hours worked in excess of forty (40) hours per week.  Note:  Overtime must be pre-approved and time off from work either paid or unpaid is not considered in determining hours worked in a week.

Other Performance Measures:

Successful performance on the job requires following safety guidelines and policies to reduce accident or injury to self or students, school dress standards, proper attendance and leave policies, and compliance with other policies set forth in the Employee Handbook.  Creativity, initiative and effective problem solving is also important to the success of the incumbent.

Examples of Essential Functions

  • Operate various sewing machines including a standard sewing machine, serger and other peripheral equipment Observe sewing machine operation to detect defects in stitching or machine malfunction, and notify supervision. Thread machines including guides, tensions, and needles; adjust machine functions according to fabric to be sewn. Attach buttons, zippers or fasteners to fabric by machine or hand stitching. Press fabric using a conventional iron; fold and tag items for sale in shops. Cut fabric, textiles and threads using scissors. Finish various new and existing products as required to meet high quality standards. Ability to exert moderate physical effort in light work, typically involving some combination of bending, stooping, squatting, reaching, kneeling, crouching, crawling and brisk walking, and which may involve lifting, carrying, pushing and/or pulling of objects and materials of moderate weight (45 lbs.). Ability to lift and position physically disabled individuals may be required.  Most tasks require oral communication, visual and hearing perception, and the ability to get around the program areas.  The ability to keep up with running adult participants and or to lift or assist with lifting is essential. Maintain confidentiality of parent, participant and staff personal identifiable information.   Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications:

  • Basic knowledge of sewing machine operator skills including threading guides, tension, and needle as well as bobbin threading. Ability to use scissors for trimming, clipping, etc. and patterns for marking. Ability to join material by sewing, gluing or sealing. Ability to follow instructions both verbal and written. Ability to use basic math to determine amount of fabric needed to complete a project. Skill in the operation of power sewing machine and other equipment such as rotary cutters or electric scissors. Successful completion of the required training courses within a specified period of time Tuberculosis screening to assure no significant risk to the health and safety of others. Successfully passing a criminal background investigation and pre-employment and random drug screenings

Sensory Requirements

Most tasks require visual perception and discrimination. Some tasks require oral communications ability. Some tasks require the ability to perceive and discriminate sounds.

Minimum Acceptable Education and Experience:

High school diploma or GED and two years relevant sewing experience; or any combination of experience, training or education that meet the minimum requirements may be substituted.       


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