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Class Code: 681F
Category: Inst. Food & Personal Services


Performs volume and custom sewing work in making, altering or mending clothing, costumes, and accessories.

Distinguishing Characteristics

Under general supervision, performs full range of clothing/costume construction including, patterning, making alterations or repairs, and maintaining items.

Typical Work

Orders, stores, and safeguards linens, equipment, and supplies; maintains records;

Makes, fits, mends, and alters articles of clothing, costumes, and accessories;

Drafts and produces draperies and privacy curtains;

Measures individuals for garments;

Operates power sewing, cutting, marking, and buttonhole machines;

Assists in maintenance of equipment and enforcement of safety regulations regarding the operation;

Performs other work as required.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: sewing methods and equipment; use of patterns; grade and qualities of textiles; maintenance of sewing machines.

Ability to: use, adjust and maintain various power sewing machines and attachments and power cutter; do hand sewing; make, cut out and sew by patterns or create a garment/item without a pattern; instruct students or patients in use and care of sewing equipment and general sewing work; perform volume sewing work and plan and schedule work effectively; follow oral and written instructions; keep routine records.

Legal Requirement(s)

There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.

Desirable Qualifications

One year of experience or training in sewing, preferably on a volume basis, including use of power sewing machines.


Two years college training in costume or vocational sewing, pattern making, and fabric cutting.


Equivalent education/experience.

Class Specification History

New class, consolidates 3585 Costumer and 84300 Seamstress 1; adopted May 10, 2007, effective July 1, 2007.