A seamstress cuts and sews clothes, which includes stitching, tailoring, and mending. In certain positions, some fashion design might be required. Seamstresses may also alter clothing to ensure it best fits customers in settings such as clothing stores; in this setting, they need to be able to measure customers and alter (or in some cases create) clothing that fits these measurements. Being able to use a sewing machine is essential for this position, as is the ability to attach zippers and buttons to garments as required. Some recordkeeping duties - such as keeping track of measurements and materials - may be necessary.
There are both part-time and full-time seamstress positions, and hours may vary, though most seamstresses work during daytime hours. Seamstresses generally work indoors and may be employed in a factory setting. They may also work as freelancers for small businesses, and many seamstresses own their own businesses. Seamstresses also work in hotels and similar settings to mend linens, uniforms, and other housekeeping-related materials.
Generally, relevant experience is required for this position. Some physical requirements may be necessary for this position, as it involves repetitive motions and sitting for extended periods. Attention to detail is critical, as seamstresses must be able to spot flaws and carry out their tasks effectively and efficiently.
Interpret patterns and operate sewing equipment to create products to specification.
Make alterations or conduct fittings, and measure for appropriate size.
Inspect and identify flaws in products.
Hand stitch to complete, correct, and finish products.