Sewing Machine Operator

Website Western Shelter

Role Overview: The Vinyl Sewing Machine Operator assembles a variety of parts and products for Western Shelter using sewing equipment/machines. They measure, align and sew parts and assemblies to predetermined specifications and drawings. The Sewing Machine Operator is responsible for properly constructing each item assigned in a timely manner. The production environment is fast paced and requires a high attention to detail. This position reports to the Vinyl & Sewing Production Manager.

Salary Range: $12.00 – $16.00 Hourly


  • Assures that all products are built to the highest standard of quality.
  • Constructs assigned items or components of such items properly, following a combination of printed work instructions, integral samples and verbal instructions from production supervisor.
  • Inspects in-process materials to ensure proper cut, shade compatibility, material flaws and the correctness of prior construction steps.
  • Reports product non-conformities to production supervisor in a timely manner.
  • Maintains quality objectives and standards for the department.
  • Works with team members to maximize productivity and efficiency.
  • Maintains assigned machines by exercising routine maintenance and cleaning on a daily basis, or as needed. Report equipment malfunction to the production supervisor in a timely manner.
  • Ensures scheduled equipment maintenance is performed.
  • Notifies supervisor of maintenance issues with production equipment.
  • Assists in the training of new employees, as needed.
  • Operates sewing equipment safely.
  • Responsible for all safety aspects within the scope of work.
  • Follows correct ISO procedures, including lot number tracking where applicable.
  • Other duties as assigned

Key Attributes

  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing
  • Work independently with minimal supervision
  • Strong attention to detail

Physical Requirements

  • Ability to lift/ move a minimum of 25 lbs of material without assistance.
  • Ability to sit, bend or stand for long periods of time
  • Visual acuity to read instructions, operate machines, and inspect parts produced


  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • One-year work experience, preferably in manufacturing
  • Basic sewing knowledge preferred

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