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Fabric Menders

Also called: Mender, Sail Maker, Sail Repair Person, Seamstress

Where in the Marine Corps? In the Marine Corps: Aircrew Survival Equipmentman; Flight Equipment Technician; Parachute Rigger; Shower/Laundry and Clothing Repair Specialist

What they do:
Repair tears, holes, and other defects in fabrics, such as draperies, linens, parachutes, and tents.
On the job, you would:
  • Measure and hem curtains, garments, and canvas coverings to size, using tape measures.
  • Operate sewing machines to restitch defective seams, sew up holes, or replace components of fabric articles.
  • Spread out articles or materials and examine them for holes, tears, worn areas, and other defects.


  • customer service
  • management
Manufactured or Agricultural Goods
  • manufacture and distribution of products
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Education and Training
  • teaching and course design


Basic Skills
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it


Hand and Finger Use
  • hold or move items with your hands
  • keep your arm or hand steady
Controlled Movement
  • use your arms and/or legs together while sitting, standing, or lying down
  • quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat


People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Independence
  • Integrity
  • Dependability
  • Initiative
  • Innovation


You might use software like this on the job:

Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel
Electronic mail software
  • Microsoft Outlook
Word processing software
  • Microsoft Word


Education: (rated 1 of 5)
high school diploma/GED or
certificate after high school
usually needed

Get started on your career:

Registered Apprenticeship

Job Outlook

Below Average Outlook
New job opportunities are less likely in the future.
per year, on average
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