Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute

Industrial Sewing

Industrial Sewing

Industrial sewing machine operators operate or tend sewing machines to join, reinforce, decorate, or perform related sewing operations in the manufacturing of garment or non-garment products. They produce many different types of products including upholstery for furniture and wearable garments. They also work with a variety of fabrics that range from nylon to leather.

Woman using an industrial sewing machine

Program Content

Introduction to Industrial Sewing is designed to give students an understanding in the basic skills and techniques necessary to be an industrial sewer. The student will be trained in the manufacturing concepts, tools, safety, and the communication skills that will help prepare them for a career as a sewer in various manufacturing settings. Emphasis is placed on machine operation, setup and maintenance, threading, sewing straight lines, corners, curves and welts. Upon completion, students should be able to set up and operate a variety of industrial sewing machines.

Cost (Scholarships are available.)

Registration Fee - $182

Course available via Continuing Education

Title Course/Section Meeting Information Available
Sewing UPH-3101-300 05/13/2024-08/26/2024 Classroom Hours Monday, Wednesday 05:30PM - 09:30PM, Building - J, Room 121
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Program Information


Education Pathway

Many trainees have experience from sewing at home. Industrial sewing is much different but the skillsets are similar. Basic training can be obtained from on the job experience or through training courses at vocational schools and community colleges. Most employers prefer to hire high school graduates.

Career Information

Average Pay

The average salary for an Industrial Sewer/Upholster is $17.41 per hour in North Carolina, with production pay being much higher from $30,000-$55,000 per year for a Sewing Operator.


Employment Outlook

Employment for Upholsters/Sewers projected to grow 7.4%, but Upholsterers are expected to see a growth of 0.481% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow in North Carolina, but be slower in other parts of the US than the national average.


To learn more about a career in the Industrial Sewing field, visit CCC&TI's Career Coach site for the following program:

Career Coach logo Sewing Machine Operators

Mission Statement:

The mission of Vocational and Technical Services is to offer quality, accessible career and workforce development classes that are short-term in nature, and to prepare students with the knowledge and skills necessary for employment, development and advancement in the workforce.