There are currently an estimated 13,500 hand sewers in the United States. The hand sewer job market is expected to shrink by -14.1% between 2016 and 2026.

How employable are hand sewers?

CareerExplorer rates hand sewers with a F employability rating, meaning this career should provide poor employment opportunities for the foreseeable future. Over the next 10 years, it is expected the US will need 1,800 hand sewers. That number is based on the retirement of 3,700 existing hand sewers.

Are hand sewers in demand?

Declining demand and job opportunities are projected for hand sewers in all sectors, including clothing, upholstery, and other fabric goods. Virtually all openings in the field will be created from the need to replace retirees. In addition, healthy economies will continue to lead people to purchase new items rather than have those that they already own altered or repaired. The prevalence of mass-produced, relatively inexpensive, and imported clothing and furniture will exert further negative pressure on this occupation by lessening the need for tailoring, pattern-making, and reupholstering. Fierce competition in the apparel market will keep domestic firms under intense pressure to cut costs via automation and produce more with fewer workers. Hand sewers that focus on less mainstream and more artistic applications should have somewhat better job prospects, either with upscale boutiques or niche-market manufacturers. Freelancers who establish partnerships with local companies may find contract opportunities with dry cleaners, tailors, theatre groups, and other businesses. Demand for upholsterers will be limited to those knowledgeable in the restoration of valuable high-end furniture.

What’s the supply of hand sewers?

Hand Sewer job market by state

State Name Employed Hand Sewers
California 1,650
New York 880
Illinois 510
Texas 450
New Jersey 260
Tennessee 240
Massachusetts 150
North Carolina 140
Louisiana 100
Indiana 90
Virginia 70
Ohio 60
Oklahoma 50
Colorado 50
Puerto Rico 40