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How to Become a Sewer or Tailor

There are no formal education requirements for someone to work as a sewer or tailor. Most workers are trained informally on the job or through apprenticeship programs. Some take classes to learn how to sew and alter clothing.


Generally, employers do not have any formal education requirements for positions as a sewer or tailor. Some sewers and tailors take classes to learn how to sew and alter clothing, but there are few formal programs to teach students how to become a tailor.


Those interested in becoming a sewer or tailor are often trained while working in a tailor shop. Some are trained through apprenticeships, in which they are hired by a tailor and receive training to help them develop the skills necessary to work as a tailor. However, formal apprenticeships are difficult to find. Most of those interested in becoming sewers or tailors find employment working with a tailor and are trained informally on the job.

Important Qualities

Customer-service skills. Sewers and tailors need to meet customers’ and designers’ requirements while managing their expectations. If fulfilling a customer’s request is not possible, the sewer or tailor must be able to explain to the customer why that is so.

Detail oriented. Sewers and tailors must be precise. They need to take careful measurements and follow patterns. Paying attention to detail is essential to their work.

Sensitivity. Sewers and tailors often need to get physically close to customers to take measurements, and in doing so, they must be sensitive to the customers’ needs and personal space.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition