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for the Blind

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Semi-Automatic/Sewing Machine Operator

Organization: Industries of the Blind

Posted: 11/8/2018

About Industries of the Blind
Industries of the Blind, Inc (IOB) is a 501c(3) not-for-profit organization headquartered in Greensboro, NC whose Mission is to provide opportunities for employment and personal development for people who are blind or visually impaired to achieve greater independence. IOB has grown over the last 85 years to employ more than 250 people, 140+ whom are blind. IOB is a self-sustaining organization, meaning that we support our non-profit business and our employees with the products we manufacture and services we provide. IOB manufactures textiles, assembles office supplies and janitorial products, and provides 3rd party distribution services. IOB’s customers include the US government, the military, and commercial businesses.

***Beginning, 9/17/2018 through 11/30/2018 we are offering a $500 sign on bonus. ($250 paid after 6 months of employment and the second $250 paid at one year of employment.)

Supports sewing operations by performing one or more operations on an assigned piece of equipment or sewing machine, in order to produce components or products in accordance with product and quality specifications. Must stand for 8-hour shift and learn to use a semi-automatic or automatic sewing machine.

• Thread sewing machine for operation and sew product in accordance with specifications. Aligns machines to ensure proper stitch count.
• Perform repairs for sewing defects and monitors product to verify that quality standards are being met.
• Monitor equipment to ensure that proper safety equipment is in place before operation. Improves productivity by suggesting better ways to maintain equipment, reduce costs, etc.
• Properly complete any other duties and responsibilities designated by supervision.

• Prefer 3-5 years’ experience in commercial sewing.
• Physical ability to stand for entire shift and perform assigned production tasks.
• Use standard tools such as snips, scissors, tweezers, needle threaders, etc.
• Thread machines, change bobbins and needles, start machine, align materials, control pedal, and sew straight lines.
• Understand and learn quality standards for assigned tasks and verify that product quality is acceptable. Must know how to distinguish among standard types of stitches and seams and be able to measure stitches and read standard ruler, or otherwise ensure that standards are met.


Contact: Laverne A Goodridge

Phone: (336) 544-3726

Fax: (336) 274-7680



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