Leather goods hand stitchers join the cut pieces of leather and other materials using simple tools such as needles, pliers and scissors to close the product. They also perform hand stitches for decorative purposes.
The following job titles also refer to leather goods hand stitcher:
leather goods hand sewer
hand sewer, leather goods
No formal educational credential is generally required to work as leather goods hand stitcher.
ISCO skill level
ISCO skill level is defined as a function of the complexity and range of tasks and duties to be performed in an occupation. It is measured on a scale from 1 to 4, with 1 the lowest level and 4 the highest, by considering:
- the nature of the work performed in an occupation in relation to the characteristic tasks and duties
- the level of formal education required for competent performance of the tasks and duties involved and
- the amount of informal on-the-job training and/or previous experience in a related occupation required for competent performance of these tasks and duties.
Leather goods hand stitcher is a Skill level 2 occupation.
Leather goods hand stitcher career path
These occupations, although different, require a lot of knowledge and skills similar to leather goods hand stitcher.
Long term prospects
These occupations require some skills and knowledge of leather goods hand stitcher. They also require other skills and knowledge, but at a higher ISCO skill level, meaning these occupations are accessible from a position of leather goods hand stitcher with a significant experience and/or extensive training.
Essential knowledge and skills
This knowledge should be acquired through learning to fulfill the role of leather goods hand stitcher.
- Leather goods manufacturing processes: The processes, technology and machinery involved in the leather goods manufacturing.
- Leather goods components: The various procedures and methods in the processing of leather materials and leather goods components like manufacturability and properties.
- Pre-stitching processes and techniques for footwear and leather goods: Technology including machinery and techniques for the preparation for leather goods components and footwear uppers.
- Leather goods quality: The quality specifications of materials, processes, and final products, the most common defects in leather, quick tests procedures, laboratory tests procedures and standards, and the adequate equipment for quality checks.
- Leather goods materials: The wide range of materials used in leather goods production: leather, leather substitutes (synthetics or artificial materials), textile, etc; the way of distinguishing among various materials based on their properties, advantages and limitations.
Essential skills and competences
These skills are necessary for the role of leather goods hand stitcher.
- Apply pre-stitching techniques: Apply pre-stitching techniques to footwear and leather goods in order to reduce thickness, to reinforce, to mark the pieces, to decorate or to reinforce their edges or surfaces. Be able to operate various machinery for splitting, skiving, folding, stitch marking, stamping, press punching, perforating, embossing, gluing, uppers pre-forming, crimping etc. Be able to adjust the working parameters of the machinery.
Optional knowledge and skills
This knowledge is sometimes, but not always, required for the role of leather goods hand stitcher. However, mastering this knowledge allows you to have more opportunities for career development.
- Footwear equipments: Functionality of the wide range of equipments and the basic rules of regular maintenance.
- Footwear machinery: The functionality of the wide range of machines, and the basic rules of regular maintenance.
Optional skills and competences
These skills and competences are sometimes, but not always, required for the role of leather goods hand stitcher. However, mastering these skills and competences allows you to have more opportunities for career development.
- Reduce environmental impact of footwear manufacturing: Assess the environmental impact of footwear manufacture and minimise environmental risks. Reduce environmentally harmful work practices in different stages of the footwear manufacturing.
- Use communication techniques: Apply techniques of communication which allow interlocutors to better understand each other and communicate accurately in the transmission of messages.
- Use it tools: Application of computers, computer networks and other information technologies and equipment to storing, retrieving, transmitting and manipulating data, in the context of a business or enterprise.
ISCO group and title
7536 – Shoemakers and related workers
- Leather goods hand stitcher – ESCO