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Sewing Trainer


Based in Lawrence, MA, 99Degrees was founded in 2013 with a vision to transform apparel manufacturing into an advanced manufacturing industry. We are a US contract manufacturer producing technical stretch knit activewear for global and high growth emerging brands. We offer advanced concept, small batch and quick-turn services. We have been recognized with top prizes from MIT’s Inclusive Innovation Competition, MassChallenge and EforAll business accelerators and have been featured by NPR, PRI, MSNBC, and the Boston Globe.



99Degrees is hiring a Trainer to help onboard, train, cross train, and support the advancement of 99Degrees’ sewing machine operators. 


Our ideal candidate:

  • shares our Future Factory vision;

  • has strong team building, coaching, and communication skills;

  • embodies our company culture;

  • has apparel manufacturing knowledge and advanced industrial sewing skills on machines including single needle, overlock, coverstitch, flatlock, heat transfer, button hole and others.



  • Trains applicants on machine safety. Administers safety test. Completes safety orientation checklist for all candidates. Reinforces health and safety orientation throughout training program.

  • Trains applicants on how to operate an industrial sewing machine, and provides instructions on  sewing skills test including exercise/drills.

  • Tests candidates to determine dexterity, machine control, level of experience, ability to follow directions, speed, and approach to learning.

  • Documents test results and reports documentation to hiring manager and human resources.

  • Makes hiring recommendations based on documented test results.



  • Responsible for training 99Degrees Sewing Machine Operator training curriculum which includes:

    • Health and safety programs

    • Production and Quality Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)

    • Quality standards, expectations, identifying quality issues, and quality tracking systems

    • Toyota Sewing System process

    • Company expectations and culture

    • Machine operations, exercises and drills

    • Fabric handling best practices

  • Ensures that training materials, tests and exercises, and documentation are prepared and ready ahead of each training. 

  • Completes training checklists for each employee.

  • Documents progress, challenges, and opportunities for additional training

  • Responsible for new hire trainees until they have completed training and are ready for production.

  • Make recommendations to improve training program.

  • Complies with and reinforces human resource compliance and health and safety policies and programs during testing and onboarding processes.

  • Represents 99Degrees company culture throughout testing and onboarding processes.

  • Supports 99Degree’s goal of being a great place to work by helping to identify strong candidates in both skills and culture fit.

  • Make suggestions to improve testing program.


  • Helps train sewing machine operators when introducing new products and new operations.

  • Works with Quality and Production team supervisors to identify any in-line issues that require training. Support with problem solving and employee training as needed.  

  • Supports in-line inspection to identify areas for continued training and cross-training.

  • Champions our lean manufacturing/Toyota Sewing System transition and culture of continuous improvement and ideas generation.

  • Helps our Production and Quality teams ensure 100% compliance with production and quality SOPs


  • Consistently leads by example. Motivates employees and supports their advancement.

  • Supports bi-annual evaluations of machine operators by providing documentation and feedback on training progress, skill level, growth, and areas for improvement. 



  • 5-10 years+ sewing, pattern making, tailoring, and alterations experience.

  • Knowledge of garment construction and product development process.

  • Exceptional communication and collaboration skills in a fast-paced multi lingual environment.

  • Ability to read and write in English in order to understand tech packs and customer construction notes.

  • Ability to sit and/or stand for up to 8.5 hours per day.

Work Week and Salary:

  • M-F 7-3:30PM.

  • Salary is based on experience.

  • 99Degrees Custom is an equal opportunity employer.

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