How to Grade Sewing Machine Operators?

How to Grade Sewing Machine Operators?

Sewing operators grading is very effective to achieve maximum output from a sewing line. It also works as an employee motivator. Normally it’s seen that when a sewing operator is upgraded into the front step then he get motivated and give more effort for the next step. Day by day, all the largest garments manufacturing groups have started a tradition of fixing the salary of sewing operators according to their grading.

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Grading System of Sewing Machine Operators Followed in Apparel Industry:

Normally sewing machine operator’s wage has to pay according to the category of the operator. There are different types of categories such as skilled, semi-skilled, unskilled, and A, B, C which are done according to their experience. Without these, garments manufacturing factories followed some systems or methods in doing sewing operators grading which are mentioned in the below:

  1. Grading according to types of operation,
  2. Grading according to sewing operators’ capability in various operations.

All the above methods have discussed in the following:

1. Grading according to types of operation:

A B and C grade sewing operator is selected in this grading system, where A, B, and C grade sewing operator is perfect for completing A, B, and C grade operations respectively. This type of grading is done according to the below points. Such as-

  • Critical and non-critical operations,
  • Skill level required to operate,
  • Machine using capacities such as flatlock machine and single needle lock stitch,
  • Operations in the various parts of garments.

Now, one example will help you to better understand the above discussion. A list of shirt manufacturing processes has shown in the below table according to A, B, and C grade operations.

A grade operationsB grade operationsC grade operations
Close collarJoin shoulderLocking operations
Close cuffHem front placketRun stitch collar
Attach front pocketAttach side seamRun stitch neckband
Set sleeve placketSleeve attachSew pleats
Match and set cuffAttaching the main labelGathering
Attach neckbandAttach yokeThe closing flap at the bottom
Attach front placketHem bottomHem cuff

2. Grading according to sewing operators capability in various operations:

It’s another sewings operator grading system followed in the readymade garments sector. Here, operators are categorized according to the number of operations performed by an operator from the A, B, and C grade operations. It also shows the efficiency level of an operator. The grading table has presented the below:

SL No.GradeCriteria
01A+
  • Grade operations,
  • At least 5 B grade operations,
  • All C grade operations,
  • Efficiency stands at 56%
02A
  • Above 5 A grade operations,
  • At least 5 B grade operations,
  • All C grade operations,
  • Efficiency stands at 52%
03B
  • At least 2-3 A grade operations,
  • At least 4-5 B grade operations,
  • All C grade operations,
  • Efficiency stands at 50%
04C
  • At least 5 B grade operations,
  • At least 4 C grade operations,
  • Efficiency stands at 45%
05D
  • Trainee,
  • Any B or C grade operations.

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