Because of uncertain and seasonal employment, machine operatives in the New York sewing industries frequently change from one trade to another.
"Making Both Ends Meet" by Sue Ainslie Clark and Edith Wyatt
Special trade machine straw sewing should also be taken up after the regular course in operating.
"The Making of a Trade School" by Mary Schenck Woolman
The drapers turned the dresses over to certain operators, who finished all machine sewing.
"Working With the Working Woman" by Cornelia Stratton Parker
Dressmaking: Designing, sewing, buying, machine operating, managing and owning.
"The Canadian Girl at Work" by Marjory MacMurchy
Hence I went cheerfully to learn the art of operating a sewing-machine, in which I soon became so expert as to prove a profitable pupil.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 15, No. 89, March, 1865" by Various
The machine illustrated is a standard lockstitch machine, which would have been set into a sewing-machine table and operated by a treadle.
"The Invention of the Sewing Machine" by Grace Rogers Cooper
It was decided that she must learn to operate a sewing machine.
"The Leaven in a Great City" by Lillian William Betts
The men and women who operated the sewing machines and cut the cloth were pushing away from their tables, with some anticipating a night on the town and all looking toward their one day of rest.
As you might have guessed, ties weren't always churned out by huge manufacturing equipment — they were made on a single needle sewing machine, by a single operator.