- Operates sewing machine to repair defects, such as tears and holes in garments, linens, curtains, draperies, and blankets: Patches, darns, or reweaves holes or tears in garments, curtains, or linens, and resews ripped seams. Sews fringe, tassels, and ruffles onto drapes and curtains. Sews buttons and trimming on garments after they have been cleaned. Operates sewing machine to restitch or replace binding ribbon on edge of blankets. May cut curtains to specified measurements and hem edges. May shorten or lengthen hems to alter size of garments. May replace pockets in coats or trousers. May sew identifying labels and emblems on uniforms, linens, or diapers for linen supply or diaper service. May repair defective stitching on articles. May be designated according to type of article sewn as Sewer, Linen Room (hotel & rest.) or machine used as Darning-Machine Operator (any industry). May examine lace webbing for defects and be designated Examiner-Mender (tex. prod., nec). Performs duties as described under SEWING-MACHINE OPERATOR, REGULAR EQUIPMENT (any industry) Master Title.
GOE: 06.02.05 STRENGTH: L GED: R3 M1 L2 SVP: 4 DLU: 78
The BFOQ standard applies in Social Security disability cases. SSR 00-1c. Accommodation is irrelevant in claims adjudicated by SSA. Would an employer of menders expect that workers operating sewing machines to repair defects to speak, read, and write in English. Common experience of the world of work says -- probably not. Ruiz lost.
The SCO does describe mender as requiring occasional hearing. Hearing can point to essential, integral, or expected job functions of hearing noise or communicating orally. Menders don't require talking, just hearing. That SCO described function is not described in Ruiz and was presumably waived.