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Is it ok to say that someone is a "sewer"? Is that the noun for that verb?

So, I'm basically looking for the word "sewer" but at an industrial level. Mainly because in my native language (Spanish) we do have a word, and I would like to use it in a project I'm currently working on.

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It is the noun for the verb, but it is not often used because of the other meaning of sewer (a pipe for used water and human waste), although the pronunciations are different.

For a factory worker, I would suggest sewing machine operator.

  • That's a good suggestion; another common term is "garment worker."
    – Katy
    Commented Dec 5, 2019 at 5:10

industrial seamstress or sewer

What does an Industrial Seamstress do? [...] Be aware, though, as an Industrial Seamstress, you don’t spend your days attaching buttons to blouses and designing wedding dresses. No, the job of an Industrial Seamstress is the Rambo of seamstressing. Also known as an Industrial Sewer, an Industrial Seamstress wrangles 50-pound rolls of heavyweight material from one project to the next.The equipment looks like it belongs on a construction site rather than a sewing facility, and the products created are anything but dainty.

seamstress and sewer

The capital letters in the article are for emphasis.

  • This had me wondering what a male seamstress would be called. Apparently, seamster is a gender-neutral term. Commented Dec 10, 2019 at 6:39

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