We continuously accept applications from sewists and leatherworkers who want to work with us! Right now we have an active search for a part-time leather sewist.
As leather sewing is a rare skill, we welcome candidates with transferrable skills to apply. If you have an interest or some experience in leatherwork, sewing, repair, or making things, you’re welcome to apply.
Many of the skills needed for sewing (transferring/copying patterns, completing alterations, etc.) directly crossover. If you believe you can do this job but are lacking a few of the skills, apply anyway!
The part-time leather sewist works 3-4 days a week for a total of 22-30 hours per week (flexible). The part-time leather sewist completes repair and alteration jobs on leather garments and bags using industrial sewing machinery.
The majority of this job is completing repairs and alterations on customer items (bag, jacket, accessories). This position does not encompass shoe repair or custom leatherwork. The position may sometimes work on production-line assembly of wholesale items or large orders.
This position also includes answering questions on the phone and handing back finished customer items. As well as possible assistance at community market booths.
We prefer to hire individuals who are invested in sewing-based industries, and who envision themselves keeping the position for a year or more.
Skills and Abilities:
This position comes with a three-month training period in which we will teach you how to safely operate all industrial machinery, tailoring skills, some patterning, and the basics of working with leather. Hourly rates may include a training wage for those with little direct experience.
Hours / Wages: N/A
Health and Safety:
Our workshop requires all staff to wear masks. We encourage but do not require employees to be fully vaccinated. Our Covid policy changes as Covid rates and mandates change and we consult with all employees before changing our precautions. You can view our policies in this blog post.
Proper safety equipment is available in the studio including a variety of gloves, eye protection, sounds protection, first aid supplies, anti-fatigue mats, 3M respirators (for redyes), and a contained glue/fume house.
Our workshop is currently staffed entirely by underrepresented individuals in our industry. We are the only female*-owned cobbling shop in Western Canada and the first queer-owned shop in all of Canada. We happily accept applicants from all backgrounds and encourage other under-represented individuals to apply. If you have any accessibility needs, please let us know!
*Ariss is non-binary and uses they/them pronouns, but happily defaults to this for the ease of a tagline.
For our full physical accessibility audit, please go here: https://awltogetherleather.ca/accessibility/
Show us what you’ve made! Send your resume, a portfolio of 2-10 completed projects (anything you’ve sewn, fixed, made, or are proud of), and two references to firstname.lastname@example.org.
– Tess and Ariss