Sample Sewer

Location: Downey, CA

Department: Technical Design

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Experienced



The Sample Sewer is responsible for accurately sewing and finishing first protos through production approval/fit samples within acceptable timeframes.


  • Work closely with fabric cutter, pattern maker, and technical design to create apparel samples of newly created designs for upcoming seasons
  • Compare pattern to cut apparel samples to ensure they match, ensuring the prototype is consistent in size,measurement, and feel
  • Sew the sample garment accurately using proper machinery and tools. Discuss any sewing problems with the pattern maker and troubleshoot as team for root cause analyses and corrections
  • Add finishing touches and trims to sample garments (press, steam, sew labels, buttons, etc.) accurately as indicated on the pattern card and tech pack by the required deadline
  • Discuss sewing techniques with pattern maker if no sew by sample is provided
  • Additional responsibilities as needed, such as supporting home category and additional production projects
  • Other duties, tasks and projects as assigned


  • Minimum 5-10 years of experience in multiple categories in Mens, Womens, home accessories including tops, bottoms,
    jackets, bedding, and accessory items.
  • Knowledge of sewing different fabrics and weights; primarily knits and wovens fabrics, variety of materials
  • Extensive experience in effectively and safely operating the following sewing machinery with limited supervision, including but not limited to the following sewing machines: single needle, double needle, 4-thread and 5-thread overlock, coverstitch, flatlock, buttonhole, keyhole and bartack machines, etc. Additional non sewing machinery to complete sample such as scissors, needle/thread (hand stitching), heat press, garment heat iron, steamer, etc.


Core competencies required for Sample Sewer position:

  • Able to read and understand Tech Packs in English
  • High level of workmanship, attention to detail, with sense of urgency and sensitive to deadlines


This position pays $20.00 per hour.

JAMES PERSE was founded over 20 years ago in Los Angeles, California by its eponymous designer. James’ signature design philosophy and aesthetic – the pairing of elegance and sophistication with simplicity and comfort – is borne from his passion for minimalist architecture and (as a Los Angeles native) his intimate familiarity with west coast indoor / outdoor living and the casual clothing inspired by it. This approach has been applied to each step in developing the JAMES PERSE brand, which has become synonymous with Southern California life and style.

At the Company’s inception, James’ mission was to bring an elevated look and feel to unique baseball caps and basic tees. Two decades later, the Company has expanded to producing full lines of its famously soft and meticulously constructed modern classics for men and women, as well as home furnishings, accessories, and limited edition goods.  Our collections are sold in over 40 JAMES PERSE boutiques, as well as in fine department and specialty stores around the world.

Our employees are smart, creative, passionate, and service-driven individuals who meet the same superior standards we set for our products. We embrace talented people with diverse backgrounds and experiences, and support policies and practices that prohibit discrimination against any person because of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, gender identity, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

JAMES PERSE offers competitive benefits packages, including health, dental, and vision insurance, life insurance, short-term and long-term disability insurance, flexible spending accounts, an employee assistance program, paid vacation, paid sick time, a retirement savings plan with company match, and a generous employee discount.

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We appreciate your interest in our company and look forward to hearing from you.

We will consider for employment all qualified applicants, including those with criminal histories, in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable state and local laws, including the City of Los Angeles’ Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance.

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