Industrial Sewing Machine Operator – Lead

Our Company

Arconas is a Mississauga-based modular and public seating manufacturer established in 1972. Our mission is to bring high design, to high-traffic areas that require comfortable and durable seating solutions. We supply our furniture to many of the largest airports and transportation terminals throughout the world, as well as to government offices, healthcare centres, and universities.

We are a privately-owned company that has earned recognition as one of Canada’s 50 Best Managed companies since 2013.

We are now on a determined path to growth leading to great opportunities for personal and career growth. We are looking for an Industrial Sewing Machine Operator – Lead skilled in sewing thick fabrics in a stylish fashion, cutting of the fabric, and supervising a team of sewers.

The Industrial Sewing Machine Operator – Lead will join our existing Sewing team, and report to the Sewing Supervisor.

Job purpose

  • Responsible for the sewing of all Arconas seating patterns
  • Responsible for using a high-speed straight knife fabric cutter
  • Ensuring that production quotas are made

Duties and responsibilities

  • Responsibilities include sewing pre-cut leather/vinyl or fabric pieces together, sewing zippers, piping, and other materials to meet production standards and schedules
  • Will be responsible for cutting fabric using a high-speed fabric cutter
  • Will work with the Sewing Supervisor to ensure the quality and quantity of sewing production is measured
  • Will assist in the training of the sewing team
  • Participate in the sewing process in the assigned area to ensure that all work is completed in accordance with quality standards, delivery schedules, and safety requirements
  • Should be able to perform different operations to meet the team’s daily production output
  • Maintains quality standards as outlined in technical specifications associated with the assigned area of responsibility and follows work procedures to meet production schedule
  • Adheres to all health and safety regulations and related company policies
  • Cross-trained to perform other functions such as light assembly and packing tasks, picking of materials, and other material management tasks, when no sewing duties are required


  • Minimum of 3 years of industrial sewing and cutting experience is necessary
  • Previous supervisory experience is an asset
  • Ability to use various industrial sewing machines including industrial lock stitch and double-needle
  • Experience in the furniture industry is an asset
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, including a good command of English in reading and comprehending written and verbal instructions
  • Team player with the ability to work well with others
  • Reliable with a good attendance record and focus on punctuality
  • Understands the different types of sewing machine setups: i.e. “Double-needle” and “single needle”, and is able to sew on both machines
  • Ability to cut fabric in multi-layers for seat and back patterns.An understanding that fabric has a 1-way stretch, as well as a multidirectional stretch
  • Able to not only sewing in straight line patterns but also on tight pattern curves, with heavy fabric

Working conditions

  • Must be comfortable working in a diverse environment
  • Could be exposed to varied internal temperatures within the Plant due to external weather conditions
  • Fast-paced environment

Physical requirements

  • Ability to lift up to 30 pounds
  • Long periods of sitting
  • Requirement for strong dexterity in hands and fingers to manipulate heavy types of vinyl for sewing

The position is a Monday to Friday, 7:30 am to 4 pm operation

Arconas welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities.

Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.