Sole Stitcher

Sole Stitching Operator

Minimum 5th standard

Minimum 3-4 years of relevant work experience

The tasks a Sole Stitcher, Machine is expected to perform include:

Operating sole stitching machine to attach outsole of welt or upper and insole of shoe

Placing spool of sewing cord on stand of machine and drawing the cord through the tension guide and sewing needle

Setting the bobbin in the machine

Adjusting the machine for size, tension and number of stitches per inch

Setting shoe with sole upwards on table rest of machine underneath the needle and stepping on pedal to start machine

Guiding shoe with hand as needle sews around shanks (waist) and forepart through outsole to upper surface of welt or insole

Stopping machine when sole is stitched and removing shoe from machine

Ensuring that stitches are properly embedded in channel, cut in outsole

Replacing broken or defective needle, empty spool and bobbins

Oiling and cleaning machine

Ability to identify the kind of stitching and its construction

Knowledge of common problems faced in the work environment

Proficient in handling all tools and techniques

Knowledge of different types of materials used for this particular operation

Proficient in measurement of stitching

Knowledge of needle, thread being used

Well-versed with different kind of sole, its thickness

Knowledge of machine functioning

Well-versed with methodology of changing machine parts

Will be updated

Good hand-eye coordination

Accuracy of work

Fair judgment in positioning sole with its corresponding components

Good vision

Depth perception

Manual dexterity

It needs one to be on their toes

Need not handle a team

Local travelling is not a part of this job role

Part-time work and contractual jobs are available

Work from home option is not available

Working hours

Factories usually work for 6 days a week for 8 hours everyday. This may vary from factory to factory

Shift system is available

Is the job suitable for a candidate with special needs?This job is suitable for candidates with One Leg (OL), Muscular Weakness (MW), Low Vision (LV) and those who have Hearing Impaired (HH)

The job is not listed as hazardous or dangerous under The Factories Act, 1948 (section 87)

Health hazards include handling sharp tools, risk of accidents, etc.

Occupational hazards include risk of injuries, cuts and bruises, risk of electric shock, etc.

For freshers - INR 5,500 to INR 6,000 per month

For candidates with 1-2 years of experience or more - INR 7,500 to INR 8,500 per month

(These figures are indicative and subject to change)

Current Trend and Future Growth of Leather Sector in India

The leather industry in India produces approx. 1055 billion worth of leather in various forms. Out of this, 661 billion (62%) is consumed domestically and the remaining is exported (37%). This share of consumption and export is estimated to change and in 2020 India will account for 1.4 trillion (59.1%) worth of domestic consumption and earn 673 billion (40.9%) worth from exports.

Organized retail is expected to grow at a CAGR of 25% to reach USD 200 Billion by 2020.

Demand growth for leather goods is expected from footwear, bags, purses, furniture etc. all driven by the Indian consumption boom. Penetration of export markets is expected to rise in the wake of increased sourcing by global retail majors and luxury brands. Key segments for human resource development in the industry include finished leather, leather footwear and leather goods.

India is the second largest global maker of footwear after China, accounting for 13% of global footwear production of 16 billion pairs. India produces 2065 million pairs of footwear, of which about 115 million pairs are exported. The major production centres in India are Chennai, Tamil Nadu, Mumbai, Kanpur, Kolkata, etc.

The sector currently employs over 3.09 million employees and is slated to employ more than 6.8 million employees by 2022. This implies additional creation of approx. 3.7 million jobs in the nine-year period. The leather footwear segment currently employs 0.78 million people and is expected to employ 1.44 million people by 2020. This will result in an incremental growth of around 0.66 million jobs. All these factors will result in more job opportunities for candidates applying in this sector across India.

Leather footwear manufacturing factories across India

Leather footwear manufacturing factories across India

Footwear Design & Development Institute, Noida

Central Footwear Training Institute, Chennai & Agra

Government Leather Technology College, Kolkata


Net Services India Pvt Ltd

IL&FS Skills Development Corporation Ltd Indian Institute of Leather Products (IILP) KILT, Karnataka

Central Institute of Vocational Education

Mirams Training Services India Pvt Ltd