Worker Story: Faye from Merino Country
This is a featured post written by a team member at Merino Country, an Ethical Clothing Australia accredited brand.
I started working as a sewing machinist in the 1970’s and learned on the job. I had decided that I didn’t want to go to school anymore, and my dad said, ‘If you don’t go to school, you have to go to work’.
My first job as a sewing machinist was at a factory underneath the Story Bridge in Kangaroo Point, Brisbane. I have worked as a sewing machinist ever since for a few different companies. I started working with Merino Country making thermals for their contract with the Australian Defence Force in 2010.
These days, I help make everything in Australian Merino from Merino wool undies (Wundies) to T-shirts. Overlocking (sewing the edges of fabric to prevent fraying) is my specialty. Even though I could have retired by now, I enjoy coming to work for the company, friendship and laughter!