Bed Laster

Operate machines to press and shape toe or heel sections of upper on last.
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Salary Range
$18,000 – $49,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Bed Lasters do?

Operates lasting machine to press and shape toe or heel sections of upper on last: Places upper on last in steamer to soften leather. Removes upper from steamer, places last on pin jack, and stretches edges of upper over last, using lasting tool. Moves controls to close heel clamp and raise toe or heel into wiping position. Moves controls to cause wipers to press upper edges against insole. May press heated toe iron against upper edges to flatten wiped edges. May trim excess box toe and lining, using knife. May tack upper or counter insole in place to be stitched or to hold edges until cement dries.


Should I be a Bed Laster?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • How to become a Bed Laster

    Bed Lasters generally graduate from high school and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate’s degree to increase your chances of finding a good job. Check out these schools offering Bed Laster-related education!
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