Cloth Tearer

Tear pieces from hemmed bolts of cloth prior to fabrication.
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Salary Range
$17,000 – $35,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Cloth Tearers do?

Tears pieces from hemmed bolts of cloth prior to their fabrication into articles, such as handkerchiefs. Tears cloth, beginning at nick in cloth and stopping at opposite hem. Cuts through hem with scissors. May nick edge of cloth by folding and impaling it on equally spaced spikes on table and snipping edge with scissors. May tear cloth woven in special pattern so that pattern is centered in each article.


Should I be a Cloth Tearer?

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

  • Also known as: Cloth Layer, Cloth Layer-Out, Tearer

    How to become a Cloth Tearer

    Most Cloth Tearers have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9haaaa&chl=no+college+%2888%25%29|certificate+%2811%25%29|associate%27s+%281%25%29|||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,88,88
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