Tend machines that remove tacking stitches from selvages of fabric.
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Salary Range
$18,000 – $49,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Detackers do?

Tends machine that removes tacking stitches from selvages of fabric and opens fabric to full width after wet processing: Clips tacking stitches with knife and ravels out length of stitching by hand. Feeds end of fabric over beating roller and through takeoff rollers and swing-folding attachment. Laps end of raveled stitching around reel and starts machine that ravels out stitching and opens cloth to full width. Guides cloth from swing-folding attachment into handtruck. May sew end of cloth to end of cloth in machine to form continuous strip, using sewing machine.

Should I be a Detacker?

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

  • Also known as: Cracker Off, Dewaxer, Double Backer, Ducker

    How to become a Detacker

    Detackers 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 Detacker-related education!
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