Drapery Operator

Operate sewing machines to join precut materials to form draperies.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$16,000 – $32,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Drapery Operators do?

Operates sewing machine to join precut pieces of material to form finished draperies: Folds edges of material by hand and guides them under machine needle to form hems. Determines number of pleats required, according to width of finished drapery. Gathers pleats by hand and guides material under machine needle to tack pleats [TACKING-MACHINE OPERATOR]. May measure and cut material according to specifications, using rule and scissors. Performs duties as described under SEWING-MACHINE OPERATOR, REGULAR EQUIPMENT Master Title.

Should I be a Drapery Operator?

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.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.

  • Also known as: Double Needle Operator, Drapery Maker, Drapery Seamstress, Dress Operator, Hosiery Operator

    How to become a Drapery Operator

    Most Drapery Operators have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Bachelor's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9hacaa&chl=no+college+%2886%25%29|certificate+%2811%25%29||bachelor%27s+%283%25%29||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,86,86
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