Elastic Tape Inserter

Insert and draw elastic tapes through hem channels of stretch garments.
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Salary Range
$18,000 – $49,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Elastic Tape Inserters do?

Inserts and draws elastic tape through hem channel of stretch garments, using leader: Selects strip of elastic of same length and width as hem channel, by aligning strip over hem. Pins tape to leader, using safety pin, inserts leader into hem channel, and draws tape through it. Unpins leader and hand staples channel at ends of hem to secure tape for sewing operation. May pin two leg bands together to make pair.


Should I be an Elastic Tape Inserter?

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

  • Also known as: Plastic Insert Molder

    How to become an Elastic Tape Inserter

    Elastic Tape Inserters 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 Elastic Tape Inserter-related education!
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