Hand Folder

Fold, gum, and finish by hand die-cut blanks to make envelopes.
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Quick Stats


Salary Range
$18,000 – $49,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Hand Folders do?

Folds, gums, and finishes by hand die-cut blanks to make envelopes: Scores blank, using spatula or scoring tool. Folds envelope blanks according to pattern and creases folds by hand or with spatula. Applies gum to edges of flaps with brush or stick and seals flaps before gum dries. Applies gum to open flap with stick and allows it to dry. Folds down open flaps and packs completed envelopes in specified boxes. May attach cellophane strips or other decorations to envelopes by hand.


Should I be a Hand Folder?

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.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • Also known as: Folder-and-Notcher, Folder, Hand, Foundry Hand, Hand-Booked Folder and Stitcher, Holder

    How to become a Hand Folder

    Hand Folders 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 Hand Folder-related education!
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