Hand Stitcher

Sew gathered and collated signatures by hand to form books.
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Salary Range
$17,000 – $37,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Hand Stitchers do?

Sews gathered and collated signatures by hand to form book preparatory to binding: Stretches holding cords over workbench frame. Positions signatures in frame according to numbered sequence and attaches signatures to holding cords, using needle and thread. Wraps cloth tape around frame to compress signatures and sews signatures together to form book. Routes book to binding department.


Should I be a Hand Stitcher?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • 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: Bottom Stitcher, Bow Attacher, Hook-And-Eye Attacher, Middle Stitcher, Roll-Edge Stitcher, Hand, Side-Stitcher See More

    How to become a Hand Stitcher

    Most Hand Stitchers 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:9sieaa&chl=no+college+%2852%25%29|certificate+%2837%25%29|associate%27s+%287%25%29|bachelor%27s+%284%25%29||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,52,52
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