Machine Trimmer

Operate sewing machines to trim excess fabrics from materials or articles.
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Quick Stats


Salary Range
$17,000 – $36,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Machine Trimmers do?

Operates sewing machine equipped with cutting blade attachment to trim excess fabric from material or article. Depresses pedal to start machine, moves hand and foot controls, and guides material or articles under blade to trim excess fabric and facilitate subsequent operation. May be designated by type of article or material trimmed as Collar Trimmer; Brassiere-Cup-Mold Cutter.


Should I be a Machine Trimmer?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.

  • Also known as: Brim-Edge Trimmer, Silk Trimmer, Trimmer, Buffing Wheel

    How to become a Machine Trimmer

    Most Machine Trimmers have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9iaaaa&chl=no+college+%2864%25%29|certificate+%2836%25%29||||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,64,64
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