Overlock Sewing Machine Operator

Operate overlock sewing machines to garment and cut away excess materials.
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Salary Range
$16,000 – $32,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Overlock Sewing Machine Operators do?

Operates overlock sewing machine, equipped with edgecutter, to serge, seam, or attach tape or trim to garment and cut away excess material: Overedges one ply of fabric to prevent fraying, or overedges two or more plies to join garment parts. Performs duties as described under SEWING-MACHINE OPERATOR, REGULAR EQUIPMENT Master Title. May operate overlock machine equipped with shirring mechanism to shirr and attach trim to garment. May operate overlock machine that sews reinforcing row of stitches while overedging and be designated Safety-Stitch-Machine Operator.


Should I be an Overlock Sewing Machine Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • 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: Overlock Operator

    How to Become an
    Overlock Sewing Machine Operator

    Most Overlock Sewing Machine 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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