Silk Finisher

Press dry-cleaned and wet-cleaned silk and synthetic fiber garments.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$16,000 – $27,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Silk Finishers do?

Presses drycleaned and wet-cleaned silk and synthetic fiber garments, using hot-head press or steamtable, puff irons, and hand iron: Operates machine presses to finish those parts that can be pressed flat and completes other parts of garments by pressing with hand iron. Finishes parts difficult to reach, such as flounces, by fitting parts over puff irons. Finishes velvet garments by steaming on buck of hot-head press or steamtable, and brushing pile with handbrush. Finishes fancy garments, such as evening gowns and costumes, with hand iron, applying knowledge of fabrics and heats to produce high quality finishes which cannot be obtained on machine presses. Presses ties on small pressing machine or by inserting heated metal form into tie and touching up rough places with hand iron. Finishes pleated garments, determining size of pleat from evidence of old pleat or from work order and presses with machine press or hand iron. May press wool fabrics requiring precision finishing. In establishments where many SILK FINISHERS are employed may be designated according to specialty as Finisher, Hand; Form-Finishing-Machine Operator; Hot-Head-Machine Operator; Pleat Presser; Puff-Iron Operator I; Tie Presser; Velvet Steamer.

Should I be a Silk Finisher?

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.
  • 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.

  • Also known as: Boucle Finisher, Flat Finisher, Flatwork Finisher, Hand, Hand Flatwork Finisher, Knitted-Garment Finisher See More

    How to become a Silk Finisher

    Most Silk Finishers 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:9aaaaa&chl=no+college+%28100%25%29|||||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,100,100
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