Single-Needle Tufting-Machine Operator

Tend single-needle machines that tuft yarn to produce rugs.
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Salary Range
$18,000 – $49,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Single-Needle Tufting-Machine Operators do?

Tends single-needle machine that tufts yarn through material to produce rugs: Measures, marks, or traces rug dimensions or outline on backing material, using tape measure, marking pencil, and rug patterns. Mounts yarn packages on creel spindles and draws ends through guides, tensions, and needle eye. Positions roll of backing on machine brackets at entry end and threads material through feed rollers onto spiked takeup roll. Presses buttons and lever to start machine that inserts tufts in singular rows through material. Observes tufting to detect broken yarn ends and malfunctions. Rethreads broken yarn ends and reports malfunctions to repair personnel. Cuts material with scissors when specified carpeting has been tufted.

Should I be a Single-Needle Tufting-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.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.

  • Also known as: Single Needle Tufting Machine Operator, Tufting-Machine Operator, Single-Needle

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