Stitcher Operator

Stitch together magazines and other paper products that require binding.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$19,000 – $46,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Stitcher Operators do?

Stitcher Operators are the reason readers can thumb through magazines without pages flying everywhere. Stitcher Operators are the glue (or in this case, stitching) that holds everything together. Bookbinding requires special machinery equipped to handle paper of all types and sizes. As a Stitcher Operator, you set up and control these machines as they make precise stitches through the spine of a soon-to-be magazine or book.

Working as a book Surgeon of sorts, you first prep you paper patients so all the stitches land in the right spot. Then you adjust your equipment to the correct size and type of stitching to keep those pages held snugly together.

When the papers are laid out on the machine, you press a button to send it on its way. The machine sews up the book faster than even the best Seamstress ever could. Once the process is up and running, you need only to keep an eye on it in case the machine goofs up.

While an order is being processed, you constantly check the finished books for quality. As new orders arrive, you carefully read the instructions to produce the right products. Whipping out 2,000 magazines when a company only wants 200 isn’t the best way to strengthen customer relations. At the end of the day, it’s time to tidy up your workspace in preparation for tomorrow’s shift turning limp stacks of paper into beautiful creations just waiting to be read.

Should I be a Stitcher Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Flexible: You're open to change and think variety is the spice of life.

  • Also known as: Small Equipment Operator

    How to become a Stitcher Operator

    Stitcher Operators generally graduate from high school and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate’s degree to increase your chances of finding a good job. Check out these schools offering Stitcher Operator-related education!
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