Stitching Machine Operator

Set up and operate machines to stitch and trim flat sheets of paper.
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Salary Range
$19,000 – $46,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Stitching Machine Operators do?

Sets up and operates machine to automatically gather, stitch, and trim folded signatures or flat sheets of paper to form paperbound books, magazines, pamphlets, catalogs, or booklets: Examines work order to determine work instructions. Adjusts feeder pockets to size of folded signatures or flat sheets. Adjusts air pressure pump to separate sheets. Sets stitchers for specified length and thickness of stitch and threads stitching wire into machine. Sets trimmer knives to trim three sides of publication to specified size. Starts machine and makes trial run. Readjusts machine setup if necessary, and regulates machine speed. Takes periodic readings of counter and records number of publications produced or examines samples periodically for defects and records number as indicated on counter to determine when problem occurred. Gives directions to crewmembers engaged in feeding and off bearing activities. May feed and off bear machine. May oil, grease, and clean machine parts and make minor repairs to keep machine in working condition. May be designated according to type of stitching machine operated as Saddle-Stitching-Machine Operator. May set up and operate machine to apply glue to backs of books prior to trimming and be designated Side-Stitching-Machine Operator. May set up and operate related stitching machines.


Should I be a Stitching Machine Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Flexible: You're open to change and think variety is the spice of life.
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.

  • Also known as: Blankbook-Stitching-Machine Operator I, Blankbook-Stitching-Machine Operator II, Collating-Machine Operator See More

    How to Become a
    Stitching Machine Operator

    Stitching Machine 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 Stitching Machine Operator-related education!
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