Tend machines that stretch and soften fur pelts.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$18,000 – $49,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Stretchers do?

Tends machine that stretches and softens fur pelts that are too hard or rumpled to pass through fur-shaving machine: Depresses pedal to separate power-driven rollers of machine and inserts skin between rollers. Releases pedal and holds skin as corrugated rollers stretch skin, softening it for further processing into hatter’s fur.

Should I be a Stretcher?

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.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • Also known as: Brim Stretcher, Fur Stretcher, Leather Stretcher, Screen Stretcher, Switcher

    How to become a Stretcher

    Stretchers 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 Stretcher-related education!
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