Thread Laster

Attach shoe uppers to insole using stitchdown-thread-lasting machine.
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Quick Stats


Salary Range
$18,000 – $38,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Thread Lasters do?

Attaches shoe upper to insole, using stitchdown-thread-lasting machine: Sets last, with insole attached, on table and pulls upper over last by setting toe and end of upper in jaws of machine. Holds upper against insole on shoe rest. Depresses lever which lowers feeder onto upper edge. Pushes lever to start machine and guides shoe into feeding mechanism that sews upper to insole.


Should I be a Thread Laster?

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.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.

  • Also known as: Breaster, Channel Layer, Channel Lip Wetter, Heel Breaster, Heel Layer, Heel Seat Laster, Last Picker, Lining Layer See More

    How to become a Thread Laster

    Most Thread Lasters 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:9daaaa&chl=no+college+%2895%25%29|certificate+%285%25%29||||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,95,95
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