Tip Stretcher

Tend machines that knead tips of felt hat cones.
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Salary Range
$18,000 – $49,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Tip Stretchers do?

Tends machine that kneads tips of felt hat cones to form and shape crowns of hats: Soaks cones in trough of heated water. Selects hat form according to size specifications, positions form on machine bed, and moves lever to secure form. Pulls soaked cone onto form and depresses pedal to raise form and cone against moving machine fingers that knead tip of cone, stretching cone onto form and shaping crown. Grasps bottom of cone and rotates cone to ensure symmetrical shaping of crown. Removes resulting hat body and pulls it onto hat block to smooth crown and set shape.


Should I be a Tip Stretcher?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • How to become a Tip Stretcher

    Tip 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 Tip Stretcher-related education!
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