Tucking Machine Operator

Operate sewing machines to fold and sew decorative tucks in products.
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Salary Range
$16,000 – $32,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Tucking Machine Operators do?

Operates sewing machine equipped with tucking attachment to fold and sew uniform or graduated decorative tucks in products, such as decorative cloth fabrics and hats and caps: Turns screws to adjust tension of thread, length of stitch, and spacing and width of tucks. Places material over adjustable guide blade and swings blade into position against needle or moves lever to lower presser foot with attached tucking device and folds material over tucking device and against guide beneath needle. Moves lever to lock presser foot and tucking device onto material. Trims excess material and thread from tucked article, using blade attached to machine or scissors. When sewing graduated tucks, attaches specified cam to machine to control progressive size change in tucks. May sew lace or braid into seam of tuck. When operating machine with attachment that feeds gimp under fabric to form round, puffed tucks, is designated Air Tucker. Performs duties as described under SEWING-MACHINE OPERATOR, REGULAR EQUIPMENT Master Title.

Should I be a Tucking Machine Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.

  • Also known as: Air Tucker, Graduate Tucker, Tucker

    How to become a Tucking Machine Operator

    Most Tucking Machine Operators have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Bachelor's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9hacaa&chl=no+college+%2886%25%29|certificate+%2811%25%29||bachelor%27s+%283%25%29||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,86,86
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