Yarn Winder

Tend machines that wind strands of yarn from bobbins, cakes, or pirns.
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Quick Stats


Salary Range
$20,000 – $35,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Yarn Winders do?

Tends machine that winds strands of yarn from bobbins, cakes, pirns, and other yarn packages into packages specified for further processing, shipment, or storage: Places supply packages on spindles or holders. Threads ends of yarn from each package through guides and tension device and attaches them to takeup package. Moves lever, depresses pedal, or flips switch to start machine. Observes winding units to detect breaks in yarn and ties broken ends by hand or with knotter. Stops machine or winding unit and doffs packages. Inspects yarn for defects. Reports malfunction of machine to MACHINE FIXER 689.260-010. May weigh yarn package or keep production records. May tend machine that winds yarn through emulsion-filled trough or against paraffin disk to soften or strengthen yarn. May be designated according to package wound or supply package used as Bobbin Winder; Cake Winder; or according to material wound as Worsted Winder. When winding continuous filament yarn to or from packages used in throwing processes, is known as Redraw Operator. When rewinding tangled or short lengths of yarn, is known as Salvage Winder. Important variables may be indicated by trade names or machines used. May be designated Brass-Bobbin Winder; Cone Spooler; Cone Winder; Cop Winder; Muff Winder; Piece Hand; Pirn Winder; Quill Winder; Spool Winder; Tailing-Machine Operator; Tube Winder; Twine Winder.


Should I be a Yarn Winder?

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.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.

  • Also known as: Backwinder, Back Winder, Board Winder, Carpet Yarn Winder Operator, Foster Winder, Jack Winder, Muff Winder See More

    How to become a Yarn Winder

    Most Yarn Winders 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:9baaaa&chl=no+college+%2898%25%29|certificate+%282%25%29||||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,98,98
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