Textile Cutting Machine Operators

Manufacturing > Production

Projected Growth: Decline

Projected Job Openings

Some Preparation Needed

Job Description

Your job is to Set up, operate, or tend machines that cut textiles.

Common job titles of Textile Cutting Machine Operators include:

Experience and Education

Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.

  • 67.69% said they needed a High School Diploma.

  • 32.31% said they needed a Less than a High School Diploma.


    Install, level, and align components, such as gears, chains, guides, dies, cutters, or needles, to set up machinery for operation.

    Adjust cutting techniques to types of fabrics and styles of garments.

    Stop machines when specified amounts of product have been produced.

    Thread yarn, thread, or fabric through guides, needles, and rollers of machines.

    Program electronic equipment.

    Operate machines to cut multiple layers of fabric into parts for articles such as canvas goods, house furnishings, garments, hats, or stuffed toys.

    Inspect products to ensure that the quality standards and specifications are met.

    Confer with coworkers to obtain information about orders, processes, or problems.

    Notify supervisors of mechanical malfunctions.

    Start machines, monitor operations, and make adjustments as needed.

    Clean, oil, and lubricate machines, using air hoses, cleaning solutions, rags, oilcans, and grease guns.

    Record information about work completed and machine settings.

    Adjust machine controls, such as heating mechanisms, tensions, or speeds, to produce specified products.

    Place patterns on top of layers of fabric and cut fabric following patterns, using electric or manual knives, cutters, or computer numerically controlled cutting devices.

    Inspect machinery to determine whether repairs are needed.

    Study guides, samples, charts, and specification sheets or confer with supervisors or engineering staff to determine set-up requirements.

    Operate machines for test runs to verify adjustments and to obtain product samples.

    Repair or replace worn or defective parts or components, using hand tools.


Wheeled forkllifts

Water jet cutting machines

Ultrasonic cutting machines

Straight stitchers

Straight knife cutting machines


Round knife cutting machines

All Tools

Rotary die cutters

Precision rulers

Plasma cutting machines

Notcher machines

Measuring tapes

Machine oiling cans

Lubricant guns

Laser cutting machines

Fabric shears

Fabric scissors

Drill presses

Die cutting presses

Die cutting machines

Cloth spreading machines

Band knife cutting machines


Autodesk AutoCAD

Microsoft Excel

Microsoft Windows

Microsoft Word

HAISEN SoftWare System


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