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Knitting and Weaving Machine Worker  What They Do

Just the Facts


Sets up, operates, or tends machines that knit, loop, weave, or draw in textiles.

This career is part of the Manufacturing cluster Manufacturing Production pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Removes defects in cloth by cutting and pulling out filling.
  • Inspects products to ensure that specifications are met and to determine if machines need adjustment.
  • Observes woven cloth to detect weaving defects.
  • Threads yarn, thread, and fabric through guides, needles, and rollers of machines for weaving, knitting, or other processing.
  • Examines looms to determine causes of loom stoppage, such as warp filling, harness breaks, or mechanical defects.
  • Notifies supervisors or repair staff of mechanical malfunctions.
  • Sets up, or sets up and operates textile machines that perform textile processing and manufacturing operations such as winding, twisting, knitting, weaving, bonding, or stretching.
  • Starts machines, monitors operations, and makes adjustments as needed.
  • Inspects machinery to determine whether repairs are needed.
  • Records information about work completed and machine settings.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Work in this occupation involves bending or twisting your body more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Exposure to pollutants, gases, dust, fumes, odors, poor ventilation, etc.
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Exposed to hazardous equipment such as saws, machinery, or vehicular traffic more than once a month
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Work in this occupation involves making repetitive motions more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves standing more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves walking or running more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Picking out a particular sound in the presence of other sounds
  • Bending, stretching, twisting, or reaching
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Using abdominal and lower back muscles repeatedly or over time without tiring

Work Hours and Travel

  • Rotating shift work

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Axminster Weaver -- Tends automatic looms simultaneously that weave pile yarn, filling yarn, and warp yarn material to produce carpets and rugs with various colored designs.
  • Harness Builder -- Reconditions and prepares harness frames for looms preparatory to drawing-in or storage.
  • Jacquard Plate Maker -- Covers designated perforations of metal pattern plates with metal pieces (snappers) to control operation on needles in automatic knitting machines.
  • Needle Felt Making Machine Operator -- Sets up and operates battery of machines in tandem to produce needle (punched) felt products from raw materials.
  • Rug Hooker -- Tufts yarn through backing material (loosely woven fabric or burlap) to fabricate carpets and rugs, using portable, electric-powered hooking device.
  • Warp Knitting Machine Operator -- Tends battery of warp-knitting machines to knit diverse products, for example tulle, lace, net, fabrics for outer and undergarments, elastic fabric for foundation garments, and carpet material.
  • Blanket Weaver --
  • Lacemaker --
  • Loom Operator --