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Textile/Garment Presser  What They Do

Just the Facts


Presses or shapes articles by hand or machine.

This career is part of the Management and Administration cluster Administrative Services pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Operates steam, hydraulic, or other pressing machines to remove wrinkles from garments and flatwork items, or to shape, form, or patch articles.
  • Lowers irons, rams, or pressing heads of machines into position over material to be pressed.
  • Removes finished pieces from pressing machines and hangs or stacks them for cooling, or forwards them for additional processing.
  • Slides material back and forth over heated, metal, ball-shaped forms to smooth and press portions of garments that cannot be satisfactorily pressed with flat pressers or hand irons.
  • Hangs, folds, packages, and tags finished articles for delivery to customers.
  • Selects appropriate pressing machines, based on garment properties such as heat tolerance.
  • Pushes and pulls irons over surfaces of articles to smooth or shape them.
  • Finishes pleated garments, determining sizes of pleats from evidence of old pleats or from work orders, using machine presses or hand irons.
  • Straightens, smooths, or shapes materials to prepare them for pressing.
  • Finishes pants, jackets, shirts, skirts and other dry-cleaned and laundered articles, using hand irons.

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
  • Exposure to pollutants, gases, dust, fumes, odors, poor ventilation, etc.
  • Conditions are very hot (above 90 F) or very cold (under 32 F)
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third 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):

  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Using abdominal and lower back muscles repeatedly or over time without tiring

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Shirt Folder --
  • Steam Presser --