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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:

  • Hangs, folds, packages, and tags finished articles for delivery to customers.
  • Operates steam, hydraulic, or other pressing machines to remove wrinkles from garments and flatwork items, or to shape, form, or patch articles.
  • Straightens, smooths, or shapes materials to prepare them for pressing.
  • Removes finished pieces from pressing machines and hangs or stacks them for cooling, or forwards them for additional processing.
  • Finishes pleated garments, determining sizes of pleats from evidence of old pleats or from work orders, using machine presses or hand irons.
  • Lowers irons, rams, or pressing heads of machines into position over material to be pressed.
  • Identifies and treats spots on garments.
  • Shrinks, stretches, or blocks articles by hand to conform to original measurements, using forms, blocks, and steam.
  • Finishes fancy garments such as evening gowns and costumes, using hand irons to produce high quality finishes.
  • Pushes and pulls irons over surfaces of articles to smooth or shape them.

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 using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • 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

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

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