What does a Textile Knitting and Weaving Machine Setter, Operator, and Tender do?

Set up, operate, or tend machines that knit, loop, weave, or draw in textiles.

Jobs Roles

  • Remove defects in cloth by cutting and pulling out filling.
  • Inspect products to ensure that specifications are met and to determine if machines need adjustment.
  • Observe woven cloth to detect weaving defects.
  • Thread yarn, thread, and fabric through guides, needles, and rollers of machines for weaving, knitting, or other processing.
  • Examine looms to determine causes of loom stoppage, such as warp filling, harness breaks, or mechanical defects.
  • Notify supervisors or repair staff of mechanical malfunctions.
  • Set up, or set up and operate textile machines that perform textile processing and manufacturing operations such as winding, twisting, knitting, weaving, bonding, or stretching.
  • Start machines, monitor operations, and make adjustments as needed.
  • Inspect machinery to determine whether repairs are needed.
  • Record information about work completed and machine settings.
  • Confer with co-workers to obtain information about orders, processes, or problems.
  • Stop machines when specified amounts of product have been produced.
  • Clean, oil, and lubricate machines, using air hoses, cleaning solutions, rags, oil cans, or grease guns.
  • Operate machines for test runs to verify adjustments and to obtain product samples.
  • Wash and blend wool, yarn, or cloth.
  • Program electronic equipment.
  • Study guides, loom patterns, samples, charts, or specification sheets, or confer with supervisors or engineering staff to determine setup requirements.
  • Repair or replace worn or defective needles and other components, using hand tools.
  • Install, level, and align machine components such as gears, chains, guides, dies, cutters, or needles to set up machinery for operation.
  • Adjust machine heating mechanisms, tensions, and speeds to produce specified products.
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