What do Textile Knitting and Weaving Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders do?
Set up, operate, or tend machines that knit, loop, weave, or draw in textiles.
- 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, and/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, and/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, and/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, and/or needles to set up machinery for operation.
- Adjust machine heating mechanisms, tensions, and speeds to produce specified products.
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