Tufting Machine Operator

Operate machines to tuft designs on articles.

What does a Tufting Machine Operator do?

Operates machine to tuft designs on articles, such as rugs and bedspreads: Places yarn packages on spindles and draws ends through machine guides, tensions, and needle eyes. Depresses pedal to activate tufting mechanism and guides material under tufting needles, following design specifications. Observes tufting to detect defects, such as broken yarn and needles. Rethreads machine or replaces damaged needles. Rethreads machine needle with specified color of yarn to tuft multicolor design. Workers who tend machines that tuft continuous lengths of cloth are classified under TUFTING-MACHINE OPERATOR.