An embroidery machine operator works with garments, other cloth materials, and an embroidery machine. The operator may also have some sewing duties, either by hand or machine. Often, embroidery of company logos to uniforms and hats is done by an embroidery machine operator. There are also embroidery machine operators in various stores that provide embroidery services to customers for personalization. An embroidery machine operator often is expected to be able to know how to maintain the machines, which includes applying oil and cleaning the machines so that they run smoothly. This maintenance usually has to be done on a daily basis.
Some jobs may also require the embroidery machine operator to be able to troubleshoot the machines and escalate issues to the maintenance department, management, or third parties when the issue is not easily fixable. The job may require an embroidery machine operator to sit for long periods of time, while others in a warehouse environment may require constant walking and standing. Repetitive motions of the arms and hands are also needed.
There are usually no minimum education requirements for this job. However, many embroidery machine operator jobs require experience with embroidery machines or sewing. Some companies will provide training. The hours for this job vary, and many jobs require working late-night or graveyard shifts. The job is usually carried out indoors. However, it is often carried out in an environment where there are multiple embroidery machines, so the area can get noisy.
Embroidery Machine Operator Tasks
Follow style, color and design guidelines to create standard products.
Load and ready fabric, threads, needles and goods.
Operate embroidery machines to create designated garments and pieces.