Weavers, knitters and other fabric making occupations

National Occupation Code (NOC): 9442

Operators in this unit group operate machines to process yarn or thread into woven, non-woven and knitted products such as cloth, lace, carpets, rope, industrial fabric, hosiery and knitted garments or to quilt and embroider fabric. This unit group also includes workers who perform activities such as reproducing patterns, drawing-in and tying warps and setting up looms. They are employed by textile companies and by garment and mattress manufacturing companies.

Job Duties for Weavers, knitters and other fabric making occupations

  • Set up looms or other processing machines
  • Read loom patterns and prepare loom pattern mechanisms for processing
  • Operate looms to weave yarn or thread into textile fabrics or products
  • Operate machines that produce twine, ropes or nets
  • Operate batteries of knitting machines to produce knitted fabric, hosiery, garments or other products
  • Operate carpet tufting machines, felt making needle-punch machines and other machines to produce textile products
  • Operate large automatic multi-needle machines to embroider material or to sew lengths of several layers of material to make yard goods, quilts or mattress coverings
  • Patrol machines and check fabrics or products for defects and to verify efficient operation
  • Investigate machine stoppages
  • Repair minor mechanical problems such as broken or defective needles
  • Notify supervisor or repairers of mechanical malfunctions.

Working Conditions for Weavers, knitters and other fabric making occupations

Work is performed indoors where airborne particles like textile dust is common. Safety measures must be taken to prevent injury from machinery, tools, and noise.

Alternate Job Titles

  • Automatic Embroidery Machine Tender
  • Automatic Stocking Loom Tender
  • Axminster Carpet Weaver
  • Ball Fringe Machine Tender
  • Band-knitting Machine Operator
  • Beam Changer - Textiles
  • Blanket Weaver
  • Braid Maker - Textiles
  • Braid Weaver - Textiles
  • Braider - Textiles
  • Braiding Machine Tender - Textiles
  • Card Lacer - Textiles
  • Carpet Weaver
  • Carpet-tufting Machine Operator
  • Carpet-weaving Machine Operator
  • Chain Builder - Textiles
  • Chainman/woman - Textiles
  • Circular Knitter
  • Circular Knitting Machine Knitter
  • Cloth Ribber
  • Cloth Weaver
  • Crochet Machine Operator
  • Crocheting Machine Operator
  • Dobby Loom Drawer-in
  • Dobby Loom Weaver
  • Drawer-in - Textiles
  • Drawer-in Helper - Textiles
  • Drawing-in Machine Operator
  • Drawing-in Machine Operator - Textiles
  • Drop-pinning Machine Operator - Textiles
  • Embroidery Machine Operator
  • Embroidery Machine Tender
  • Entering Machine Operator - Textiles
  • Felt Press Tender - Textiles
  • Felting Machine Tender
  • Felt-making Machine Operator
  • Flat Knitter
  • Flat Knitting Machine Knitter
  • Garment Looper
  • Glass-fibre-bonding Machine Tender
  • Glove Knitter
  • Harness Preparer - Textiles
  • Harness Tier - Textiles
  • Hosiery Knitter
  • Hosiery Looper - Textiles
  • Hosiery Seamer - Textiles
  • Hosiery-knitting Machine Tender
  • Jacquard Card Cutter - Textiles
  • Jacquard Card Lacer - Textiles
  • Jacquard Card-cutting Machine Operator - Textiles
  • Jacquard Card-lacing Machine Operator - Textiles
  • Jacquard Loom Heddles Tier
  • Jacquard Loom Knitter
  • Jacquard Loom Pattern Changer
  • Jacquard Loom Weaver
  • Jacquard Machine Knitter
  • Jacquard Machine Operator
  • Jersey Knitter
  • Knitter - Textiles
  • Knitting Area Patroller - Textiles
  • Knitting Machine Operator
  • Knitting Machine Tender
  • Knotting Machine Operator - Textiles
  • Lace Weaver
  • Lease Worker - Textiles
  • Leaser - Textiles
  • Leasing Machine Tender - Textiles
  • Link Machine Knitter
  • Loom Drawer-in
  • Loom Drawer-in Helper
  • Loom Operator
  • Loom Threader
  • Loom Threader Helper
  • Loom Weaver
  • Looper - Textiles
  • Machine Ball Fringe Maker
  • Machine Knitting Mender
  • Machine Loom Drawer-in
  • Machine Loom Threader
  • Machine Tassel Maker
  • Machine Warp Tier-in - Textiles
  • Mattress Sewing Machine Operator
  • Needle Loom Operator
  • Needle Loom Weaver
  • Net Maker, Machine - Textiles
  • Net Weaver - Textiles
  • Net-knitting Machine Operator - Textiles
  • Netting-making Machine Operator - Textiles
  • Pad Mangle Operator - Textiles
  • Padding Machine Operator - Textiles
  • Pattern Card Preparer - Textiles
  • Pattern Puncher - Textiles
  • Pattern Weaver - Textiles
  • Pinning Machine Operator
  • Pinning Machine Operator - Textiles
  • Power Loom Weaver
  • Quilting Machine Operator
  • Rib Knitter - Textiles
  • Ribbing Machine Operator - Textiles
  • Rope Maker - Textiles
  • Rope Twister
  • Rope-coiling Machine Tender - Textiles
  • Rope-twisting Machine Tender
  • Rug Weaver
  • Sample Knitter
  • Sample Weaver
  • Scroll-quilting Machine Operator
  • Seamless Hosiery Knitter
  • Sock Foot Knitter
  • Sock Knitter - Textiles
  • Sock Looper
  • Surgical Pad Knitter
  • Tassel Machine Tender - Textiles
  • Textile Weaver
  • Threader - Textiles
  • Top Knitter
  • Topper - Textiles
  • Transfer Knitter
  • Tufting Machine Operator - Textiles
  • Tufting Machine Operator, Carpets
  • Tufting Operator
  • Warp Drawer - Textiles
  • Warp Drawer-in Helper - Textiles
  • Warp Knitting Machine Tender
  • Warp Placer - Textiles
  • Warp Tier-in
  • Warp Tier-in - Textiles
  • Warp Tying Machine Tender - Textiles
  • Weaver - Textiles
  • Carpet Weaver
  • Drawer-in - Textiles
  • Drawing-in Machine Operator
  • Embroidery Machine Operator
  • Hosiery Knitter
  • Knitter - Textiles
  • Knitting Machine Operator
  • Loom Operator
  • Mattress Sewing Machine Operator
  • Pinning Machine Operator
  • Quilting Machine Operator
  • Tufting Operator
  • Warp Knitting Machine Tender
  • Warp Tier-in
  • Weaver - Textiles