Job Spotlight: Embroidery Machine Operator

Patch together your career with an embroidery position!

Despite already having experience with several jobs, many working adults are unable to answer the age-old question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”


Our Job Spotlight monthly blog series is designed to help answer that question. In this series, we review all the basics of specific jobs, from pay and duties, to why people do the jobs they do.


Embroidery Machine Operator

In this month’s Job Spotlight, we’re following the seam to see it means to be a embroidery machine operator.


Required Education: Generally a high school degree.



Although pay varies depending on a variety of factors (e.g. experience, industry, geographic area, etc.), embroidery machine operators can make as much as $15 an hour.


What Embroidery Machine Operators Do:

Embroidery Machine Operators deal with a variety of responsibilities, including:

  • Analyzing and understanding project specifications and clients’ needs before starting each project.
  • Selecting the thread, fabric, hoops, and designs appropriate to each project.
  • Setting up machines and supervising the embroidery process.
  • Carefully reading instructional manuals to ensure smooth troubleshooting and repair processes.
  • Performing regular machine and inventory inspections and reporting any issues or reordering stock as required.
  • Providing suggestions regarding the design, placement, and fabric and thread selection.
  • Drawing guides or pinning tissue paper patterns onto fabric.
  • Keeping track of work orders and updating records.


What Companies Look for in Embroidery Machine Operators

Every position is different, but many companies need the following skills and attributes:

  • Proven experience as an Embroidery Machine Operator or similar.
  • Excellent troubleshooting and analytical skills.
  • Ability to read and understand instructional manuals.
  • Excellent administrative abilities and attention to detail.


Not sure where to find a position like this?

We can help.

Headquartered in Oklahoma City, OK, Express Employment Professionals is a leading staffing provider in the U.S. and Canada. If you have any questions about Embroidery Machine Operator jobs in your area or job search in general, contact your local Express office, download the ExpressJobs app from your mobile store, or fill out our online contact form.


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