Weavers, knitters and other fabric making occupations (NOC 9442)

About this job

Operators in this group:

  • run 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
  • includes workers who perform activities such as reproducing patterns, drawing-in and tying warps and setting up looms
  • work for textile companies and garment and mattress manufacturing companies
Common job titles
  • ball fringe maker / tassel maker
  • band-knitting machine
  • carpet-weaving / carpet-tufting
  • chain builder - textiles
  • circular / flat knitting
  • drop-pinning machine


Operators in this group perform some or all of the following duties:

  • 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
  • run machines that produce twine, ropes or nets
  • operate batteries of knitting machines to produce knitted fabric, hosiery, garments or other products
  • run 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
  • look into machine stoppages
  • repair minor mechanical problems such as broken or defective needles
  • let supervisor or repairers know about mechanical malfunctions

Work environment

Key aspects of the work in this occupation:

  • Work takes place in a regular controlled indoor environment.
  • The workplace may contain airborne particles such as textile dust.
  • Working with equipment, instruments, machinery or power/hand tools may be a source of injury.
  • Noise in the workplace may cause distraction or hearing loss.

Career paths and resources

Career paths

Movement between employers may be limited by differences in machines and products. Progression to textile machinery mechanics and repairers or to supervisory positions is possible with experience and training.

Additional resources

Additional resources are not currently available for this career.