Shirt Presser Career

Job Description: Press or shape articles by hand or machine.

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Shirt Presser Career

What Shirt Pressers do:

  • Straighten, smooth, or shape materials to prepare them for pressing.
  • Operate steam, hydraulic, or other pressing machines to remove wrinkles from garments and flatwork items, or to shape, form, or patch articles.
  • Push and pull irons over surfaces of articles to smooth or shape them.
  • Remove finished pieces from pressing machines and hang or stack them for cooling, or forward them for additional processing.
  • Lower irons, rams, or pressing heads of machines into position over material to be pressed.
  • Finish pants, jackets, shirts, skirts and other dry-cleaned and laundered articles, using hand irons.
  • Hang, fold, package, and tag finished articles for delivery to customers.
  • Finish pleated garments, determining sizes of pleats from evidence of old pleats or from work orders, using machine presses or hand irons.
  • Finish velvet garments by steaming them on bucks of hot-head presses or steam tables, and brushing pile (nap) with handbrushes.
  • Select appropriate pressing machines, based on garment properties such as heat tolerance.
  • Position materials such as cloth garments, felt, or straw on tables, dies, or feeding mechanisms of pressing machines, or on ironing boards or work tables.
  • Activate and adjust machine controls to regulate temperature and pressure of rollers, ironing shoes, or plates, according to specifications.
  • Finish fancy garments such as evening gowns and costumes, using hand irons to produce high quality finishes.
  • Slide material back and forth over heated, metal, ball-shaped forms to smooth and press portions of garments that cannot be satisfactorily pressed with flat pressers or hand irons.
  • Moisten materials to soften and smooth them.
  • Shrink, stretch, or block articles by hand to conform to original measurements, using forms, blocks, and steam.
  • Clean and maintain pressing machines, using cleaning solutions and lubricants.
  • Spray water over fabric to soften fibers when not using steam irons.
  • Use covering cloths to prevent equipment from damaging delicate fabrics.
  • Brush materials made of suede, leather, or felt to remove spots or to raise and smooth naps.
  • Block or shape knitted garments after cleaning.
  • Insert heated metal forms into ties and touch up rough places with hand irons.
  • Press ties on small pressing machines.
  • Examine and measure finished articles to verify conformance to standards, using measuring devices such as tape measures and micrometers.
  • Select, install, and adjust machine components, including pressing forms, rollers, and guides, using hoists and hand tools.
  • Measure fabric to specifications, cut uneven edges with shears, fold material, and press it with an iron to form a heading.
  • Sew ends of new material to leaders or to ends of material in pressing machines, using sewing machines.

What work activities are most important?

Importance Activities

Controlling Machines and Processes - Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).

Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material - Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.

Getting Information - Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

Handling and Moving Objects - Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.

Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People - Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.

Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates - Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

Making Decisions and Solving Problems - Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

Performing General Physical Activities - Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.

Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings - Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.

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