Profession textile pattern making machine operator

Textile pattern making machine operators create patterns, designs and decoration for textiles and fabrics using machines and equipment. They choose which materials to use and check the quality of the textiles both before and after their work.

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  • Textile techniques

    Have a thorough understanding of textile processing techniques.

  • Textile materials

    Have a good understanding of the properties of different textile materials.

  • Properties of fabrics

    The influence of chemical composition and molecular arrangement of yarn and fibre properties and fabric structure on the physical properties of textile fabrics; the different fibre types, their physical and chemical characteristics and different material characteristics; the materials used in different processes and the effect on materials as they are processed. 


  • Apply quality standards

    Follow procedures which prevent errors in creation and delivery of a product, a solution or a service to customers.

  • Modify textile designs

    Edit sketches and digital textile designs until they meet up with customers' requirements.

  • Adhere to organisational guidelines

    Adhere to organisational or department specific standards and guidelines. Understand the motives of the organisation and the common agreements and act accordingly.

  • Apply health and safety standards

    Adhere to standards of hygiene and safety established by respective authorities.

  • Decorate textile articles

    Decorate wearing apparels and made up textile articles by hand or using machines. Decorate textile articles with ornaments, braided cords, golden yarns, soutaches, jewellery, and cristals.

Optional knowledge and skills

manufacture braided products textile technologies tend textile washing machines manufacture knitted textiles produce textile samples cut textiles tend textile drying machines cad for garment manufacturing sew pieces of fabric design warp knit fabrics identify customer's needs tend textile finishing machines tend textile dyeing machines prepare equipment for textile printing manufacture nonwoven staple products dyeing technology draw sketches to develop textile articles using softwares advise customers on sewing patterns tend textile printing machines textile industry machinery products textile trends manufacture non-woven filament products embroider fabrics iron textiles tend spinning machines manufacture man-made fibres