Fabric, fur and leather cutters

National Occupation Code (NOC): 9445

Fabric cutters cut fabric to make parts for garments, linens and other articles. Fur cutters cut fur pelts to make parts for garments and other fur articles. Leather cutters cut leather to make parts for shoes, garments and other leather articles. Fabric cutters are employed by clothing and textile manufacturers and other manufacturers of fabric products. Fur cutters are employed by furriers and fur products manufacturers. Leather cutters are employed by shoe and other leather products manufacturers.

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Job Duties for Fabric, fur and leather cutters

Fabric cutters
  • Place patterns on top of layers of fabric and cut fabric using electric or manual knives, cutters or computer numerically controlled (CNC) cutting devices
  • Adjust cutting technique to type of fabric and style of garment
  • May cut fabric samples.
Fur cutters
  • Cut fur skins in diagonal strips to specified length and shape of pelt using furrier's knives and cutters
  • Number pelts to indicate their location on pattern
  • May sort or match skins, and may prepare fur samples.
Leather cutters
  • Select leather and cutting dies for leather goods and shoe parts according to specifications
  • Position leather on cutting bed of machine, maximizing usage according to skin grain, skin flaws and skin stretch
  • Operate clicker or punch press to stretch leather
  • Operate machine to cut leather or cut single leather skins by hand to make leather products
  • May cut leather samples.

Working Conditions for Fabric, fur and leather cutters

Work is typically performed indoors. Safety measures are usually in place to prevent injury from cutting machine use and airborne particles.

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