Fabric Cutter

Operate a machine that cuts fabric in preparation for sewing.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$18,000 – $38,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Fabric Cutters do?

Ancient Romans simply wound long strips of cloth around their bodies and kept things in place with pins and bows. This sort of sheeting isn’t often considered acceptable business garb in modern offices, however, so factories make clothing precut to fit. A Fabric Cutter plays an important role in this process. Anytime a product includes fabric pieces, from clothing to suitcases to furniture, a Fabric Cutter is involved.

As a Fabric Cutter, you likely work in a large factory and use a powerful tool that can slice right through all sorts of fabrics. Some high-tech machines require you to type in a series of computer codes so they’ll know just where to make the cuts and how fast to run the cloth past the blades. Other machines require you to maneuver the levers and pedals by hand, gently ensuring the right tension and the proper cuts.

Designers are often quite precise about how the items should be cut, and you must follow those directions exactly. Periodically, you remove items from your machine and compare those to the instructions provided, just to make sure everything looks as it should. If something doesn’t look right, you go back to your machine and make adjustments. When your pieces are done, you deliver them to the Industrial Sewing Machine Operator or Seamstress so they can be tightly stitched together properly.

Maintaining the machine is also your responsibility, so you notify your Shift Supervisor immediately if you notice whining, shimmying, or smoke coming from the tool as you work. Minor problems, such as jammed cloth or slipping belts, may be easy for you to handle, but big issues like computer malfunctions will need the skills of a Mechanic.

Should I be a Fabric Cutter?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.
  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.

  • Also known as: Canvas Cutter, Machine, Car Seat Coverer, Circular-Knife Cutter, Machine, Computerized Machine Fabric Cutter See More

    How to become a Fabric Cutter

    Most Fabric Cutters have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9maaaa&chl=no+college+%2862%25%29|certificate+%2838%25%29||||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,62,62
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