Pattern Grader Cutter

Draw and cut out sets of patterns for specified ranges of garment sizes.
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Salary Range
$19,000 – $77,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Pattern Grader Cutters do?

Draws and cuts out sets of patterns for specified ranges of garment sizes, grading master pattern for each size within set, using either of following methods: Obtains data from charts that specify modifications of master pattern dimensions necessary to produce patterns of various sizes. Positions master pattern on paperboard and drafts reference points on paperboard to modify dimensions of master pattern, according to specification charts, using drafting instruments. Draws lines between reference points, producing outline of graded pattern. Positions master pattern in clamp of grading device and places paperboard under pattern. Turns knobs to set dial indicator at specified size and moves master pattern through series of reference points on paperboard. Marks reference points on paperboard. Draws lines between reference points, producing outline of graded pattern. Marks location of notches in graded patterns that serve as guides for joining garment parts. Cuts out graded patterns, using scissors, and marks garment size, sections, and style number on each pattern piece.


Should I be a Pattern Grader Cutter?

You should have a certificate degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.

  • How to become a Pattern Grader Cutter

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