Sample Cutter

Cut upholstery fabric into squares for use as sample swatches.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$18,000 – $38,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Sample Cutters do?

Cuts upholstery fabric into squares for use as sample swatches, using electric knife, scissors, and pinking machine: Reads sample list to determine specified fabric and pattern and quantity of swatches to be fabricated. Spreads fabric on table in single or multiple layers. Positions pattern over fabric to ensure fabric design is on swatch area and traces outline of pattern, using chalk. Removes pattern and cuts along outline, using scissors, electric knife, and pinking machine, to form swatch. Punches holes in swatches, using drill press.

Should I be a Sample Cutter?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • How to become a Sample Cutter

    Most Sample 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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