NOC 9445 – Fabric, fur and leather cutters



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.

There is little mobility among the different kinds of cutters in this unit group.

Progression to supervisory positions is possible with experience.

Main Duties

Fabric cutters perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Place patterns on top of layers of fabric and cut fabric following patterns, 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 perform some or all of the following duties:

  • 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 perform some or all of the following duties:

  • 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.

Employment Requirements

  • Some secondary school education is usually required.
  • Experience as a fabric, fur or leather cutter is required for fabric, fur or leather sample cutters.
  • Some on-the-job training is provided for occupations in this unit group.
  • Several years of on-the-job training are provided for fur cutters.

All Titles

  • bias-cutting machine tender – fabric, fur and leather products manufacturing
  • canvas cutter – fabric products manufacturing
  • cloth cutter – fabric products manufacturing
  • cloth-cutting machine operator – fabric products manufacturing
  • clothing cutter
  • clothing cutter – clothing manufacturing
  • cuff-cutting machine tender
  • cutter – leather products manufacturing
  • cutter, shoe parts – footwear manufacturing
  • cutting machine operator – clothing manufacturing
  • die cutter – fabric, fur and leather products manufacturing
  • fabric cutter
  • fabric cutter – fabric products manufacturing
  • fabric marker
  • felt cutter, machine
  • fur cutter
  • garment marker
  • glove cutter
  • hand cutter – clothing manufacturing
  • hand cutter – fabric, fur and leather products manufacturing
  • hand leather cutter – leather products manufacturing
  • harness maker, leather
  • leather cutter
  • leather cutter – leather footwear manufacturing
  • leather garment cutter – manufacturing
  • leather harness maker
  • leather marker
  • leather pressman/womanleather pressman, leather presswoman
  • leather rifle case maker
  • leather trunk maker
  • leather-stripping machine tender – leather products manufacturing
  • machine felt cutter
  • marker and cutter, upholstery
  • master pattern cutter
  • mink tail slitter – fur products manufacturing
  • pattern cutter
  • rifle case maker, leather
  • saddle cutter – leather products manufacturing
  • sailcloth cutter – fabric products manufacturing
  • sample cutter
  • sample cutter – fabric, fur and leather products manufacturing
  • shoe cutter
  • shoe parts cutter – footwear manufacturing
  • slipcover cutter – fabric products manufacturing
  • slitter and rewinder
  • slitter-rewinder
  • stripping machine tender – leather products manufacturing
  • trimmer – leather products manufacturing
  • trunk maker, leather
  • upholstery marker and cutter
  • welt maker – hat manufacturing
  • welt-trimming machine tender – hat manufacturing


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  • Tailors, dressmakers, furriers and milliners (6342)


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