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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.


Example titles

  • Clothing cutter
  • Fabric cutter
  • Fur cutter
  • Glove cutter
  • Leather cutter
  • Sample cutter
  • Shoe cutter

Main duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:
    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.

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.

Additional information

  • Progression to supervisory positions is possible with experience.
  • There is little mobility among the different kinds of cutters in this unit group.


  • Shoe repairers and shoemakers (6343)
  • Tailors, dressmakers, furriers and milliners (6342)

Breakdown summary

Broad occupational category
9 – Occupations in manufacturing and utilities
Skill level
C – Occupations usually require secondary school and/or occupation-specific training.
Major group
94 – Processing and manufacturing machine operators and related production workers
Minor group
944 – Machine operators and related workers in textile, fabric, fur and leather products processing and manufacturing
Associated Career Handbook profiles
9445.1 – Fabric cutters 9445.2 – Fur cutters 9445.3 – Leather cutters
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