Fabric, fur and leather cutters (NOC 9445)

About this job

Fabric cutters:

  • cut fabric to make parts for garments, linens and other articles
  • work for clothing and textile manufacturers and other manufacturers of fabric products

Fur cutters:

  • cut fur pelts to make parts for garments and other fur articles
  • work for furriers and fur products manufacturers

Leather cutters:

  • cut leather to make parts for shoes, garments and other leather articles
  • work for shoe and other leather products manufacturers
Common job titles
  • bias cutting machine
  • cutter, hand - fabric / fur / leather
  • cutter, pattern / master pattern cutter
  • cutter, saddle
  • cutting machine
  • leather press / stripping


Fabric cutters:

  • 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:

  • 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
  • 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
  • run machine to cut leather or cut single leather skins by hand to make leather products
  • may cut leather samples

Work environment

Key aspects of the work in this occupation:

  • Work takes place in a regular controlled indoor environment.
  • Working with equipment, instruments, machinery or power/hand tools can be a source of injury.
  • The workplace may contain airborne particles such as textile dust or fur.

Career paths and resources

Career paths

Progression to supervisory positions is possible with experience.

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

Additional resources

Additional resources are not currently available for this career.