Clothing Marker – Cutter
A clothing marker/cutter marks and cuts fabric according to a pattern.
Tasks and Duties:
- marks the size, sewing information and codes on the fabric or worksheet
- lays out fabric on the cutting table
- arranges pattern pieces on the fabric
- marks the pattern outline on the fabric
- cuts the fabric by hand, with an electric hand-held cutting machine or by using computer-controlled equipment
- may calculate the amount of fabric needed
- bundles the pieces of fabric together and stores them in order of size.
Depending on the size and type of clothing company, the work of a clothing marker/cutter may be two separate jobs. This is most likely to be the case in larger clothing factories where the marking is done on the computer.
Clothing markers/cutters need to have measuring skills, problem-solving skills and an eye for detail. They must be skilled in making calculations, and they should be able to follow instructions. They may also need computer skills.
Clothing markers/cutters should know about fabrics, garment construction, cutting equipment and methods, sewing codes and symbols, and Computer Aided Design (CAD) equipment.
Clothing markers/cutters need to be accurate, quick, neat and patient. They should also be practical and able to work well under pressure.
Clothing markers/cutters need to have normal colour vision and good hand-eye co-ordination. Height may be an advantage for reaching across the cutting table.
It is preferred that clothing markers/cutters have two years’ secondary education in technical drawing, maths and basic computing.
Some employers prefer their clothing marker/cutters to have a Diploma in Fashion Design and Technology, but this depends on the type of garments made. Clothing marker/cutters who work in the area of high fashion generally require a higher level of skill, and those who operate a computerised marking system usually learn to operate the CAD system as part of the diploma.
Clothing markers/cutters may enter the job as a trainee direct from school, or on completion of a relevant foundation or introductory course.
Community or night courses in clothing and/or work in a clothing factory or workroom may provide useful experience.
Training on the job
All skills such as arranging pattern pieces on fabric (lay planning), marking and cutting are gained on the job. Some companies may offer training on the computerised marking system. Trainees can work towards a National Certificate in Clothing Manufacture.
Clothing markers/cutters work in factories and workrooms
Salary varies, but usually ranges between $16,000 for a new trainee, to $40,000 a year for a cutting room manager. Salary depends on experience, type of garments made and the success of individual companies.
Local clothing manufacturers