Handles large rolls of decorative upholstery fabric, positions patterns and cuts the parts that will eventually be sewn into larger components or adhered to the wood frame. Typically requires the use of both manual scissors and powered cutting tools. However, in some factories this task may be partially or entirely automated, requiring keyboard skills, proficiency in cutting system software and the ability to set up, operate and tend high-tech machinery.

Education Required

Most companies require a high school diploma or equivalent. Check with human resources personnel at individual companies for education requirements.

2 Companies Hiring

Paul Robert, Inc. / Taylorsville, NC

Stickley Furniture / Archdale, NC

What does a Cutter do?

Manual Cutter
Handles large rolls of decorative upholstery fabric.
Positions patterns correctly on the fabric.
Manually cuts the parts using scissors or cuts them use an automated cutter (or both).

Automated Cutter
Handles large rolls of decorative upholstery fabric.
Positions the fabric on the cutting machine.
Programs the cutter for the specified piece of furniture.
Operates and maintains the machinery.

What skills and abilities will I need?

Very good hand-eye coordination
Strong attention to detail
Good problem-solving skills
Ability to read English-language production tickets and sewing notes
Pass a drug test, background check and E-verify screening

How much training will I need?

Manufacturing training requirements vary. Some manufacturers offer on the job training. Or, you can check with your local community college for training programs.

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