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From: "A P L" <>
Subject: Re: [WAR] Cutter
Date: Tue, 14 Aug 2007 08:29:20 +0000
And in the garment producing trade, possibly at a later date when "off the
peg" became more common, a "cutter" cut out the fabric.
My father had a small factory making woollen non fully fashioned cardigans.
Job was our cutter. He used enormous scissors to cut out five pieces at a
time. Then he would separate out the variouse body pieces from his stacks,
e.g. 2 sleeves, 1 back, 2 fronts, 1 finsihing rib and, sometimes, 2 pockets,
tie them all up in a bundle with a piece of offcut and pass then to the
sewing-up girls. His cutting table was wooden and polished to a fine sheen
from long use!
My mum was a dab hand at getting needles out of the girls fingers. They were
on piece work and sometimes included bits of their own bodies in the garment
in the rush to finish.
>From: "Wendy Boland" <>
>To: "Gareth" <>, <>
>Subject: [WAR] Cutter
>Date: Tue, 14 Aug 2007 08:53:35 +1000
><,Anyone any ideas what a cutter cut ? I'm presuming something to do with
>animals as his father was a groom.>>
>I have changed the subject of this thread-
>Try entering the term "old occupations " into a search engine - loads of
>Cutter - from my work on the census records people cutting animals in the
>rural areas was called a castrator -
>Cutters in Birmingham could be cutting buttons, metals , leather, etc etc.
>So you probably need to look at the
>area your chap was working in -and find him on a census record to see what
>his occupation is listed as there.-
>His children's baptism/birth records may also include the father's
>You may also need to conside that the occupation was a CUTLER-(view the
>original to be certain)
> just throwing a few spanners at you <grin>
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