Re: What's a Cutter? #usa #general


J Antrich
 

Yes... tailoring was a typical profession for Jews who arrived in Britain from Eastern Europe (my grandparents included). Related specialisms included cutter, trimmer, presser, finisher, machinist. As already mentioned, cutting was an essential job, and very skilled, both in the layout of the pattern on the cloth to minimise wastage and in the cutting itself - all done by hand and eye in the days before computers. The British magazine 'Tailor and Cutter, which ceased publication in 1972, represented the traditional approach: https://www.stewartchristie.com/the-tailor-cutter-remembered-by-eric-musgrave
But the innovators were often Jewish - think of Isaac Singer (sewing machines), Montague Burton, Cecil Gee, Moses Moss (Moss Bros), Mr (Michael) Fish, etc. etc. And today we still have the surnames Schneider, Schroeder (cf. shred), Portnoy, Kravetz, Szabó... 

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