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

Larry Gaum

I can assure you I’m not disillusioned.
Cutting machines may be as old as you suggest, but up until the 1920, in particular Eastern Canada, and Many other provinces and American states, the old fashioned way of making a suit was by hand. When Jewish men served their (tailor) Schneider apprenticeship in Eastern Europe they didn’t have the luxury of any machines. They sat cross- legged while working, cutting and stitching, all by hand. They unfortunately developed what is known medically as “Tailor Bunions.” Many suffered from this affliction. Look it up on google. When they came to Canada and the USA, they continued to work by creating garments by hand as they were taught.
New York was filled with Schneiders. Their lives were very difficult and conditions were poor. They either worked in a factory for 10–15 plus hours a day or at an apartment on the EastSide of New York, eeking out a living by making garments by hand. They were treated horribly until Samuel Gompers, initiated the first organized union movement. Then things changed. In the 1920s, ready made suits were introduced. One could buy a Suit “ right off the rack.”
As you know, as we all know, there are still real Schneiders around today. They make men’s suits from scratch. Do they all use cutting machines?
Not the ones I go to. They are from Italy and still sit crossed legged sewing by hand, beautiful creations that cost a pretty penny. The Jewish Schneiders are gone.
Larry Gaum

On Aug 16, 2020, at 4:55 PM, Alan Greenberg <alan.greenberg@...> wrote:

Larry, I hate to disillusion you, but electric cutting machines have been around for over 130 year (

Watching them in action (just as they were when I was in the business 6 years ago), you understand why many cutters were and are missing parts of their fingers and hands - and

Alan Greenberg
Montreal, Canada

At 2020-08-16 10:03 AM, Larry Gaum via wrote:
Barbara Singer speaks of â?o Machine Operators?â?
In 1910? When the bulk of Eastern European Jews came to USA and Canada? No such thing. Suits,(garments) were made by hand. The Schneider (Tailor), cut the cloth with a pattern, put it together, did the sowing, fabricated a suit ,
And Voila, all done. This man, or woman, were tailors, Schneiders. Period.
In the late 1920s-30s, made to measure hand made garments gave way to the machine or ready made suits putting lots of Schneiders out of a job. Including my maternal grandfather, Louis Marshall, who lived in Nova Scotia.
Larry Gaum

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