My grandmother was a homeworker for Swan and Edgar, a London department
in the 1940s. She would collect ready-cut pieces of material ) no doubt
produced by a cutter (though I didn't see that part of the operation)
and assemble ladies' blouses at home on the treadle sewing machine (a
very ornate black and gold Anker) that she had brought with her from
Germany. I don't believe her earnings provided much more than pocket
money, but every penny was needed in our refugee family.
St Albans, UK
St Albans, UK.