Andrew Heaton_07: Basic clothes production (Part 1):
“Well, this is basic production: I, as a cutter, would cut the outer skin, which is the gabardine, out. Then I would do the inside pieces which would be the collar, cuffs, the front of the coat, we had various materials to do that with. This would then be all gathered together and wrapped up, and then it would be then fed onto the machines. When we did it on bulk, we did it on what was called a band knife where it could cut anything up to, between twenty to thirty garments at a time! Then those would be given to the girls, and they would then break them up into single units, with the canvas, the lining and obviously, the top garment, and they would be fed onto the machines. And we had like, skips, and these were wooden, like a sort of ‘table’, for lack of a better word, and they would go from skip to skip.
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