Sewing machinist

Alternative titles for this job include Machinist

Sewing machinists stitch pieces of material together to make clothing, accessories and soft furnishings.

Average salary (a year)

£14,000 Starter

to

£21,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

38 to 40 a week

You could work

early mornings on shifts

How to become a sewing machinist

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • applying directly

College

A college course could teach you the skills needed for this career. Relevant courses include:

  • Level 1 Award in Fashion - Sewing Machine Skills
  • Level 1 Certificate in Textiles

Entry requirements

There are no set entry requirements for this route.

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Apprenticeship

You can get into this job through a sewing machinist intermediate apprenticeship.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, for an intermediate apprenticeship

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Direct application

You could apply directly to work as a sewing machinist. Employers would normally expect you to have basic sewing skills and the ability to read and understand written pattern instructions. Most companies would ask you to take a practical test at the interview.

Sewing skills developed at home or on a college course could help you to get a job.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • the ability to work well with others
  • the ability to work on your own
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • physical skills like movement, coordination, dexterity and grace
  • thinking and reasoning skills
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your day-to-day tasks may include:

  • changing machine settings for different jobs
  • feeding material through the machine
  • stitching together clothes or other items
  • checking finished work against the pattern instructions
  • cleaning and oiling machines
  • sewing different fabrics like cotton, wool, leather or industrial textiles

Working environment

You could work in a factory.

Your working environment may be noisy and dusty.

Career path and progression

With experience you could work with a designer, or as a 'sample machinist', making up samples of products.

You could also become a supervisor or move into staff training, quality control or pattern cutting. You could set up your own business as a tailor or dressmaker.

Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Wardrobe Department Apprentice

  • Wage : £182.70 - £344.82 Weekly
  • Location: London SE1 9DT

Embroidery & Print Production Apprentice (Fashion and Textiles)

  • Wage : To be agreed upon appointment
  • Location: Batley WF17 9LN

Courses In England

Sewing - Learn to Sew

  • Provider: COMMUNITY LEARNING AND SKILLS
  • Start date: 17 January 2020
  • Location: Sevenoaks

Sewing - Love your sewing machine

  • Provider: ABINGDON AND WITNEY COLLEGE
  • Start date: 08 February 2020
  • Location: Abingdon

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