How to become a sewing machinist
You can get into this job through:
- a college course
- an apprenticeship
- applying directly
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 Fashion and Textiles
There are no set entry requirements for this route.
You can get into this job through a sewing machinist intermediate apprenticeship.
You could also do a garment maker advanced apprenticeship. This may be helpful if you want to get into more skilled work like sample machining.
You'll usually need:
- some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship
- 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
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.
Experience of using different types of industrial sewing machines will give you an advantage.
You could get experience of using different types of fabrics and sewing techniques at home. Look out for short courses in adult education centres and online to help you develop your skills.
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