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 Textiles
There are no set entry requirements for this route.
You can get into this job through a sewing machinist intermediate apprenticeship.
This typically takes 12 months to complete as a mix of learning in the workplace and off-the-job study.
You'll usually need:
- some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate 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.
You can find out more about using your sewing skills in creative careers from Discover Creative Careers.