Sewing MachinistJob Description:
Sewing machinists make clothes, accessories and soft furniture.Job Category:
What you will do:
- follow a set of instructions for each sewing job
- sew different fabrics like cotton, wool, leather or industrial textiles
- draw threads through and change machine settings for different jobs
- feed material through the machine
- stitch together clothes, samples or other items
- check finished work against the pattern instructions
- carry out quality control checks
- clean and oil machines
- knowledge of manufacturing production and processes
- to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
As well as:
- the ability to analyse quality or performance
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- the ability to work well with your hands
- concentration skills
- patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
- the ability to work well with others (teamwork skills)
- the ability to work on your own (drive)
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.
In the UK, for example, courses include:
- Award in Fashion – Sewing Machine Skills
- 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 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.
Working Hours and Environment:
A typical week consists of 38-40 hours of work. You could be required to work early mornings on shifts.
You could work in a factory, in a creative studio or from home.
Your working environment may be noisy and dusty.
Career Path & Progression:
You could become a supervisor or move into staff training.
You could set up your own business as a tailor or dressmaker.
With experience you could work with a designer, or as a sample machinist, making up samples of products.
You could take further training and qualifications for roles like garment technologist, quality control technician or pattern cutter.