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Sewing machinists stitch pieces of material together to make clothing, accessories and soft furnishings.
1. Entry requirements
There are no set requirements. Sewing skills or a college course in sewing machine skills or textiles could help you get a job.
You must have good eyesight.
You could get into this job through an apprenticeship.
2. Skills required
- sewing skills
- practical skills to use machinery
- close attention to detail
- the ability to work to deadlines
3. What you'll do
You could make curtains, bedding, car mats, clothes or accessories. You could use a computerised sewing machine that reads from a digital design pattern.
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
Experienced: £15,000 to £17,500
Highly Experienced: £18,000 to £21,000 (supervisor)
You may get paid for each item you make.
You could get a bonus if you work quickly.
These figures are a guide.
5. Working hours, patterns and environment
You'll usually work around 40 hours a week. You may work shifts and early starts are common.
You'll work in a team in a factory and spend most of your time sitting at a machine. The work can be repetitive and factories can be noisy.
6. 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.
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Last updated: 13 September 2018