Sewing Machinists

Sewing machinists sew and finish garments by hand or machine, rectify faults in manufactured textile goods and repair worn and damaged garments.


New workers

New workers start around £7,869. Normal pay is £18,759 per year.
Highly experienced workers can earn up to £28,652.

Available jobs

In the past year there were 21,238 vacancies for this type of job


Projected job growth over the next 8 years

Related courses

People work towards these careers by taking these courses at college and uni.

What they do most days?

  • Routinely cleans and oils machine and reports or remedies any mechanical faults.

  • Embroiders decorative designs on textiles with machine stitching.

  • Performs hand sewing tasks in the making, trimming and finishing of fur, sheepskin, leather, upholstery, mats, carpets, umbrellas and other textile products.

  • Examines fabrics of all types to identify imperfections and determine best method of repair.

  • Operates standard and specialised machines to sew, finish and repair garments and other textile, fabric, fur and skin products.

Hard Skills

Hard skills are specific, learnable, measurable, often industry or occupation-specific abilities related to a position.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Machinery

  • Engineering Drawings

  • Tooling

  • Fabrication

  • Machining

  • Textiles

  • Embroidery

  • Sheet Metal

  • Hand Tools

  • Technical Drawing

Soft Skills

Soft skills can be self-taught and usually do not necessitate a certain completed level of education.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Detail Oriented

  • Communication

  • Problem Solving

  • Operations

  • Troubleshooting (Problem Solving)

  • Management

  • Customer Service

  • Quality Control

  • English Language

  • Loading And Unloading

How do I get a job like this?

People in these types of job started their career paths after studying courses like the ones below.