Course Overview

A Sewing Machinist can be employed by a large, small or micro size sewn product manufacturing business. These businesses produce a wide range and variety of products such as leather goods and soft furnishings. The Sewing Machinists role is fundamental to the production process right across this diverse, multi sector industry.

Depending on the product and company size, a Sewing Machinist may work alone or as part of team on one aspect within the sewing process or on various operations. The role may involve occupations such as lockstitching, blind hemming, overlocking, cover stitch, cup seaming or ruffling.

The key responsibility of a Sewing Machinist is to make sewn products that meet specifications and quality criteria, with particular emphasis on maintaining quality standards whilst working at the required efficiency rate and meeting targets and deadlines. Typically, the role of a Sewing Machinist includes:
• Organisation and maintenance of an efficient workstation
• Operating specialist industrial sewing machines
• Adhering to health and safety rules and regulations
• Working with a variety of materials, threads and trimmings
• Using a variety of sewing production techniques and methods
• Producing sewn items that meet quality standards, targets and deadlines
• Interpreting and following instruction and technical specifications
• Monitoring and maintaining the work flow
• Routine machine maintenance

Course Duration

18 Months

Entry Requirements

You will have to take a Skills Scan to ensure your current level of maths and English is at the required level.


• Direct observation in the workplace
• Interview underpinned by portfolio of evidence
• Practical skills test


This role may be a gateway to further career opportunities in this sector, such as management or senior support roles, or to further study.

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