Sewing machinists

£8,840 Average salary at age 20
£17,680 Average Salary
35 Average hours per week


Jobholders in this unit group sew and finish garments by hand or machine, rectify faults in manufactured textile goods and repair worn and damaged garments.

Main Tasks

  • Operates standard and specialised machines to sew, finish and repair garments and other textile, fabric, fur and skin products;
  • Examines fabrics of all types to identify imperfections and determine best method of repair;
  • Performs hand sewing tasks in the making, trimming and finishing of fur, sheepskin, leather, upholstery, mats, carpets, umbrellas and other textile products;
  • Embroiders decorative designs on textiles with machine stitching;
  • Cleans and oils machine and reports or remedies any mechanical faults.


There are no formal academic entry requirements. Training is received off- and on-the-job. NVQs/ SVQs are available at Levels 1 and 2.

UK Prospects

31800 Workforce Size
15.38% Predicted decline 2020 - 2027
6050 Predicted Replacement 2020 - 2027

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