Sewing Machinist

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A sewing machinist uses electronic or computerised sewing machines to stitch pieces of fabric together to make clothes, upholstery or other items. Fabrics can range from thin silk to industrial canvas or leather.

The Work

You could be:


The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary depending on:

Starting pay is often based on the National Minimum Wage (NMW) or the National Living Wage (NLW).

As of 1 April 2022 the National Minimum Wage is £4.81 an hour for workers aged 16 to 17, £6.83 an hour for workers aged 18 to 20 and £9.18 an hour for workers aged 21 to 22. The National Living Wage is £9.50 for workers aged 23 and over.

With experience hourly rates can rise to between £10.00 and £14.00 an hour, depending on area of specialism.

Some employers pay piece rates. This means that the more items you make, the more you earn. You may sometimes be able to earn bonuses. You may be able to work overtime at a higher rate.


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Getting In

What Does it Take?

It helps if you have:

You need to be able to:


Getting On


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The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Textiles Scotland
Twitter: @textilescotland

The Scottish Enterprise website provides a list of textile companies in Scotland as well as other information about the industry.

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