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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:

Pay

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

The starting salary is often based on the National Minimum Wage (NMW).

As of 1 April 2019 the National Minimum Wage is £4.35 an hour for workers aged 16 to 17, £6.15 an hour for workers aged 18 to 20 and £7.70 an hour for workers aged 21 to 24. The National Living Wage is £8.21 for workers aged 25 and over.

With experience hourly rates can rise to between £8.50 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.

Conditions

Workforce Employment Status

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Getting In

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

Unemployment

Percentage of workforce registered as unemployed (Scotland)

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2019
1717
3.1 %
FALL
2024
1665
  United Kingdom
2019
23300
1.5 %
FALL
2024
22955

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What Does it Take?

It helps if you have:

You need to be able to:

Training

Getting On

Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Textile Institute
Tel: 0161 237 1188
E-mail: tiihq@textileinst.org.uk
Website: https://www.textileinstitute.org/
Twitter: @textileinst
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheTextileInst

The Textile Institute is the chartered professional institute for the textile, clothing and footwear industries. Members can gain internationally recognised qualifications.

Textiles Scotland
Website: http://www.textilescotland.com
Twitter: @textilescotland
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/textilescotland

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

UK Fashion and Textile Association (UKFT)
Tel: 020 7843 9460
E-mail: info@ukft.org
Website: http://www.ukft.org
Twitter: @UKFTorg
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UKfashionandtextile/

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