Sewing Machinist Kaiwhakamahi Pūrere Tuitui

Sewing machinists stitch together clothing, canvas for tents and awnings, and soft furnishings.

Sewing machinists may do some or all of the following:

  • set up their sewing machines and overlockers
  • work on part or all of a product
  • clean and maintain sewing machines
  • program stitch patterns into a sewing machine
  • operate thread-trimming and other non-sewing machines
  • repair or alter items and do some hand-sewing
  • discuss daily work requirements with supervisors.

Physical Requirements

Sewing machinists need to have good eyesight (with or without corrective lenses), normal colour vision, good hand-eye co-ordination and steady hands.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for sewing machinists includes:

  • community or night courses in dressmaking
  • dressmaking or tailoring
  • work in a clothing factory or workroom.

Personal Qualities

Sewing machinists need to be:

  • patient and good problem solvers
  • able to concentrate for long periods
  • quick and neat
  • accurate, with an eye for detail
  • able to follow instructions
  • able to work well under pressure
  • reliable, careful and safety-conscious.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for sewing machinists includes:

  • community or night courses in dressmaking
  • dressmaking or tailoring
  • work in a clothing factory or workroom.

Subject Recommendations

A minimum of three years of secondary education is recommended. Useful subjects include digital technologies, maths and processing technologies.

Sewing Machinists can earn around $19-$25 per hour per year.

With further training, sewing machinists may progress to become clothing markers, cutters, garment technicians, patternmakers or designers.

Sewing machinists can specialise in a number of roles, including:

Pleater
Pleaters sew pleats and folds into fabrics.
Sample Machinist
Sample machinists sew sample pieces of clothing to show designers, garment technicians and buyers.
Trimmer
Trimmers apply decorations to clothing or upholstery, such as piping, ribbon and beads.

Sewing machines may also specialise in items such as:

  • clothing
  • curtains and upholstery (coverings for vehicle seats and furniture such as sofas)
  • leather goods
  • canvas (tents, awnings).
Sewing Machinist

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