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Apprenticeship training course

Sewing machinist (level 2)

Making sewn products that meet specifications and quality criteria.

Qualification level
Equivalent to GCSE.
Typical duration
12 months
Apprenticeship category
Engineering and manufacturing
Maximum funding
Maximum amount government will fund
for apprenticeship training.
Also known as
  • blind hemming
  • cover stitch
  • cup seaming
  • linking
  • lockstitching
  • overlocking
  • ruffling
Skills an apprentice will learn
  • Prepare an efficient workstation and organise workload to ensure a quick, smooth workflow
  • Ensure the machine and working environment is safe to use
  • Ensure the machine is in full working order and thread, components and tools are to hand
  • Carry out test runs before production work to ensure quality of stitch
  • Inspect cut components before sewing and report deviations
  • Adhere to any documentation accompanying the work to be done i.e. specifications, specific instruction
  • Operate and control relevant specialist industrial sewing machines i.e. lockstitch, linker, blind hemmer, overlocker, cup seam, coverstitch machine
  • Sew components, following the correct sequence of work i.e. Standard Operating Procedure
  • Handle and sew materials in accordance with its characteristics and behaviour
  • Apply a high level of hand/eye co-ordination when carrying out the sewing process
  • Work to specifications i.e. seam allowance, tolerances, hem depths
  • Work to quality standards i.e. neat finish, straight sewing, straight hems, stitch tension
  • Meet production deadlines and targets
  • Identify and report poor quality work i.e. uneven seams, bad stitching
  • Consistently produce items of quality standard at the required rate of efficiency
  • Complete the appropriate work tracking process i.e. work dockets, documentation or electronic tracking system
  • Pass work on to the next production operation, following company procedures to ensure continuous production
  • Layout of workstation to ensure an efficient method and productive workflow 
  • Monitor machine speed, feed and material flow and report problems
  • Make machine adjustments as required for different products and materials
  • Clean machine to prevent contamination i.e. oil, dirt on product, broken needles
  • Recognise needle damage, select appropriate new needle and replace damaged needle
  • Carry out routine machine maintenance i.e. stitch tension, spool replacement, lubrication
  • Carry out test sews following maintenance and adjustments to prevent contamination and ensure stitch quality
  • Identify and report machine problems that require a machine mechanic i.e. motor replacement, broken parts, machine electrical failure
  • Read, interpret and work to instructions i.e. specifications, standard operating procedure
  • Interpret and follow work policies and procedures within a sewing production environment
  • Develop and maintain effective communications with colleagues and sewing production staff to ensure a productive work environment i.e. supervisors, team leaders, fellow machinists, senior machinists
  • Work as part of a sewing production team or individually demonstrating flexibility and adaptability
  • Accurately complete work records and tracking process i.e. dockets, documentation or electronic systems

Full information on Sewing machinist (level 2) is available from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

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