Machinist (Sewing)

Sewing Machinists sew and finish large quantities of garments and furnishing fabric using industrial sewing machines. They should have strong hand-eye coordination and attention to detail to ensure garments and fabrics meet product specifications.

Duties and tasks

  • Clean up or tidy sewing machines upon days end and perform basic care such as oiling machines
  • Cut excess material and thread from sewn items and evaluate items for defects
  • Gather finished items together for bundling, ticketing or labelling work
  • Insert correct threads and spindles into machines and situate garment sections to be sewn
  • Manually control sewing machine speed with pedals and knee levers to coordinate actions and guide sections of items to be sewn through the machine, following patterns and seams
  • Monitor sewing machine performance and inform manager or mechanic of machine faults
  • Operate sewing machines as well as additional equipment such as thread trimming machines and modify attachments and needles

Skills required

  • Critical Thinking Skills
  • Good Hand Eye Coordination
  • Organisational Skills
  • Precision and Strong Attention to Detail
  • Time Management

Working conditions

Sewing Machinists typically work Mondays through Fridays, but may be required to work evenings or weekends to complete orders and deadlines. They typically work in industrial sewing machine shops or factories with a variety sewing tools, patterns, fabric and equipment. They should stay alert to correctly operate machines manually and sew large quantities of garments.

Professional associations / Industry information

Manufacturing Skills Australia

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