Sewing and Garment Construction

This practical, entry level programme is designed to take you from little (or no) sewing experience to becoming proficient in using a variety of industrial machines (including : automatic sewers, overlockers, cover seamers and binders) to create complete garments. Students are taught machine handling skills, production sewing and full garment construction techniques to industry standard.

Garments manufactured include: skirts, shorts, sweatshirts, bodices and business shirts. Included within these garments is a range of specialised piecework skills (button holes, invisible zips, jean zips, mock pockets, patch pockets, jett pockets, darts, collars, cuffs, plackets to name just a few).

This programme creates the opportunity for employment or to run your own small business from home – Sewtec offers ongoing business mentoring to support your business startup.

Student loans and allowances are available.  You may be eligible for Fees-Free study in 2018 if you are a first time tertiary student or have studied less than 60 credits at level 3 (outside of school) – Click here to see if you qualify.


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Highlights of the course

  • Practical hands-on programme designed to assist skill building and machinist competency
  • Sew a variety of complete garments using fully industrial machines
  • Opportunities for work experience and real-life clients
  • All materials and manuals are provided
  • Modern premises with modern machines
  • Setting up your own business option – business plans and marketing workshops
  • Text books, manuals, fabric supplied
  • Qualifications Offered

    • New Zealand Certificate in Apparel and Fashion Technology (Level 3)

Study details

  • 36 weeks
  • East Tamaki and New Lynn campuses
  • Days Mon to Thurs
  • Allow one day self-directed study per week
  • Refer to the prospectus for the course fee.

Career Opportunities

  • Entry level machine operator or trainee machinist
  • Cutting room assistant
  • Warehouse assistant
  • Quality control


Further study options