Experienced Sewing Machinist – Colchester

We have a fantastic opportunity in our workshop for an experienced sewing machinist, who may be looking to further their skills with on-site modern upholstery training to become a valued member of a successful local business.

The job is based in West Mersea, Colchester, Essex and will be working with luxury yacht exteriors and interiors.

As a Sewing Machinist you will need to be;

  • Competent in the use of an industrial sewing machine, including experienced in the use of a variety of sewing techniques.
  • Experienced working with and being able to follow patterns and cutting is preferable, but training will be given to the right candidate if needed.

Further to this we would look to improve your skills with;

  • Upholstering techniques, including stapling and working with foams and other core materials.
  • Traveling to the yachts to template and fit the finished upholstery in place.

Finally the ideal candidate will be;

  • Able to listen and follow instructions accurately
  • An effective member of a team
  • Able to meet production targets and deadlines
  • Able to work accurately under pressure
  • Responsible for the quality of your work

Able to keep your machine and work area clean and work to in an orderly fashion

Training will be given both on machines and products to ensure you are properly skilled

You must have a good level of literacy and numeracy.

Core hours are Monday to Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm with overtime when required

Please only apply if you are genuinely interested in the position.

Job Types: Full-time, Permanent, meets National Living wage. Salary negotiable based on experience


  • Machinist: 1 year (Preferred)
  • Full driving licence as you will be travelling off site

Work remotely:

  • yes

To apply please contact:

Julie-Ann Kwok


website www.passmore-yacht-upholstery.co.uk

Telephone number 01206 384 300

Upholstery Design Consultant

We are Chesters, a family run furniture manufacturer based in Bangalore in India employing c. 60 people. We are looking  to refresh and update our range and are looking for a master upholsterer specialist in traditional and modern fabric and leather upholstery techniques and designs to consult with us, collaborate on some new designs and spend a month in our workshop in Bangalore training our local upholsterers. 

The candidate must be willing to spend up to 30 days in Bangalore when international travel rules permit.  Remuneration, accommodation and expenses to be negotiated with the right candidate. 

Interested applicants should send a sample portfolio, CV and short covering letter to Ananth@chesters.in.   They can also email should they wish to have a preliminary discussion about the role. 


Self Employed Upholsterer – Guildford

An established Upholstery workshop is looking for a self employed Upholsterer.  Working with an easy going company that put an emphasis on quality of work.  The perfect candidate must have experience in both modern and traditional upholstery and be able to finish work to a high standard.

Wages will depend on experience and enthusiasm, but will range from £17-£18 an hour.

If you are interested please contact David Picott on: 01483 450251 or Mobile 07789 558245

Alternatively you can send a CV to:

Unit One, Ideal Yard, Sample Oak Lane, Chilworth, Guildford, GU4 8QW or email to:

the upholsteryworkshopltd@gmail.com


Upholstery Sewing Machinist, Shepperton

Chair by John Miller

John Miller Upholstery are looking for an Upholstery Sewing Machinist to join our small, but busy & friendly team

Previous upholstery sewing & machining experience required

Cutting experience would be an advantage but not essential

We are based in Shepperton, Middlesex TW17 8DY

Wage depending on experience

Hours: Full time but we can be flexible

Please apply with CV to Jacqui@johnmillerupholstery.com or call on 01932 224503

COVID-19 considerations:
1 machinist only in machining room
2 metres distancing adhered to and masks worn in all shared areas

Full-time upholsterer, East London


Shoreditch Design Rooms offers a highly skilled and innovative upholstery service from the SDR studio.   Our reputation is built on the finish and quality of the work that we produce and it’s something which we pride ourselves on.  We are looking for an enthusiastic, experienced upholsterer to join our friendly team on a full-time basis.

We can offer the right person the opportunity to work on a broad range of exciting projects in a supportive team environment where we constantly learn from each other.

The candidate should:

  • Have a high level of upholstery skills with proven industry experience over a number of years.
  • Be experienced in both modern and traditional techniques.
  • Have experience of workshop management.
  • Be able to advise clients on fabrics, design features and materials.
  • Have an excellent eye for detail, accuracy for pattern matching and cutting fabrics and be highly proficient in sewing and tailoring.
  • Confidence in creating accurate cutting plans and costing fabric.
  • Experience of estimating on projects.
  • Be able to work as part of a team or as an individual to produce high quality bespoke upholstery work.
  • Be highly motivated with excellent attention to detail, finishing and time management.

Job Type:  Full-time (Monday to Friday)
Hours:  9:00am – 6.00pm
Location:  Hackney (E2), London
Salary:  Competitive, based on experience

Part-time teacher East London

SHOREDITCH DESIGN ROOMS ARE HIRING:  Part-time teacher (teacher training provided)

Shoreditch Design Rooms is an upholstery training school and upholstery workshop in Hackney,  East London.    We teach both leisure upholstery courses and the AMUSF accredited upholstery qualification course.     We’ve built a reputation for creating exceptional work, it’s something we pride ourselves on and we aim to pass these skills and a pride in upholstery on to every student that learns with us.   We are looking for a part-time teacher to join our team.

Our priority is finding the very best person for the role, someone who is excited to be part of our hardworking team and the wider SDR community.   This means a really skilled upholsterer, but if you haven’t taught before, teacher training will be provided.

The candidate should:

  • Have a high level of both modern and traditional upholstery skills with proven industry experience over a number of years.
  • Have confidence in upholstering all kinds of large armchairs, both traditional and using modern techniques.
  • Be a clear communicator and problem solver.
  • Have teaching experience (not mandatory).
  • Be familiar with the AMUSF upholstery course (not mandatory).
  • Be able to advise students on fabrics, design features and materials.
  • Have an excellent eye for detail and accuracy for pattern matching, cutting fabrics and sewing.
  • Be highly motivated with good time management skills.

Job Type:  Part-time
Hours:  To be agreed
Location:  Hackney (E2), London
Salary:  Competitive, based on experience
Please contact: courses@shoreditchdesignrooms.com


FIESTA – The Furniture and Interiors Education, Skills and Training Alliance

Press release

13 June 2017

Let the FIESTA commence

Trade associations from across the UK furniture and interiors industries have united under a single banner, the Furniture and Interiors Education, Skills and Training Alliance (FIESTA), to combat the threat of a widening skills gap.

The new organisation aims to unite and inspire furniture and interiors businesses, helping the industry to become a sector of choice within the UK by facilitating internationally recognised skills development.

FIESTA will provide a forum that allows its stakeholders to identify, clarify, promote and engage with all issues and needs relating to education, training and skills for people of all ages and businesses of all sizes across the furniture and interiors industry.

The alliance will be employer-led and bring the industry together through an inclusive approach. It will aim to streamline skills provision to avoid duplication of resources and enable easy access to the highest quality education and skills training.

FIESTA will work with the British Furniture Confederation to communicate education and training needs to the government.

The trade associations represented at the first meeting, held at Furniture Makers’ Hall on Monday 22 May, were: The Association of Master Upholsterers and Soft Furnishers, The British Contract Furnishing Association, The British Furniture Manufacturers Association, The Furniture Makers’ Company, The Kitchen, Bedrooms, Bathrooms National Training Group, The Kitchen, Bathroom, Bedroom Specialists Association, The Kitchen Education Trust and The National Bed Federation.

The need for a dedicated industry forum to identify and discuss education and training requirements was proposed at The Furniture Makers’ Company’s Bridging the Gap Apprenticeship Levy conference and welcomed by professionals from across the UK furniture and interiors industry.

Gary Baker, managing director of CDUK, the distributor of Corian® in the UK and Ireland, has been appointed as chairman of the new alliance.