Equipment Resource Center (ERC)


Specialty Sewing Lab

Labs, Shops, and Studios

Sewing Construction Open Studios

63 Fifth Ave, 429, 430 & 506   •   Hours
Open to: all New School students

Please Note holiday hours below:
All facilities are closed for winter break Dec 19 – Jan 21. Machines will not be repaired during this time.

The main Open Studio is located at rooms 429 and 430 in the U Building at 63 Fifth Avenue. The rooms contain a variety of industrial sewing machines (26 in total), including plain stitch, zig-zag, pearl, serger, overlock, superlock, coverstitch, post machine, blind hem and walking foot sewing machines. The studio also contains over a dozen pattern/cutting tables, three ironing stations and a variety of female, male and child dressforms. The Open Studio in room 506 is smaller but contains most of the same amenities and is subject to the same rules.

The Open Studios are unsupervised and intended to serve the needs of students enrolled in the School of Fashion. During times of heavy use, we request students use no more than half of a pattern table and to claim a plain stitch machine only if they will be actively working on it. Sewing machines or tables left unattended for more than 30 minutes will risk having their belongings removed.

In case of a machine problem, please email at

Related Equipment and Tools

• Superlock Machine

• Industrial Plain-Stitch Sewing Machine