Making Center Fall 2020 and Covid-19 Updates


Equipment Resource Center (ERC)


Specialty Sewing Lab

Labs, Shops, and Studios

Sewing Construction Classrooms & Workrooms

63 Fifth Ave, rooms 400, 402, 405, 406, 412, 417, 418, 428, 429, 430, 500, 504, 506, 509, 510, 511, 515, 516 (fall 2020 additional rooms: 300, 305, 306, 310)   •   Hours
Open to: all New School students who have had necessary training with equipment and processes.

Welcome to the Sewing Construction Rooms!

We are open by appointment only this fall. Please see below steps to request a reservation.

To use the lab please follow these steps:

  1. Fill out the brief campus access survey. This will help choose your building, and ensure you are tested.
  2. Make a Tech Consultation. Look for the flashing red button on the right-hand sidebar
  3. Request a seat at least 48 hours in advance of coming to campus. After scheduling a tech consultation (or sometimes even during one!), request a seat via relevant area.

Please reserve additional tools needed for your days on campus via Tool Checkout.

If you are not local please use the consultation button to get a tech’s help or advice regarding off-campus making-based projects.

Thank you for your patience and understanding! Please email us if you have any questions. For the most current updates visit

Please note that orientations will not be offered in the Fall 2020 Semester. Students who were oriented in the past will retain access. There is no in-room storage this fall.


The below is general information. Please note that this does not reflect the Fall 2020 semester.

The main Open Workroom is located in room 429/430 in the UC Building at 63 Fifth Avenue.

A smaller Open Workroom in room 506 contains additional tables and machines, and is subject to the same rules.

The rooms contain a variety of industrial sewing machines including:

The Open Workrooms are unsupervised and intended to serve the needs of sewing students comfortable setting up and using industrial machines.

Students may use 1/2 of a pattern table; those who spread out are asked to condense if other students need space to work. Students may claim a machine only if they will be actively working on it. Please be courteous to fellow students and consolidate your workspace as needed. Please limit items under tables to one bag or rolling suitcase while working, and to take this with you when you go if it does not fit in a cubby.

No one other than current staff, faculty, and students of The New School may be in the Open Workrooms at any time.


Items left on or under tables, or anywhere else outside of the storage cubbies, are subject to removal at any time and with no notice. Please keep your things safe and take them with you.

Cubbies are provided in open workrooms for *temporary* student storage. Cubbies are not lockers! Work left in the open cubbies is done so at the student’s own risk and cubbies are emptied weekly. Items are held for no more than 3 days before they are repurposed or recycled. Items removed from Open Workrooms will not be replaced or reimbursed.

To reclaim a personal item, please visit the Specialty Sewing Lab within 3 days of item removal. Please come with a description of the item removed and with your New School ID. Only the student who owns the belongings may oversee them in the room and retrieve them after removal.