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Equipment Resource Center (ERC)


Specialty Sewing Lab

Labs, Shops, and Studios

Sewing Construction Open Workrooms

63 Fifth Ave, 429, 430 & 506   •   Hours
Open to: all New School students who have had necessary training with equipment and processes

Please Note: The Sewing Open Workrooms will be closed until further notice. Please check hours page for the most up to date info. For the latest and most comprehensive information from The New School, visit

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 you New School ID. Only the student who owns the belongings may oversee them in the room and retrieve them after removal.

Related Equipment and Tools

• Superlock Machine

• Industrial Plain-Stitch Sewing Machine