Winter Break: MC closed 12/19 through 01/20


Sewing Construction Open Workrooms


N2 General Shop

Labs, Shops, and Studios

Specialty Sewing Lab

63 Fifth Ave, 518   •   Hours
Open to: all New School students who have had necessary training with equipment and processes

Please note: Lab hours are Monday-Friday 10am-8pm, and Saturdays 12-3pm, from January 21st through May 13, 5pm. The lab, including tool checkout and the sewing supplies store, will be closed March 16-22 for spring break.

The Specialty Sewing Lab, located at 63 Fifth Avenue and is equipped with 25+ machines for garment finishing and special materials construction. All machines are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Machines requiring orientations are noted below. There is no general orientation required to use the Lab.

Free fabric is available in the Specialty Sewing Lab for student projects. Students are welcome to come by anytime during our open hours to swatch the available fabrics. Once you have swatched your desired fabric(s), please submit a request to Please be aware that approvals for this process can take up to 2 business days. Your request should including the following:

  • Course Title
  • Instructor
  • Project
  • Yardage Required (Up to 5 yards)
  • Image/snapshot of Fabric(s) (Needed for each fabric being requested)

Threading Diagrams are available for the below machines:

The lab also contains:

  • Bernina Red Domestic Machine *in-room use only
  • Singer 4411 Domestic Machine**
  • Sonobond Ultrasonic Welder
  • Picot *orientation required
  • Bartack *orientation required
  • Heat Press (General)
  • 2-needle Chainstitch (Denim Class)
  • 3-needle Chainstitch (Denim Class)
  • Heat Press (Swarovski Class)
  • Fly Press (Swarovski Class)

**PLEASE NOTE: Orientations for Singer Domestic Machines take place outside of L2 Tool Checkout on Wednesdays at 3pm. Register HERE. Orientations are required to use the Singer machines. Orientations conclude for the spring semester on March 11.