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Specialty Sewing Lab

63 Fifth Ave, 518   •   Hours 
Open to: all New School students

Please Note holiday hours below:
For Thanksgiving break all facilities will close by 5pm on Nov. 21. All facilities are closed Nov 22 – 25
For winter break facilities closed Dec 19 – Jan 22.

In order to focus all resources to student support leading up to finals, technician-led machine demos and tours will conclude after Oct. 31. Students are encouraged to email sewingtech@newschool.edu to request an appointment for support on a machine in the lab. Orientations in Making Center spaces will resume at the beginning of the spring semester.

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.  For a full list of machines found in the studio see below.

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 sewingtech@newschool.edu. Please be aware that approvals for this process can take up to 4 business days. Your request should including the following:

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

Some of the machines in the Specialty Sewing Studio require an orientation to use. Please email sewingtech@newschool.edu to schedule an orientation for the following machines:

  • Picoetta Edge aka Faggoting Machine
  • Picot Edge aka Hem Stitch Machine
  • Edge Skiving Machine

Threading Diagrams are available for the below machines:

 

NEW! Please see our FAQ for School of Fashion Faculty.

Related Equipment and Tools

• Superlock Machine

• Overlock Machine

• Purl Edge Machine

• Flatbed Coverstitch Machine

• 3-Step Machine

• Chainstitch Machine

• Sonobond SeamMaster (Ultrasonic Welding Machine)

• Blind Hem Machine

• Hemstitch (aka Picot Edge) Machine

• Picoetta (aka Faggoting) Machine

• Heat Press

• Walking Foot Leather Machine

• Cylinder Bed Walking Foot Machine

• Post Machine

• Edge Skiving Machine

• Fur Machine (“A” style)

• Fur Machine (“B” Style)

• Baby Hem Attachment (for Plain Stitch Machine)

• Bias Binding Attachment (for Plain Stitch Machine)

• Bias Binding Attachment (for Coverstitch Machine)

• Channel Attachment (for Double Needle Machine)

• Ruffler Attachment (for Plain Stitch machine)