Equipment Resource Center (ERC)


N2 General Shop

Specialty Sewing Lab

Open to: all students who have had necessary training with equipment and processes
University Center, 63 Fifth Ave, Room 518, 5th Floor   •  

Academic Year 2021-22 Update

Monday – Friday : 10 am to 6pm

In person machine orientations will begin when in person classes begin on February 7th

* tool check out and machine use available to all users who have completed mandatory orientations*

all hours and resources are subject to change


Mandatory Orientation

Canvas Orientations are available for all users

Please complete the mandatory:

  • Making Center General Orientation
  • UC Sewing General Orientation

Note: The Making Center General Orientation must be completed to gain access to all lab or shop specific orientations

Juki Plainstitch machine orientation available on Canvas for all your basic sewing needs

Technician Consultation

In Person Consultations:

We offer 30 minute in-person consultations for students to discuss their project needs as they relate to the requested machinery in the sewing lab. If you have machine specific questions, or questions regarding available resources that will require a longer discussion, we recommend visiting our consultation calendar to schedule a 30 minute consultation to discuss.

Please come prepared with all necessary materials.

Reservation / Use Protocol

UC Juki Plainstitch Orientation available on Canvas

Orientation can be completed on Canvas after the completion of the Making Center General and UC Sewing orientations.

  • Hands on quiz portion of the Plainstitch orientation can be scheduled through the Orientation Calendar below

For scheduled in-lab machine orientations for the SKIVER & SONOBOND

  • Skiver – industrial leather machine used to cut off , skive, a layer at the leather’s edge
  • Sonobond – industrial machine used to bond layers of materials with thermoplastic content

Please visit our orientation calendar for the tier -3 machine orientations and select an open orientation slot.

 Orientation Calendar 

In-lab orientation capacity: 4 students

Estimated time: 45 minutes

About the Specialty Sewing Lab

The Specialty Sewing Lab is equipped with 25+ machines for garment finishing and special materials construction. It operates as an experimentation space for industrial machines, as well as a space where you can check-out tools and attend scheduled machine orientations. Please refer to the “Featured Equipment” tab below for a list of our machines and their accompanying resources; including things like threading diagrams & machine guides.

Technicians oversee the labs operations of tool check out, scheduled machine orientations, scheduled 30 minute consultations, the sewing store, machine maintenance, lab tours  and machine reservations for faculty led demonstrations. For all other requests please email

Additionally, the “Guides” tab below will help you work ergonomically, no matter where you are working this semester, and give you some helpful tools to support the best sewing outcomes with the least amount of stress.

Many industrial sewing machines require previous training and orientations to ensure safe usage to users & equipment. To get a better understanding of how the Specialty Sewing Lab operates, please complete the “UC Sewing” Orientation

No consumables (fabric, thread, extra needles) are provided. Please prepare yourself for your project by visiting  the thread buying guide.

Limited free materials such as donated hand tools, notions, and small cuts of fabric are available in the Specialty Sewing lab during open hours.

Featured Equipment


  • Self care is part of making great work. Don't hurt yourself!
  • Self care is part of making great work. Don't hurt yourself!
  • Review what thread to use for what purpose.
  • Review the four general stitch types, how they work, and which machines use them.
  • Review how to change colors so you can pull threads through.
    *It's also considerate to leave the machine threaded for the next person when you pack up your spools.