Academic Year 2022-23 Update
PLEASE REPORT BROKEN MACHINES USING THE QR CODE LOCATED ON EVERY MACHINE TABLE. Reports are anonymous and take seconds to complete. Only machines that are reported are repaired.
**SPRING 2023 UPDATES**
1. GROUP MACHINE ORIENTATIONS NOW AVAILABLE from Jan 23rd – Feb 26th
Group orientations are hosted in-person on a recurring weekly basis for the first 5 weeks of the semester ONLY. Use the calendar link below to sign up for an orientation slot for all industrial machines:
2. FACULTY LAB TOURS NOW AVAILABLE from Jan 23rd – Feb 10th
Schedule a 20-30 minute sewing lab tour for your class during the first 3 weeks of the semester. During the tour we’ll review available resources and how to access them. Open to FACULTY ONLY. Please sign up using the calendar below:
3. MACHINE RESERVATIONS NOW AVAILABLE in Specialty Sewing Lab UC518 – ONLY for students who have been previously oriented
Monday – Friday 10pm to 6pm, Sunday 12pm to 5pm (reservations must be made 24hrs in advance). Please note: Common machines that can be found in all the classrooms & open studios like the Plainstitch, Overedge, and Coverstitch are not reservable
••• To reserve a specialty machine you already know how to use, sign up at our Calendar Link Below:
1×1 Consultation appointments will return around spring break
- The Sewing Store & Tool Checkout Center have been moved to a new location outside of room UC504.
- Lab tours now available to faculty ONLY via links below!!!
- *UPDATE* The Free Shelf is now located in Open Studio UC506:
*The Free Shelf in UC506 is stocked with donated materials & scraps. Please stop by during open building hours to browse our selection. Additionally, we are always accepting donations of materials you no longer need! *Please note: Supplies are never guaranteed and are on a first-come first-serve basis.
- Visit our Tool Checkout Menu for a list of available rental tools.
- TOOL CHECKOUT MENU
- Buy limited sewing supplies online and pick them up from the desk outside of 504 with your order number
- ONLINE SEWING SUPPLY STORE
**All classroom and open studios open during building open hours **
UC Sewing Construction Rooms:
- 3rd Floor: 300
- 4th Floor: 400, 402, 405, 406, 412, 417, 418, 428, 429/430, 431
- 5th Floor: 500, 504, 506, 509, 510, 511, 515, 516
- Open Studios: 429/430 & 506
- Labs: 518 – Specialty Sewing Lab, 517 – Shoe Lab *enrolled shoe students only
NOTE TO FACULTY:
For information regarding demo materials, reporting broken machines, and general sewing room protocols, please refer to the Parsons BFA “Spring 2023 Making Center Information” email.
• To request rolling garment racks for your class, please fill out this google form below at least 5 days in advance:
• To schedule a 20-30 minute sewing lab tour for your class during the first 3 weeks of the semester, please sign up using the calendar below:
The Specialty Sewing Lab offers a wide variety of machine orientations & resources. Please scroll down the page for more information about the following resources and how to access them:
- Mandatory Canvas Orientations
- Technician Machine Consultations (Currently unavailable)
- Juki Plainstitch Canvas Orientation hand on quiz
- Specialty Sewing Lab Machine Orientations (Group)
- Featured Equipment & Threading Diagrams
- Tutorials – Thread Buying Guide, Needle Guide, Ergonomic Cutting Techniques, etc.
Mandatory Canvas orientations must be completed prior to accessing any sewing tools & additional Canvas orientations, such as the Juki Plainstitch Canvas Orientation. Canvas Orientations are available for all users.
Please complete the following orientations in order:
- 1. Making Center General Orientation – Learn how to access Making Center shops & labs
- 2. UC Sewing General Orientation – Access and protocols for sewing classrooms, labs, and resources
Note: The Making Center General Orientation must be completed to gain access to all Making Center labs or shop specific orientations
In-Person Machine Consultations: CONSULTATIONS BECOME AVAILABLE NEAR SPRING BREAK 2023 – Updates to follow
Consultations are offered as 15-20 minute in-person time slots for students to discuss their project needs as they relate to the requested machinery in the sewing lab with a technician. If you have machine specific questions, we recommend making a consultation.
Examples of “machine specific questions” are:
- My samples look wonky, can you help me find the correction tensions settings for my project’s fabric and thread combination?
- I’ve brought photos of my desired machine technique, could you tell me which machine I can use to achieve this, or the closest thing to it?
Examples of “non-machine specific questions” are:
- Can you teach me how to use the Plainstitch/overlock/etc. machine?
- No. Orientations ran for the first several weeks of the semester. Please consult the threading diagrams and your faculty member for machine instruction. Orientations will resume beginning of fall 2023 semester.
- Can you help me with my pattern? or How do I sew a sleeve on?
- No. Pattern making & construction questions should be directed towards your faculty.
To schedule your consultation with a technician, please follow these steps:
- Click on the Libcal Consultation Appointment Calendar button below to view available slots and choose a time.
- Please register and fill out the corresponding questions about your project.
- Arrive at the Sewing Lab (UC 518) 5 minutes before appointment time. *Please come prepared with your project and all necessary materials.
** If you need to reschedule or change your appointment, please cancel the appointment on Libcal. Technicians set aside their time to assist you, so please be respectful of everyone’s schedule.
Reservation / Use Protocol
UC Juki Plainstitch Orientation is available on Canvas
The Juki Plainstitch Orientation is comprised of a Canvas portion and a hands-on quiz to be completed in-person. After passing both sections, you’ll receive a sticker on your ID that grants access to checking out industrial machine kits.
Complete canvas portion before scheduling hands-on quiz
Use calendar link at the end of the canvas orientation to schedule in-person hands-on quiz
Arrive during your scheduled time at the Sewing Lab (UC518) to take your quiz
Complete orientation & receive the passing code and a sticker for your ID
Specialty Machine Group Orientations: Available until FEBRUARY 26TH!!! Sign up now!!!
Estimated time: 45 minutes – 1hr
- Group orientations are hosted in-person on a recurring weekly basis for the first 5 weeks of the semester ONLY. Use the calendar link below to sign up for an orientation slot and arrive at the Specialty Sewing Lab (UC518) at least 5 minutes early. *If you are unable to attend, please cancel your slot on Libcal so that another student may sign up*
- Plainstitch Hands-On Quiz : (2 students per session) ONLY for students who have already completed the Canvas Orientation. Hands-On quiz slots will continue throughout the year.
- Overedge (Serger Purl) : (4 students per session) We’ll review threading and machine use on the Overlock, Serger, Purl (very similar machines), suited for finishing edges and seaming knit materials.
- Coverstitch : (4 students per session) Industrial machine typically used for hemming knit materials, frequently seen on the hem of t-shirts.
- Walking Foot (Leather sewing machine suite) : (6 students per session) We’ll review the industrial Walking Foot Flatbed & Cylinder suited to stitching leather & heavyweight materials.
- Sonobond : (5 students per session) Industrial machine using ultrasonic waves (sounds waves/vibrations) to bond/weld materials with thermoplastic content.
- Leather Skiver : (5 students per session) Industrial machine that uses a rotating knife to skive/thin the edge of a piece of leather (reduces bulk at seams).
Sign up for an orientation slot on our Orientation Calendar using the red button below.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
- Sewing Technicians