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   •   June 6th - July 29th, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, & Thursdays from 1pm-4pm TOOL CHECKOUT ONLY

Academic Year 2021-22 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.


  • Specialty Sewing Lab UC518 CLOSED: May 17th – June 6th
  • SUMMER HOURS: June 6th – July 29th- Tuesdays, Wednesdays, & Thursdays from 1pm-4pm for TOOL CHECKOUT ONLY (No lab use or sewing store available)
  • **SUMMER 2022 STORE UPDATE: The Sewing Store is closed until Fall 2022, please see information above for tool checkout dates and times. 


Visit our Tool Checkout Menu for a list of available rental tools.


Buy limited sewing supplies online and pick them up from room 518 with your order number.



**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



For information regarding demo materials, reporting broken machines, and general sewing room protocols, please refer to the Parsons BFA “Spring 2022 Making Center Information” email.

• To request rolling garment racks for your class, please fill out the UC Faculty Rolling Rack Request Form at least 1 week in advance.

• To schedule a 20-30 minute sewing lab tour for your class, email with available times & dates.



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 (ends 4/15/2022)
  • Juki Plainstitch Canvas Orientation (ends 4/15/2022)
  • Tier 3 Group Orientations – Sonobond & Skiver (ends 4/15/2022)
  • Featured Equipment & Threading Diagrams
  • Tutorials – Thread Buying Guide, Needle Guide, Ergonomic Cutting Techniques, etc.

*The Free Shelf is stocked with donated materials & scraps. Please stop by during lab open 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.

Mandatory Orientation

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 OrientationLearn 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

Technician Consultation

In-Person Machine Consultations:

Consultations are offered as 30 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, need a machine orientation on a specialty machine, or have questions regarding available resources that will require a longer discussion, we recommend making a consultation.

To schedule your consultation with a technician, please follow these steps:

  1.  Click on the Consultation Calendar button below to view available slots and choose a time.
  2. After confirming your consultation slot, please click on the “Machine Consultation Request Form” link that will appear in your google calendar invite.
  3. Fill out the google form to help us best prepare for your consultation.
  4. Arrive at the Sewing Lab (UC 518) 5 minutes before appointment time.

*Please come prepared with all necessary materials. 

** If you need to cancel your appointment, please delete the google calendar invite or email


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.


  1. Complete canvas portion before scheduling hands-on quiz

  2. Use calendar link in canvas to schedule in-person hands-on quiz

  3. Arrive during your scheduled time at the Sewing Lab (UC518) to take your quiz 

  4. Complete orientation & receive the passing code and a sticker for your ID


Group Orientations for Tier 3 Machines:

In-Lab Orientation Capacity: 4

Estimated time: 45 minutes – 1hr

Tier 3 machines require additional safety measures and supervision. Group orientations are hosted in-person on a recurring weekly basis in groups of 4. Use the calendars below to sign up for an orientation slot and arrive at the Specialty Sewing Lab (UC518) at least 5 minutes early. 

  • Sonobond (Wednesdays)Industrial machine using ultrasonic waves (sounds waves/vibrations) to bond/weld materials with thermoplastic content.
  • Leather Skiver (Fridays): 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

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.
  • The needle types and sizes required for all of our industrial machines


Specialty Sewing Lab Calendar