Academic Year 2021-22 Update
The Specialty Sewing Lab is open this Fall.
Monday – Wednesday : 10 am to 6pm
Thursday – Friday: 10 am to 8pm
Saturday – no lab use – TOOL CHECKOUT ONLT : 12pm – 2pm
* tool check out and machine use available to all users who have completed mandatory orientations *
all hours and resources are subject to change
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
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.
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 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