Please make sure any work in the Making Center open work areas (L2, N2) is cleaned up, labeled, and stored properly when you have completed work.


Fashion Open Studio


N2 General Shop

Labs, Shops, and Studios

Specialty Sewing Studio

63 Fifth Ave, 5th floor, Room 518   •   Fall Hours: Monday - Friday 10:00am - 8:00pm; Saturday 10:00am - 1:00pm
Open to: all New School students

Please Note: The studio will close at 5pm on 11/22, and remain closed from 11/23 – 11/26. We will reopen at 10am on 11/27


The Fashion Specialty Studio is located on the 5th floor of the U Building 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, as well as materials and other crucial information needed to use each machine, see the document Specialty Machine FAQs

Staff Technicians hold office hours during which they are available in the Specialty Room for questions and consultations. These are:

Mon/Tues 1:00-4:00pm; Wed 2:00-8:00p; Thurs/Fri/Sat 10am-1pm

Fabric available for student use is located in the Specialty Sewing Studio. You are welcome to come by anytime during our open hours to swatch.
Once you have swatched your desired fabric(s), please submit a request to, including the following:
Course Title
Yardage Required of each fabric being requested
Image/snapshot of fabric(s) being requested
***Please allow 4 business days for approval***

Machines are available without orientation, unless noted.
Click the RED BUTTON above right to sign up for machine orientations
** = orientation required
* = by appointment only

General Machines:
Superlock Machine
Overlock Machine
Purl Edge Machine
Flatbed Coverstitch Machine (though not required, students are highly encouraged to sign up for overlock orientations)
3-Step Machine
Double Needle Machine
Chainstitch Machine

Specialty Materials Construction:
SonoBond SeamMaster (synthetics)
Double-Needle Machine w/ Channel Attachment
Zig Zag Machine(Swimwear, Lingerie, Elastic)
Elastic Hem Attachment for Plain Stitch
Elastic Hem Attachment for 3-Step (Knits)
Spaghetti Strap Attachment for Plain Stitch

Finishing Machines:
Blind Hem Machine
Purl Merrow Edge Machine
Baby Hem Attachment for Plain Stitch
1/4″ Bias Attachment for Plain Stitch
Hem Attachment for Coverstitch
Binding Attachment for Coverstitch
Buttonhole Machine * (by appointment only)
Button Sewer ** (orientation required)

Decorative Finishing:
Picoetta aka Fagoting Machine ** (orientation required)
Hem Stitch aka Picot Edge Machine ** (orientation required)
Heat Press, 15″x15″
Ruffler Attachment for Plain Stitch

Leather Machines:
Walking Foot Leather Machine
Cylindrical Walking Foot Machine
Post Machine
Fur Machine, “A” style for lightweight material
Fur Machine, “B” style for medium weight material and synthetic furs
Edge Skiving Machine **