Contains specialty sewing and apparel production machinery for use by certified students. Review the list of available equipment below. Training is required for all students prior to use of any specialty machines. If you need training, please follow the steps on the Sign-up + Training page.
Note, lab capacity is limited due to Covid19, so please view the schedule, sign up for a timeslot, and please plan accordingly.
SINGLE NEEDLE LOCKSTITCH MACHINES
20 single needle lockstitch machines (training or completion of Intro to Sewing course)
JUKI DLS8700 SNLS machines produce a simple single-needle industrial lockstitch appropriate for a wide range of basic seaming and topstitching applications. This is the foundation machine for industrial sewing.
Remember to bring and take your own bobbin, presser foot, needle and thread for the SNLS machines. Specialty machines may require special bobbins, needles, feet or thread- Please check this information before use.
OVERLOCK SERGER MACHINE
Overlock serger produces delicate soft-to-the-touch seams and is applicable to the sewing of light-to heavy-weight materials.
Produces button holes of 1/4” - 1 1/4” in length. Threaded white by default. Works best with TEX40+ Threads. DO NOT USE TOPSITCHING OR DUAL DUTY HEAVY WEIGHT THREADS.
3 THREAD COVERSTITCH MACHINE
Three-thread coverstitch with bottom cover only. Knit hem/edge finishing. Threaded white or black by default. Requires WOOLY NYLON and/or OVERLOCK (MaxiLock/ToldiLock) thread.
5 THREAD COVERSTITCH MACHINE
Five-thread coverstitch with top and bottom cover. Knit hem/edge finishing and overseam capability. Threaded white or black by default. Requires WOOLY NYLON and/or OVERLOCK (MaxiLock/ToldiLock) thread.
Mock flat felled seam for joining stable knit goods. Threaded white or black by default. Requires WOOLY NYLON and OVERLOCK (MaxiLock/ ToldiLock thread.)
Machined blindstitch for hemming. Threaded white, black or brown by default. Requires SKALA 200 TEX15 thread.
BIAS BINDING MACHINE
Bias tape is used in making binding seams, finishing raw edges. It is equiped by black binding tape by default. It is often used on the edges, around armhole and neckline edges, or as a simple strap for casual bags and clothing.
PURL MERROW MACHINE
Narrow rolled hem for lightweight fabrics. Threaded white or black by default. Requires WOOLY NYLON and OVERLOCK (MaxiLock/ToldiLock thread.
HEAVY DUTY WALKING FOOT MACHINE
Even feed machine for heavy fabrications and leather goods. Threaded white or black by default. Requires TEX70+ thread, use BONDED NYLON threads for best results.
AUTOMATED ZIG ZAG MACHINE
Zig zag stitch for appliqué work.Threaded white or black by default. General purpose thread.
PROGRAMMABLE LOCKSTITCH MACHINE
High-speed lockstitch sewing machine with automatic thread trimmer and easy adjustment fo thread tension.
GROMMET AND SNAP PRESS
Heavy-duty manual press machine allows for easy installation of grommets and snaps. Students must provide their own grommet or snap hardware according to available size of die sets:
Grommets: 1/4", 3/8" and 1/2" interior diameter. (must use 2 pc. grommets)
Snaps: 5/8" face diameter.
Additional APL Resources
2 Industrial steam-fed gravity ironing stations
3 cutting tables