Friday, July 16, 2010

Sewing in Paris? What A Great Idea!

Everyone has heard of cyber cafes but here's a brilliant twist, a sewing cafe! A sewing cafe in Paris, no less. There has been a big increase in handwork in recent years and both knitting and sewing are booming but what if you aren't sure whether you want to invest in the equipment to do it? With knitting the initial investment is minimal, a pair of needles and a ball of yarn - $10, big deal. But sewing is another matter. Buying a sewing machine, fabric, thread, pattern, pins, scissors, notions, etc. can be pricey. Well, a very clever business in Paris now offers all of these things along with coffee, treats, a huge pattern library, instructors, classes and the opportunity for community with fellow sewers.

Called The Sweat Shop this cafe in the 10th arrondissement has sewing stations:

A large cutting table area:

And ample space to sit with a cup of coffee and a treat, visit, and do some hand stitching:
It seems that in Paris, like in many other parts of the world, schools no longer teach home ec and generations of students have grown up not knowing how to sew on a button. But between the current popularity of DIY projects and the normal desire to save money by doing one's own alterations, repairs and renovations, sewing has become popular again.

I think this is a brilliant idea and I think such a cafe could succeed as well here as in Paris. Having the opportunity to commune with fellow sewers is always instructive and if you get to have something delicious to snack on at the same time so much the better.

I hope some clever person takes the hint...

Thanks for reading.

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