Last year, a new cafe called Sweat Shop opened in one of Paris’ most stylish neighborhoods. What sets this cafe apart? It doubles as a sewing studio! The concept is similar to that of a cyber cafe, but instead of computers, visitors can enjoy a cup of coffee and cake while renting a sewing machine by the hour.
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The owners have decorated Sweat Shop’s interior with a cozy, retro vibe, and so far, the concept has been very popular–the shop even appeared in French Vogue! Customers have been steadily stopping in to make alterations or purchase one of the shop’s all-in-one project kits. To read more, check out the New York Times profile of Sweat Shop.
More sewing cafes are popping up worldwide. Check out this profile of the Ministry of Craft, a new cafe that just opened in Manchester, UK. The Make Lounge in London was one of the pioneers of the idea, and has been open since 2007. Have you ever visited a sewing cafe? Would you like to visit one? Even as someone with my own machines and dedicated sewing space, the idea of spending an hour drinking tea and socializing while I sew sounds pretty appealing. Share your thoughts in the comments section below!