Sewing cafe’s are becoming quite popular. The basic idea behind the concept is that not everyone owns a sewing machine nor does everyone know how to sew. So the sewing café gives interested people the opportunity to book time to come and sew on a sewing machine while mending a torn kiddie’s dress or hemming a pair of pants which might be too long. This saves a bundle on alteration costs – I remember being shocked when I noticed that a store charged $25 to hem a pair of pants! I could do it almost with my eyes closed so I would NOT be prepared to pay $25 to have it done for me…….the answer is to have somewhere to go to do it myself if I do not own a sewing machine or don’t have the skills as yet to get the job done! AND somewhere I can learn these sewing skills in a non-threatening and pleasant environment.
OR perhaps I really want to learn to make a pair of PJ’s but I have no clue where to start. In comes the sewing café who have staff who will show me how to operate a sewing machine, teach me basic sewing skills and “rent” me the space & a sewing machine to use while I do this.
This all sounds like a win-win situation………..in comes our Linda P who went into business with Anna almost a year ago by opening THE SEWING CAFE in Georgetown, Ontario. I recently visited the store enroute to Quilt Canada. I was very impressed with the set up and fun, upbeat atmosphere of their store. The SIT SEW SIP is very apt and sure is bringing people through the doors!
Linda & Anna have introduced Janome 625E’s as their classroom sewing machines. Linda likes this model as it is a reliable, quality mechanical sewing machine model which she says does not intimidate beginner sewers as it is SO easy to use.
They have a busy class program offering beginner sewing classes as well as project classes or simply sessions of SIT SEW SIP where folk can work on their own projects or finish a project started in a class.
For further information or to contact the store, here is the link to their website.
We wish Linda & Anna the very best for the future of their business as the first year of being open draws to a close…….the future looks good!