|Martena Duss (left) and Sissi Holleis of the Sweat Shop cafe in Paris. Photograph: Munia Sbouri|
Sewing classes with middle-aged ladies in dismal chambers are history. Paris's first sewing cafe Sweat Shop, opened March 29th. Need to fix that seam? Customize your wardrobe? Improve your sewing skills? Start a new design project? You can simply walk in, rent sewing machines by the hour, participate in workshops and enjoy a cup of coffee. There are also sewing cafes in Rotterdam and Berlin to name a few.