The Sewing Labs, a community learning center for the sewing arts, introduces a new entrepreneurial hub, The Sewing Salon. The Sewing Salon will provide an unconventional entrepreneurial hub for marginalized and at-risk individuals to develop their sewing businesses.
The Sewing Salon allows us to teach entrepreneurial candidates all aspects of running a sewing business, to provide oversight and assistance as these entrepreneurs begin to do work for hire and provide opportunities for income production through contracted short-run manufacturing. This entrepreneurial incubator will be equipped with a variety of industrial and domestic machines, notions, and tools. Entrepreneurial candidates in our program will fabricate custom goods in short runs, or start an alterations business, for example. This program will provide entrepreneurial candidates with a furnished workspace during training, and perhaps a rentable workspace for startup operations once their business is launched. We believe having tools, equipment, and the support and oversight of experienced seamstresses will make it easier for the entrepreneurs to start and grow a sewing business.
The people and organizations benefitting most from this program are currently unskilled unemployed individuals learning sewing as a trade, and area employers who have a difficult time locating skilled seamstresses.