Seamstress to the stars opens sewing-inspired cafe in Lincoln

A unique sewing-themed cafe has opened its doors over Easter weekend, with staff so busy they’ve had to turn people away.

Coffee Bobbins is located on The Strait in Lincoln, and has created seven new jobs.

The business’ prominent theme was inspired thanks to its owner, Christine Spencer.

Her experience working and sewing for Adidas for 12 years has led to her undertaking some unique tasks including sewing kits and uniforms for England international cricketeer Stuart Broad and Stoke City footballer Peter Crouch.

However, her dream was always to open the cafe. She said: “This was something I always wanted to do, if I didn’t do it now, I never will.

“I always pictured in my mind what I wanted to do, so all the sewing machines everywhere, equipment and connection I always wanted. We started with just four white walls.”

Now, every inch of the cafe is sewing orientated with sewing machines dotted around the room, the tables are all previous sewing tables and related artwork on the walls.

Even the light fittings are made of former industrial whisks fitted with lights in the ceiling.

The turnout of customers for the cafe has been tremendous, Christine said. “We have had to turn people away.

“We have been really busy since opening, it didn’t stop Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

“The building is not very big because it is so old but were trying to get as many people in at any one time as possible.

“We do lunches, grilled flat breads, with bread from a artisan bakers. Our cakes are made on the premises in a kitchen and we try to use as much local produce as we can. For instance we use Curtis for hams.

“Once we get settled we will look to have lunch time specials, soups in colder weather, and do afternoon teas, we’re just walking at the minute before we start running.”