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Phone: (651) 698-9690
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St Paul, MN 55105

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Fashion Sewing Club
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Quilting & Home Decorating
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You may register by phone (651-698-9690) via credit card or in person at the store. Full payment is required to reserve your space in class.
Please note class dates and times on your calendar! We do not make reminder calls.

Class fees are refundable up to one week prior to class. After that time, they are non-refundable and non-transferable. Cancellations may occur due to lack of enrollment. Refunds will be issued to registered students.

A supply list will be mailed to you upon registration. ALL required supplies MUST be brought to your first class, unless otherwise noted. Our staff will be happy to assist you in gathering your supplies. Students receive a 15% discount on all fabric purchases for the duration of your class.

All classes are appropriate for ages 14 and over, unless otherwise indicated. Skill levels are the minimum required. If you are unsure of your skill level, please inquire at the store and we will help you to determine which class is appropriate for you.

Beginner: Little or no sewing experience.
Advanced Beginner: Must be familiar with your sewing machine and general sewing terms and beginning to read patterns.
Intermediate: Must be knowledgeable of your sewing machine, comfortable reading a pattern, and have an understanding of basic garment construction.

The following supplies are required for ALL classes. A supply list will be sent to you upon class registration.

Sewing machine in good working order and sewing machine manual, bobbins, sewing scissors, tape measure, straight pins, seam ripper, one package of assorted size Universal sewing machine needles

Treadle has a limited number of sewing machines available for use during class on a first come/first served basis. Please reserve when you register.


Fashion Sewing Club is a monthly meeting (second Tuesday and Saturday at 10:30 a.m.) featuring garments, pattern modification and review, and the latest news in the sewing world. You will be provided with tips, techniques and new ideas that are sure to inspire you. Current fashion, chic wear, proper fit, children’s wear and home dec are just some of the topics we will explore.
Whether you are an experienced sewist or just beginning – this club is for you! Bring show and tell for a chance to win a door prize.
Cost is $10 (your first meeting is free) and you will receive 10% off regularly priced fabrics that day.

Tuesday, January 10
Saturday, January 14
Saturday, February 11
Tuesday, February 14
Saturday, March 11
Tuesday, March 14
Saturday, April 8
Tuesday, April 11
Tuesday, May 9
Saturday, May 13

For more information about the club, check out the Material Girls’ web site -



Do you love learning extra sewing tips and tricks? Don’t have time to take a full class? Join us for these totally FREE mini lectures and pick up some useful new info! If you’re a classroom regular at Treadle, here’s a chance to dig a little deeper into certain topics. If you’ve never taken a class with us, this is a perfect way to see what we’re all about!
Skill Levels: All

Instructor: Elizabeth Merritt

Fabric and Clothing Care
There’s more than just dumping your clothes in the washing machine – learn the best treatment for each fabric, how to prevent shrinking and bleeding, and the easiest ways to hand-wash!
Saturday 10:30 - 11:00 January 28

How To Choose A New Sewing Machine
So many options, how do you choose? Do you need hundreds of stitches, or just a few? Computerized or not? We will talk about what’s available and how to determine which machine is best for your needs.
Saturday 10:30 - 11:00 February 25

How to Make Your Own Bias Tape
Bias tape is an essential sewing accessory, but let’s face it, the choices are pretty limited. Go beyond poly-cotton solids and learn to make your own bias tape in prints, stripes, and silk for beautiful binding or thrifty homemade trim!
Saturday 1:00 - 1:30 March 18

Size It Right
Most of us know our clothing size when shopping, but do you know your pattern size? Hint: they probably won’t be the same! Learn how to take your measurements properly and choose the right size.
Saturday 10:30 - 11:00 May 20


Love to sew - except when your machine is acting up? Never know if you’re dealing with a machine hobgoblin or operator error? Learn sewing machine troubleshooting, basic maintenance, and how to get the most from your sewing machine. Top and bottom tension issues, needle choices and stitch configuration will be among the issues addressed.

Skill Level: All
Fee: $35
Instructor: Michele Hoaglund
Monday 6:00 - 9:00 February 27


Machine-sewn garments still require some hand sewing for a clean finish. Learn to hand-sew hems, how to properly attach buttons, and an array of construction stitches including slipstitch, backstitch, and more. You will gain the skills needed to finish garments neatly or even sew simple projects entirely by hand.

Skill Level: Beginner
Fee: $30
Instructor: Elizabeth Merritt
Monday 6:30 - 9:30 March 20


Take your sewing up a notch and sew the way fine tailors and couture seamstresses do – by hand! Learn time-tested techniques such as pad stitching and hand-worked buttonholes, as well as how to fell seams and join linings with an elegant hand-stitched finish.

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner
Fee: $30
Instructor: Elizabeth Merritt
Saturday 10:00 – 1:00 December 17
Wednesday 6:30-9:30 May 24


Learn how to embroider by hand with a variety of traditional stitches, including stem stitch, long and short shading, French knots, and more. You will stitch an embroidered design and complete your piece by framing or sewing it into a pillow or bag. You will also learn how to transfer designs to fabric, the easiest way to thread a needle, how to block embroidery, and how to create your own designs to stitch.

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner
Fee: $55
Instructor: Elizabeth Merritt
Wednesday 6:30 – 9:30 March 15, 22


If you slept through Home Ec or never had the opportunity, this class is for you. You will learn all you need to know to construct a simple garment in class. Pattern suggestions available. Final pattern and fabric selections will be made during class.

Skill Level: Beginner
Fee: $135
Instructor: Michele or Elizabeth

Monday 6:00 - 9:00 November 28, December 5, 12, 19 - Michele
Wednesday 6:30 – 9:30 December 21, 28, Jan 4, 11 - Elizabeth
Monday 6:00 - 9:00 January 23, 30, February 6, 13, - Michele
Thursday 6:00 - 9:00 February 16, 23, March 2, 9 - Michele
Sunday 1:30 – 4:30 February 26, March 5, 12, 19 - Elizabeth
Thursday 6:00 - 9:00 March 30, April 6, 13, 20 - Michele
Wednesday 6:30 - 9:30 April 26, May 3, 10, 17 - Elizabeth


What do you want to sew? How do you decide if it will work? What challenge do you have? The pattern instructions read like Latin; you like this bodice, but that skirt; you just can't get that technique. Whether you are relatively new to sewing, coming back to it after time away, or an avid fan who wants to stretch your skills, this is the place. Learn tips, tricks and techniques to improve your sewing skills so you can sew for the fun of it. Construct a garment of your choice, keeping in mind that you want to challenge yourself, but not cry. Class will include technique demonstration as well as individual sewing time; some sewing outside of class may be required depending on complexity of project chosen.

Skill Level: Advanced Beginning and beyond
Fee: $152
Instructor: Michele, Elizabeth or Kathleen

Thursday 10:00 - 1:00 December 1, 8, 15, 22, (skip 29) January 5 - Michele
Thursday 6:00 - 9:00 December 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 - Kathleen

Thursday 1:30 - 4:30 January 12, 19, 26, February 2, 9 - Michele
Wednesday 6:30 - 9:30 January 18, 25, February 1, 8, 15 - Elizabeth
Thursday 1:30 - 4:30 February 16, 23, March 2, 9, 16 - Michele
Thursday 1:30 - 4:30 April 6, 13, 20, 27, May 4 – Michele
Monday 6:30 - 9:30 April 24, May 1, 8, 15, 22 - Elizabeth


Haven’t sewn for…years? Wearing different clothes than when you last sewed? Or just wanting to learn how to sew? This is a predominantly lecture/demo class with some hands-on to give you the latest in pattern choices (indie and Big 4) and fabric (ponte, scuba, performance), techniques (sewing with knits!), machines (serger, coverstitch, sewing), notions you must have and how to use them (rotary cutter for patterns, fusible interfacing).

Skill level: Beginner & beyond

Fee: $55

Instructor: Material Girls Debbie & Kristin
Tuesday 6:00 – 8:00 April 4, 11



Need a little extra help with your sewing, but not enough to take a full class? This 2-hour block of time is a flexible mini-workshop on the project or technique of your choice. If you're a fan of our sewing salons, you're in luck, because our updated salon format means a better work space and more focused attention from your instructor. If you've never tried our Salons, now is the time to start!

Skill Level: All
Fee: $25 each
Instructor: Michele Hoaglund, Melissa Sternal, Elizabeth Merritt, or Kathleen Richert

Thursday 2:00 – 4:00 December 15 - Michele
Tuesday 6:00 - 8:00 December 20 - Elizabeth

Saturday 2:00 - 4:00 January 7 - Michele
Friday 10:30 - 12:30 January 13 - Melissa
Sunday 2:00 – 4:00 January 22 - Kathleen

Friday 1:00 – 3:00 February 3 - Elizabeth
Thursday 6:00 - 8:00 February 9 Michele
Friday 10:30 - 12:30 February 24 Melissa

Friday 10:30 - 12:30 March 10 - Melissa
Thursday 6:00 - 8:00 March 23 - Kathleen
Tuesday 6:00 - 8:00 March 28 - Michele

Wednesday 10:30 - 12:30 April 5 - Melissa
Monday 6:00 - 8:00 April 17 - Michele
Thursday 6:00 - 8:00 April 27 - Elizabeth

Sunday 2:00 – 4:00 May 7 - Kathleen
Wednesday 10:30 - 12:30 May 17 - Melissa
Friday 6:00 - 8:00 May 26 - Elizabeth


When’s the last time you submersed yourself in sewing with like minded people? Do you have a project that needs some handholding or firm deadlines? Tired of going to lunch with your sewing friends, but never sewing with them? Come and sew!!
Pack up your project and sew in the company of others. Get your sewing done and make some new friends that know what you mean when you talk about your favorite passion.
The Material Girls will be there to keep your skills up to date and help you with any other hurdles you encounter.
This winter we are focusing on Cynthia Guffey patterns in our personal sewing (trust me, we’ll need help) so if you own one or have made it through one, these classes may be helpful or you could be helpful! We’ll all figure them out together.
Come as often as you like - let’s get to know each other and get things done!

Skill level: Advanced Beginner
Fee: $15 per 3-hour session
Instructor: Material Girls Debbie & Kristin

Saturday 1:30 - 4:30 January 14

Saturday 1:30 - 4:30 January 21

Tuesday 12:00 - 3:00 February 21
Tuesday 12:00 - 3:00 February 28

Tuesday 5:00 - 8:00 March 14
Tuesday 5:00 - 8:00 March 21

Tuesday 5:00 - 8:00 May 23
Tuesday 5:00 - 8:00 May 30



Do you have a serger you don’t know how to use? Are you a little confused about threading? Take the fear out of serging and get comfortable with what could become your favorite sewing tool. Sessions cover machine and stitch knowledge, threading, rolled hem, flatlock, techniques, serging a basic tee and more.

Skill Level: All
Fee: $70
Instructor: Material Girls Debbie & Kristin

Tuesday 6:00 - 8:00 November 29, December 6, 13
Tuesday 6:00 - 8:00 January 31, February 7, 14
Tuesday 2:00 - 4:00 March 7, 14, 21
Saturday 2:00 - 5:00 March 11, 18
Tuesday 6:00 - 8:00 May 2, 9, 16



Have a favorite something you’ve worn to death, but just can’t part with? You can give new life to old garments! Make a pattern (without taking your old favorite apart) and make a new one! Learn how to copy an existing garment, create a pattern, and make a muslin to test the pattern. An understanding of garment construction required. Sewing will be done outside of class.

Skill Level: Intermediate
Fee: $70
Instructor: Michele Hoaglund

Saturday 2:00 - 4:00 December 3, 10, 17
Thursday 6:00 – 8:00 May 11, 18, 25


Can’t find the perfect trim or button? Make it! Turn fabric into perfect pleats, beautiful bindings, and piping that pops; make threads and floss into colorful cords; and create your own unique buttons with several fun methods, including fabric-covered (3 different ways!) and Dorset thread-worked. 

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner
Fee: $55
Instructor: Elizabeth Merritt
Saturday 1:30 – 4:30 April 1, 8


Frayed seam allowances got you frazzled? Learn how to keep that raveling in check and give your garments a sturdy and beautiful finish inside and out. You’ll learn to sew French seams, flat-felled, bias-bound, and more.

Skill Level: : Advanced Beginner
Fee: $20
Instructor: Elizabeth Merritt
Wednesday 6:30 - 8:30 February 22


A hem can make or break your garment. Spend an evening learning the best ways to stitch this vital finishing step. You will learn a variety of hand and machine techniques including baby hems for sheers, hand blind hems, drafting separate hem facings, and more. This is a great companion class to Seam Finishes!

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner

Fee: $30
Instructor: Elizabeth Merritt

Wednesday 6:30 - 9:30 March 8



Sewing is so much more fun when you know that what you are making will fit. But how do you know that? Whether you are new to sewing or a seasoned sewist, fitting can be challenging. Learn what to look for in a pattern to get closer to a good fit, how to see what changes to make, and how to make them. This hands-on class will help you translate the theory and numbers of pattern alteration into a garment that fits.

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner
Fee: $95
Instructor: Michele Hoaglund
Monday 6:00 - 9:00 March 27, April 3, 10


Understanding darts is fundamental to designing and shaping clothing. Moving dart locations is a fun way to change a favorite pattern and add variety to your wardrobe. And it's easy! In this hands-on class, you’ll explore pattern drafting concepts on paper mock-ups – no sewing machine required. This a great class for anyone who wants to design their own clothing.

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner
Fee: $25
Instructor: Kathleen Richert
Monday 6:00 – 8:00 February 20


Looking for a perfect fit? Let's make pants that fit like they were made for you. We will draft a sloper based on each student's individual measurements using a system created at the American Fashion Institute and cut a muslin the first session. You will assemble the muslin and bring it along to session two. We will work together to fit each muslin and demonstrate how to use your sloper to adjust commercial patterns. Students should have sewing experience and understanding of garment construction. Suggested prerequisite: Make It Fit or experience with pattern alteration.

Skill Level: Intermediate
Fee: $75
Instructor: Kathleen Richert
Saturday 10:00 – 12:00 March 18, 10:00 - 2:00 March 25


Do you struggle with wrinkles and drag lines around the bust? Do your shirt hemlines sit unevenly? Do you often feel there is way too much fabric in the upper chest? The Full Bust Adjustment can be right for any size body; if the difference between your full bust measure and your high bust measure is more than 3” – it’s probably for you! In this class, we will modify patterns and make mockups to test the fit. Choose a basic darted or princess-seamed bodice (suggestions given in supply list) and learn how to fine-tune the bust fit!

Skill level: Advanced Beginner
Fee: $40
Instructor: Elizabeth Merritt
Friday 6:00 – 8:00 February 10, (skip 17) 24


Make a dress sloper that fits you to a T. Using the Vogue or Butterick sloper patterns, you will make a dress with darts, sleeves and a skirt. Each class will be about making adjustments and fittings to the dress. All sewing and pattern alterations will need to be done outside of the class, so schedule time! By the end of the class you will have bodice, sleeve and skirt basic patterns that fit you well, and we will address using your completed sloper to assess and alter the fit of other commercial patterns.
Skill Level: Intermediate

Fee: $115.00
Instructor: Michele Hoaglund
Thursday 6:00 - 9:00 January 12, 19, 26



Time for a new coat? When you live in Minnesota, your coat should be more than something to keep you warm. It is a wardrobe essential that can be fashionable and change with the season. Whether you want to move into winter in a toasty warm wool or be a step ahead for spring in a new trench, why not sew what you want? Learn what to look for in patterns and fabric, when and how to use underlining and interfacing, and which techniques work best for what you have chosen. Please bring pattern or fabric choices you are considering to the first class.

Skill Level: Intermediate
Fee: $175
Instructor: Michele Hoaglund
Saturday 10:00 – 1:00 January 7, 21, February 4, 18, March 4, & Thursday 6:00 – 9:00 March 16


From funky to functional, sewing an unlined jacket/coat may be on your short list for spring. Try on our samples, then choose your pattern, learn techniques and and make your own outerwear for warmer (?) weather.
Featured patterns: Butterick 6301, McCall’s 7365
Other suggested patterns are: Vogue 8934, Butterick 6331, Simplicity 2153, Butterick 6254,Vogue 9217

Skill Level: Intermediate
Fee: $70
Instructors: Material Girls Debbie & Kristin
Tuesday 6:00 – 8:00 February 21, 28, March 7


Want to make something truly special for your favorite guy (boyfriend, husband, son, brother - you pick). Take your shirt making skills to the next level and explore the fun you can have with piping, custom pockets, and other delicious details. Kathleen makes award winning custom shirts with one rule: she makes all the design decisions. Be prepared to dump your ideas of boring button down shirts; these are one of a kind and amazing!

Skill Level: Intermediate
Fee: $85
Instructor: Kathleen Richert
Sunday 1:30 – 4:30 February 5, 12, 19


This fun shirt is made without a pattern, but sized according to your measurements. How does that work? Made from 6 fat quarters of fabric, it gives you the opportunity to stretch your creativity by mixing fabrics. You will also stretch your skills as it works best in something drapey, like rayon batik or softer cotton voile.

Skill level: Advanced Beginner
Instructor: LaVaughn Bye
Fee: $60.00
Sunday 1:30 – 4:30 January 8, 15


Knits are so easy to wear, but can be challenging to sew. The techniques are different and stretch stitches are required. You can be successful sewing knits with your sewing machine (no serger necessary). Learn the different stretch stitches your machine has, what works well, and other techniques for tackling knits while you construct a simple top. Some sewing outside of class may be required. Note: Your machine MUST have a zigzag stitch.

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner
Fee: $65
Instructor: Michele Hoaglund
Monday 6:00 - 9:00 March 6, 13


Moneta by Colette Patterns is a versatile knit dress you will love to sew and wear. Simple construction, a flattering fit, and all the comfort of soft, knit fabric. Dress it up or down, layer it, make it in solids or prints! With sleeve and collar options this dress has it all. This advanced beginner class is ideal for those who are comfortable sewing with woven fabrics and want to start having fun with knits! A serger is not required, but your sewing machine MUST have a zigzag stitch.

Skill level: Advanced Beginner
Fee: $90
Instructor: Elizabeth Merritt
Wednesday 6:30 - 9:00 April 5, 12, 19


Tee shirts are versatile and can be a mainstay in your wardrobe. Because there are many patterns and knit fabrics to choose from, getting a good fit and ease of construction techniques can be a challenge.
In the fit portion of class you will learn how to correct shoulder length and pitch, gap free necklines, remove excess fabric at the back and more. The construction portion of the class will focus on choosing pattern and fabric, applying neckbands, order of construction and helpful notions.

Skill level: Advanced Beginner

Fee: $40

Instructors: Material Girls Debbie & Kristin
Tuesday 6:00 – 8:00 January 10, 17
Saturday 1:30 – 3:30 May 13, 20


Need to make a Victorian ballgown? Want some help fitting your 18th century stays? Do the gowns of Jane Austen’s era make your heart flutter? Whatever historic sewing project you have in mind, Elizabeth will help your dreams materialize. Whether your thing is hardcore accuracy and tons of hand sewing, or you just want to make a fun costume, you’ll find guidance and inspiration here. Some sewing outside of class and some independent research will be required.

Skill Level: Intermediate

Fee: $145
Instructor: Elizabeth Merritt

Friday 6:00 - 9:00 March 10, 24, April 7, 21, May 5



Learn how to embroider by hand with a variety of traditional stitches, including stem stitch, long and short shading, French knots, and more. You will stitch an embroidered design and complete your piece by framing or sewing it into a pillow or bag. You will also learn how to transfer designs to fabric, the easiest way to thread a needle, how to block embroidery, and how to create your own designs to stitch.

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner
Fee: $55
Instructor: Elizabeth Merritt
Wednesday 6:30 – 9:30 March 15, 22


Quick to make and lightweight, the BB Bag makes a great gift for all ages. With 5 pockets (2 outside and 3 inside) and 2 zippers, there are plenty of hiding places. There are 3 sizes to choose from: small is the perfect on-the-go size, the medium size bag holds a passport, and the largest holds a checkbook. Choose the size that works best for you. Personalize with your fabric choices to make a bag that can be elegant or fun! *Pattern with all 3 sizes of bag included in class fee.

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner
Fee: $45 (includes pattern)
Instructor: LaVaughn Bye
Saturday 1:00 - 4:30 January 28


Spring will be here soon and that means biking - to run errands, exercise, and just plain have fun. Why not look great and accessorize while you are out there! Hemma Designs has the greatest bike bags and baskets going - and you will learn the best tips and techniques from the designer herself. Choose an oilcloth bag from The Happy Bicycle or any of Hemma Designs’ basket patterns and we’ll see you on the bike trail!

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner
Fee: $55.00
Instructor: Kathy McGee
Saturday 10:00 - 12:30 April 15, 22


Watch out - you might not be able to keep this wallet! When LaVaughn showed us this design, a customer wanted it! This adorable wallet uses a metal frame for shape and is easy to make with fat quarters or fabric scraps. It is a fun way to combine fabrics and a great way to practice zippers. You may want to make several as gifts - but keep your favorite! Note: Frame kit w/ mini magnetic screwdriver needed to complete wallet ($16.50) is available at Treadle.

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner
Fee: $35
Instructor: LaVaughn Bye
Sunday 1:00 - 4:30 May 21


Learn the basics of quilting - from fabric and color choices, rotary cutting, machine piecing and construction, to binding and finishing while you construct a beautiful table runner. Some sewing outside of class may be required.

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner
Fee: $65
Instructor: Melissa Sternal
Sunday 1:30 – 4:30 March 26, April 2


Pillows are a fabulous and affordable way to add punch to your decor and adding a new chair cushion ups the decorating ante. Learn the sewing techniques you need to know to duplicate the expensive decorator pillows and cushions you’ve been drooling over. From making your own piping to inserting a lapped upholstery zipper, you’ll discover just how easy it is to give your furniture a whole new look. Choose to construct a pillow or cushion. Now offering longer class time! You may be able to finish both!

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner
Fee: $65
Instructor: Melissa Sternal
Saturday 10:00 – 1:00 April 29, May 6



Wool felt is an amazing thing; so easy to sew with, a gorgeous array of colors, and a million projects you can make with this versatile fabric! Ornaments, crowns, pins, amulet bags, gift card holders, table decorations - the possibilities are endless. Keep little (and big) hands busy! This is a fun, easy way to begin learning to hand sew. This class is appropriate for ages 6 to 8 if accompanied and helped by and adult and ages 9 to 12 to working independently.

Skill Level: Beginner
Fee: $30 (adult/child pair) or $20 (single adult or child)
Instructor: Nina Martine Robinson

Sunday 2:00 - 4:00 December 18
Sunday 1:30 - 3:30 April 23


Come as a beginner or continue to add construction skills to your repertoire. See samples in store. Projects will be approved by instructors depending on skill level. Project cost NOT included in class fee.

Skill level: All

Fee: $60 per session

Ages: 9 -13

Instructor: Material Girls Debbie & Kristin

Session 1: Tuesday 4:15 - 5:45 January 24, 31, February 7, 14
Session 2: Tuesday 4:15 - 5:45 April 4, 11, 18, 25 


Learn to use your sewing machine, sew a pillowcase, drawstring backpack, plus hand sewing projects and more! Class fee includes all project supplies needed; bring your sewing machine (or use one of ours) and basic sewing supplies.

Skill level: Beginner age 9 - 14
Fee: $175
Instructor: Jessica Barden Bandelin
Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. December 26 - 30


Play more with your sewing machine. If you know how to use a sewing machine, you are ready to choose a project from a pattern that will challenge you, but not make you cry. From pj bottoms to skirts and dresses, choose a pattern that inspires you. Bring your sewing machine (or use one of ours) and basic sewing supplies. Project will be chosen in first class. Project cost NOT included in class fee and will vary with project chosen.

Skill level: Advanced beginner and up age 9 - 14
Fee: $155
Instructor: Jessica Barden Bandelin
Monday - Friday 12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. December 26 - 30


Do you doodle and design your own clothes on paper, but have no idea how to bring them to life? Explore what it takes to make your design dream turn into reality and then sew it. You must know how to operate your sewing machine, understand general sewing terms and have sewn from a pattern. Project will be chosen in first class. Project cost NOT included in class fee and will vary with project chosen.

Skill level: Advanced beginner and up age 13 - 18
Fee: $125

Instructor: Nina Martine Robinson

Saturday 1:30 – 4:30 February 4, 11, 18, 25
Saturday 1:30 – 4:30 April 15, 22, 29, May 6


Jessica Bandelin is a life-long Saint Paulite and big-time Treadle Yard Goods fan. She has been sewing for 28 years and also spends a little too much of her time knitting. Jessica keeps a blog to talk about crafty things and spending time with her family at

LaVaughn Bye has been sewing since she was 6 years old, starting with a classic apron. Her mom told her she could have any clothes she wanted - if she made them herself. She went on to make a coat when she was 13 and entered the Make It With Wool contest. LaVaughn began quilting 8 years ago, when she realized that quilting wasn’t just for beds anymore, but a perfect way to create with cloth.

Michele Hoaglund, dressmaker and long time Treadle employee, now turned owner, loves to create garments that fit fabulously and are beautiful both inside and out. She has been teaching for over 15 years and enjoys seeing students get excited about sewing.

Material Girls Debbie Petersen & Kristin Henak 
Bringing YEARS of experience and lots of practice, these two like to teach together to keep classes fun. Debbie taught what some of us remember as “Home Ec.” and Kristin got her start as a serger teacher. Working with fabric and color, passing on their passion for sewing and meeting new people of all ages keeps them dreaming up new classes and tweaking the old ones.

Kathy McGee is a local freelance clothing, accessory and home product designer. She created Hemma Design Patterns as a way to share her love of sewing, making bright and cheery things for one’s home, and a belief that sewing and handicrafts make our world a happier place.

Elizabeth Merritt has been sewing historic reproduction garments and modern everyday clothes since her teen years. She loves hand sewing in particular and tries to make time for sewing every day.

Kathleen Richert has been designing and fabricating costumes, clothing, and soft props for theatre, dance, and commercial clients for more than 20 years. She runs an artistic small business that specializes in museum quality historic clothing. She is interested in craftsmanship and the mechanics of clothing, which form the foundation for creative clothes you want to wear.

Nina Martine Robinson, mixed media artist, has been sewing and creating textile art for over 25 years. Nina is passionate about fostering creativity in teens and loves to share her artistic journey with others through a hands on approach. She has taught many different classes including doll making, repurposing and embellishing your wardrobe and children's sewing classes.

Melissa Sternal has been solving home decorating problems at Treadle for years. She also creates beautiful custom window treatments, pillows and other lovely decorator items for private clientele.