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~ FASHION SEWING CLUB ~


Fashion Sewing Club is a monthly meeting 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.

Club meets every second Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., and second Saturday at 10:30 a.m. Cost is $10 (your first meeting is free) and you will receive 10% off regularly priced fabrics that day. 

Saturday September 8, 10:30

Tuesday September 11, 10:30 and 6:30

Tuesday October 9, 10:30 and 6:30

Saturday October 13, 10:30

Saturday November 10, 10:30

Tuesday November 13, 10:30 and 6:30

Saturday December 8, 10:30

Tuesday December 11, 10:30 and 6:30

Tuesday January 8, 10:30 and 6:30

Saturday January 12, 10:30

For more information about the club, check out the Material Girls’ web site - www.materialgirlsewing.com



~ BASIC SEWING SERIES ~


MAKE IT SEW

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
Friday 6:00 – 9:00 August 24
Thursday 6:00 – 9:00 January 10


HAND SEWING BASICS

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 September 24


HAND SEWING - CLASSIC TECHNIQUES

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 insert zippers with an elegant hand-stitched finish.
Skill Level: Advanced Beginner
Fee: $30
Instructor: Elizabeth Merritt
Monday 6:30 – 9:30  October 1


HAND EMBROIDERY

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.

Click here to see pictures and learn more about Hand Embroidery at our blog!

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner
Fee: $55
Instructor: Elizabeth Merritt
Sunday  1:30 – 4:30 September 16, 23


BEGINNING APPAREL SEWING

If you slept through Home Ec or never had the opportunity, this class is for you. We’ll guide you through the basics of how to use your machine, how to select patterns and fabric, and how to decipher pattern directions. You will learn all you need to know to construct a simple garment in class. Final pattern and fabric selections will be made during class.
Skill Level: Beginner
Fee: $135
Instructor: Michele Hoaglund or Elizabeth Merritt

Thursday 6:30 – 9:30 August 30, September 6, 13, 20 with Elizabeth
Monday 6:30 – 9:30 October 8, 15, 22, 29 with Elizabeth
Thursday 6:30 – 9:30 October 25, November 1, 8, 15 with Elizabeth
Friday 1:00 – 4:00 November 30, December 7, 14, 21 with Michele
Wednesday 6:30 – 9:30 January 2, 9, 16, 23 with Elizabeth


CONTINUING ON - APPAREL SEWING IN THE REAL WORLD

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 Hoaglund or Elizabeth Merritt

Thursday 1:30 – 4:30 August 16, 23, 30, September 6, 13 with Michele
Wednesday 6:30 – 9:30 September 26, October 3, 10, 17, 24 with Elizabeth
Thursday 1:30 – 4:30 September 27, October 4, 11, 18, 25 with Michele
Thursday 1:30 – 4:30 November 1, 8, 15, (skip 22) 29, December 6 with Michele
Thursday 6:30 – 9:30 November 29, December 6, 13, (skip 20) 27, Jan 3 with Elizabeth
Thursday 1:30 – 4:30 December 13, 20, (skip 27) January 3, 10, 17 with Michele


WEEKEND SEWING MARATHON

Here’s your chance to sew with us all weekend long! If you live out of town or just want to get a lot done, this is the perfect opportunity for you. Spend a morning and afternoon session each day Saturday and Sunday working on the projects of your choice. We’ll cover fitting, the best sewing techniques, and garment construction of all kinds. Several great lunch options within walking distance will keep you going between sessions!
Skill Level: Advanced Beginning and beyond
Fee: $125
Instructor: Elizabeth Merritt
Saturday & Sunday 10:00 – 12:30 & 1:30 – 5:00 August 25 & 26
Saturday & Sunday 10:00 – 12:30 & 1:30 – 5:00 November 17 & 18



~ SEWING SALONS ~

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. You probably won’t complete a whole project, but we’ll help you through the tricky bits!

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

 

Monday 6:00 - 8:00 August 20 with Kristin

Friday 10:30 – 12:30 August 24 with Melissa

 

Friday 1:00 – 3:00 September 14 with Elizabeth

Friday 10:30 – 12:30 September 21 with Melissa

Thursday 6:00 - 8:00 September 27 with Michele

 

Friday 1:00 – 3:00 October 12 with Elizabeth

Thursday 6:00 - 8:00 October 18 with Michele

 

Friday 10:30 – 12:30 November 16 with Melissa

Tuesday 6:30 – 8:30 November 20 with Elizabeth

Sunday 2:00 - 4:00 November 25 with Kristin

 

Saturday 3:00 - 5:00 December 15 with Kristin

Monday 6:30 – 8:30 December 17 with Elizabeth



~ SERGER ~

BEFORE YOU BUY A SERGER

Serger? Coverstitch? Rolled hem? What’s it all about and what can I do with it? This lecture will clear up some of the mysteries of the wonderful machine called a serger (and that confusing coverstitch!). Make an informed decision before you buy and come back for Basic Sergery and Beyond once you’ve decided it’s the right machine for you.
One hour lecture with demonstrations and samples.

Skill Level: All
Fee: $15
Instructor: Material Girls Debbie & Kristin

Saturday 1:00 – 2:00 September 8

Tuesday 11:00 – 12:00 October 30

Saturday 1:00 – 2:00  December 8


BASIC SERGERY & BEYOND

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. A child sized, cut out tee will be provided to practice your new skills. Construction techniques will be emphasized.
Skill Level: All
Fee: $75
Instructor: Material Girls Debbie & Kristin

Tuesday 6:00 – 8:00 October 16, 23, 30

Tuesday 1:30 – 3:30 November 6, 13, 20

SERGE OR SEW: Kids’ Undies

Use up your knits and outfit your kids/grandkids with undies!! Fun to put together and well worn by my grandkids?!  A great way to gain serger confidence. We’ll supply a kit for the size/sex of your choice so we can spend our time assembling and learning technique. Patterns will be available for purchase.

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner
Fee: $25
Instructor: Material Girls Debbie & Kristin

Tuesday 10:30 – 12:30 November 6

 

SERGE OR SEW: Knit PJ’s for Kids or Adults

It’s the gifting time of year and pjs are always welcome. Conquer serger fears, learn to sew with knits! Any size you want as long as they are tees and pull on pants. Come to class with your patterns cut out to make the most of the class time.

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner
Fee: $45
Instructor: Material Girls Debbie & Kristin

Tuesday 1:00 – 3:30 December 4, 11

~ TECHNIQUES ~


COPY READY-TO-WEAR

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

Tuesday 6:00 – 8:00 September 18, 25, October 2

Monday 6:00 – 8:00 January 7, 14, 21

 

BEAUTIFUL SEAMS AND HEMS

Wonky hems and fraying seam allowances make your garment look more homemade than handmade. Elevate your sewing with these vital finishing steps. Learn to sew baby hems for sheers, hand blind hems, separate hem facings, French seams, flat-felled seams, bias-bound edges, and so much more! Make your garments sturdy and beautiful inside and out!

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner
Fee: $60
Instructor: Elizabeth Merritt

Wednesday 6:30 – 9:30 November 7, 14

 

ZIPPER SUCCESS

Zippers don’t have to be scary. Learn the simplest, most fool-proof methods and install zippers with confidence! We’ll cover invisible as well as traditional zipper styles.

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner
Fee: $35
Instructor: Elizabeth Merritt

Sunday 1:30 – 4:30 October 14

 

PATTERN GRADING

Learn how to re-size any pattern to any size! Including those delicate vintage patterns you don't want to cut.

Skill Level: Intermediate
Fee: $95
Instructor: Kristin Weller

Sunday 2:00 – 5:00 October 28, November 4, 11

 

DART  MANIPULATION

Darts are a basic fitting device, but do you know all the ways you can manipulate them? Play with pattern design! Rearrange and re-size darts for new style lines, turn your darts into seams, or rotate fullness from one garment area to another for better fit.

Skill Level: Intermediate
Fee: $25
Instructor: Elizabeth Merritt

Tuesday 6:30 – 8:30 November 6



~ FITTING ~

 

MAKE IT FIT

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 November 5, 12, 19

 

MUSLIN FITTING BASICS

Is fit the hurdle that you just can’t get over? You are not alone and we are here to help. But before we can help you we all need to start on the same page. Find out where we like to begin (and hopefully end) in the process of fitting muslins with this two hour lecture/demonstration. We will focus on wardrobe essentials (in the humble opinion of the Material  Girls).

This class (or Make it Fit) is a prerequisite for attending Fit Studios.

Skill Level: All
Fee: $25
Instructor: Material Girls Debbie & Kristin

Tuesday 1:30 – 3:30 September 11

 

FIT STUDIO

Begin (or continue) the fitting journey along with other sewing souls in search of  the Holy Grail of fit. Come to the first session with ideas and we will help with pattern choice, please. Then continue on as time allows with sewing and fitting your dream wardrobe. We might limit the number of iterations we will fit for one pattern – perfection is not the goal! A garment that looks good and fits well is!

Prerequisite for this class: Muslin Fitting Basics OR Make it Fit

Skill Level: All
Fee: $30
Instructor: Material Girls Debbie & Kristin Tuesday 1:00 – 3:30 October 9

Tuesday 1:00 – 3:30 October 16

Tuesday 1:00 – 3:30 October 23

Tuesday 1:00 – 3:30 October 30

 

BEST BUST FIT

Focus on fitting the bust! The majority of women need to make some bust adjustments to commercial patterns. Plenty of fit issues stem from poor bust fit: wrinkles and drag lines around the bust, uneven hemlines, too much fabric in the upper chest, or gaping armholes. 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: $45
Instructor: Elizabeth Merritt

Tuesday 6:30 – 8:30 November 27, December 4

 

PANTS FITTING

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: $115
Instructors: Kristen Weller & Michele Hoaglund

Monday 6:00 – 9:00 November 26, December 3, 10



~ GARMENT CONSTRUCTION ~

 

COAT CRAZE

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

Friday 6:00 – 9:00 September 28, October 12, 26, November 9, 23, December 7


HISTORIC SEWING WORKSHOP

Make your dream dress for costume, cosplay, reenactment, or just for fun! Learn to make corsets and structural undergarments, dresses, or outerwear from Renaissance through Victorian eras. We’ll cover fitting, historical research, and sewing together the project of your choice from the ground up. Whether your thing is hardcore historic 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.

Click here to see pictures and learn more about Historic Sewing Workshop at our blog!

Skill Level: Intermediate
Fee: $145
Instructor: Elizabeth Merritt
Friday 6:00 – 9:00 September 21, October 5, November 2, 16, 30

 

DRESS YOUR BEST

Fall in love with the perfect summer dress. Choose from our curated list of patterns, make a mockup for the best fit, and pair with dreamy fabrics and great techniques. Make a sleeveless sheath for layering, a fluffy 50s sundress for weekend picnics, a soft knit dress, or a sensible shirtdress with pockets!

Skill level: Intermediate
Fee: $125
Instructor: Elizabeth Merritt

Wednesday 6:30 – 9:30 August 29, September 5, 12, 19

 

MAKE CUTE SKIRTS

Cute, or stylish, or elegant. . . it’s up to you! Choose from our recommended patterns and suggested fabrics and make skirts you’ll love to wear. Get wild with trims and prints, or keep it classy in wools and silk. Use a classic style and work on refining the fit and sewing tailored details, or choose a simple style and make a whole closet full! Plus, you'll also learn how to add pockets to any skirt pattern!

Skill level: Advanced Beginner
Fee: $85
Instructor: Elizabeth Merritt

Wednesday 6:30 – 9:30 December 5, 12, 19

 

FLANNEL JAMS

Cozy flannel pajamas in a Minnesota winter – what could be better? Make a pair for yourself or surprise someone else; they make a perfect gift!

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner
Fee: $35
Instructor: Melissa Sternal

10:00 – 2:00 December 15

 

KNIT SKIRTS

A quick-to-make skirt in a forgiving stretch knit is a wardrobe essential! Make one in class, make a whole closet full at home! A perfect introduction to sewing with knits.

Your sewing machine MUST have a zigzag stitch. A serger is optional, not required.

Skill level: Advanced Beginner
Fee: $40
Instructor: Elizabeth Merritt

Saturday 1:00 – 5:00 September 29

 

LEGGINGS PARTY

Love the fancy designer leggings in great patterns? Make cute, fun, comfy, stretchy leggings yourself – it’s easier than you think!

Your sewing machine MUST have a zigzag stitch. A serger is optional, not required.

Skill level: Advanced Beginner
Fee: $40
Instructor: Elizabeth Merritt

Wednesday 6:00 – 9:30 August 22

Wednesday 6:00 – 9:30 November 28

 

KNIT DRESS

Stretchy, soft knits make easy-to-wear dresses that fit and flatter. Make a comfortable, pretty dress you’ll love, and build your skills sewing with knits!

Your sewing machine MUST have a zigzag stitch. A serger is optional, not required.

Skill level: Advanced Beginner
Fee: $65
Instructor: Elizabeth Merritt

Thursday 6:30 – 9:30 October 4, 11

 

EMBELLISHED UPCYCLED CLOTHING

Have fun while being creative. Explore ways to reuse and up cycle clothing. Go through your own closet or spend time at any thrift store. Part of the fun is finding something that could be considered ugly, outdated or doesn’t fit. We will being hand sewing and using a sewing machine, every level of sewing experience is welcome. You can try simple things like replacing buttons or learning how to make covered buttons, covering an existing collar, or removing sleeves or adding pockets. Learn how to make your own bias tape out of the fabric of your choice to finish edges. The purpose of this class is to learn how to think “outside the box” and push the limits of creativity.

Skill level: Intermediate

Instructor: Jennifer Diederich

Autumn Session: Fee: $55: Saturday 10:00 – 1:00 October 27, November 3

 

CHOP YOUR SWEATER

Got old sweaters? Turn them into something new! Turn a pullover into a cardigan, cut up a worn sweater to make cozy mittens, or sew a big sweater into fabulous swants – sweater pants!

Your sewing machine MUST have a zigzag stitch.

Skill level: Advanced Beginner

Fee: $45

Instructor: Elizabeth Merritt

Saturday 1:00 – 5:00 December 1

~ QUILTING, HOME DECORATING, & CRAFTS ~


JEWELRY ROLL

Make a beautiful, handmade travel jewelry case to protect your necklaces, earrings and rings while traveling the globe or to give as a gift.

Skill level: Beginner

Instructor: Jennifer Diederich

Fee: $30

Sunday 1:00 – 5:00 December 2

 

DIVINE DIVA WALLET

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 needed to complete wallet ($14 plus tax) is available at Treadle.

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner

Fee: $35

Instructor: LaVaughn Bye

Sunday  1:30 – 5:00 September 9

Sunday  1:30 – 5:00 December 16

 

MINI DIVA WALLET

This cute mini version of the Divine Diva is just as fun! With a 4 1/2” metal frame it still holds all your essentials, with plenty of compartments and card slots.  Note: Frame kit needed to complete wallet ($14 plus tax) is available at Treadle.

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner

Fee: $40

Instructor: LaVaughn Bye

Sunday  1:00 – 5:00 August 19

Sunday  1:00 – 5:00 October 7

 

CUDDLY FRIENDS

Use a soft fabric and make a huggable, loveable toy! Choose from any of our Funky Friends Factory patterns: elephant, fox, unicorn, and more!

Note: Due to the complexity of these patterns, this class is for adult (14+) sewists only.

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner

Fee: $50

Instructor: Melissa Sternal

Friday 12:00 – 4:00 November 9

 

HAND EMBROIDERY

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

Sunday  1:30 – 4:30 September 16, 23

BEGINNING QUILTING

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

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner

Fee: $65

Instructor: Melissa Sternal

Sunday 1:30 – 4:30 January 13, 20

 

FASTEST QUILT IN THE MIDWEST

Love to quilt, but never seem to finish a quilt top?  In this class, you will complete an entire quilt top by the time you are done with the class - maybe even before!  Fan of instant gratification? - this is the class for you. This is a great confidence builder for budding quilters.

Click here to see pictures and learn more about Fastest Quilt In The Midwest at our blog!

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner

Fee: $55

Instructor: Melissa Sternal

Saturday 10:30 – 12:30 September 15, 22

 

FREE MOTION QUILTING

Piecing quilts is fun, but what’s next? Forget trying to quilt perfect straight parallel lines and give free-motion quilting a try instead. This technique is unstructured and improvisational – time to let your inner perfectionist take a break! You’ll work on a practice quilt sandwich learning traditional meandering, stipple, or curlicue patterns.  Note: Your sewing machine must have the ability to drop (or cover) feed dogs.

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner

Fee: $30

Instructor: Elizabeth Merritt

Thursday 6:30 – 9:30 January 24

 

JELLY ROLL RUG

Need a new rug to brighten your kitchen or bath?  Can you sew (or rather zig-zag) a straight line?  This is the class for you!  This fun class takes one jelly roll, strips of cotton batting and a zig-zag sewing machine to create a bright new addition to your home.

Skill Level: Intermediate

Fee: $85.00

Instructor: Melissa Sternal

Saturday 2:00 – 4:30 November 3, 10

 

PILLOWS & CUSHIONS - THE BASICS AND MORE

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.

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner

Fee: $65

Instructor: Melissa Sternal

Friday 1:00 – 4:00 October 19, 26

 

BASIC ROMAN SHADE

Learn to make one fully lined, board-mounted roman shade. Bring in your window dimensions and the first class we’ll design the shades, cut out the fabric and lining and, if time allows, begin sewing. The following class will consist of assembling the shade and board mounting it. You’ll go home with a fabulous decorator shade and be eager to make more. Some sewing outside of class may be required.

Skill Level: Intermediate

Fee: $85.00

Instructor: Melissa Sternal

Friday & Saturday 10:30 – 2:30 August 17 & 18



~ KIDS’ CLASSES ~

KIDS’ FELT FRIENDS

Keep little (and big) hands busy! This is a fun, easy way to begin learning to hand sew, using soft, pliable wool felt. 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

Ages: 6 and up

Fee: $30 (adult/child pair) or $20 (single adult or child)

Instructor: Kristin Weller

Saturday 2:00 – 4:00 October 27

Sunday 2:00 – 4:00 December 9

 

KIDS' AFTER SCHOOL SEWING CLUB: Beginners and Beyond

Beginners will make a pillowcase and learn to follow a pattern by making pj pants or a skirt. Students who have already sewn with a pattern will choose their own pattern and fabric with the guidance of instructors. Bring your sewing machine or use one of ours!

Pattern and fabric for will be purchased on first day with instructor’s help for both levels of experience.

Project costs NOT included in class fee and will vary with project chosen.

 

Skill level: All

Fee: $60

Ages: 9 - Teens

Instructor: Material Girls Debbie & Kristin

Tuesday 4:15 - 5:45 October 9, 16, 23, 30


~ INSTRUCTORS ~


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.

 

Jennifer Diederich has been employed part time at Treadle Yard Goods off and on for the past 18 years. Her first love has always been surface embellishment of any kind. Her work has been published in Better Homes and Gardens and Interweave Press and she sold a line of Bead Embellished Purses in a small Boutique in Soho, New York.  She is married with 2 adult children and has recently retired from providing transitional housing for women leaving treatment for substance abuse.


Michele Hoaglund
, dressmaker and longtime 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.

 

Elizabeth Merritt has been sewing historic reproduction garments,  modern fitted garments, and all kinds of quilts and crafts for over 20 years. She loves hand sewing in particular and tries to make time for sewing every day.

 

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.

Kristen Weller Working in shops from Texas to Taiwan and Montreal to Montevideo as a craftsperson, teacher, draper, project manager, and more, she has honed her skills on many unique projects. She is now calling Minneapolis home with her boyfriend and adorable little dog. Her work spans across classically constructed costumes, mascots and puppets, bridal, fashion, and Wearable Electronics and she couldn’t be more excited to be part of the Treadle teaching team! 


~HOW TO REGISTER FOR CLASSES~


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.

Space is limited! Most classes have a limit of 6 students. Register early to reserve your space.

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.

SKILL LEVELS
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.

BASIC SEWING SUPPLIES
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

NO SEWING MACHINE?
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.
Contact Us
  • 10-8 Mon-Thurs
    10-6 Friday
    10-5 Saturday
    1-5 Sunday
    1338 Grand Ave. St. Paul, MN 55105
    (651)698-9690
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