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SEWING CLASSES



~ 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 May 11 10:30

Tuesday May 14 10:30 and 6:30

Saturday June 8 10:30

Tuesday June 11 10:30 and 6:30

Tuesday July 9 10:30 and 6:30

Saturday  July 13 10:30

Saturday August 10 10:30

Tuesday August 13 10:30

Tuesday  September 10 10:30

Saturday September 14 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: $40

Instructor: Michele Hoaglund

Sunday 1:00 – 4:00 July 14

 

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: $145

Instructor: Michele Hoaglund or Elizabeth Merritt

Monday 6:00 – 9:00 June 10, 17, 24, July 1 with Michele

Thursday 6:30 – 9:30 July 11, 18, 25, August 1 with Elizabeth

Wednesday 6:30 – 9:30 August 28, September 4, 11, 18 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: $160

Instructor: Michele Hoaglund or Elizabeth Merritt

Wednesday 6:30 – 9:30 June 26, July 3,10, 17, 24 with Elizabeth

Thursday 1:30 – 4:30 June 13, 27, July 11, August 1, 15  with Michele

Thursday 1:30 – 4:30 August 22, (skip 29) September 5, 12, 19, 26  with Michele

Thursday 6:30 – 9:30 August 29, September 5, 12, 19, 26 with Elizabeth

 

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: $35

Instructor: Elizabeth Merritt

Wednesday 6:30 – 9:30 July 31

 

HAND EMBROIDERY

Learn how to embroider by hand with a variety of traditional stitches, including stem stitch, French knots, feather stitch, and more. You can practice stitches on a sampler or stitch an embroidered piece to finish. 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: $60

Instructor: Elizabeth Merritt

Friday 12:00 – 3:00 May 24, 31

Wednesday 6:30 – 9:30 August 7, 14



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: $140

Instructor: Elizabeth Merritt

Saturday & Sunday 10:00 – 12:30 & 1:30 – 5:00 August 3 & 4




~ 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, or Elizabeth Merritt

 

Friday 10:30 – 12:30 May 10 with Melissa

Friday 1:00 – 3:00 May 17 with Elizabeth

Friday 6:00 – 8:00 May 31 with Michele

 

Friday 10:30 – 12:30 June 7 with Melissa

Tuesday 6:30 - 8:30 June  25 with Elizabeth

Saturday 2:00 – 4:00 June 29 with Michele

 

Friday 10:30 – 12:30 July 12 with Melissa

Thursday 1:30 – 3:30 July 25 with Elizabeth

 

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

Monday 6:00 – 8:00 August 19 with Michele

Friday 12:00 – 2:00 August 30 with Elizabeth

 

Monday 6:00 – 8:00 September 9 with Michele

Friday 10:30 – 12:30 September 20 with Melissa




~ SERGER ~

 

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

Saturday 1:00 – 4:00 June 8, 15

Tuesday 1:00 – 3:00 August 13, 20, 27

 

APPLIED SERGERY: Serging a Woven Top or Dress

Did you graduate from Basic and Beyond but just can’t quite take the next step to using your serger to make something? Bring your pattern and fabric and we’ll talk you through best tips and techniques and give you the confidence (or hold your hand ) so you can maximize your machine and sew faster and better than before.

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner

Fee: $45

Instructor: Material Girls Debbie & Kristin

Tuesday 6:00 – 8:00 July 23, 30

 

APPLIED SERGERY: Serging Knit Tops and Dresses

Did you graduate from Basic and Beyond but just can’t quite take the next step to using your serger to make something? Bring your pattern and fabric and we’ll talk you through best tips and techniques and give you the confidence (or hold your hand ) so you can maximize your machine and sew faster and better than before.

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner

Fee: $45

Instructor: Material Girls Debbie & Kristin

Tuesday 6:00 – 8:00 August 20, 27




~ TECHNIQUES ~

THANKS, IT HAS POCKETS!

Nothing’s more disappointing than a garment without pockets! But don’t despair - you can add pockets to any project. Learn both patch and in-seam styles in class, plus tips for sewing them neatly and easily, and take home universal pocket patterns to sew into anything!

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner

Fee: $30

Instructor: Elizabeth Merritt

Tuesday 6:30 – 9:30 August 13

 

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.

This class meets a longer session (with lunch break) the first day, and a shorter session the second time.

Skill Level: Intermediate

Fee: $80

Instructor: Michele Hoaglund

Saturday 10:00 – 12:30 & 1:30 – 4:00 August 17  and 10:00 – 12:30 August 24

 

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: $65

Instructor: Elizabeth Merritt

Tuesday 6:30 – 9:30 July 2, 9

 

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

Monday 6:30 – 9:30 May 20

 

OUTSIDE THE BIG 4 BOX: Working With Indie Patterns & PDFs

Do you want to go beyond the Big 4-Butterick, McCalls, Vogue, Simplicity - but you’re not quite sure if they are “good” or not? And then you buy them and they’re online and you don’t know how to get them printed? Or you’ve spent hours taping 8 ½ x 11 sheets into a full size pattern and never want to do it again? We’ve been there and done that so let us show you how to make sense of it all, including tracing those Burdastyle magazine patterns!!

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner

Fee: $25

Instructor: Material Girls Debbie & Kristin

Tuesday 1:00 – 3:00 May 21

Saturday 1:00 – 3:00  July 13





~ 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: $105

Instructor: Michele Hoaglund OR Material Girls Debbie & Kristin

Monday 6:00 – 9:00 July 8, 15, (skip 22) 29 with Michele

 

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: $125

Instructor: Michele Hoaglund

Friday 1:30 – 4:30 June 14, 28, July 12

Thursday 6:00 – 9:00 August 8, 15, 22

 

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, pointy darts, uneven hemlines, baggy backs, 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: Intermediate

Fee: $65

Instructor: Elizabeth Merritt

Monday 6:30 – 9:30 August 5, 12




~ GARMENT CONSTRUCTION ~

 

HISTORIC SEWING: CORSETS AND COSTUMES

Sew your next costume, cosplay, reenactment garb, or vintage wear! Choose your project: corsets, dresses, suits, outerwear, or a complete ensemble, from your favorite time period: Renaissance, Jane Austen, Victorian, or 20th century vintage style. Go all out with handsewn historic accuracy, or just make a fun costume! We’ll cover fitting, research, and the best historical sewing techniques to create your vision.

Skill Level: Intermediate

Fee: $145

Instructor: Elizabeth Merritt

Friday 6:00 – 9:00 June 14, 28, July 12, 26, August 9

 

DRESS YOUR BEST

Make 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. So many styles to choose from – and you can always add pockets!

Skill level: Intermediate

Fee: $125

Instructor: Elizabeth Merritt

Tuesday 6:30 – 9:30 May 28, June 4, 11, 18

 

SIMPLE SUMMER BLOUSES

Make your sewing easy with simple shapes and soft fabrics. Choose from our list of recommended patterns for a simple blouse you can throw on all summer long!

Skill level: Advanced Beginner

Fee:$85

Instructor: Elizabeth Merritt

Wednesday 6:30 – 9:30 May 29, June 5, 12

 

ORIGAMI SHIRT

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

Fee: $85

Instructor: LaVaughn Bye

Sunday 1:30 - 4:30 June 23, 30, July 7

 

JALIE PULL-ON JEANS

A breeze to sew and wear, skinny jeans are a wardrobe staple. Make yours from stretch denim/twill or ponte and the Jalie Eleonore pattern. We’ll work on fit-and without a zipper, the techniques are pretty easy.

Skill Level: Intermediate

Fee: $55

Instructors: Material Girls Debbie & Kristin

Tuesday 6:00 – 8:00 September 17, 24

 

KNIT SKIRTS

A perfect introduction to sewing with knits! 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!

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

Skill level: Advanced Beginner

Fee: $45

Instructor: Elizabeth Merritt

Tuesday 6:00 – 9:30 May 14

Monday 6:00 – 9 :30 August 26

 

EASY TEE

If you feel comfortable sewing with wovens, give this easy t-shirt a try! We’ll make it simple with straightforward patterns and foolproof techniques.

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

Skill level: Advanced Beginner

Fee: $40

Instructor: Elizabeth Merritt

Thursday 6:00 – 9:30 June 27

 

LEGGINGS PARTY

Love the fancy designer leggings in great patterns? Make cute, fun, comfy, stretchy leggings yourself! A great way to build your knit-sewing repertoire.

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

Skill level: Advanced Beginner

Fee: $45

Instructor: Elizabeth Merritt

Saturday 1:30 – 5:00 May 11

Tuesday 6:00 – 9:30 July 16

 

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: Intermediate

Fee: $80

Instructor: Elizabeth Merritt

Friday 12:00 – 4:00 July 26, August 2

 

DRAPE NECK CARDIGAN: PATTERN HACK

Use your favorite tee pattern to make the quintessential summer cover up (hello,

sleeveless dresses and tops!) Our one session class should get you pretty close to a

finished garment-especially if your knit lends itself to unfinished edges.

Skill Level: Intermediate

Fee: $40

Instructors: Material Girls Debbie & Kristin

Tuesday 1:00 – 4:00 June 11





~ QUILTING, HOME DECORATING, & CRAFTS ~


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

Saturday 10:30 – 1:30 June 22, 29

 

NEW YORK BEAUTIES

How can "sewing upside down" turn out such beautiful blocks?  And with perfect points? The trick is using foundation piecing! Make a pillow/cushion cover, a wall hanging or a quilt, depending on how many 8" blocks you make.  Mix solids, stripes, figures, and be amazed at the results.

Skill level: Advanced Beginner

Fee: $50

Instructor: LaVaughn Bye

Sunday 1:30 - 4:30 August 11, 18

 

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: $55

Instructor: Melissa Sternal

Saturday 10:30 – 1:00 May 18, 25

 

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

Instructor: Melissa Sternal

Saturday 10:30 – 2:30 July 20, 27




~ KIDS’ CLASSES ~


2019 KIDS SUMMER CLASSES AND CAMPS!!

KIDS' BEGINNING SEWING

Have some fun while you learn to use your sewing machine! Make a pillowcase, drawstring bag, and more to learn basic construction techniques. Bring your sewing machine or use one of ours!

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

Skill level: Beginner

Fee: $125

Ages: 9 – Teens

Instructor: Material Girls Debbie & Kristin

Session 1: Monday – Friday 10:30 - 12:30 June 17-21
Session 2: Monday – Friday 10:30 - 12:30 July 15-19
Session 3: Monday – Friday 10:30 - 12:30 Aug 5-9

 

KIDS' ADVANCED BEGINNING SEWING AND MORE

Be creative, have fun and 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. Choose a pattern that inspires you and try something new - like zippers, knits or facings! Enroll in more than one week to complete several garments or for more challenging projects. Instructors will guide students in choosing patterns.

Prerequisite: Must have previously sewn with a pattern (take our beginner class first)

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

Skill level: Advanced beginner and up

Fee: $125

Ages: 9 – Teens

Instructor: Material Girls Debbie & Kristin

Session 1: Monday – Friday 1:30 - 3:30 June 17-21
Session 2: Monday – Friday 1:30 - 3:30 July 15-19
Session 3: Monday – Friday 1:30 - 3:30 Aug 5-9


KIDS' SUMMER SEWING CLUB

Beginners will learn to use a sewing machine and finish several projects, including a pillowcase to learn basic construction techniques. Students who have already sewn will begin pattern sewing with a pajama pant and then may choose another pattern with the guidance of instructors. Bring your sewing machine or use one of ours!

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

Session 1 : Tuesday 4:15 – 5:45 June 18, 25, (skip July 2) July 9, 16
Session 2: Tuesday 4:15 – 5:45 July 23, 30, Aug 6, 13

 


~ 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.

 

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 clothing, 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. She blogs about sewing and other crafty stuff at That's Sew Minnesota.

 

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.

 



~ 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.

CANCELLATIONS AND REFUNDS
Class fees are refundable up to ONE WEEK before class. After that time, they are non-refundable and non-transferable. If we cancel a class due to lack of enrollment, refunds will be issued to registered students.

SKILL LEVELS
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.

SUPPLIES
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. You can find all supplies for sale at our store unless otherwise noted. Students receive a 15% discount on all fabric purchases for the duration of your class.
All classes require the following basic supplies: 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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