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Sew for a good cause

Join us next Tuesday, June 7!

We have loved coordinating with Sew Good Goods in the past for service sewing events to help those in need.

Now we are stepping it up and organizing monthly sew-alongs!

It's a fun, free way to help your community with your most powerful skill: your sewing!

Sign up here!

Classes Just Added!

We've added loads of new sessions of our ever-popular Beginning Sewing class! See the dates and register here.

PLUS! A new class that's ideal for absolute beginners to sewing to get started fast! Don't have time to take a 4-session class, but still want to learn some sewing machine basics?

Try our new Just Start Sewing class - learn more here!

We're working on adding MORE classes for the rest of the summer! Look for them next week!

Bright, Crisp Batik

If you're not including batik in your summer wardrobe, you're missing out! 

This crisp cotton fabric won't cling to you in hot, sticky weather, making it ideal for a shirt, dress, top, or skirt for the most sultry days.

The wax-resist dye method of this fabric creates deeply saturated hues, and the multiple tones and variegation make it easy to coordinate colors. 

Shop batiks here!


Friday Fun Fact!

This is a topic we get asked about all the time: Sewing Machine Tension Troubleshooting!

Do your stitches look uneven? Do you notice lumps of thread poking through between stitches?

First off, bad stitch tension is NOT usually the fault of the setting on the tension dial.

Follow these steps in order to perfect your machine's stitch tension.

1.) Re-thread the top thread. Many machines have a delicate tension assembly. If the thread isn't just right, it won't stitch well.

2.) Re-thread the bobbin. Make sure the bobbin is turning the correct way. For horizontal drop-in bobbins, make sure you can see the thread across the top left side of the bobbin.

3.) Change your needle. It may be old, bent, dull, or simply the wrong size.

4.) Try a new thread. Avoid thread that's cheap, old, or low-quality. Use cotton thread for silk and poly for knits.

5.) Clean your machine.
Lint build-up, especially around the feed dogs, can affect stitch tension.

6.) Adjust the tension dial. After you've tried everything else, it's time to adjust the tension dial! Go gently; the springs can wear out with overuse. Adjust a half-number at a time. 

You can see the Friday Fun Facts archive here at our blog.

Classes Coming Up!

Sew something summery!

 Fastest Quilt in the Midwest

last chance until fall!

Use a jelly roll or cut your own strips for this super-fast quilt top!

Cost: $ 75

Saturdays, June 4 & 18
10:00 am to 1:00 pm
  Collage Dress

Use a few favorite fabrics to sew this improvised summer dress! A fun and easy intro to knit sewing.

Cost: $ 45

Saturday, June 4
1:30 pm to 5:00 pm

We’re making pants! We will take the basic pant pattern that you know fits. (If you haven’t fitted a pants pattern, jump into our Pants Fitting class first).

Cost: $ 155

June 6, 13, 20, & 27
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Happy Sewing,
Michele and the Treadlettes
1338 Grand Ave. St Paul, MN 55105     651.698.9690

NEW Summer Hours
Open 10-6 Mon-Thurs, 10-5 Fri-Sat, 12-4 Sun
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