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We're biased about better bias tape!

Vintage Buttons

Our vintage button gal, Becky, has brought us some bulk quantities of charming buttons in china, bone, and mother-of-pearl!

We are able to give these quite friendly prices - most of them just 60 cents each, or less!

And we have a bunch of them! There are over 2,000 individual buttons!

We are just starting to add buttons to our web shop. See them here!

New Silk!

Gorgeous new 100% silk solids!

Just like our other designer deadstock, these are small cuts! They won't be available on the website, just in the store!

Come in and touch these amazingly soft 100% silk satins! 

Friday Fun Fact!

We're making bias strips!!

Ok, first of all, why make your own bias tape? There are plenty of reasons! 

It's better - factory-made bias tape almost always uses crummy poly-blend fabric.

Variety! You can choose almost any fabric!

Make it custom - you can match or coordinate with your project and make any width you need.

It's FUN! We're all makers because of the joy of doing! Let's make some bias tape!

Here's what you'll need:

- Fabric! 1/2 yard or fat quarter
- Clear gridded quilter's ruler
- Rotary cutter and mat OR chalk wheel and scissor

First, let's establish the true 45 degree bias (learn more about that here).

Align the ruler's 45 degree line with the selvage.

Next, rotary cut along the ruler's edge (OR chalk mark and use a scissor).

Now you've got a little triangle. We don't need that. Set it aside or toss it.

Now use your ruler to measure the strips you want to cut. We already established the true bias so just keep the ruler along that diagonal.

Use your rotary cutter to cut your strips OR a chalk wheel and scissor.

That's it! Now you've got bias strips!

But what about...

How wide should the strips be? That depends on how you're going to use it. Generally, cut 1" for single-fold bias tape and 1 1/2" for double-fold. 

Single-fold or double-fold? That depends on your project! The main thing is: double-fold shows, single-fold hides.
Look for more next week!

How big a triangle to cut off when you start? You don't actually need to cut much off at all. You can be stingy and only cut a tiny triangle, but you'll have to make more seams. Cut off a bigger triangle if you want to avoid seams.

What about continuous bias? That's definitely an option! We'll talk about the pros and cons of this technique in an upcoming Friday Fun Fact.

Next time, we'll show you how to join your strips correctly and how to use the bias tape!

See all our Fun Facts and tutorials here on the blog!

Classes Coming Up!

Register now for these popular fall classes!

Best Bust Fit
it starts today!

So many fitting issues stem from poor bust fit. Gaping armholes, droopy shoulders, and wrinkles across the back can often be solved by making a Full Bust Adjustment and tweaking the pattern to your shape.

Cost: $ 65

Fridays, September 23 & 30
3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Use an existing tee with a woven or knit skirt to make your perfect, easy dress - in just ONE session!

Cost: $ 65

Saturday, September 24
1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Our cornerstone class for students of various skill levels to sew what they want! Get your weekly sewing therapy here!

Cost: $ 195

Mondays, September 26, October 3, 10, 17, 24
6:30 pm to 9:30 pm

A simple, comfy skirt with pockets, from a custom pattern you'll learn to draft yourself!

Cost: $ 90

Tuesdays, September 27 & October 4
2:00 pm to 5:00 pm

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

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