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5th Saturday deals start tomorrow!

Fifth Saturday is Tomorrow!

Hey it's time!

Saturday, October 29 only!

20% off everything* in the store!

Plus, get our NEW Treadle tote bags!

Shop online here!

* Okay not quite everything. Sale excludes Becky's vintage buttons, consignment items, classes, and a few other things. But ALMOST everything!

Plaid Flannel

New flannel plaids! These brushed 100% cotton flannels are soft, warm, and drapey - ideal for shirts, pajamas, quilting, and more!

Cozy enough for scaling a rocky crag or snuggling by a roaring fire.

Get them here! 

Library of Antiquities

What's your vintage style? Tea-stained missives with obscure stamps and illegible calligraphy? Or rainbow-hued midcentury travel fantasies?

Collect your favorite vintage style with these Library of Rarities prints! 

Shop them here!


Friday Fun Fact!

Hey, it's time for another installment of our bias tape series!

One of the most common things we do with bias tape is finish an edge, such as a neckline or armhole

So you've cut all your bias strips and sewn them into a continuous length. Now what?

You can use a bias tape maker to iron creases in your bias strips in advance, but I prefer to sew first, press after.

You should have a 1/4" seam allowance on your garment. If yours is larger, trim it down.

Pin your bias tape around the edge you're binding, lining up the raw edges. Stitch around at 1/4".

Using the tip of a sharp scissor, snip into the seam allowance all the way around.

Take your piece to the iron. The most important work here is going to happen at the iron! We're going to press in three separate steps.

First press from the right side. Push the bias tape away from the garment and get it nice and flat. Use your fingers or crease with a fingernail as needed to get it really smooth (no lips!).

Next, flip your garment to work from the inside. Fold the raw edge of the bias strip over to enclose the seam allowances. Press press press.

Finally, turn the folded bias edge over again. All the bias tape should be on the inside now, and the seam should be right on the edge. Keep the edge curvy and stretch the bias tape around the curve as needed. Press!

Now pin the bias tape in place and edgestitch close to the inside fold.

Don't flatten the curve as you go! To keep the edge from flaring, keep it flat as you stitch, and rotate the fabric as you go to follow the curve.

When you're done, the bias tape hides on the inside, and the outside is clean and finished with a simple line of topstitching.

Coming soon, we'll show you more of our favorite bias tape methods!

See the rest of the bias tape tutorials at the Friday Fun Fact archive here!

Classes Coming Up!

Grab your space now!
English Paper Piecing

Learn this time-honored technique with a fresh twist! Marina will show you to hand-piece with ease.

Cost: $ 45

Sunday, October 30
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Got a new machine? Need a refresher? This beginner-level class will get you sewing fast!

Cost: $ 45

Friday, November 4
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

It's the return of Michele's famous coat class, but simplified! Yes, you can sew your own winter coat!

Cost: $ 180

Saturdays, November 5, 12, December 3, & 17

10:15 am to 1:15 pm

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

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