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Gorgeous fabrics for autumn sewing!

Green Velveteen

This new velveteen is truly lush!

It's a deep forest green color that would be perfect for so many wonderful autumnal things - a casual little jacket to throw on with jeans, a sweet vest to go with a skirt and cardigan, or a pair of pants with a vintage vibe.

Get it here!

Favorite Lightweight Wools

We're highlighting two of our favorite new wools! Both are in lighter weights that would be ideal for projects like pants, skirts, dresses, and light jackets.

On the left, we have a navy wool blend flannel. Flannel isn't always cotton! Many fabrics can have their surfaces brushed to create a fluffy flannel texture. This fabric is so soft, warm, and cozy!

On the right, a stretch wool gabardine! This smooth twill is 95% wool and 5% spandex. We rarely see stretch wovens in such nice wool! A stretch woven is ideal for a snug-fitting garment; it provides a little extra comfort and ease. Try a slim pant, fitted dress, or tailored vest!

Shop all wool here!


New in cotton prints

Did you miss these great cotton broadcloth prints?

Two cool blues that make great additions or blenders, plus two sweet animal prints to make you go AAWWWW!!!

The little foxes are simple outlines on a warm orangey background, while the llamas have bright blankets and cacti to enrich their surroundings.

Shop cotton prints here!


Friday Fun Fact!

I love a rounded patch pocket, but pressing under a curved edge can be a pain. I've had some success with templates and pressing cloths (and I'll show you that method sometime, too!) but my favorite way to ensure a smooth edge on a rounded pocket is to line it.

How do we do that? Just cut two of your pocket piece for each pocket. You can use the same fabric as the garment, OR if your garment fabric is heavy, you can choose a lining fabric or lightweight cotton for the inside piece.

With your pieces right sides together, stitch almost all the way around the outer edge, leaving a 2" opening at the side.

Next it's crucial to trim and snip your corners and curves! We covered that in a fun fact you can see here!

All clipped and trimmed? Great, it's time to turn the pocket right side out. It's going to look like a lump at first (see second photo down) but some ironing will take care of that!

See our fun fact on turning a clean edge here!

Tuck the opening edge inside and press it, but don't worry about sewing it closed yet.

Once your pocket is all neat and pressed, align it where you want on your garment and pin in place. The ideal placement for most people places the top of the pocket about 3-4" below the waist.

To create a little more room in your pocket, scoot the upper corners in by 1/8" on each side. This small adjustment stops your pocket from laying totally flat and makes it easier to put stuff inside!

Next, edgestitch your pocket in place. Sew as close as you can to the edge, so there's no flap of fabric left on the outside. Really get right on that edge!

Now your pocket is done! Go forth and carry many things! 

Have a request for a Friday Fun Fact? Want to know some specific sewing history or get an in-depth tutorial? Let us know!

Classes Coming Up!

Great sewing classes for you or someone you know!

it's tonight!

Need more help after Beginning Sewing? This class is just like our regular sewing salon, but for beginner-level sewers!

Cost: $ 35

Friday, November 18
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

New to sewing? Start here! We'll be with you every step of the way as you learn how to thread and set up your sewing machine, how to read a sewing pattern, and as you sew a simple project!

Cost: $ 175

Tuesdays, November 22, 29, December 6, & 13
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Sew this simple, stretchy staple! Never sewn with knits before? This class is a great intro!

Cost: $ 50

Tuesday, November 29
2:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Everyone wants a cape! Sew this simple, cozy wrap yourself!

Cost: $ 90

Tuesdays, November 29 & December 6
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Parking at Treadle!

In addition to loads of street parking available on Grand, Hamline, and nearby side streets, Treadle now has access to an off-street parking lot!

You can park in the Green Mill/Colossal Cafe lot from 10-4 Monday through Thursday. Find it diagonally across the street, next to the gas station.

Coming to a class? You are always welcome to stop briefly in front of the store to drop off your things before you look for parking!

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

Holiday Hours

Nov 23 open regular hours 10-6
Thanksgiving Nov 24 CLOSED
Nov 25 open regular hours 10-5

Christmas Eve Dec 24 open 10-2
Christmas Day Dec 25 CLOSED
Dec 26 open regular hours 10-6

New Year's Eve Dec 31 open regular hours 10-5
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