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Needle sizing mysteries solved!

It's Tonight!

There are a few spaces left in our Friday Sewing Social!

Come to our space every second Friday of the month to sew and socialize! Bring a project, a snack, a friend, and yourself for some good fun and friendship.

Laura, Marina, or another of our fabulous Treadlettes will facilitate, and you'll have access to our big cutting tables and irons.

Sign up here!

$ 25.00

Friday, January 13
5:00 pm to 9:00 pm

New Fabrics! Plus more trims online now!

Hey folks, it's me Elizabeth and I have good news and bad news for you.

The good news is we have just received a HUGE shipment of new fashion fabrics! Over 60 new bolts!

The bad news (for you, anyway) is that I have been out of town visiting my family and I couldn't take pictures of any of them yet!! So I can't show them to you!! :(

In the meantime, I've been working remotely, adding new ribbons and trims to the web shop. 

Shop trims here!

And MORE good news is you can stop by the store and check out the new fabrics (and these great trims) in person!


Friday Fun Fact!

This question came up in the store the other day: Why are hand sewing needles sized differently from machine needles?

Hand sewing needles have been made for thousands of years, and the kind we are familiar with are based on wire. First you make the metal into wire, then you flatten one end and punch a hole. That's a needle!

Because they started out as wire, hand sewing needles use a sizing system similar to wire gauge sizes.

The important thing with hand needles: bigger number = smaller needle.

In the pack of needles pictured, the size 3 are the big ones in the middle, and the size 9 are the little ones on the ends. 

Machine sewing needles are the opposite: bigger number = bigger needle! 

And if that's not confusing enough, there are two different systems for sizing machine needles! That's why we get numbers like 80/12 and 90/14.

 The Schmetz website explains:

SCHMETZ is a German company and uses the metric system.  To determine needle size, SCHMETZ measures the diameter of the blade resulting in numbers like 80, 90, etc...  But SCHMETZ is not the only needle manufacturer.  Other companies use sizing systems often referred to as Asian, International, or Singer sizing.  Years ago the needle manufacturers standardized the sizing so a metric size 80 always equals a size 12, 90 = 14, etc.

We hope that clears it up for you!

There's more to choosing the right needle than the size! Click here to see our post on needle selection!

Classes Coming Up!

Space is filling up in these great classes!

Strip-piece a classic Lone Star quilt the easy way!

Cost: $ 115

Sundays, Jan 15, 22, 29
2:00 pm to 5:00 pm

It's the sewer's Holy Grail - a pants pattern that fits well!

Cost: $ 225

Wednesdays, Jan 18, 25, Feb 1, 8, 15
6:15 pm to 9:15 pm

Learn simple and effective stitches for embroidery beginners!

Cost: $ 45

Friday, Jan 20
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Freshen up your decor with custom-made pillows or cushions!

Cost: $ 85

Saturdays, Jan 21, 28
1:30 pm to 4:30 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

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