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Sew Good Goods Event

Sew with us February 7!
We're making baby blankets for the Ruth Gaylord Hospital in Uganda.

Register here!

The Ruth Gaylord Hospital Maganjo is a nonprofit hospital in Uganda that opened in 2013 and named after a retired Minneapolis school teacher. It is preparing to celebrate its 10-year anniversary in February. Though it has evolved into a general hospital comprehensive in scope and this year had nearly 50,000 patient visits, its principal focus remains maternal and pediatric care. Last year the hospital assisted in 450 deliveries.

MISSION: to provide self-sustaining, affordable and equitable community-based health care services through a dedicated and professional workforce.

Sew Good Goods and its founders, Birdie and Judy, have a relationship with the hospital that spans many years- from volunteering in the very early stages of development, through the dedication in 2013. Judy attended the event in Kampala with Ruth, in whose honor the hospital was named, and they brought with them 50 handmade pillowcases for the hospital's grand opening.

Sew Good Goods has also sent blankets with travelers to Uganda, and recently representatives of the hospital asked about the possibility of more newborn blankets in this, the 10-year anniversary of the hospital's opening. Thank you to all those who sewed blankets this month, and thank you in advance to those who will take part in the February 7 sewing collaboration. Your efforts and giving spirit are gifts to so many!

The women who deliver at the hospital typically have little in the way of personal possessions, and the blankets have been very well-received and appreciated.

New Shirting

A classic button-up shirt or a soft blouse is a fantastic addition to your wardrobe. Dress it up or down for formal or casual!

Check out some of our newest shirting fabrics!

Shop them here!

Tuesday Tea and Sew!

It's next week! Sign up and save your space today!

Bring a project, your favorite hot beverage, a friend, and yourself to sip and sew in our space! Laura, Marina, or another of our fabulous Treadlettes will facilitate, and you'll have access to our big cutting tables and irons.

Cost: $20
Tuesday, Jan 31, 11:00 am to 2:00 pm

Register here!

Denim and Bottomweights

Did you check out the shirting fabrics above? Now here's something for your bottom half!

Bottomweights might be kind of a misnomer, though, because while these heavier fabrics are perfect for pants, they're also ideal for vests and jackets.

Shop them here!

Friday Fun Fact!

Let's check out some more presser feet!

Last time we looked at some common presser feet, and this week we have a couple more - plus a couple odd ones!

First up are zipper feet. There is a tremendous variety of shapes and sizes! But the defining element is that the needle passes to the SIDE of the foot, not through the center.

This enables you to stitch very close to the zipper teeth. It's also necessary for making piping or any time you need to sew really close to something bulky.

Also note that some zipper feet are adjustable, while others rely on your machine's ability to move the needle position.

The two feet with little arms and wheels are blind-hem feet. The arm is a guide that helps you line up your fabric perfectly to sew a nearly-invisible hem with your blind-hem stitch.

They're also useful for topstitching, as the guide can be positioned to any edge you need.

Next are two roller feet. This is a specialty foot that allows you to sew sticky fabrics like leather and oilcloth more easily. Rather than dragging against the presser foot, the rollers allow the sticky fabric to feed.

Finally, this huge monster is a walking foot, also known as an even-feed foot. This feeds the fabric from the top in synchrony with the feed dogs, to reduce slippage. It's ideal for difficult fabrics, knits, or any time you have a lot of layers, like quilting.  These can be a little pricey and usually do not come standard with your sewing machine.

Do you have a mystery presser foot you want identified? Send us a picture!

Check out all our Friday Fun Facts in the archive here!

Classes Coming Up!

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Our cornerstone class for students of various skill levels to sew what they want!

Cost: $ 195

Fridays, Feb 3, 10, 17, 24, March 10
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm


Mondays, Feb 6,  13, 20, 27, Mar 6
6:15 pm to 9:15 pm

Pleat your fabric the easy way! An adjustable waist closure makes this skirt a perfect fit every day.

Cost: $ 90

Fridays, Feb 3 & 17
5:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Learn the basics of quiltmaking: rotary cutting, 1/4" seams, and adding batting, binding, and finishing.

Cost: $ 135

Saturdays, Feb 4, 11, 18
2:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Sew clothes that fit! Use a muslin mock-up to adjust your pattern to YOU.

Cost: $ 75

Tuesday, Feb 7, 14
6:00 pm to 8:00 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

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