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Pattern of the Month!

Have you picked up your Chalk and Notch Fringe dress yet?

Get it 15% off through the month!

Reg $ 23.35  Sale $ 19.76 

Buy your copy here!

This cute popover dress will become a summer favorite - it's breezy, easy-fitting, and full of fun details and options.

You don't have to tackle this intermediate project on your own - we've also made it into a class!

Learn about the class and register here!

Lewis and Irene

More lovely cotton prints from designer Lewis and Irene, with a soft color palette and a sweet array of animals and natural motifs.

Shop them here!

Sew Good Goods Event

Join us for this monthly sewing event! In May and June we're making reusable grocery totes for a local food shelf, plust hosting a food drive to add to our donations.

Learn more and register for your space!

Friday Fun Fact!

I've got cartridge pleats on my mind!

I recently used this pleating technique on a dress and was thrilled with the result, but a lot of people asked me what the heck a cartridge pleat is and what's so great about them?

If you have a LOT of fabric you want to cram into a small space, and you enjoy a little hand sewing, cartridge pleats are for you.

This technique was quite common in the 15th and 16 centuries, and probably existed far before then. 

Unlike your typical knife or box pleat, the edges of cartridge pleats aren’t sewn into a seam, but stand at a 90 degree angle to the garment they are sewn to.

They’re made by creating multiple rows of long running stitches along a finished edge.

These stitches are made with a strong thread, then pulled to gather into perfect little pleats.

The pleats then have to be hand sewn in place; they’re far too bulky to be sewn by machine.

This is a great way to create lots of dramatic volume in a garment!

(This is also a great way to illustrate the effects of different lighting on your fabric colors!)

You can see a simple tutorial on this technique here.

Check out all our Friday Fun Facts in the archive!

Classes Coming Up!

Lots of opportunities for fitting coming soon! Register now!

Beginning Sewing Clinic

It's an extra-help clinic just for beginners!

Cost: $ 35

Wednesday, May 10

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Make it Fit

Love what you sew by making it fit! Michele will walk you through pattern choice, making a mockup, and refining the fit.

Cost: $ 135

Wednesdays, May 10, 17, 24

6:15 pm to 9:15 pm

Alterations Workshop

Not quite the right fit, or the right style? Let's alter it! Great for thrift store finds!

Cost: $ 45

Thursday, May 11

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Resize Your Pattern

Pattern not your size? Here's how to scale it up or down! Perfect for vintage and out-of-print patterns.

Cost: $ 85

Thursdays, May 11 & 18

6:15 pm to 9:15 pm

Weekend Sewing Marathon

Spend a weekend sewing with us!

Cost: $ 180

Friday & Saturday, May 19 & 20

9:00 am to 4:00 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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