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Last Chance for 15% off Pietra!

The month is almost over, and that means our Pattern of the Month deal on the Pietra Pants is almost over!

Reg $22.95  Sale $19.51

These were SO popular that we've temporarily sold out - but you can still pre-order at the special price!

Order yours here!

Now through the end of June!

Groovy Gauze

Everyone loved this fabric so much that we restocked it!

Use this soft, bright double gauze for a lightweight blouse, a flowy skirt, or a gorgeous sundress!

See it here!

New Liberty Lawn

A new print in luscious Liberty cotton lawn! Treat yourself to this amazing fabric this summer.

See all Liberty here!

Semi-Annual Clearance!

We started our clearance yesterday!

Stop by to shop select discounted fabrics and more up to 75% off!

Select Vogue & Burda patterns $5 
Plus buy 3 - get 1 free

Select Butterick & New Look Patterns $3  -  Plus buy 3 - get 1 free

25% off Folkwear & Sewing Workshop patterns in stock only

Shop clearance online!

More Kids Sewing Options!

We're now offering single sessions of our Kids Afternoon Sewing Club! This class is open to students who have learned to sew with Mary at Treadle and are looking for a flexible way to keep sewing.

Click here to see dates and register online!

Friday Fun Fact!

It's never fun when your sewing machine acts up, but don't despair! There are specific steps to take to troubleshoot when your stitches go bad.

Crappy looking stitches are the most common problem we run into. Weird thread loops, big clogs, thread barf* - they all look icky and have no structural integrity.

Sounds like you need to adjust the tension, right? Not right away! Try these other steps first; if one doesn't work, keep on moving down the list in order.

1.) Rethread the machine. Many machines are touchy about proper threading. If your thread isn't in there just right, the stitches won't turn out.

Make sure the presser foot is UP while you thread! This enables the thread to engage in the tension discs like it should. Bring the presser foot down when you start to sew. It can also help to hold the threads down when you start.

2.) Rethread the bobbin. It has a tension spring, too, and needs to be threaded properly. You should feel some resistance. For drop-in bobbins, you should see the thread on top of the bobbin when it's threaded correctly, and most should spin counter-clockwise (but always check your manual).

3.) Change the needle. If it's old, bent, or just not right for your fabric, you might get bad stitches. Replace your needle after about every 10 hours of machine use. Yes, really that often!!**

4.) Try a different thread. We recommend either 100% poly or 100% cotton thread, of a good quality. Going cheap on crappy or old thread is going to be a huge time waster in the long run.

5.) Clean your machine. Lint build-up can affect the timing of your machine, which leads to crummy stitches.

6.) Adjust the tension. If you've done ALL the above steps, then try adjusting the tension dial. Tension mechanisms are delicate so go gently, turning no more than half a number at a time. 

If your stitches aren't fixed, you may need to get your machine serviced by a professional, but 9 times out of 10, these steps will get you sewing again in no time.

Keep this cheat sheet for later!

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

* yes, that's the technical term

** this is only the time the machine is running. It doesn't count if you are ironing or taking a snack break.


Classes Coming Up!

Register now for a fun sewing class!

Just Start Sewing!

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

Cost: $ 45

Friday, July 7

5:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Improv Quilting with Marina

Let's bend the rules! This fresh, fun approach will help you think of quilting in a different way.

Cost: $ 45

Saturday, July 8

10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Beginning Quilting

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

Cost: $ 175

Tuesday, July 11, 25, August 22, 29

2:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Sewing Salon

We're here to help! Bring your tricky problems and questions to this sewing clinic.

Cost: $ 35

Saturday, July 15

10:00 am to Noon

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

CLOSED Tuesday July 4

Open regular hours Saturday, Sunday, and Monday

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