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Get your Roseclair dress!

This is the perfect dress to take you from late summer into fall. Lightweight fabrics keep the sleeves comfortable in warm weather, but give you coverage on fall evenings. And who doesn’t love a twirly skirt?

Get your Roseclair dress pattern for 15% off through the month of August!

Reg $ 23.95  Sale $ 20.35

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Kai Scissors

When was the last time you enjoyed the unparalleled delight of a fresh, sharp pair of scissors? 

Kai is our favorite scissor brand at Treadle; it combines a super-sharp and long-lasting blade with a squishy comfortable handle to make cutting a sheer pleasure.

Find your new scissors here!

Birthday Party!

It's time for our monthly Birthday Party!

Stop into Treadle this Sunday, Aug 20 from 12-4 - if your birthday is in August, you'll get 15% off almost everything in the store!* Fabrics, patterns, notions, and more!

Bring a friend and they get 15% off too!

And YEAAH, there will be CAKE!

*excludes sewing machines and consignment items

Quilt and Craft Patterns

We have a bunch of new patterns for quilts and other fun craft things! 

With detailed cutting dimensions and step-by-step directions, you can make these lovely designs that are way simpler than they look! 

See them all here!

Friday Fun Fact

After last week's fun fact on sewing buttons properly, I wanted to address a question I often get in class: how to position your buttons and buttonholes.

First, decide how many buttons to use. The quantity on the pattern is just a suggestion - and so is the size! I like to lay out the buttons and try out different quantities to see what I think looks best. It's okay if the buttons aren't perfectly spaced, we're just estimating to get an idea.

Generally, if you're using smaller buttons, use more. If you're using larger buttons, use fewer. Odd numbers tend to look more pleasing but there's no hard and fast rule.

Next, position your top and bottom buttonhole. The top one is generally on the collar stand or the very top of the placket, not more than 1" down. The bottom button doesn't have to be right at the lower edge; it can be several inches up.

Then, to position all the buttons evenly, we're gonna do a lil math. Don't worry, it's gonna be okay, I'm here for you. Plus we're using a calculator, I'm not a monster.

 Measure the distance between the top and bottom and divide by the number of spaces between the buttons (not the number of buttons!). The answer you get is how much to measure between each button.

So I've got 8 buttons, and 15 inches between my markings. I'll divide 15 by 7 (the number of spaces!) to get 2.14, which is about 2 1/8".

Grab your seam gauge and chalk mark each position, starting from the top. It's okay if your bottom one has shifted a bit - we really just want every mark to be the same distance. Now you're ready to sew your buttonholes!

As to the buttonhole sewing, all machines vary, so it's hard to give specific tips. One thing is universal, though: always sew a few test buttonholes! Use scraps of the actual garment fabric plus any interfacing you used in the garment. Practice until the buttonholes are the right size (test the button!) and the stitches look good.

Then sew your buttons - check last week's Friday Fun Fact for tips!

See all our Friday Fun Facts in the archive here!

Classes Coming Up!

Register online today!

Weekend Sewing Marathon

it's tomorrow!

Spend a weekend sewing with us! This uniterrrupted time can really help you get a lot done.

Cost: $ 180

Saturday & Sunday August 19 & 20

10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Best Bust Fit

So many fitting problems stem from bust fitting: gaping armholes, droopy shoulders, and baggy backs. Fix the bust for better fit!

Cost: $ 60

Mondays, August 21 & 28

3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Beautiful Seams & Hems

Perfect your French seam, rolled hem, and more!

Cost: $ 65

Mondays, August 21 & 28

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Hand Sewing Basics

Sew by hand or add a tidy hand finish to a machine-sewn project. Elizabeth will share all her favorite stitches plus tricks to make hand sewing easy!

Cost: $ 45

Saturday, August 26

10:00 am to 1:00 pm


Happy Sewing,
Michele and the Treadlettes

1338 Grand Ave. St Paul, MN 55105     651.698.9690

Open 12-6 Mon-Thurs, 12-5 Fri-Sat, 12-4 Sun

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Parking at Treadle

Convenient sreet parking is available on Grand, Hamline, Lincoln, and nearby side streets. Treadle also 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!

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