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September Birthday Party!

Join us this Sunday, Sept 17!

If your birthday is in September, you'll get 15% off almost everything in the store!* Fabrics, patterns, notions, and more!

Bring a friend and they get 15% off too! Plus yummy treats for everyone!

Not signed up for the Birthday Club? Stop in or email - we'll sign you up (it's free!).

*excludes classes, sewing machines, and consignment items


Marcia Derse

We have new pieces from Marcia's Marble Run collection. Rich colors, graffiti elements, and a sense of whimsy bring everything you love about Marcia Derse.

Click on the picture to shop each fabric, or see all cottons here!

New Batiks

These traditional wax-resist dyed fabrics are loved for their crisp hand, varying prints, and deep, saturated colors.

Always lovely in quilts, batiks also make fantastic shirts and pajamas! 

Shop batiks here!

Friday Fun Fact

Here's my favorite way to make pleated trim: with a fork!

I first learned this technique almost 20 years ago in an online discussion forum about sewing Victorian costumes. It's the easiest way to make perfectly neat and consistent pleats!

First create your fabric strip. Cut your fabric as wide as you want the pleated trim plus hem allowance, and three times as long as the edge you're attaching it to. 

Next join them all together, and hem the bottom edge. If the top edge will be visible, hem that too.

If you're using ribbon, you can skip the hemming and go straight to the pleats!

Set your sewing machine to a basting length and start stitching on one end of the strip. Now it's time to start making pleats! Grab your fork (and lick the cake crumbs off).

Insert the fork, give it a twirl, and voila! There's your pleat!

(Need more visuals? Head over to the blog post for a video!)

As you go, pay attention to your spacing. Push each pleat snugly up against the last one, but not overlapping.

Now hold the pleat in place with your fingers while you slide the fork out. (We definitely don't want to sew over the fork.) Stitch along the edge to hold the pleat in place.

Repeat until you have all the pleated trim you want! Then take it to the ironing board for a good press.

You'll need to manipulate it a bit as you iron to keep the pleats even along the length.

Now you can sew your perfectly pressed pleats into place!

You can use different-sized forks to get different sized pleats. I've used a tiny fondue fork in the past for really little ones!

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




Classes Coming Up!

Register online today!

Just Start Sewing!

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

Cost: $ 45

Sunday, September 17

1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Elizabeth's Favorite Skirt

A simple, comfy skirt with pockets, from a custom pattern you'll learn to draft yourself!

Cost: $ 90

Mondays, September 18 & 25

6:15 pm to 9:15 pm

Weekend Sewing Marathon

Spend a weekend sewing with us!

Cost: $ 180

Saturday & Sunday, September 23 & 24

10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Thanks, it has Pockets!

Learn to put pockets in anything, and take home universal pocket patterns!

Cost: $ 45

Friday, September 22

5:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Copy Ready-to-Wear

Clone your favorite garment - without taking it apart!

last chance this year!!

Cost: $ 175

Thursdays, September 28, October 5, 12, 19

6:00 pm to 9:00 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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