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Can you wash vintage buttons?


Last Day for a Prime Deal!

Thinking of shopping Prime Days? We love you twice as much as the big guys!

That's why we're giving you 4 days to take advantage of this prime offer!

Order giftcards here!

Tuesday Oct 10 - Friday Oct 13

Get a free $10 giftcard with purchase of a $50 giftcard!

Get a free $15 giftcard with purchase of a $75 giftcard!

Get a free $30 giftcard with purchase of a $100 giftcard!

* After you buy your gift card at regular price, we will email you your bonus gift card code! This might take us a couple days to process so we thank you in advance for your patience.

Get your PDF pattern printed here!

Have you tried our PDF printing service yet? There are so many amazing patterns available online, but who wants to tape 100 sheets of paper together?!

Order your printing from us! Send us your A0 copyshop format files and we'll print them for you on one big sheet of paper. 

Learn more and order here!

Save the Date!

Join us this Sunday, October 22 for our monthly Birthday Party!

If your birthday is in October, 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


Japanese Shirtings

New shirt-weight florals with dreamy forest vibes from our new haul of Japanese import fabrics!

At right, a soft brushed cotton flannel is ideal for light button-ups or dresses.

The two linen/cotton blends below are perfect for taking advantage of crisp details without extra weight.

Shop Japanese fabrics here, or click on the pic to see more!



Pattern of the Month

Our featured pattern for October is the Remy Raglan by Sew House Seven!

Check out a few versions of this great top from Treadlettes - including a cozy sweatshirt knit version!

The Remy has been a Treadle favorite since its release - have you made yours yet?

Throughout the month of October, get this pattern for 15% off regular price!

Reg $ 24.75  Sale $ 21.37

Learn more and get yours here!

Friday Sewing Social Tonight!

 Bring a project, a snack, and a friend to socialize while you sew!

Register here!

Cost: $ 25

Friday, October 13

5:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Friday Fun Fact

Today we're doing a little vintage button mythbusting.

Everyone loves seeing the gorgeous vintage buttons at Treadle, but we find that a lot of folks are reluctant to use them in a project, for fear of cost, breakage, or that they're just too fancy! 

So today I want to set your mind at ease and tell you how easy it is to use vintage buttons!

Myth #1: Vintage buttons are too expensive

While a super-fancy giant rhinestone clasp might set you back a bit, there's definitely a range of options! 

We're more used to seeing buttons individually priced at Treadle, and anywhere from $2 to $8 per button is pretty common.

It's common to get a little sticker shock when you see a card of buttons for $24, but for 8 buttons, that's still only $3 each!

Some of our vintage china and bone buttons in tubes are as little as 35 cents each!

Myth #2: You can't wash vintage buttons

Not so! We often hear fears of having to remove the buttons before laundering your garment, but in 98% of cases, that's simply unnecessary!

Water won't damage china, ceramic, bone, shell, mother-of-pearl, glass, and other natural materials. 

The only concern with shell and glass might be breakage, so try this tip: button up the garment, turn it inside out, and wash and dry inside a garment bag.

All of us at Treadle have had great success for years with this method! And remember - these buttons have survived for decades already - they're stronger than you think!

Myth #3: Vintage buttons are just too fancy for my project

Not every vintage button is encrusted with glitter! There are so many options in mother-of-pearl, glass, ceramic, Bakelite, metal, vegetable ivory, shell, and more. 

Take a look - you might find that perfect addition to your project! Becky refreshes the vintage button selection about every 6 weeks, so there's always something new to see!

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


Classes Coming Up!

Here's what's coming soon to our class space!

Register online today to reserve your spot!

Weekend Sewing Marathon

it's tomorrow!

Spend a weekend sewing with us!

Cost: $ 180

Saturday & Sunday, October 14 & 15

10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Beginners Open Sew

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

Cost: $ 35

Sunday, October 15

2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Kids After-School Sewing Club

one space left!

Beginners and more can sew with us every week! Ages 9 and up.

Cost: $ 150 - Class fee includes a $35 gift certificate for project supplies

Mondays, October 16, 23, 30, November 6, 13

4:30 pm to 6:00 pm

Beginning Quilting

one space left!

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

Cost: $ 140

Mondays, October 16, 23, 30

6:15 pm to 9:15 pm

Knit Leggings

Sew this simple, stretchy staple! A perfect introduction to sewing with knits.

Cost: $ 50

Tuesday, October 17

2:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Decorative Mending

Got holes? Don't toss it, darn it! You'll learn to mend invisibly or show off with colorful stitches and patches.

Cost: $ 35

Friday, October 20

6:00 pm to 8:00 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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