Category Archives: Serger

Dye-ing to See You

After having my colors done, there were a few items in my closet that had too much contrast between the light and dark colors. Since Katie had done some dyeing, we got together and changed the dominant color (or lack thereof).

All garments had a white background


Pretty good match for my colors

After drying


Of course, the real test is what it looks like next to my skin color, but for that, you’ll have to come to Fashion Sewing Club 🙂

Fashion Sewing Club:
Saturday, February 10, 10:30
Tuesday, February 13, 10:30 and 6:30

Classes at Treadle Yard Goods

Workroom Social, Tuesdays, February 13, 1:00-4:00
Basic Serger and Beyond, Saturdays, February 10 and 24, 1:00-4:00
Sewing For Your Lifestyle, Tuesday, February 20, 1:00-4:00
Sewing Kids Clothes, Tuesday, February 27, 1:00-4:00

Classes at Edina Yorktown JoAnn

Sew Social, Thursday, February 22, 1:00-4:00
Peasant Top, Monday, February 12, and Monday, February 26,1:00-3:00
Three Seam Pillowcase, Monday, February 12, 5:30-8:30
Comfy Pants, Monday, February 26, 5:30-9:00
Serger Down and Dirty, Monday, February 12, 1:00-4:00
Serger Bells and Whistles, Monday, February 26, 1:00-4:00
Sewing For Kids, Thursday, February 22, 9:30- 11:30 and 6:00-8:00
Classes For Kids
Kids After School Sewing, Thursdays, February 22, 4:30-6:00

Fall Knit Wardrobe Class

Looking to add a current piece to your wardrobe? Further your “sewing with knits” skills on the serger or sewing machine? We have a class for you!
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The four garments we focus on are the wrap dress-no gaping, not a lot of fabric, easy construction, luxe sweatshirt-not your grandma’s sweatshirt!-fun fabrics, embellishment, no band options, yoga jacket-what everyone’s wearing, mix up fabrics, your new go to “sweater” and loose pant-made from a knit it’s your best pj pant or something fancy and you’ve got a base for holiday tops.

You may choose to make all or one of them. You will most likely not finish the garment in one class but can continue at home or at the next class. We will begin each class with tips and techniques for knits and the specific pattern and then help you with pattern and fabric selection or construction depending on where you choose to begin.

Suggested pattern numbers for the garments are:(all of them are on my pinterest board-click here
Wrap dress-McCalls 6884, Simplicity 1653 (can be made w/o ties), Simp 2369 (same as 1653 but fewer sleeve variations, also has a loose pant for last class), McCalls 7016, New Look 6301 (Debbie’s Sept. garment)
Luxe sweatshirt-Simp 1317, McCalls 6614, 6992, Vogue 9026, New Look 6314, Burda 7013
Yoga jacket-KwikSew 4032, Simp 1361, Butt 5683 View B (Debbie’s Sept. garment), McCalls 7026, New Look 6251, Jalie 2679 (Kristin’s Sept. garment
Loose pant-Butterick 4807, 5044, 5893, KwikSew 3615, New Look 6816, 6730, 6289, 6735

WHEN IS THE CLASS ALREADY?
Treadle– (3 hour class)
Wrap dress – Tuesday, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., October 7
Yoga jacket – Saturday, 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., November 1
Luxe sweatshirt – Saturday, 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., December 13
Knit Lounge Pant – Tuesday, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., December 16
Fee: $35.00 per single session or $125.00 for all
To register at Treadle, please call 651-698-9690

Hancock-2 hour class-please note, we have already had the wrap dress class but you can still make one
Yoga jacket-Thursday, October 16, 10-12 pm
Luxe Sweatshirt-Thursday, Nov. 20, 10:30-12:30 pm or 6-8 pm
Knit lounge pant/loose pant, Dec. 18, 10:30-12:30 or 6-8 pm
Fee: $25 per class or $70 when you sign up for all 3
To register at Hancock/Southtown click on the link or email/call 952-201-3863

Come join the creative party!

And if that’s not what you are looking for, here is the calendar for October-

October Fashion Sewing Club Dates:
Thursday, October 9, 10:30 or 6:30 at First Sewing, Bloomington Hancock Fabrics
Saturday, October 11, 10:30 at Treadle Yard Goods
Tuesday, October 14, 10:30 at Treadle Yard Goods
*Fashion Sewing Club is $10 per month. Your first visit is free!

Treadle Yard Goods: 651-698-9690,www.treadleyardgoods.com
Using your Cover/Chain Stitch Machine, Thursday, October 2, 6:00-8:00
Kids After School Sewing Club, Tuesdays, October 7, 14, 21 and 28, 4:00-5:30 FULL!
Fall Knit Wardrobe-Wrap Dress, Tuesday, October 7, 6:00-9:00
Sew It Fits: The Skirt, Tuesdays, October 14, 21, and 28, 6:00-8:00
Basic Serger and Beyond, Saturday, October 25 and November 1,10:00-1:00

First Sewing, Bloomington Hancock Fabrics, 952-884-1938
*Please register with Material Girls website or call us at 952-201-3863
Sew It Fits Series, Thursday, October 9, 2:00-4:00
Learn To Sew, Mondays, October 13 and 20, 10:30-12:30 or 6:00-8:00
Basic Serger and Beyond, Mondays, October 13 and 20, 10:30-12:30 or 6:00-8:00
Sewing Studio, Mondays, October 13 and 20, 1:00-4:00
Kids After School Sewing Club, Mondays, October 13 and 20, 4:30-6:00
Sew/Serge Your Fall Wardrobe,-Luxe Sweatshirt, Thursday, October 16, 10:00-12:00 or 6:00-8:00

Chanhassen Vacuum Center: 952-938-7838, www.chanvac.com
Kids Fall Break Sewing Camp, Thursday, October 16, 1:30-4:30

Bloomington /Richfield Community Education Classes, br.thatscommunityed.com
Basic Serger and Beyond, Thursdays, October 16, 23, 30, 6:30-8:30
Class will be held at Jefferson High School

Last of the February Bag

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I must confess I’ve had a bit too much fun with this bag. We’ve had great feedback from it so that helps. I had to try a smaller version/different fabric which is the size of the purchased pattern (11″ x 11″ x 3″) and then one more large bag in a third fabric.

I like the smaller size for more of a “purse”. The blue fabric was thinner but still has good body and was easy to work with. The black and white webbing is fun-a bit wider but there isn’t much variety out there in a webbing that can accommodate the cording folded inside-which isn’t mandatory for the bag, just one way to do it.

The gray fabric of the larger bag is nice but turned out to be too thick to get under the serger. It has more of a sponge feel on the inside so it needed to be lined on the bottom (whereas I didn’t do that on the others that had a nicer wrong side).

The red faux leather fabric (see previous post) is sold out at the Southtown Hancock (I’d like to think that’s because of the Material Girls and their clientele ;)) but the black and white webbing, blue fabric, gray fabric and chevron lining is all available at Hancock. Can’t wait to reveal the March Bag of the Month!

Tomorrow (Thursday, Feb. 20) we will be at Hancock Southtown for Serger Club at 10:30 (McCalls 6844 cardi) and a 1:30 Sewing and Serging Class (at which you, too, could make a bag or whatever you please). Sign up through the website or email us.

This and That

I collect tidbits here and there and must make room for new items before the old are forgotten-

We’ll be at Treadle on Saturday morning (10:30) for Fashion Sewing Club AND Beyond Basic Sergery (2-4:30). Great chance to further your serger skills, get inspired to sew for warmer weather-all in one trip!! Call the store to register-651-698-9690 for the serger class. Just show up for Fashion Sewing Club-no need to register-first time free!


Debbie and I both made spring jackets and while I was perusing Joann’s the other day I came across parachute cord which would make a great cording option for a jacket.


I solved the problem of putting a longer garment on my duct tape double! I had my garment on the double and sitting on a table but the hem was too long. I could hang it from a clothes pole but then I remembered I had a plant stand in the basement-bingo! It is skinny enough for a garment to hang freely and is about the right height. If you don’t have a duct tape double, we are wrapping at Treadle on Monday, April 29 and there are still 3 spots left.

First Sewing For Babies/Gorgeous Fabric/Three Thread Overlock

I know, the title is too long but depending on where your interests lie…

And yes, the babies are boys but this was my best photo…

Treadle has two soft Japanese double layer pique knits, one pink, one blue. A bit spendy and only 32″ wide but in my mind that said, “Baby Layette Blanket”. All I had to do was finish the edges and since we have had quite a few serger classes lately and we often got the question, “What do you use the 3 thread overlock for?” I thought I might share what I did.

Blue is 3 thread, pink is 4 thread

For the blue three thread I used off white Jeans Stitch cotton thread in the upper looper along with a heavier poly/cotton Gutermann denim thread that I had picked up at the Expo in the lower looper.

For the four thread I used Pearl Crown Rayon in the upper looper and Heavy XP Coats and Clark in the lower looper-serger thread in needles.

Square up the fabric-selvedge says “peaceful cooing” so I left it on

Serge around all four sides leaving a tail


Using a blunt tipped needle, go back under stitches


Pull through and clip

I didn’t prewash the fabric as I didn’t want the layers to separate before sewing. The fabric did shrink 4 inches both ways but it also got thicker and the pique showed more.

I tried to take photos of turning corners without cutting threads but my camera didn’t have high enough resolution. We teach this method in our Beyond Basic Sergery (Treadle) or Advanced Serger (Make It Sew) classes. Practice makes perfect.

Here is the written version from the Babylock website, check out a serger book and you will find it too.
“Outside Corners: Stitch to the end of the corner edge, but not beyond. Stop with the needles up and raise the presser foot. With tweezers pull approximately 1/4″ of slack thread above the needles. The slack will allow the fabric to be pulled slightly to the back, clearing stitches from the stitch fingers. Turn the fabric, aligning the new edge with the edge of the needle plate. Remove any slack from the needle threads. Lower the foot and continue sewing.”

I was only trimming the tiniest edge off the fabric but if you trim more you will need to trim by hand for about 2″ at the beginning of each corner. You’ll see what I mean if you try it-the blade won’t get a chance to cut right at the very beginning and that will make everything gum up.

Can’t wait to wrap up babies in these blankets!