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October Calendar and a Tip

Here’s the calendar for the month of October. Any of our Joann classes are flexible as far as content goes. If there’s a class time that works for you but you want to sew something other than what is offered, please email us and we’ll work something out.

Material Girls October 2017 Calendar

October Fashion Sewing Club:
Tuesday, October 10, 10:30, Treadle
Thursday, October 12, 6:30, JoAnn-Edina
Saturday, October 14, 10:30, Treadle

Classes At Treadle:
Serger Club: Tuesday, October 10, 6:00-7:30 or Tuesday, October 17, 10:30-12
Basic Serger and Beyond: Tuesday, October 17, 24, 31,10:30-12:30 or Saturdays, October 28, Nov. 4, 1:30-4:30
Workroom Social: Tuesday, October 24, 21, 1:00-4:00
Kids After School Sewing Club: Tuesday, September 26, October 3,10, and 17, 4:15-5:45

Classes at JoAnn – Edina
Sew Social: Thursday, October 5, 12 and 26, 9:30-12:30 or 1:00-4:00
Kids After School Sewing: Thursday, October 5, 12, and 26, 4:30-6:00
Serger Down and Dirty: Monday, October 23, 5:30-8:30
Serger Club: Monday, October 16, 10:00-11:30
Learn to Sew, Monday, October 9, 6:00-8:30
Jacket With Hood: Monday, October 16 and 23, 1:00-4;00
Three Seam Pillowcase: Monday, October 16, 6:00-8:30
Comfy Pants: Monday, October 23, 5:30-9:00
Superhero Cape: Monday, October 16, 1:00-4:00
Serger Bells and Whistles: Monday, October 30, 5:30-8:30

November Fashion Sewing Club
Thursday, November 9, 6:30, JoAnn Edina
Saturday, November 11, 10:30, Treadle
Tuesday, November 13, 10:30, Treadle

Sewing Expo, November 9, 10 and 11

There’s a pop-up garage sale by the Textile Center-drop off is today and the sale is Saturday, October 7th! Just in case your are making room for fall fabric-or need to add to your stash.

For those of you that are machine embroiderers, Creative Sewing is sponsoring and event with Anita Goodesign, October 20 and 21 at the Double Tree in Bloomington. Register with Creative Sewing.

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September’s jacket had a zipper with a white tab but everything else was perfect. I had read about painting snaps and buttons to get the right color so I gave it a try on my zipper-it worked great. Hasn’t rubbed off yet!

Ready for the new season!

There are a few days left of summer so I’m not going to be a spoilsport and use the “f” word but in case anyone is planning into September, the classes have been updated and all should be ready for registration, etc.


School age sewists were an important part of our summer classes-so fun to pass on skills and keep sewing alive. We will offer Kids’ After School Sewing Club at Treadle on Tuesdays and at Joann/Yorktown on Thursdays. We are also taking on the “JOANN Kids’ Classes” for the time being so there are some weekend and school vacation offerings. We’re happy to have students joining these classes but working on other projects. Email or call us to schedule.

Below is the calendar in a printed form for September. We are adding a Serger Club to both locations (JOANN/Yorktown and Treadle). We hear Basic and Beyond graduates say that they still aren’t using their sergers as the workhorses they can be so this is an attempt to increase confidence and whet your appetite for all the ways to use your serger smartly.

We also offer beginning serger classes at JOANN/Yorktown but call it Serger: Down & Dirty and Bells & Whistles. Let’s get those machines out of their boxes 🙂

The Skinny Pant-No Zip class was a hit at Treadle this summer so that is being offered again in September-love that Jalie Eleonore pattern!!

Workroom Social is back on the calendar at Treadle each month and we’ve added another time slot for the same type of class at JOANN-Sew Social, now at 9:30-12:30 AND 1-4 on most Thursdays. The afternoon class fills quickly!

JOANN has new seasonal offerings (Knit Tunic, Misses Jacket and Super Hero Cape) that might be what you are looking for, but if not, sign up anyway and make a pattern more to your style/skill level. We can be flexible!

Here’s the calendar-Fashion Sewing Club is right around the corner too.
See you in September??

Material Girls September 2017 Calendar
September Fashion Sewing Club Dates:
Saturday, September 9, 10:30, at Treadle
Tuesday, September 12, 10:30 at Treadle
Thursday, September 14, 6:30 at JoAnn – Edina

Classes At Treadle:
Serger Club: Tuesday, September 12, 6:00-7:30 and again Tuesday, September 19, 10:30-12:00
Workroom Social: Tuesday, September 19, 1:00-4:00
Skinny Pants-No Zip: Tuesday, September 19, 26 and October 3, 6:00-8:00
Kids After School Sewing Club: Tuesday, September 26, October 3,10, and 17, 4:15-5:45

Classes at JOANN-Edina
Sew Social:Thursday, September 7, 14, 21 and 28, 9:30-12:30 or 1:00-4:00
Serger Club, Monday, September 11, 10-11:30
Learn to Sew, Monday, September 11, 12:30-3:00
Jacket With Hood: Monday, September 11, 5:30-8:30 and again, Monday, September 18, 5:30-8:30
Serger Down and Dirty: Monday, September 18, 1-4 pm
Three Seam Pillowcase: Monday, September 18, 12:30-3:00
Learn To Sew Zippers: Monday, September 18, 5:30-8:30
Comfy Pants: Monday, September 25, 12:30-4:00
Serger Bells and Whistles: Monday, September 25, 1-4 pm
Pieced Fur Pillow: Monday, September25, 5:30-8:30
Superhero Cape: Monday, September 25, 5:30-8:30

Kids’ Classes at JOANN
Kids’ Pillowcase: Saturday, September 9, 2-5 pm
Kids’ After School Sewing: Thursday, September 14, 21 28, 4:30-6:00
Kids’ Comfy Pant: Thursday, September 14 and 28, 4:30-6:30
Kids’ Halloween Treat Bag: Saturday, September 23, 10:00-1:00
Kids’ Alphabet Pillow: Saturday, September 23, 2:00-5:00

A New School Year-A New Location

We are grateful to First Sewing for having allowed us to teach at their new location across from Schuler Shoes but we missed not having fabric, patterns and notions available while we taught classes. So we approached Joann Fabrics at Yorktown in Edina (across from Target) and they are very excited to have us teaching classes there!
There are a few kinks to work out but we will be offering our usual Sew Studio (now called Sew Social) on Thursday afternoons from 1-4 pm and After School Sewing from 4:30-6 beginning September 8th.

Fashion Sewing Club will also have its Thursday evening meetings at Joann beginning this Thursday, September 8th at 6:30. The classroom is in the back of the store just to the right of Framing. You will still pay Material Girls for Club.

Debbie and I will also teach Joann classes (Beginning Sewing, Lazy Day (pj) Pants, Pullover Knit Top, that are offered nationally. These classes should be registered for through Joann online or in a store.

We hope you aren’t inconvenienced too much. We’ll all have a little more elbow room too!

And, of course, we are still teaching at Treadle Yard Goods. Here’s a link to the new class schedule.
Fashion Sewing Club meets at Treadle on Saturday, September 10 and Tuesday, September 13.

Last Chance For Kids’ Summer Sewing

…with the Material Girls, anyway 🙂

We’ve had a fun summer of sewing with the next generation of sewists. Treadle has been a younger group and Southtown has been predominantly teens and most afternoons we’ve had our maximum of six students!

Here are a few pics to share the creativity and hard work of these students-
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Our remaining August classes-click on the class title to go to online sign up-

Teen/Kids’ Weekly Sewing:
Thursdays, August 25, 10:00-12:00
Thursdays, August 11, 18 and 25, 4:00-6:00

Teen/Kids’ Sewing Camp:
Wednesday and Thursday, August 17 and 18, 10:00-2:30 (you may come only one of the days if you want)

If students want to make one of the projects listed, we will need to know so we can bring fabric and pattern otherwise a student may also work on a project of their own choosing. If the student is a new beginner, we will make a pillowcase and then move on as time allows.

Registration will close at 8 pm on Tuesday, August 17th for the two day camp. Weekly classes are open till the day before.

Our summer schedule ends August 25. We are working on fall classes. A weekly after school class will be offered and we are happy to schedule classes on school days off but there are many districts so if you send us a few dates we will work with them to schedule a class. Homeschool classes are also welcome.

Enjoy the last month of summer!

New location for Bloomington classes -May calendar

Hancock’s Southtown location is officially closed but the new First Sewing location is up and running!

The new store, where we will continue offering classes, is still in Southtown Shopping Center and across from Schuler Shoes. It’s also just across the street from Bed Bath and Beyond. The new classroom area is open and welcoming and the bathrooms are so clean! We are grateful to Bruce and his staff for dedicating space to classes. The formal address is 7971 Southtown Drive.

Classes start up again this week-here’s the calendar for the month of May:

May 2016 Fashion Sewing Club dates
*Please note date and time changes for May due to our attendance at the Pattern Review Weekend May 12-14.
Saturday, May 7, 1:30 at Treadle
Tuesday, May 10, 10:30 at Treadle

Classes at Treadle:
Treadle Yard Goods: 651-698-9690, www.treadleyardgoods.com

Basic Serger and Beyond:
Tuesdays, May 10, 17, 24, 6:00-8:00

Kids’ Summer Sewing Club:
Session 1: Tuesday 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. June 14, 21, 28
Session 2: Tuesday 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. July 12, 19, 26
Session 3: Tuesday 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. August 9, 16, 23

Classes at First Sewing:
First Sewing, Bloomington South Town Center, 952-884-1938
(New location is across the hall from Schuler Shoes)
*Please register in advance with Material Girls on their website or call us at 952-201-3863

Sew Studio:
Thursdays, May 5, 19, 26, 1:00-4:00

Catching up

Boys on the beach!

Boys on the beach!

Summer is over and all the fall schedules are heating up. All classes have been updated, let me know if anything is incorrect or doesn’t work.

Debbie and I are taking vacations so there is no Fashion Sewing Club in September. But, if you need a fix, Treadle has a deal for you-
“Missing Fashion Sewing Club this month? We are too! Stop in Saturday, September 12, or Tuesday, September 15, with Show & Tell for the Treadle staff and receive 10% off regularly priced fabric.”

I mentioned my favorite tool at August Club. Here is a link if you would like to order one. It’s Carol Steinbrecher’s website. She will also be at the Sewing and Quilting Expo.

Peggy Sagers is going to be in Minneapolis tomorrow (Saturday). The website doesn’t say it’s sold out yet.

Debbie and I attended the Tru-Fit/Lutterloh seminar at Hancock-if anybody is trying it out we’d love to know how it works for you.

We are excited to start a homeschool sewing class at Hancock on every other Wednesday morning starting Sept. 23.

Classes for the fall schedule begin on Tuesday, September 15 from 1-3 and then our full Thursdays-Sewing Studio, After School Sewing and Sewing Adventures from 6-8.

Happy Fall and happy sewing-all the magazines/catalogs are out!!

New Summer Classes-Kids Too!

Looking to pick up a new hobby, learn a new skill or just sew a fun dress this summer? Need a new beginner machine? (Scroll down). We have a great line up of classes to offer you at Treadle Yard Goods in St. Paul, Hancock Southtown in Bloomington or Chanhassen Vacuum Center.

I’m going to highlight kids’ classes first because I’ve kept them waiting 🙁

Summer Sewing-“Play” with your sewing machine and a variety of fabrics to create whatever you have in mind. Students will learn the how and why of constructing with various types of cloth and techniques to help them create on their own. Basic patterns for bags, stuffed animals, and garments will be available as jumping off points. Students are welcome to take several sessions as the projects are limited only by their imaginations. Beginner to advanced-always two teachers/small classes.

June 15, 16, 17, 1-4 pm, Hancock Southtown
June 22 & 24, 10:30-3 pm, Chanhassen Vacuum Center
June 23, 30, July 7, 14, 3-5 pm, Treadle Yard Goods
July 15, 16, 17, 10-12 pm, Hancock Southtown
July 28, 29, 30, 10-12 pm, Chanhassen Vacuum Center
July 28, August 4, 11, 3-5 pm, Treadle Yard Goods

Young Designer Targeted at teen sewists, beginning to advanced or younger sewists with experience that want to go further in garment sewing.
August 5, 12, 19, 10-1 pm, Hancock Southtown

Sewing for Parents Who Want Their Kids to Sew We know you don’t need a new hobby but would like to be supportive of your budding sewist. What you need to know about how a sewing machine works and what your child “needs” to purchase along the way.
June 24, 6:30-7:30 pm, Southtown Hancock

Click on Classes in the bar above for more details and registration.

Need a Sewing Machine?

First Sewing (inside Hancock Southtown) is offering a great basic machine in conjunction with our summer classes.
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It’s an Elna with everything you need to get started. There are more Sew Green machines but Bruce has a few of the Sew Zebras so they will go on a first come, first serve basis. Let us know which one you’d like. These machines are good for beginners of any age so we’ll offer them to the beginning adults also.
Material Girls strongly advises you to purchase machines from dealers as opposed to big box stores or Amazon/eBay. Private dealers will help you out with your machine, guarantee their work and most will allow trade-ins should you want to upgrade to a fancier machine.
Material Girls receives no commission on machines-we just want to see happy sewists!

New this summer is Serger Workshop. We have so many graduates of our Basic Sergery and Beyond (also being offered this summer at Treadle and Hancock Southtown) and are hoping that you are all making good use of you new tool but in case you need some ideas or handholding for either woven or knit projects, check out this class.

Fabric + Pattern=HELP!(Southtown) or Match Made in Heaven (Treadle)get further along the continuum of solving the persistent riddle of what fabric looks good in what pattern. Beginners to advanced-it’s always a tough question-we have lots of experience!

Design and Sew(Treadle) Translate what you like in RTW into your garment using available patterns (not always a straight line). Learn to see the basic elements of a garment/pattern and add the designer touches that make them unique.

Our Hancock Beginning Sewing class will divide into a Garment or Home Dec/Crafty path after basic machine knowledge is gained. Seasonal Sewing looks a lot like our Knit Wardrobe class of the past. Our topics for summer are tee shirt dresses/maxi skirts, linen pants/tankinis that cover and shirt dresses. Sewing Studio continues to meet Thursday afternoons from 1-4, the greatest deal for guided sewing around!

If you don’t see what you are looking for, we do private lessons.

Have a great summer-we hope sewing is part of it-with or without us!

Goings On

Happy Chinese New Year, Happy (?) Lent and last week of February!

The garment photos and Club sheets from our February meetings have been posted. Click here or above to go look at them. Thanks to all who attended. Our next meetings will be Tuesday, 3/10 at Treadle, Thursday, 3/12 at Hancock and Saturday, 3/14 at Treadle. Pattern of the Month is McCall’s 6796.
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If you are looking for classes this week we will be at Hancock Southtown on Thursday for Sew/Fit/Serge at 10 am and 6 pm and Knit Wardrobe Sew Along Studio from 1-4. Click here for more info and registration.

Friday, 2/27, we are in Chanhassen for a kids’ sewing class. We are making shoulder bags with cool Japanese fabrics from Treadle. Register here. The class is half full.
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The pattern is McCalls 6997.
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I used magnets for closures. Here’s a Craftsy blog with good information if you’ve never used them.

We have a Back to Basics Knit Slim Pant class at Treadle on Tuesday, Mar. 3 from 6-8. Here’s registration info.

And just to show it’s not all about sewing, I finally finished the Elizabeth Zimmerman Surprise Jacket. Here it is on Grandbaby No. 3.
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Happy Sunny Sewing!
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January Calendar

Fashion Sewing Club is tomorrow (Thursday) at Hancock, 10:30 and 6:30. We are looking forward to testing a few new ideas…

Here are a few photos of jean jackets (none of them made with a lower band or from denim) in case you are interested in the class. We offer it at Southtown in January as a sew along with the option of sewing another project if you would rather. At Treadle the class is limited to a jean jacket-with modifications, of course 🙂
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January Fashion Sewing Club Dates:

Thursday, January 8, 10:30 or 6:30 at First Sewing, Bloomington Hancock Fabrics

Saturday, January 10, 10:30 at Treadle Yard Goods

Tuesday, January 13 at Treadle Yard Goods

Classes:

Treadle Yard Goods: 651-698-9690,www.treadleyardgoods.com

Basic Serger and Beyond, Tuesdays, January 6, 13 and 20, 6:00-8:00

Back to Basics Knit Wardrobe/Skirt, Saturday, January 10, 1:00-3:00

Kids After School Sewing, Tuesdays, January 6, 13, 20 and 27, 4:00-5:30

First Sewing, Bloomington Hancock Fabrics

*Please register with Material Girls website or call us at 952-201-3863

Jean Jacket Sew Along/Sewing Studio, Thursdays, January 8, 15, 22 and 29, 1:00-4:00

Sew-Serge-Fit, Thursdays, January 15, 22, 29, 10:00-12:00 or 6:00-8:00

After School Kids Sewing, Thursdays, January 15 and 29, 4:30-6:00

Special note about February Club Dates:

Saturday, February 7, 10:30 at Treadle – this is a change from usually meeting the second Saturday of the month.

Tuesday, February 10, 10:30 at Treadle

Thursday, February 12, 10:30 or 6:30 at First Sewing, Bloomington Hancock Fabrics

The Younger Set is Sewing!

We’ve been having fun and meeting some wonderful girls and parents in our after school classes in Chanhassen and at Treadle (we’d love to do it at Southtown Hancock too, just haven’t gotten much interest yet…)

There are a few more opportunities before the end of the year-
Chanhassen-Thursday, Dec. 4th, 4:30-6-we’ll be sewing holiday stockings
Southtown Hancock-Friday, Dec. 5th, 4:30-6:30, holiday stockings or bags
-Monday, Dec. 15, 4:30-6, learn to sew or holiday sewing

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Log Cabin Pillows

Log Cabin Pillows


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Holiday Sewing

Holiday Sewing


Serious Learners

Serious Learners