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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

Summer Sewing for School Age Starts This Week


Looking for sewing opportunities for your student? Our first summer camp at Joann begins tomorrow-Monday, June 19 and at Treadle Yard Goods on Tuesday, June 20. We have openings!

Summer Classes for School Age Students

Kids’ Sewing Camp at Joann Fabrics, Yorktown Mall, Edina

The student has two options-fun beginner projects-puppets and pillows or

for students who have already sewn with a pattern-continue your sewing journey and choose a pattern and sew with guidance.

Cost per 10 hr. session: $99

June 19-22, Monday-Thursday, 10:00-12:30 (you can’t sign up online anymore-just sign up for afternoon session and email us that you’ll be there in am)

June 19-22, 1-3:30

July 10-13, Monday-Thursday, 10-12:30

July 10-13, 1-3:30

July 24-27, Monday-Thursday, 10-12:30

July 24-27, 1-3:30

August 7-10, Monday-Thursday, 10-12:30

August 7-10, 1-3:30

You can register online at Joann.com and we’d love an email to let us know you are coming.

Kids’ Summer Sewing Club at Treadle Yard Goods

Come as a beginner and we’ll get you started and suggest a first project or come as a seasoned young sewist and we will guide you through your choice of sewing projects for the summer.

Cost per 6 hr. session: $60

Session 1:

Tuesdays, June 20, 27, July 11, 18, 4:00-5:30

Session 2:

Tuesdays, August 1, 8, 15, 22, 4-5:30

Register with Treadle Yard Goods at 651-698-9690 and we’d love an email to let us know you are coming.

Happy Summer!

News You Need to Know!

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Sometimes that’s just what sewing brings us to, but here are a few bright ideas to get you through the tough times-
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FINAL FOUR days of Treadle’s Summer Sale!!! Stop by this weekend and pick up some great fabric at 10-50% off.
Sale goes through Monday, August 8th.

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Can’t find the color of thread you are looking for? Order this thread sample folder and always have all the colors at the ready. Then order from Wawak-
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Joanne has had great success ordering from them-speed of shipment, great selection, etc.

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

And goes out like a lamb

Or at least it feels quiet and peaceful and the temperature is warming up!

April is a new month and the flowers are on their way. I watched Peggy Sagers on her YouTube channel last night and was, as usual, inspired to get sewing for spring. She had a good overview of what the world says we should be wearing this season along with some sage advice on whether or not we need to wear it 🙂

Here’s our calendar for April. Hancock Fabrics will most likely be open for most of the month. We’ll keep you updated.

April 2016 Fashion Sewing Club Dates:
Saturday, April 9, 10:30 at Treadle
Tuesday, April 12, 10:30 at Treadle
Thursday, April 14, 6:30 at First Sewing Bloomington Hancock

Classes:
Treadle Yard Goods: 651-698-9690,www.treadleyardgoods.com
Design And Sew:
Saturday, April 9, 16 and 23, 1:30-3:30

Fit That Matters:
Tuesdays, April 12, 19 and 26, 6:00-8:00

Kids After School Sewing Club:
Tuesdays, April 12, 19, 26 and May 3, 4:00-5:30

Serger Workshop:
Saturdays, April 16 and 23, 10:30-1:00

First Sewing, Bloomington Hancock Fabrics
*Please register in advance with Material Girls on their website or call us at 952-201-3863
Sew Studio:
Tuesdays, April 5, 19 and 26,12:00-3:00
Thursdays, April 7, 14, 21 and 28, 1:00-4:00

Beginning Sewing:
Thursdays, April 7, 21, and 28,6:00-8:00

Beginning Serger:
Thursdays, April 7, 21, and 28,6:00-8:00

Kids After School Sew Club:
Thursdays, April 7,14, 21 and 28, 4:30-6:00

Here are a few photos that have been waiting to be posted. So much creativity out there. Thanks for letting us be part of it!

First project :)

First project 🙂

Repurposing dad's jersey

Repurposing dad’s jersey

Not only did she learn to love sergers but she completed the Disney 5K in her Princess creation!

Not only did she learn to love sergers but she completed the Disney 5K in her Princess creation!


The family that sews together...

The family that sews together…

Some of my mom's old things...

Some of my mom’s old things…

..with all the embroidery silks still in the holder.

..with all the embroidery silks still in the holder.

Why we love our sergers!

Why we love our sergers!

Rub-a-dub-dub, four grand boys in a tub.

Rub-a-dub-dub, four grand boys in a tub.

The last snowstorm and who I spent it with :)

The last snowstorm and who I spent it with 🙂

Using up knit scraps

Using up knit scraps

Snowed in and happy to be

Snowed in and happy to be

Happy Spring Sewing!!

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!

Saturday’s Show and Tell

I think we hit a record for attendance on a Saturday meeting for Fashion Sewing Club-twenty people!! Woohoo!

Our Saturday morning photographer (anyone interested for Tuesday or Thursday?) snapped these photos-but the real “heart warmer/sweetheart/valentine” story was that Barbara (pictured in the black wool coat below) and her sister, Judy, have been attending for at least a year now. Barbara made quite a few versions of a double sided quilted jacket but came in her newly sewn black coat on Saturday. Judy, unbeknownst to her sister, had made a soft cuddly blanket for Barbara and embellished it with all of the cotton scraps from Judy’s jackets. She unfolded it in front of Barbara for the first time at Club on Saturday! (We didn’t get a picture but I’d post it if one of them would send a photo-hint, hint). Those two sisters are a perfect example of how we can encourage each other to go beyond our previous sewing boundaries. And if your sister doesn’t sew, come to Club and meet a new sister to join you on your journey!

Thanks for all the “keep me on the email list” responses. Just doing a little housecleaning. You don’t need to do anything if we’ve seen you/talked to you in the last twelve months.

Tuesday and Thursday Clubbers-the gauntlet has been thrown!
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Jacket-Striped

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Coat-Blue

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Pullover-Green

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

Thursday’s Club Meeting

Well, there was no snow on the ground yesterday! That’s quite an accomplishment when April’s Club was cancelled because of a snow storm. We had a great turnout for both am and pm meetings. And Show and Tell was awesome! The evening group had 100% participation. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Cathy and Mary (Make It Sew and Treadle owners) for contributing the door prizes as that’s part of the fun. Speaking of door prizes, last month’s winning appeared this month as a finished tee! That’s a pretty quick turnaround.

Julia brought an American Girl doll dress that was machine embroidered. Several people wanted to know the specific name of the software (it traces the pattern pieces on the fabric while in the hoop). It’s Custom Keepsakes by Kathy Harrison. Julia has two collections-Gals and Dolls and Christening 2. Go to www.customkeepsakes.com

Amy, under the tutelage of Annette, made this beautiful First Communion dress for her daughter. Lots of dreams came true when she wore the dress. Amy’s husband said that sewing is the cheapest hobby because it took so long to complete. Who wants to burst that bubble?

And if you are mourning the end of this season’s Project Runway or if you never liked the fashion aspect/snarkiness of the show, check out the Great British Sewing Bee. Real life models, real sewing skills, construction, construction, construction (they even illustrate the process in drawings) and no adverts! You have to watch it on You Tube at this point but it was really easy and entertaining. Thanks for the tip, Cheri.

Looking forward to Club meetings at Treadle-

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!