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.
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!

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

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,
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,
Kids Fall Break Sewing Camp, Thursday, October 16, 1:30-4:30

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