Classes for May and June

Woohoo! In person classes are finally (well, almost) here! All First Sewing classes are in person. Treadle classes will be via Zoom for May and hopefully in store in June as long as the Covid trend continues as it is.

To register for First Sewing classes, click on the menu bar “Classes at First Sewing“.

To register for Treadle classes, go to the store or call 651-698-9690.

Contact us for more questions-more information about the classes can be found in the class listings on our website and Treadle’s.

All Classes May-April

Post Sergery: A Knit Tee for Me!

You made a no-stress tee for a child in Basic Sergery. Now it’s time to tackle a tee that you will actually wear! We’ll supply the Terra Tunic pattern from Itch to Stitch; it has a variety of necklines and silhouettes to keep you serging all summer long. We’ll cover techniques for measuring your body to choose a pattern size, fit issues, neckband application, hems, plus learn hands-on how to order and work with a large format printing of a PDF pattern.

You don’t have to be a Basic & Beyond graduate but you do need to know how to get a 4 thread stitch on your serger 🙂

Thursday, May 20 and 27, 1-3 pm at First Sewing-in store

Wednesdays, June 2 and 9, 10-12 pm at Treadle-in store

Basic & Beyond Sergery

Do you have a serger you don’t know how to use? Are you a little confused about threading? Take the fear out of serging and get comfortable with what could become your favorite sewing tool. Sessions cover machine parts, threading, rolled hem, flatlock, techniques, serging a basic tee and more.

A child sized, cut out tee will be provided to practice your new skills. Construction techniques will be emphasized.

Thursdays, May 20, 27, June 3, 10-12 pm at First Sewing-in store

Thursdays, June 17, 24, July 1, 10-12 pm at First Sewing-in store

Tuesdays, May 18, 25, June 8, 1-3 pm via Zoom-register with Treadle

Wednesdays, June 16, 23, 30, 10-12 pm at Treadle-in person at Treadle

Post Sergery: Woven Top

Make the Melrose Top by Itch to Stitch (pattern provided) and serge/sew an easy to wear summer top. We’ll cover techniques for bias neck binding, French seams, and band application, plus learn hands-on how to order and work with a large format printing of a PDF pattern.

Tuesdays, May 18 and 25, 10-12 pm via Zoom-register with Treadle

Thursdays, June 24, July 1, 1-3 pm at First Sewing-in store

Jalie Eleonore Pull-on Pant

A breeze to sew and wear, skinny jeans are a wardrobe staple. Make yours from stretch denim/twill or ponte knit and the Jalie Eleonore pattern. Without a zipper, the techniques are pretty easy!

This is just the best pattern for crotch fit, close to thigh, close to ready to wear, that we can find!! (Humble opinion, of course 🙂 Most people need to make only a few tweaks.

Wednesdays, June 2, 9, 16, 1-3 pm at Treadle-in store

Collar Techniques

In this hands-on class we will go step by step through the techniques for a wrapped collar, one seam collar, and collar-into-stand methods of construction. You may want to have a shirt cut out or have your pattern handy at class so you can adapt your pattern for these great techniques.

Thursday, June 3, 1-3 pm at First Sewing-in store

Sew Social

Cutting out patterns on the floor? Got questions about pattern directions? Bring your project or sewing goals and spread out in our spacious classroom. We will help you choose pattern, fabric, decipher pattern directions, fit-whatever you need. And meet other sewists that share your passion! Come as often as you can and sew what you want-

Thursdays, June 10, 17, 1-4 pm First Sewing-in store

Sew for Yourself-What You Need to Know

Garment sewing for the first time or getting back into it-we’ll outline the things that will make the adventure a bit less hazardous and more satisfying. Garment sewing isn’t for the faint of heart but seen as a pursuit rather than a pass/fail event and armed with what we’ve learned over the years, you will fall in love with the craft and art of sewing.

Choosing your size, indie patterns, Pdf printing, knits and new fabrics, fit issues and techniques are some of the topics we’ll cover.

Wednesdays, June 23 and 30, 1-3 pm at Treadle-in store

June’s Tuesday Inspiration

Great meeting-thanks to all who attended!

Thursday and Saturday meetings are coming up tomorrow at 10:30. Go to “Fashion Sewing Club” on the website menu and register to receive the link to the Zoom meeting and the Club sheets.

Some info to pass on:

Craftsy/Bluprint is going out of business. Try this (allavsoft.com) for saving all of your classes before they go away.

SBCC (Skinny Bitch Curvy Chick) patterns are made for petites and more. Paulette made the Paloma Blouse right out of the package and it fit! They are sold on patternreview.com and you can choose the print option as it is a pdf only pattern. I found several I’d like to try because even though I am regular height, I often “petite” patterns to bring up the underarms and waist. I’ll have to lengthen the skirt 🙂 There are a few average height patterns also.

Treadle will honor its 10% off if you attend Fashion Sewing Club, good through June 20. Here’s a pic of their latest arrivals. There are also new rayon batiks.

New arrivals at Treadle!

SR Harris is offering to let us in at 9 am for Fashion Sewing Club next month so we can meet and shop and not keep other customers away-their current limit is 15 people. We’ll let you know if it can be done!

We’re meeting for Sew Social at First Sewing tomorrow! First time in a long time-looking forward to getting together. There will be a limit of 8 people. You can email/text/call if interested in coming.

Linda Lee of Sewing Workshop is hosting some great videos each Tuesday at 11 am but you can watch them anytime-check her website/Facebook/YouTube.

And now for the Sew and Tell-you can send your photos before the meeting and we can all see them on Zoom.

Reminiscent of Gotham City-men’s shirt made by Bernie
Great basic Remy Raglan from Sew House Seven
Quick to sew and comfortable to wear
Favorite Indygo Junction Crossback apron
Merchant & Mills Top 64

June Fashion Sewing Club starts tomorrow!

Covid isn’t going to let us gather this month either!! But we’ve been having fun via Zoom so we’ll meet on Zoom again this month-

Tuesday, June 9,

Thursday, June 11

Saturday, June 13

All meetings begin at 10:30 am

This month we are asking that you register and pay ($10) through our website. Then a Zoom meeting link will be sent to you along with the Club sheets. Just a debit or credit card is all you need. Here is the link or you can click on “Fashion Sewing Club” in the menu at the top of the website.

You may attend as many sessions of the month’s meetings as you want and still just pay for one meeting. Your first meeting is free.

Sewing up a storm!?!?

Making Covid19 Masks

Perhaps you saw the great Treadle Yard Goods/Sew Good Goods article on the 10 o’clock news and are already in production mode.


Here is a link to the Allina Health site that lists donation locations.https://www.allinahealth.org/about-us/newsroom/2020/allina-health-calls-on-public-for-donations-of-face-masks
Here is a link with printed instructions on how to sew the face mask:https://www.allinahealth.org/-/media/allina-health/files/mask-sewing-how-to.pdf

Sew Good Goods instructions are here.

But in case you haven’t jumped on the bandwagon, here are some sources and inspirational photos to inspire you:

And here is the YouTube link to an instructional video.https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=21&v=9tBg0Os5FWQ&feature=emb_logo
Also, Craftpassion.com has a pattern and a file for using a Cricut to cut fabric. That would be a great time/hand saver!

Test model who shall remain nameless-but thanks to Sew Socialites (our group that sews on Thursdays at First Sewing)

Sew forth and conquer and reach out to your sewing friends to keep spirits up!! Or send me photos and I will post here.

First entry-Loraine has finished 20 and says you can drop off at JoAnn Edina.

Tuesday’s Triumph’s and Trials

All sewing is a great adventure-a garment that you will wear is merely a lucky byproduct of that adventure 🙂

With that in mind, here are some November sewing adventures-there’s still more to come from Thursday’s (11/14) meetings- 10:30 am at SR Harris, Burnsville 6:30 pm at First Sewing, Bloomington

This was the triumph-Wiksten Harem pants-or is the smile because she’s going to be a grandma??
And this was her trial-maybe no interfacing in the neck?
Japanese apron and Light and Shadows/Cutting Line Designs in wool
Very much Honorable Mention for her unmentionables
Butterick 6492 and 6634
Love the print on print!
Cutting Line blouse and Japanese scarf
She couldn’t go to class with just any old pincushion 🙂

Join Us-FSC This Week!

Fashion Sewing Club kicks off this Thursday at SR Harris in Burnsville! Following FSC dates at Treadle. Hope to see you and your creativity there.

Thursday, Nov. 8th at 10:30a, SR Harris (Burnsville)
Don’t forget-we’re offering our Sew It Fits class at 1 pm!!
Register here
Saturday, Nov. 10th at 10:30a, Treadle Yard Goods
Tuesday, Nov. 13th at 10:30a & 6:30p, Treadle Yard Goods

Here’s a few more photos from last month’s club. Enjoy!

Sew House Seven Tabor

Sew House Seven

Sewing Workshop Verona coat

McCalls 7349

New and Upcoming Classes-SR Harris too!


Serger classes have been very well attended this fall so we’ve added another Basic and Beyond series at Treadle:
November 20, 27 and Dec. 4 from 10-12 pm-call Treadle to register-(651) 698-9690

Serger classes are being offered at Joann Edina. It is open to all levels and may be repeated to acquire the skills you need.
November 5th from 5:30-8
and December 10 from 12:30-3-register here

We are starting to offer classes at SR Harris Burnsville! Our popular Sew It Fits is a lecture class with a few hands on measurements included 🙂 If you want help choosing patterns and fabric and figuring out your most successful route to sewing, this class is for you. And you can make a day of it and attend Fashion Sewing Club first!
Thursday, November 13, 1-3 pm
OR Thursday, December 13 -register here or at SR Harris

And if you are itching to use your serger (or sew knits with your sewing machine) we have:
Sew & Serge: Kids’ Undies, November 6, 10-12:30 at Treadle
Sew & Serge: Knit PJ’s-December 4 and 11, 1-3:30 at Treadle
Happy Halloween!!

See you this week?

We’re not all work and no play…

But Fashion Sewing Club starts tomorrow at Treadle so gotta go sew!

July Fashion Sewing Club
Tuesday, July 10, 10:30 and 6:30, at Treadle
Thursday, July 12,10:30 SR Harris, at Burnsville
Saturday, July 14, 10:30 at Treadle

Here’s the calendar for the month:
July 2018 Calendar

Classes at JoAnn Fabrics Yorktown/Edina:

Sew Social, Thursdays, July 12, 19, 1:00-4:00
Learn To Sew, Monday July 9, 1:00-3:30
Reversible Pillowcase, Monday, July 16, 1:00-4:00
Boxed Corners (Tissue Box), Monday, July 16, 1:00-4:00
Comfy Pants, Monday, July 30, 1:00-4:30
Sew Scallops, Monday, July 30, 1:30-4
Sew With Knit Fabric, Monday, July 30, 1:30-4
Kids’ Summer Sewing, Thursdays, July 12, 19, 4:30-6:00

Classes at Treadle Yard Goods, St. Paul

Basic Serger and Beyond, Tuesday, July 10, 17, 1;00-4:00
Jalie No Zip Skinny Jeans, Tuesday, July 17, 24 and 31,6:00-8:00

Kids’ Beginning Sewing Camp:
Monday-Friday, 10:00-12:00
Session 2, July 23-27
Session 3, August 6-10

Kids’ Advanced Beginning Sewing
Monday-Friday, 1:00-3:00
Session 2, July 23-27
Session 3, August 6-10

Kids’ Summer Sewing Club
Tuesdays, 4:14-5:45
Session 2, July 24, 31, August 7 and 14

June Fashion Sewing Club Photos

Here is a sampling of the creative ideas we saw at the Tuesday and Thursday Club meetings.
Saturday’s were posted previously.
Garment photos and Club sheets from Debbie, Katie and Kristin can be seen here.

New Look 6163

Butterick 6026

Cutting Line Relax a Little

Vogue 1550

And the shoes make the outfit!

Cutting Line Light and Shadow

Butterick 6491

Burda 6821

McCalls 7512

Saturday’s Show & Tell-See You Tomorrow?

The Saturday Fashion Sewing Club meeting at Treadle was over the top for a second month in a row! We were joined by five women from South Dakota who were in search of wool for making garments for the Make It With Wool contest. They strongly encourage anyone to enter.

Check out all the indie pattern companies featured below-

We’ll be at Treadle Tuesday morning and evening-will you??

In the Folds Peplum Top

Moneta Dress featuring Alabama Chanin handwork

Sew Over It Heather Dress

Ebb and Flow-Cutting Line Designs

Tilly and the Buttons Joni Dress

Tilly and the Buttons “Stretch” book-features Joni Dress and more