Hans Peter Bernina Event! 48 months Financing!!

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In case you have not heard the Finch’s big news…Hans Peter, Fourth Generation Owner & Chairman of the Board of BERNINA International is coming to Finch on April 27th!

This event begins at 11:30 and will go until 3 pm. There will be adult refreshments and a Make + Take project with some very Finchy swag to go with it. Hans Peter will be available from 1 pm until 3 pm for autographs and photographs. Bring your sewing machine or sewing machine manual for him to sign!!! If you plan on bringing your machine, please pull up to the shop before you park in the garage; a Finchette will be more that happy to assist you with your machine. And don’t forget to bring your ticket from the garage because we validate parking (that means 2 hours of free parking). Ask a Finchette about that as well!!!!

We would love to share more details on that Make + Take project, but we want to surprise you! One thing that we can share with you is that we will have a collector Finch Beer Glass for sale during this event with the Finch and BERNINA logos on it…Pretty cool, huh?

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It just wouldn’t be a BERNINA event without a good machine deal!  All our machines will be discounted at the best prices of the year, and we’ll be offering 48 months of 0% financing as well!!  ONLY at Finch!

Want to know more?  Ask a Finchette when you call to register.  We’d be happy to show you around the machines.

Registration for this event is still going strong- give us a call at 703.777.8000 or email us at finchsewingstudio@gmail.com to get your name on the list.

We really do hope to see you there.

xoxo

~ The Finch

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BERNINA Spring Sale

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It Only Comes Once A Year…the BERNINA Spring Sale is here!

Now through March 21st, you can take advantage of 0% Interest for 60 MONTHS!!!!!!! As well as…

* $300 off the 8 Series

* $250 off the 7 Series

* $200 off the 5 Series

Take advantage of this incredible financing deal while you can. Pop in the shop to test drive one of these machines or give the shop a call with any of your questions! A Finchette would love to help you. Many of us own a BERNINA and can easily answer the questions you may have. We love talking all things knitting and sewing, but we also love sharing our personal BERNINA experiences as well. A part of this sale includes the 790 (pictured above), and here is what Holly has to say about hers: 

KAM_3092I love that it can do it all, and do it all beautifully!  I have pieced a quilt, quilted the quilt, made clothes and embroidered tons of stuff. The quality is AMAZING!”

Did you know that Finch offers guide classes with your machine purchase? And offer sewing machine repair services? We sure do! Not only can you learn how to use your BERNINA, but we can help you with service requests as they come up. Each BERNINA machine purchased from us comes with a one-year free maintenance check-up too! 

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Also, during the BERNINA Spring Sale: BERNINA’s BSR is 25% off! This foot is perfect for all things free-motion sewing. We have plenty in stock, so come on in and pick one up today! 

And don’t forget to mark your calendars for April 27!! Come to Finch and meet Hanspeter Ueltschi, Fourth Generation Owner & Chairman of the Board of BERNINA International.

We hope to see you very soon 🙂

xoxo

The Finch

Meet Hanspeter, Owner of BERNINA!

Save the date for another wonderful event at Finch!  April 27th, 2016

image002Come to Finch and meet Hanspeter Ueltschi, Fourth Generation Owner & Chairman of the Board of BERNINA International.  It really wouldn’t be a Finch event without a fun project and some adult refreshments.  We’ll also be giving away some great gifts to all our attendees.  Hanspeter will present the rich history and innovation of BERNINA International from his grandfather’s first Hemstitch Machine to the current BERNINA 880, the fastest & largest home sewing machine on the market.  Did you know that BERNINA International, established in 1895 with headquarters in Steckborn, Switzerland, is the only independently owned sewing machine company in the world?!! I know!  It’s very impressive…. but is anyone surprised, really?  Come hear all about our favorite sewing machine company from the man at the helm!

Bring your manual or your machine for an autograph from Hanspeter!  He will be available for photos and to partake in a social cocktail hour as well!

Registration is now open- give us a call at 703.777.8000 to get your name on the list now!

The event will take place on April 27th.

Our open house take + make project starts at 11:30am (come anytime!)

Hanspeter will be at Finch from 1-3pm.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

xoxo,

the Finch

Very Finchy Easter Baskets

In case you missed the memo, Easter is one month away. Can you believe it??

It seems like it was Christmas a week ago, but it wasn’t.

So, to help you get back on the Roller Coaster that is 2016, we have a few suggestions for those upcoming Easter baskets. If are lucky, your home’s Easter Bunny is generous with his baskets and knows to fill them with Finchy goodies. But if the Bunny needs some direction, then forward this blog post 🙂

So let’s talk about the sweet treats for baskets….

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First up, we have these Macaroon Tape Measures. These Macaroon Measurers are perfect for both knitters and sewists. One can never have too many measuring tapes laying around, especially when they look edible. Did I mention they are calorie free?

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Another sweet treat idea are pre-cuts. We have Layer Cakes, Jelly Rolls, Fat Quarter bundles, and Charm Packs available. These are also calorie free, especially the Carolyn Freelander Carkai ones (not pictured).

But what about Easter Eggs? You are wondering…

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Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered; we carry darning eggs! I would argue this is a gift that keeps on giving.

And we also have an egg shaped Dropcloth Samplers that would brighten up any Easter Basket. Buy it to make it or buy it to gift! We carry hoops, thread, and the pattern too-all of these would make the perfect Easter basket stuffer.

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Okay…I’m thinking some of you are the Easter Bunnies and need ideas for baskets. No worry, we at the Finch have great ideas for you as well!

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Knit up a Quince and Company Doll for your little’s basket; Mary, Millie, & Morgan dolls are a winner in this house. Ben and his dog? So adorable. Pick up any Finch Make + Take kit and start knitting today. If you are coveting one of these kits, hint to the Bunny; the Finch has plenty in stock.

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For those of you knitters who are celebrating your Baby Bunny’s or your Grand Bunny’s First Easter we have just the kits in mind. We have Blue Sky Alpacas Knit Kit Animals in stock, featured above is Mr. Rhino. The second picture features a hat and baby mitten kit; perfect for a newborn baby girl. Adorbs, no?

Sewist Bunnies we have ideas for you too…

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These felt kits are so fun and we only have a few left and then they will be gone. Forever. So make that Easter Basket special and one of a kind with these Fairy Felt kits.

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And if you want to keep up with a whimsical theme, look no further than our Mr. and Mrs. Gnome patterns.

I think we covered the basics, but I argue there is more to share. So here are a couple more ideas for you or your bunnies’ baskets or yours…

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There are two things knitters and sewist constantly run out of, or always wish they had on hand: all purpose sewing needles for machines, buttons, and blunt needles for weaving in the ends of knitting projects. Needles and buttons are great basket stuffers and I promise that they will be used and greatly appreciated. Especially if there is, or you are, the quilter. And don’t forget, we have Finch Gift Cards available!

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Let me go ahead and mention that we still have spots available for our May 12-15, 2016 Finch Makers Retreat. That would be the ultimate gift from your Easter Bunny, and a great Easter Basket filler!!!

What will be so special about this event is that it will be small and intimate. With only 10 women, we will have a wonderful time together working on our craft, eating delicious food, enjoying the scenery from the generous porches, and so much more. Be sure to sign up or have your Easter Bunny sign you up as soon as possible. Our retreat is on focused on making bags, and that bag is for you!

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And don’t forget….

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It is never too early to start your 2016 Finch Registry. Seriously, start that puppy now! We do plan on hosting another Girls Night and Guys Night, and with Mother’s Day around the corner (!!!), we can help the hubby out even more if you have one started.

That is all for now. Be sure to check out our Instagram for more ideas for Easter Basket and new shop arrivals.

See you soon,

xoxo

~Stefanie + the Finch

Why the Finch Makers Retreat is So Special!

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The venue is always a huge part of a Finch Retreat, and the Manor at Cool Springs is no exception.  6000 square feet of gorgeously appointed rooms, on what used to be a golf course with rolling hills and lakes, you’ll enjoy quiet corners for private relaxation and large gathering rooms for crafting with friends.

Then there’s the food…

We start the day with hot coffee and self serve breakfast (we bring tea too) and gather on the veranda to, knit, stitch, weave, and visit with Finchy friends.  Some will take a moment to walk the beautiful grounds or take a bike ride on one of the Manor’s bicycles.  As the day goes on and the workshops commence, we will partake in some snacky bits, wine, and a gin bar… Yum! After a wine tasting, dinner is catered and served  at the generous gathering table with the french doors open wide to the veranda (won’t that be wonderful in May?!!).  Dinners are catered by Cowbell Kitchen, a local farm to table caterer whose food couldn’t be more delicious.

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And of course there’s the crafting…
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Which will be all about bags this time (what could be more perfect for a spring retreat?!)!  And in the evenings, we’ll all gather in the grand living room for some more crafting (so bring some handwork for a relaxing end to a day full of sewing).

IMG_2602But you know what is best about all these things?!  The people…  That is really what make a Finch Retreat.

There couldn’t be a more cheerful, kind, and lovely group of people than the people who comprise the Finch community. We validate one another as creatives, we build each other up, and we give one another a reason to keep on making.

So…

Who should come?: Makers of all kinds (knitters, sewists, and crafters alike)!  We’ll have projects for all interests and levels.   If you’re up a fun time, a relaxed atmosphere, and lots creative inspiration, we hope YOU will sign up!

What goes on at a Finch Retreat:  We’re going to make bags, but that is not all…  we’ll eat great food, drink a little wine, sit on the veranda for coffee each morning, and even do some yoga on Sunday morning. To get more specific about the workshops, please see the listing here.

Do I need to Bring a Friend?: No!  We have plenty of room- , we won’t make you share a tiny bed with a stranger.  At this time, there are several rooms available for people to occupy by themselves. You’re going to make new friends anyway!  Finch people are the nicest, don’t you think?!

A Final Word: Finch retreats are always a cut above – we think everyone deserves a little bit of luxury every now and again. We’ll give you high quality instruction and a ton of inspiration, but what we really love about Finch retreats are the friendships created during our relaxed weekend together. A Finch retreat will send you back to your families feeling like you are special and appreciated by your creative friends.

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Retreat attendees will choose a bag they’d like to make before the retreat (we’ll send a list of ideas and suggestions), be invited to a secret Pinterest board on bag design and all things related, and then we’ll learn about all my favorite things related to bag making- zippers, leather, tassels, rivets, and hardware.  You’ll be bringing your bag making to the next level!

Sold? Sign up here!

The cost for the entire event is $799-850 per person and is non-refundable. Due to the fact that this event will sell out quickly and is limited in numbers, we are not able to give refunds.

The price for the retreat includes the following:

  • A 2-night stay in one of the comfortable beds at the Cool Spring Manor (check in is 3pm on Friday, check out is 12 noon on Sunday); all meals are included.
  • Family style dinner on the veranda on Friday night.
  • Breakfast of artisan breads, yogurt, granola, and fresh fruit on Saturday + Sunday.
  • Lunch of gourmet sandwich meats, veggies, etc.
  • A candlelight dinner in the dining room on Saturday night catered by Cowbell Kitchen.
  • Snacks and WINE and GIN throughout the day. 🙂
  • Informal Workshops focused on all things Bag Making on Friday and Saturday.
  • Pre-Dinner Wine Tasting led by Nicole on Saturday
  • 75 minute Yoga Class on Sunday morning
  • Bicycles and boats are available for use on the grounds.

This retreat would make a great Valentine’s Day gift or Mother’s Day gift, so be sure to mention this to your family. If you have a generous Easter Bunny at your house, ask the Bunny to put the Retreat in your basket 😉

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We really hope you will be able to join us, and without a doubt it will be a great time! Us Makers are special people and this retreat is a chance to celebrate that. When you are around other Makers with yummy food, a beautiful setting, and wonderful people, you know it is a recipe for magic.

xoxo

~ Stefanie + the Finch

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Tutorial: Two Way Lavender Sachets

How is it February? More importantly, how is this our first blog post of 2016?! But then again, the Finch does know. Things have been busy here! A newborn baby, colossal snow storm, and weekly shipments of yumminess…

However, it does appear to be the perfect time to post a tutorial, and we at the Finch have the perfect idea, just in time for Valentine’s Day! Heart shaped lavender sachets; the perfect project for tiny scraps of fabric and yarn. Remember our Wool Dryer Ball Tutorial? This project uses the leftover lavender packets too!

What You Will Need
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Scraps of Fabric and Yarn
Paper and Pen
Sewing Machine
Notions
Pinking Sheers
Needle
Thread
Lavender Packets
(Optional: Two FQ’s or more if you want to justify buying more fabric; I used Fruit Dot by Cotton and Steel)

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First things first, iron your scraps (or Fat Quarters) and align your pieces of fabric with RIGHT sides together; fold widthwise.

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With your handy dandy pen and paper, draw half of a heart at the edge of the paper. You can make your heart sachets as big or as little as you would like. Align your drawn masterpiece to the folded edge of the fabric.

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Do you remember making Valentines as a kid? It is the same idea 🙂 Pin the paper and scraps in place. Carefully cut…

…and before anyone becomes incredulous that I am cutting paper with my sewing scissors, these are my paper and fabric scissors. My fabric scissors are in an undisclosed location; I won’t reveal where because keeping them out of reach of my family is of the utmost importance.

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Viola!

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Cut your scrap piece of yarn to the desired length. Carefully pin the yarn on one of the RIGHT sides of the heart. This will ensure the yarn stays in place while sewing. For this sachet, I used a scrap piece of Knit Collage yarn because it is sparkly and purdy. With the RIGHT sides together once again, pin around the heart.

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With a 1/4 seam allowance, sew around the heart. I used my trusty 97D patchwork BERNINA foot for this sewing project because the 1/4 seam allowance guide on the foot. Lurv this foot.

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Make sure to leave a “No-Sew” zone of an inch or more so you can turn this project RIGHT side out and insert the lavender packets.

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It is lavender packet time! These are sewable too. Because I made a smaller heart, I cut one of the packets lengthwise first, then sewed the halves shut. With one of those halves, I cut it widthwise and sewed, making two smaller pieces from one of the bigger halves.

I highly recommend making two smaller lavender packets like above, especially if you decide to make a smaller heart. The two smaller pieces fill the smaller heart entirely instead of having one big packet which could make the heart lumpy.

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Before you turn your heart RIGHT SIDE out, be sure to remove the pins that secure the yarn in place. After carefully removing the pins on the inside, turn your heart RIGHT side out, press, and then place the lavender packets through your “No Sew” zone. Whip-stitch shut with your needle and coordinating thread…

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And you are done, but this tutorial is not! I still have one more way that you to show you…

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You will repeat the steps above, but this time, your will sew your heart with WRONG sides together. Pin your heart together with your scrap of yarn in place. I chose Tosh Vintage because that yarn is one of my favs and I love the variegated coloring.
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Sew around the heart with a 1/4 seam allowance, and leaving a “No Sew” zone. Place your lavender packet through the “No Sew” zone, and finish sewing around the heart. With your pinking shears, carefully cut around the heart’s perimeter.

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And guess what, you are done! And so is this tutorial!

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If you do not have lavender packets, use poly-fil!  Or instead of stuffing them with lavender or poly-fil, you can make garland by ironing fabric stabilizer to your scraps (so they have a stiffer feel) and then string your hearts on a long piece of yarn.

Follow the same steps above and omit the lavender packets or poly-fil.

Just in case you are looking for an adorable Valentine idea for your little Finchette(s)’ classmates, check out Nicole’s tutorial on how to make Arrows of Love and Rocket Pencil Valentines. Seriously #adorbs.

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Happy Valentine’s Day! We hope to see you soon.

xoxo

Stefanie + the Finch

 

Twelve Days of Finchmas Day 11: What I Learned in 2015

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On the Eleventh Day of Finchmas, the Finchies gave to me…

…Sharing what we learned in 2015!

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Nicole

“I learned how to loom weave this year- I learned to enjoy it as a tactile experience, weaving with the entire hand. I also learned that composition is very challenging and that space is as important as texture.” 

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Charmaine

“I learned to knit and be comfortable with double pointed needles.”

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Lisa

“I finally started to get the hang of free motion quilting. I started out small with pillow covers and baby quilts and worked my way up to lap quilts. My new Bernina and BSR gave me the confidence I needed to make it happen.”

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Haley

I am a very beginner sewist so what I challenged myself to do this year was to use my sewing machine at least once a week!  I’ve learned how to make everything from pacifier clips to PJ pants!”

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Samantha

This year, I made a custom slipcover for a thrifted wingback chair. I used so many new techniques while sewing that cover, but mainly what I learned is that jumping in with both feet will always be my favorite way to learn a new crafty skill!”

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Holly

This year I learned that I LOVE knitting. My Mom taught me years ago how to knit, but it was never enjoyable until I decided to pick it up again this year and give it another go. What was the difference? Using yarn I love! I knit a cowl with some of the Freia yarn, and I am hooked!!!”

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Angela

I learned this year is how to do many different types of color work while teaching my building in color class.”

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Isabelle

This year for me has been all about sewing and my biggest achievement was learning how to make a duffel coat!”

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Rhandi

“I learned how addicting the Finch is! I love the yarn and the fabric; I love it all.”


Now it is your turn: What did you learn sewing or knitting or making wise in 2015? We at the Finch would love to hear what you learned, so please respond to this post below and tell us!

A big thanks to all of you for making 2015 a great year! We can’t wait to see each one of you in 2016.

Happy New Year!

~Stefanie + the Finch