Bernina 0% Financing Starts Tomorrow!


Feeling Taxed? 0% Interest for 36 Months on BERNINA purchases of $3,000 or more made with your BERNINA Credit Card April 15 – 20, 2015. Equal Monthly Payments Required.

The Next Generation 7 Series is almost here! Pre-Order your B 740, B 770 QE or B 790 today and receive a $100 BERNINA Gift Certificate (see below for details).*

And Finch will sweeten the deal!!  Get an additional Finch Gift Card of $150 with ANY Bernina Machine purchase made  this weekend… April 15th-20th.
*Only one gift certificate per purchase.  Gift Certificates must be presented at time of purchase. Photocopies of gift certificate are not accepted. Gift certificate offer expires September 30, 2015. Pre-order offer expires April 30, 2015. Offer valid on regularly priced items, based on pretax amount. The customer pays all tax. Gift certificate good only on BERNINA branded merchandise. Not valid towards purchase of Next Generation 7 Series machines (B 740, B 770 QE and B 790). Not valid on prior purchases or for gift certificates. No store credit can be issued against this certificate. Any purchase less than $100 total will forfeit the remaining balance on the gift certificate. Merchant not responsible for lost or stolen gift certificates or any unauthorized use. Gift certificates subject to terms, restrictions, and conditions.


Thank you! Have 15% off Classes!

Hello dear Finchies!

As promised, I have a little thank you gift for all your support… and for being generally fabulous.  So here it is:

This weekend only, use the code “FinchFan” for 15% off ALL classes- kids, knitting, sewing, and more!

Please-  no discount for the Sip and Sew, but everything else is fair game.

Find all our classes right here!

oh, and PS~ Mother’s day is right around the corner… don’t you think a Finch Class would be the perfect experience?!

Offer ends 04/06/15


the Finch


Sip and Sew at Catoctin Creek Distillery

We were thrilled when Catoctin Creek Distillery asked us to come back for another sip and sew.  And we were extra excited because we already had this fun project in the works….  aren’t these cute?!!

Image of Sip and Sew and KNIT Series

During this sip and sew, you’ll learn to crochet and be well on your way to making these for everyone you know! Image of Sip and Sew and KNIT Series

Here are the deets:
April 13th, 6:30-9:00pm$35 with supplies included. This is a discounted class rate so that attendees may patronize the host’s establishment as well. Price does not include drinks and food.
We’ll be sipping in style at the beautiful Catoctin Creek Distilling Company in Purcellville, Va. This time, we’ll be learning to crochet these adorable little coin purses. We’ll provide the yarn and wooden bead, and we’ll have size ____ crochet hooks available for purchase at the event. Fill your little pouch with change or a gift card- whatever your pleasure, you’ll be sure to keep this special little piece forever (and as quick as it is to crochet, you’ll be making these for all your bestest friends too)! Let me tell you about Catoctin Creek: with one whole wall of windows, we’ll be sure to have plenty of beautiful light for a very cool project. Catoctin Creek® Distilling Company was founded by Becky and Scott Harris in 2009 as the first legal distillery in Loudoun County since before Prohibition. Catoctin Creek is all about high quality spirits. Tastings of their finest concoctions will be available to us all evening, and everyone is welcome to buy bottles to bring home to the mister as well (let’s be honest, it’s really for me… ). :)
120 W. Main St.
Purcellville, Virginia

Catoctin Creek carries a gorgeous selection of handmade chocolate truffles, but no other food. Plan to eat before!

Register HERE!

We’re Expanding!! And having a party….

When I opened my business out of our Leesburg home, I used to swoon every time I passed by the wonderfully quirky building we now occupy. And you can’t imagine how thrilled I was that after 6 months of driving (and drooling) past this building every day, it was still available when I was ready to move out of the house and into a downtown space.  About a year ago (7 months after moving into the building), we had the opportunity to more than double our space by taking over the whole downstairs of the building.  And boy did we need it! At that point, we were literally tripping over one another, hosting knitting classes in the front corner of the shop while teaching sewing classes throughout the rest of the building…  simultaneously.  It was challenging, to say the least.  But it was so very exciting!

We’ve come to that crossroads again.

The last number of months have been wonderful, and we’ve found ourselves tripping over each other again.

And once again, we have been given the opportunity to expand!  Which means that we will be taking over the ENTIRE building!  Yup, that’s right, the entire building!!!   This means we’ll get to expand our stock of yarn and fabric as well as patterns and notions while opening up more space for workshops and classes.  And that really is going to be awesome!

Save the date for a grand reveal PARTY! on April 17th from 6:30-10pm where you are cordially invited to see the beautiful new space and celebrate our growing community of Finches!  Bring the kiddos and enjoy some refreshments, drinks, and music.

And because we couldn’t be where we are without your support, we’d like to give you a little thank you….  Stay tuned for a discount code on all classes– we’ll post the code this Friday, so you have a little time to consider your options (and we’ll post a few more of our exciting spring classes in the meantime too)!

Below is a sneaky peaky of a few things we have going on in the new space…. Come see it all put together on the 17th- we promise we’ll knock your socks off!


the Finches (Nicole, Lisa, Angela, Tara, Charmaine, and Holly)

moving in

paint chips

painted chair


Caravan Tote in Cotton and Steel and Chambray


Hello Finch people! This is Tara typing at you today, though you can usually (read: sporadically) find me at my own blog Girl Like The Sea. I guess the sea comes and goes too, so there.

I wanted to show you something I sewed up for Finch, of course using some of the amazing and high quality fabrics to be found in the shop.

The Caravan Tote! – Pattern by Noodlehead


Have you ever sewn one of Anna’s Noodlehead patterns? This is my second, and I think they’re super well made. She always has flawless directions, professional finishes, and functional style. Of course, you can only go so far with a good pattern. You need great fabrics to make any pattern sing, right?

For the Main fabric, I used Andover chambray – so nice! I’m a chambray lover. Can’t deny it.

The outer contrast – Spirit Animal one of the great options from Cotton & Steel. I love the way their cottons feel. A lot more supple than your average quilting cotton.

Inside for a contrast – Mesa Cotton and Steel another one of the beautiful Cotton and Steel quilting cottons.

There’s also some red cotton and steel that I – ahem – couldn’t locate in the Finch listings online.



This bag is sort of an ode to the knitters out there. It’s designed so that you can add details to help you stash your knitting projects on the go. A zip compartment that has slots for needles. And a button pouch in the front for other notions/your little tiny wine bottle. Heh. Just kidding.

IMGP7493A pocket in the main section is for balls of yarn, and an option is included to add grommets to run your yarn through. Pretty cool right? And of course I have some of my beautiful yarns from Finch stashed in here, because those piles of squishy wool always tempt me when I go into the shop.

There was seriously nowhere for miiiiiiles around here to buy high quality yarn until Nicole started stocking it. Now I don’t have to wait until I go on vacation to find Tosh! The green Malabrigo on the left has already been made into a hat.


My 4 year old daughter couldn’t resist jumping into my photos, but she does give some context for size ^_^

It’s a pretty large and sturdy bag. Partly due to the incredible amount of interfacing involved! Haha. I used some of the woven fabric interfacing from Finch to interface the whole thing and it turned out really nice. I love real woven interfacing.



My daughter’s doll, Jack, had to take a ride in the tote of course. It was the perfect size for a doll fort!


Do you have any favorite bag patterns? I thought this one was a good challenge without being completely crazy overwhelming. There are a lot of pieces that I had to keep organized, but the instructions kept me going without trouble and the end product was enough to impress my husband. Enough said.

Quick recap:


Caravan Tote from Noodlehead (plus an extra zip pouch pattern comes with it!)


Spirit Animal Cotton and Steel

Mesa Cotton and Steel
Andover chambray

(red zipper from Finch as well)

Thanks for stopping by, and happy sewing! And if you’re local, maybe I’ll run into you next time I’m in the shop ^_^


Girl Like The Sea


Kids Spring Classes and Summer Camps, plus Machine Sale Extended!

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All this snow and blustery weather has made it a bit difficult to get out and safely buy the machine of your dreams (for the price of your dreams too!!), so we are extending the classroom sale through this weekend, ending on March 8th.  Seize the day, and get yourself a beautiful Bernina…  ask about 0% financing…  We’ll tell you all about it! Give us a call to find out our specific prices and schedule a time to come in and sew a little! 703.777.8000.

Spring Classes Start this Week!

Only a couple of seat are left! See below:

Kids Design and Sew Class for ages 7-11.  Kids get to do a little designing and a lot of sewing in this 6-week course…  We’ll be making skirts this time! Only 1 seat available.

Youth Design and Sew Class is for ages 11-14. Students will do more designing in this class, and lots of sewing during our 6-week course… This edition will focus on style and apparel! Only 2 seats available

Sleepover Party is happening on March 27th.  Get your spring break kicked off with a late night crafty party with friends.  We will be making some felt goodies that are very spring inspired, and the girls will go home with a bundle of goodies.  Dinner, snacks, and breakfast is included!  6 seats (cots) available!

Poof Camp!  For boys and girls 7-12 years old, this year’s Spring Break Camp will be the ever-popular poof camp.  Spend three days of creative fun at Finch making a pad-worthy poof.  We’re only offering one session of this class, so get your seat before we sell out!

Knit Animals Class : ages 7 and up. Learn to make a variety of stuffed animals in this fun and easy knitting camp.  Beginners welcome! 5 seats still open- Sundays, April 19, 26 and May 3.

Fresh Summer Camps!

See what we’re up to this summer:

Triangularity Sewing Camp: for ages 7-11.  All things Triangles and Pyramids is the theme for this camp!  We’re going to make a large Triangle poof with a hidden tunnel worthy of any Egyptian Princess’ treasures. We’ll also make a triangle zip pouch and may even get to a triangle garland.  June 17-19, sold out! July 27-29, 5 seats open. August 3-5, 5 seats open.

Knit Animals Summer Camp : ages 7 and up. Learn to make a variety of stuffed animals in this fun and easy knitting camp.  Beginners welcome! Aug 18-20th, 5 seats still open!

Quilting and Design 101, 102 Camp:  Quilting 101 kids, ages 7-11, will learn the basics of piecing, quilting, basting, and binding.  Kids will proudly take a finished quilt home. July 13-16th, 5 seats open. Quilting 102, for ages 11-16, will involve and introduction to improvisational piecing, a review of basting and quilting, and an introduction to full binding. This is a great skills class and will be a blast to complete! Students who took 101 will really enjoy this next step! July 9, 23, Aug 6, 6 seats open.  July 21-24th, 6 seats open.

Machine Embroidered Plushies Camp: Ages 6-11. This camp is going to be a blast…  we’re going to play with the embroidery machines making our very own funny plushy dolls.  We’ll learn machine basics and go home with a few really fun dolls while we’re at it.  June 22-24.

Design and Knit Camp: With a week or two in between each meeting, students will have time to create something they really want to make during this summer-long camp.  Students will meet 4 times, and will have plenty of input in developing the project they really want to make.  July 16, 23, Aug 6, 20th, 6 seats open.

Back to School Outfit Camp: Ages 8-12.  Kids will learn to sew a garment or two as well as accessories for their first day of school outfit.  This has been our most popular class each year, and we’re excited to see what the girls make again! New Projects for those who will be joining us again.  Aug 17-20th.

Stretchy Knit Camp: Ages 7-12. Knit all the stretchy things!!  For this camp, we’re using one of the most popular yarns among our kid customers- elastic yarn!  We’ll be making all kinds of stretchy accessories in this fun class.  July 28-30.

It’s an honor to teach your kids, and we hope they’ll join us this summer!  It’s going to be a great time!
the Finch

Classroom Machine Sale!!

Classroom Machines
On sale thru Feb 28th!

All our classroom machines are on sale now through Feb 28th! Some of these machines are only 2 weeks out of the box and all of them are less than 4 months old! This sale is an unbelievable opportunity- one you just can’t miss! Inlcuded in the sale are the following models:
one 215
one 330
one 350 PE
one 580 E
six 560’s

We stocked up on machines for our recent retreat, so we’re lucky to able to sell some of our machines at a classroom price even though they’re only a couple of weeks old!

We can’t share the price right here, but we’ll be happy to tell you all the details in person or in the shop! Stop by or give us a call anytime…   703.777.8000

FREE Open Sew Hours

Our open sew hours are free thru the 28th!  Bring a project with you, and get to know which machine is a good fit for you.  Ask questions, and get help understanding the machines.  Our knowledgeable staff will be very happy to help you!