the Finch Infinity Scarf Tutorial!

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At last…Fall! Fall means lots of things to different people, but for me? It means I can wear my boots with SCARVES! A handmade scarf while wearing boots is even better.


Have you seen Anna Maria Horner’s Loominous? It is as gorgeous as it feels, and these fabrics deserve scarf sewing! That bottom fabric? I see Holiday party written all over it.


I made this infinity scarf using 1 1/2 yards in Big Love Candy, but I recommend sewing with 2 yards for added length and infinity-ness.

Materials Needed
2 yards of 45 inch wide fabric
Rotary Mat/Cutter

KAM_8638Starting with the fabric folded selvages together, cut off the selvages. Do NOT cut the fold, only the selvage sides.


After you cut off the selvage, pin those same raw edges together (the long side of the fabric).


Sew a 1/2 inch seam allowance.


This is what your first seam will look like! If this is your first time sewing a French Seam, it may seam wrong on so many levels, but it gets better…I promise.


Turn your project so the exposed seam is now on the inside, and then press this edge.

On the same side you just pressed, and with a 5/8 inch seam allowance, you will sew another seam making a pocket that will hide those exposed seams.


Yummy fabric, I know.


Turn your project right side out. I know I mentioned this earlier, but this fabric feels AMAZING. It is 100% cotton, with a heavenly texture.

Anyway, go ahead and press that seam one more time after you turn it right side out.


See? You remember the first line you sewed with those exposed seams? Gone!


With a 1/4 seam allowance, top stitch.



So, are you ready to do that again, but this time folded length wise?


Like you did before, pin the edges together and then sew a 1/2 seam allowance. Turn it inside out again, and then press.


Sewing again with a 5/8 seam allowance to make another pocket, you are almost done.


Now, open the loop so the back side of the scarf is under the free arm of the machine (so you’re not sewing the two sides of the scarf together :) ), and stay-stich the pocket of seams down to the main part of the scarf.  I made this the part of the scarf the “inside.” Turn it right side out and…

You’re done!

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Be sure to upload your project to Instagram and tag us @finchsewingstudio, #finchinfinity. We can’t wait to see your Finch Infinities :)


Want some of this yummy fabric?  This and all the Finch Fabric, Yarn, Patterns, and other goods are still on sale (online only) with the code “FlashFlood20”.  Sale ends tonight!



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Flash Flood Flash SALE! Online Only thru Monday.

We’re having a FLASH SALE for the flash flood this weekend!  We have so many wonderful things in the online shop right now and fantastic classes for the fall and winter…  go take a look!  And by the way, it’s not raining right now, come play in person today!  #itscozyinhere

Etsy shop discount

We’re not canceling…  register for Friday Night Sewcial TONIGHT!


Sale is online only, through Monday, Oct. 5th.

Celebrate Sewing Month with a Pretty New BERNINA!

Start Your Fall With the Right Tool for the Job!

Today thru Sept 21st!

With 60 months of 0% financing, you’ll get the machine of your dreams for a super manageable price!

Here are just a couple of our favorite options…
Get the 560 for as low as $53 per month
Get the 770 for as low as $88 per month

Come in to find out what the Finch experience really is…  we’ll put together a custom machine package that you’ll be sure to love!

Apply for financing right here!

There’s just one of these adorable machines left, and we just put a Classroom 750 on sale as well!!  Come on in, and we’ll find the right machine for you!


Friday Night Sewcial is TONIGHT! Give yourself a little Sewcial Time at Finch working this fall (and maybe even get ready for holiday gifts?!).  Register here thru December!


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Labor Day Sale, New Classes, New Product!

Hi Finchies!

Thursday thru Sunday will be our Labor Day Weekend Sale where you’ll get 25% off all our 300 series BERNINA machines and 25% off all our BERNINA Sergers too!  And just to sweeten the deal a little, we’ll give you a $50 gift certificate to Finch when you buy a machine this weekend.  Hooray!  PS…  this little baby in the photo is one of the last Special Edition Tula Pink machines left in the company.  Snap it up before someone else does!

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Learn more about the sergers here and the 300’s here.

School is back in session, and we are in full swing with fall classes here at Finch. This weekend, all our classes will be 20% off using the code “backtoschool15” at checkout (offer is valid in store as well).  Classes are filling, so go check it out!


Find the full range of new classes here.

What’s new in the nest? So many things!!  Here are a few items just to wet your appetite!

Handcrafted 2 Fabric by Alison Glass

Handcrafted 2 Fabric by Alison Glass

Loads of new yarn from Classic Elite!  SO much washable yarn...

Loads of new yarn from Classic Elite! SO much washable yarn…

Bound by April Rhodes from Art Gallery Fabrics

Bound by April Rhodes from Art Gallery Fabrics

Tiger Lily by Heather Ross for Windham Fabrics

Tiger Lily by Heather Ross for Windham Fabrics

So many kits!!  Kits for garment patterns and quilts alike!

So many kits!! Kits for garment patterns and quilts alike!

See you this weekend!


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0% Financing for 5 years – Celebrate Swiss Day!


Swiss day is coming up this August 1st!  And why do we love Switzerland?!


Bernina Machines, of course!

For only one day, August 1st, we will offer financing for 60 months at 0% interest! You really can’t beat that!

Get a demo this week on the machine of your choice, and get $100 in Finch Bucks to use after you’ve purchased your very own Bernina.

Valid on machines $3000 and more!  Happy Swiss Day!


Finch turns 2! Second Annual Anniversary SALE + Outdoor Movie!

We’re 2!! Can you believe it?!  I sure can’t… And at the same time, we’ve packed in so much in a short 2 years!  So we’re ready to celebrate…

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All weekend, July 17th-19th, you’ll get 25%, 30%, 35%, or 40% off your entire purchase!! Draw from a deck of cards to find out your discount! We’ll also be doing a drawing for discounts between 15% and 30% off Bernina machines! I know! It’s going to be amazing.  But that’s not all…  The first 40 customers will receive a Finch Mini Kit (you’ll have to be one of the 40 to find out the details), if you spend over $75, you’ll be entered to win a $150 Finch Gift Certificate, and we have a few other fun things to give away all weekend too!

On the 18th, we will be showing a movie on the green next to Finch to celebrate our anniversary. A question I am asked frequently is, “Why did you name the shop ‘Finch’?” Well, I do love birds…  that’s true. But I also love the book To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee.  Scout, an independent and feisty little girl is the character I tend to identify with best of all.  But her father, Atticus Finch is the one whose gentle courage and amazing grace I find so aspirational. I want Finch be a community that emulates the same values that Atticus Finch lived out, a community where everyone has value, and all are accepted. It really couldn’t be more fitting that we will be showing the movie To Kill a Mocking Bird this Saturday night at dark.


“‘They’re certainly entitled to think that, and they’re entitled to full respect for their opinions.’ said Atticus, ‘but before I can live with other folks, I’ve got to live with myself. The only thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.'”

Bring your families and join us at Finch at 7:30 for refreshments, followed by the movie outside at dark (probably around 9pm).  We will have some chairs- feel free to bring lower lawn chairs and/or blankets. It’s sure to be a lovely night with friends we adore!  We hope you’ll ALL be there!  Oh, and wear your Finch shirt!

xoxo, Nicole and the Finch Team

Finch Makers Retreat!

If you’re following our Instagram and Facebook feeds, you know that we have been cooking up another wonderful retreat for you!

finch makers retreatThis second Finch Makers Retreat on November 6-8th and will be held at the Retreat at Cool Spring, a recently restored historic manor, that sits majestically overlooking the Shenandoah River in the heart of Virginia wine country. The Manor is 6,000 square feet and provides generous social gathering areas as well as a private feel with many sitting rooms and quiet nooks.

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.

The Manor is situated on a large piece of land that was once a golf course, hence the rolling lawns and multiple lakes and ponds. You’ll be able to explore the many trails in the area by foot or by bicycle (bicycles are available on the premises). We’ll also be providing a Sunday morning Yoga session to send you off refreshed and relaxed! One of the highlights of the retreat will be a planned excursion by bus or limo to some of the area wineries.

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So here are the details….

Finch will put on a relaxing and casual retreat with lots of choices to enhance your experience.  You can spend all day outside, exploring the grounds, boating in one of the property’s kayaks or canoes, hiking or biking the trails, or you can spend the day lounging in one of the sitting rooms, grazing in the kitchen, or working on a project.  Does this all sound great to you?! You can do it all!!

Included in the retreat package is the following:

– 2 night stay in one of the comfortable beds at the Cool Spring Manor (check in is 5pm on Friday, check out is 12 noon on Sunday)

– All meals are included

—->Family style dinner on Friday night

—–>Breakfast of artisan breads from Knead and Know (I’m really excited about this!!), yogurt, granola, and fresh fruit on Saturday                         + Sunday.

—–>Lunch of gourmet sandwich meats, veggies, artisan bread from Knead and Know.

—–> A warm Fall Meal in the dining room on Saturday night.

—–> Snacks and WINE throughout the day.  :)

– Loopy Mango knit along at the Fire Pit on Friday night (optional- yarn not included, though we’ll be offering a discount for retreat attendees leading up to the event)

– Informal Workshops on Saturday and Sunday:

—–> Needle turn applique – though you certainly don’t have to, we think this will be more fun if you join our Carolyn Friedlander block of the month workshop before the retreat… more on that later

—-> Alabama Chanin Stitches- though you certainly don’t have to, we think this will be more fun if you join one of our upcoming workshops or the Alabama Stitch Society… more on that later

—-> Knit along- choose your own adventure!

—–> Hand quilting and hand binding

– Winery Tour on Saturday afternoon – party bus or limo will be provided, wineries will be selected ahead of the retreat.

– 75 minute Yoga Class on Sunday morning

-Bicycles and boats are available for use on the grounds

Sounds pretty great, huh?! I think so too!

Each attendee will select their sleeping arrangement for the event.  The following are a few important things to note:

– The  age of the manor is quite old- because of this, there are a limited number of bathrooms.  There are 2 half bathrooms, and 2 full bathrooms.  Retreat attendees will need to share bathrooms.

– We will poll people for dietary needs before the retreat.  We’ll do our darndest to accommodate all of your dietary needs.

– The heating and cooling of the manor is central- you won’t freeze in the winter!

-Note that you do not see machines mentioned….  this is a hand work/knitting only retreat.

– If you would like to share a room with a friend, please call our store to register so that we can get you placed in the same room.  703.777.8000

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Above: a full sized bed with private sitting area…. 1 Person: $750

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Above: The Caretakers Suite, QueenBed. 2 People: $550 each

cool spring caretakers twin room

Above: the caretakers twin room.  2 twin bed: $550 each.

Manor Master Bed

Above: Large Master King Bed Suite. 2 People: $650 each.

river view room

Above: River View Room with Queen Bed.  1 person: $900 or 2 people $550 each.

You are welcome to register online (here) or in the store.  Call us at 703.777.8000 with questions or to register.