Liz introduces herself

I guess it is now my turn! I’m Liz and I am also an Educator with Janome Canada. Why the africa part? Well, I don’t talk like a Canadian as I was born & raised in Africa…. but I’m now a proud Canadian – HAPPY CANADA DAY everyone.
I work in Western Canada traveling across 4 provinces to shows and dealer’s stores etc. Like Linda, I love my job, have loads of fun and totally enjoy getting to meet so many wonderful and talented Janome dealers & customers.
I started making garments for myself and my dolls when I was 9 years old – little did I know it would later become an all-consuming passion and full-time career! My background in teaching Languages & lecturing Business Communication led me to combine my love of teaching with my passion for sewing & quilting : I established my own Sewing School and retail store where I specialized in Smocking and Heirloom sewing before emigrating to Canada.
Quilting is probably my favourite though I also sew garments (could not do without my computerized 5 thread serger); love making Home Dec projects and machine embroidery is up there amongst my top choices. Also could not manage without the Janome 6600P; Janome Horizon and Janome MC11000 Special Edition. I have just spent the entire long weekend making clothes (completed 3 skirts, 3 tops and summer pj’s) after being inspired to get back into making garments at one of our Sewing shows a few months ago (Thanks, Marilyn for asking me to model in your Fashion Show – made me realize my closet seriously needed attention!.
However, I did not have much time for sewing since that Show in April as I have been on the road for a couple of months promoting and selling our FABULOUS new Janome Horizon machine. Now that I am back home, I hit the stairs to my sewing room and sewed up a storm (Thanks to my hubby for giving me the freedom to spent all that time “catching up” on sewing projects and bringing me tea & meals…you are a keeper!) .
I will post pics of some of these outfits as well as some of my recent Horizon travels….Marvin (our Horizon “sausage doggie” mascot) came along with me – watch for future pics to prove that.
I have lots of projects, ideas and tips to share …….so keep watching this blog.
Let me know if you have specific questions or ideas to share with us.
Have a great summer (remember you can take your Janome machine out onto the patio to sew…..that way you can sew, hear the birds AND catch a tan!)

About lizafrica

I work in the Education Dept at Janome & Elna, Canada and LOVE to sew. I have been employed full time in the sewing and quilting industry for almost 30 years so I bring a wealth of sewing knowledge & expertise to this blog. I enjoy all forms of sewing from quilting to sewing garments to machine embroidery and software. Pretty much everything in my life is seen through the eyes of a passionate sewer! I am constantly on the look out for fun, innovative and inspiring ideas to share with you all on this blog. I also love to read, knit , travel and spend time with my family and friends.
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9 Responses to Liz introduces herself

  1. Diane Zebroff says:

    Hi Liz,
    I sure enjoyed your presentation in Kamloops last night. I left with a lot of ideas for finishing some of my “in progress” quilting projects. Love the Binding Foot that you demonstrated and the samples where you used embroidery designs to quilt.
    I would like to enter the draw for the book – Teaching Kids to Sew, but don’t see how to do that here on your blog. Would you please let me know how to submit an entry.
    Thank you for a very enjoyable evening!

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    • lizafrica says:

      Hi Diane,

      Glad you enjoyed the evening and gained lots of ideas to use in your sewing room. I have entered your name into the draw which I will do in the next day or 2 & notify the winner on an upcoming blog post……you never know – you might be the lucky one!

      Liz
      JANOME CANADA

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  2. Linda Seemann-Korte says:

    HI Liz,
    Just wondering if you can tell me what is wrong with my MBX software. When i plug the dongle in, the program will not always open. Sometimes, I need to take the dongle out a few times before it will open the program. Is this a common problem?
    Thanks!
    Linda

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    • lizafrica says:

      Hi Linda,
      Thanks for your patience. I have been away on vacation for 3 weeks but I will address your query as soon as I return to the office.
      Liz

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      • Linda Seemann-Korte says:

        Hi Liz,
        Thanks so much for your help this afternoon. You are an angel for helping solve the problem and eliminate my frustration! Much appreciated! I was interrupted by a trip to Prince Albert this afternoon so just got around to fixing the problem now. MBX opens now! Woohoo! I should be on my way!
        Linda

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      • lizafrica says:

        Hi Linda,
        So glad we were able to have a conversation that solved your problem. I know how frustrated I was by your same problem so I’m glad I was able to help. HAPPY DIGITIZING in 2013!!
        Liz
        Janome Canada

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      • Linda says:

        Hi Liz,
        I just got a call from the Janome software support even though I did email and let them know I talked to you. She had a couple more suggestions: a powered USB hub – I’ll try to find one! As well, apparently it is a good idea to turn the computer off every night. A new habit to get into for the New Year!
        Thanks again for all the support!
        Happy New Year!
        Linda

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      • lizafrica says:

        Hi Linda,
        Thanks for sharing that & so glad you are up & running again!
        Liz

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  3. lizafrica says:

    Hi Linda,
    Yes, I am the one Jayne is referring you. Perhaps you could call me at the office in Vancouver (604)946-8060 and we can discuss options. I am away at the Edmonton show for the rest of this week but will be in the office most of next week.
    Look forward to speaking to you.
    Liz Thompson

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