The Ever-Changing Sewing Class

Where Do You Geek-Out in the Sewisphere?

Image Courtesy of Derek Swalwell


(verb) common usage – to engage in or discuss computer-related tasks obsessively or with great attention to technical detail; contemporary usage – a hyper-focus on one’s subject of choice, the never-ending quest to learn, share and make use of greater sewing knowledge; to {proudly} be a sewing geek.

From in-person classroom instruction to re-discovering the manual that came with your machine { : ) }, there are all sorts of sources for growing your sewing knowledge. Today we share a few favourites.

On-Line Learning From Craftsy & Janome

Craftsy classHave you discovered the digital classroom of everything creative that is Craftsy? There is a FREE course called Machine Savvy: Tips for Creative Sewing by Linda McGehee that might be just the subject to ease you onto this learning path. You can also see lots of user created content, like an image of Circle of Five’s easy to do Stitch Book.

Janome America is also offering quite a few webinar classes. Visit and scroll down to the webinar listings to see the latest offerings, like Decorate the Holiday coming up on November 18.

Following your Favourite Blog

The ever-growing variety of sewing blogs is another great resource. Sew 4 Home is a Janome sponsored blog that offers not only inspirational eye candy and projects, but also up-close features on things like Janome accessory feet or the newest notions and products on the market. As with Janome Life – you can subscribe to most blogs and receive their latest posts in your in box – easy, peasy!

The Pleasure of  Good Book

While much of the reading-world is converting to digital formats and e-books, the sewing and crafting world still has a strong preference for flipping though paper pages of inspiration. We recently discovered a beautiful new reference book, The Sewtionary, by Vancouver BC’s own Sewaholic, Tasia St. Germaine. You may have seen some of Tasia’s sewing patterns at your local fabric shop. She captures many of the sewing and dress-making details from her fashion workroom in her book, giving you a depth of detailed knowledge that will serve you well in your own sewing adventures. (We are not affiliated with Tasia, but love to promote Canadian talent)

Where do you get your sewing knowledge fix? We are happy to share your {spam-free please} links in the comments below.

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4 Responses to The Ever-Changing Sewing Class

  1. JUDY BRAYER says:

    hi are the webinar free or what is the charge thank you email address below thanks judy Date: Fri, 14 Nov 2014 12:00:45 +0000


    • janomecanada says:

      Hi Judy. The Janome webinars are totally free. Just visit, scroll down to where they are listed and click on your webinar of choice. You will be prompted to sign up for there. Cheers.


  2. Mary says:

    Not only is Tasia’s book wonderful,,but her blog is packed with great tutorials and helpful hints. I have many, many go-to blogs for sewing help. If you are working with knit fabric & need a hand,,be sure to check out Laura (of Lady Skater fame) at for help. Another great teacher is Melissa at I have plenty, plenty more–just depends on what you’re sewing. Oh,,,and never, ever forget Montreal’s own Heather Lou (of Bombshell swimsuit, Nettie bodysuit & newly released Ginger Jeans) at !


    • janomecanada says:

      Hi Mary – We totally agree on Tasia’s blog. Thanks too for all of your suggestions – a quick preview provides lots of great content for Saturday morning blog wandering.


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