Yes, sewing and quilting enthusiasts……it is time again for the Calgary show or more correctly names: CREATIV FESTIVAL WEST in Calgary.  It is held south of the city at spectacularly beautiful Spruce Meadows show grounds. I love going each year as it is just SO pretty as the leaves have usually started turning gold and theere is a crispness in the air reminding us winter is on its way! Advance tickets are available online and further information may be found here. 

Inside the Exhibit Hall, it is warm and friendly with loads of sewing and quilting goodies to see and buy! Please do come and say Hi to us on the Janome SEWING WORLD booth. We have made some great new show banners and samples that we would love to show you and explain how we made + share with you WHAT’S NEW with JANOME this Fall.

I will be doing 2 different lecture demo presentations at the Calgary show on sergers: SERGER MAGIC 101 & SERGER MAGIC 201. Be sure to come by to see what I have to share using my clever camera so that you can see on the big screen what I am doing at the sergers. Please see the show guide for class descriptions but you may find just what you need to know about sergers in one or both of these free classes.


About Liz Thompson

I am the National Education Manager for Janome & Elna Canada and I LOVE to sew! I have been employed full time in the sewing and quilting industry for over 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 sew, read, knit , crochet, travel and spend time with my family and friends.
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  1. Kathryn says:

    With the new machines coming out, how do you decide which Janome is right for you? I want a Janome but which machine? All the bells and whistles – is it worth my money or too much money for what I do?? I’m getting so confused.


    • lizafrica says:

      Hi Kathryn,

      I will try to do a janomelife post on this topic in the coming weeks. But basically make a list with 2 columns: the first column should have all the machine features you MUST have/cannot live without. The second column has the features that would would very much like but could manage without. Then show this list to your local Janome dealer and they will be able to show you machines which match closely to your list. I always receommend that you buy a machine that is MORE than you currently want so that you can “grow into” the machine or you may run the risk of becoming frustrated that your machine does not do enough for you if you buy one with too few features. Make sense?



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