SARAI’S HOBBIES ……we shine the spotlight on Janome Canada customer


I met Sarai recently on my travels around Western Canada during our Fall 2017 Launch of great new Janome products. Sarai is a very enthusiastic Janome MC8900 Special Edition owner who attended my presentations in William’s Lake, BC. She showed me her beautifully made purse and I knew I had to share some of her work with you!




Sarai tells me she has sold some of her wallets, clutches and quilts for custom orders but mostly she does personal sewing and for craft markets. However, she is open to queries about custom orders.  Check out her projects on instagram and facebook. Her email is below on her charming business card.

This is the beautifully made purse which caught my eye:


And some close-ups of  lovely details + the inside of the bag:

And her wallets are similarly beautifully made.

And another lovely wallet:

Sarai told me that she loves her Janome MC8900 Special Edition for good reason: “As for my favourite features on my machine…1st and foremost I would have to say the large throat space!! I went from under 8” to 11” and that was amazing!!

2nd, the stitch features, from types to speed…it gives such variety and feeling of accomplishment to be able to make a project unique and quickly!

3rd, there hasn’t been a project it hasn’t been able to do for me. If I have an issue with super thick seams, it either takes changing a needle or a bit of problem solving, but once I figure it out, I end up with a beautiful, finished product.”

And Sarai also quilts. She released a FREE pattern recently  on Craftsy (Fractured Applique in 2nd pic below ) and here are some lovely examples of her work:

I’m sure you understand why I wanted to share some of Sarai’s work with you! She is a satisfied customer of Ibea’s Quilting and Crafts in William’s Lake, BC.

This was my first time to visit to this Janome dealer and BC Interior town and was well worth the 2-3 hour drive down from Prince George. Firstly, it was a part of BC where I had not traveled before so it was very interesting to see this area of the province in which I have chosen to live.  Brenda and her hubby, Ian, kindly drove me out of town a little way to see the devastation of the recent summer 2017 fires that effectively closed down the town of William’s Lake for weeks. In Vancouver we got some of the smoke they had “first hand”.  I believe this was one of the worst fire seasons on record so we are very glad life is returning to normal for the residents of William’s Lake.

Secondly, and more importantly, Brenda and Andrea of Ibea’s Quilting and Crafts arranged a wonderful event with a huge crowd of enthusiastic Janome customers who came to hear about our new Janome products; ask questions and see demo’s on various machines. Of course, I had a whole suitcase (or 2) of samples to show the ladies. My thanks to Brenda and Andrea for arranging this very successful event. I hope to visit again.

I was most impressed and encouraged to see the creativity of these Janome customers….hence sharing this one example with you.

Hope you enjoyed the delightful eye candy and are inspired to head off to your sewing machine to make similar magic happen!



About lizafrica

I am the National Education Manager for Janome & Elna Canada (including Artistic Creative products) and I 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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