The Janome girls hit the road this Spring!


So did you get a chance to pop in to your local dealer for the Janome events this Spring? Liz and I made a whirlwind tour throughout Alberta to share some super awesome updates and techniques. And it definitely was a quick trip! 7 shops in 6 days, all the way from Lethbridge to Edmonton.


Our first stop was Lethbridge Sewing Center. We taught our “Rule Your Quilts and Reign over your sewing”  class, which introduced many of you to the fun and thrilling technique of ruler quilting. We also had an opportunity to share about the updates to the Memory Craft 9400 and the Horizon MC15000 Quilt Maker. If you haven’t had a chance to pop in to see everyone in Lethbridge, take your next opportunity. They have a lovely store full of fresh modern fabrics and notions.


Next up was Duecks Sewing Centre in Medicine Hat. A fully stocked sewing machine store awaited us, along with many ladies waiting to hear what was new from Janome. It was full to capacity, actually, standing room only! The only unfortunate thing about that day was I had completely lost my voice, and couldn’t even squeak out my own name. Thankfully Liz was there too, and she saved the day. We met so many new faces in Medicine Hat, I can’t wait to return and see what they have been up to. Just before we began our trek to Calgary, we stopped at a super amazing fabric store, called Mook Fabrics. It was like heaven on earth. Everything from quilting fabric, flannels, dress making and activewear, to swim, jersey and tech fabric for coveralls. And the best part, is they were just around the corner from Duecks Sewing Centre.


Once we got to Calgary, we had the pleasure of visiting both the north and south store locations of Sewing World. Full classes awaited us, where we answered lots of questions and shared our samples and new techniques. Sewing World is fully stocked with Janome feet and accessories, making it the perfect spot to pick up something new if you are in Calgary. (PS, my voice still hadn’t returned so I was still not saying too much haha !)


Red Deer Sewing Centre was next on our tour, and it also is a shop focused on machines and accessories. They have a lovely classroom in the back portion of their store, so it made for a quiet location to display our samples about “Hidden Secrets of the MC15000”  in the morning. The afternoon brought a detailed demo using the Janome MC9400 machine and ruler quilting, with our “Rule your Quilts and Reign over your sewing” presentation. And we had a delicious lunch across the road at a local deli, it was so delicious.  Definitely worth stopping in there after you visit the staff  at Red Deer Sewing Center.


Edmonton was our final destination, where we visited Johnson’s Sewing Center (also home of Quilter’s Dream fabrics, which is amazing). They also have a very nice classroom, decorated with samples and projects. We had a full house there as well, for both presentations on our Spring Education Menu. By then my voice had returned, so I had the pleasure of speaking and teaching a lovely audience. If you haven’t had a chance to try out Ruler Quilting, or the new ruler set from Janome, pop in to your local Janome dealer to see what’s new.

Until next time,


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8 Responses to The Janome girls hit the road this Spring!

  1. Yomi says:

    Good day.
    I’m Yomi Ojo based in Lagos Nigeria 🇳🇬, I’ve different janome products, but I’ve little problem with my janome mc 12000 few weeks ago, the machine is not picking the down thread anymore, I mean the upper thread is unable to pick the down thread, what can I do please?
    You can link up 👆 with me on WhatsApp too +2348032804640.
    Best Regards
    From Yomi Ojo,
    Lagos Nigeria🇳🇬.


    • lizafrica says:

      Hi Yomi,

      Unfortunately we are not able to give detailed technical help in this forum. It does sound like you need to take the machine to your local Janome dealer as the timing may possibly be out.


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  2. Donna says:

    ;sure would be nice if you could come to the Kootenays as we never seem to get anyone form Janome in this region and it is not always easy for us to travel to Kelowna for such great things that you can do with these amazing machines. There is a dealer in Trail and it would be nice to see you gals there.


    • lizafrica says:

      Hi Donna,

      We were trying to set up an event this summer in both Trail & Cranbrook but neither of these dealers were able to do this at this time. Maybe next time? It is not through lack of trying!



  3. Eileen Keller says:

    I received a Janome memory craft 10000 from a family member. I am looking for a dealer close to me to go through the machine, and give me some hands on learning. I live near Creston and Cranbrook BC. ( I live in Bonners Ferry, Idaho .) Any recommendations, in Canada or the US?


    • lizafrica says:

      Hi Eileen,

      Please consult the dealer locator pages on both amd We have a dealer in Cranbrook, BC but she is fairly new and so probably wont know the Janome Mc10000 which is an older model machine. But you can call a few dealers and ask if they are prepared to teach you your machine. We also have a dealer in Trail, BC. Alternatively you could try some of the online sewing groups who are very forthcoming with their assistance and advice.



  4. Tammy says:

    Sounds interesting. Hopefully, you’ll take a road trip to Saskatchewan, also.


    • lizafrica says:

      Hi Tammy,

      I was in fact just in Manitoba and Saskatchewan at several stores. Sorry you missed it! And I will be back next month in Saskatoon, Humboldt and Winnipeg.



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