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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.

ARTISTIC DIGITIZER PART 5: CHANGE VIEWS

  It is very useful to see all the little details on the work space when digitizing.  Artistic Digitizer helps me to change my point of view so I can see clearly.  Using the icons at the top of the … Continue reading

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More travels with Janomegirl

At the beginning of June, I made my first solo trip into the BC Okanagan, where I visited Anderson Sewing Center in Kamloops. After a brief torrential downpour, and some technical difficulties with my computer, we had a blast learning … Continue reading

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GLAD YOU ASKED THAT: What is the difference between the various Janome needle plates?

  I get quite a few queries about needle plates. Questions like: what is the difference between this one and that one? And our newer HP needle plate has some people confused. I am also asked what all the markings … Continue reading

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INTRODUCING OUR NEW JANOME EDUCATOR IN BC, CANADA

I’m thrilled to introduce you to our new Janome & Elna Educator in BC, Canada: Anne-Margaret Vose of Chilliwack, BC. I met Anne-Margaret some time back where she is a customer at one of our local Janome stores.  Her show … Continue reading

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Have you sewed with cork fabric yet?

If not, why not? It is so easy – Just treat it like slightly stiffer fabric….. Our Janome machines cope with cork like a hot knife through butter! Let me share some info about cork + hints & tips + … Continue reading

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Educator Pick of the month: Janome Circular Attachment

Let’s revisit the wonders of the Janome Circular attachment. Do you think people might think you have been drinking if you try to sew in a perfect circle? Worry no more….we have just the tool for you! Are you intimidated … Continue reading

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Janome Foot of the month: Blind Hem foot G

This month we are not “tempting” you to buy an optional accessory foot. No….. we are reminding you what your G foot is to be used for: the BLIND HEM foot comes included with nearly all of our Janome machines.  … Continue reading

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Here is a cute project idea using AcuSketch App and the Janome MC15000 Quilt Maker

The AcuSketch app is a fast favourite of mine…..Just love being able to doodle on my iPad and then instantaneously send it to my Janome Mc15000 or Janome Skyline S9 to stitch out whatever I doodled. SEW much fun. I … Continue reading

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Announcing the Janomelife giveaway winners + janomelife viewers share their best tips for working with thread

We offered a summer giveaway of thread this month to 3 lucky people………sample packs of Wonderfil thread and we asked that each entrant share her best  Hint or Tip about thread. THANK YOU!! There were some real gems. I decided I … Continue reading

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Glad you asked that: Will the Janome “ruler” foot work on my machine?

For a long time we have been asked this: “Will that ruler foot work on my machine?” And this is even more so lately as Michael, Erin, Yvonne and I have been traveling around Canada doing Rule your Quilt and … Continue reading

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