Author Archives: lizafrica

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.

QUILT CANADA 2019

ONLY 4 DAYS TO GO……..   ARE YOU READY? EXCITED? PACKED? ON YOUR WAY TO OTTAWA?  ……………SEE YOU THERE ON THE JANOME; ELNA AND MADIERA THREAD BOOTHS and in the 9 Janome and Elna sponsored classrooms.  Check out the Quilt Canada … Continue reading

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Name tags? Forget ordering them! Make your own with your Janome sewing machine!

I have had the pleasure of hosting my disabled brother for a vacation here in Canada recently. While with us, we purchased a good deal of new clothing for him so that he could return to South Africa with the … Continue reading

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FOOT OF THE MONTH: OVER EDGE or OVERCAST FOOT M

This foot comes standard with some of our Janome models but can be purchased separately as an optional accessory if you perhaps have a model where it is not a standard accessory. Overedge Foot C with the little brush is … Continue reading

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Janome Canada Artisan: Tamara Kate will be teaching at Quilt Canada 2019

Tamara Kate is a licensed fabric and product designer, quilter and illustrator based in Montreal. Having spent her youth in the Caribbean plays a large part in Tamara’s design aesthetic that is greatly inspired by nature, color and pattern. Early passions for sewing, watercolor … Continue reading

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Does your sewing machine need a new sewed-by-you cover?

We know the need for this but we often forget to cover our machines while they sit waiting for us to return to do more sewing. I know I need to dust my furniture and household surfaces frequently so our … Continue reading

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Your Janome Canada Experts – our Educators and Artisans

It’s been a while since we introduced or “refreshed” the information about our Janome Canada Educators and Artisans. So it is time to bring you up to date on who is part of our Janome Canada team of Educators and … Continue reading

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QUILT CANADA 2019 COUNTDOWN: QUILTING GOES VIRAL

HAVE YOU MADE THE DECISION TO BE AT THIS PREMIER NATIONAL QUILTING EVENT THIS YEAR? We do hope so as this promises to be another very special event. Janome is the major sponsor of Quilt Canada from 9 classrooms of … Continue reading

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INTRODUCING NEW JANOME CANADA ARTISAN : MEAGAN BOTTERILL OF MADE BY MAEG

I have the pleasure of introducing a new Janome Canada artisan to you: Meagan Botterill of  “Made by Meag”.  Meag *loves* fabric………the beauty, excitement, and potential locked away in each bolt and swatch. Luckily for all of you, she’s found … Continue reading

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PROJECT IDEA: ART QUILTED TOTE BAG

I was most fortunate to be able to attend a hands-on class with quilt artist and teacher, Gloria Loughman from Australia in 2018. I already owned 3 of her books, had attended a lecture she presented at a local Quilt … Continue reading

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INTRODUCING NEW JANOME CANADA ARTISAN: CELINE OF BLUE CALLA PATTERNS

  After having children, I decided to leave my career in IT to be a stay at home mom but I quickly realized I needed some type of work to keep myself occupied! I started out sewing children’s clothing, but … Continue reading

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