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.

Conquering the Buttonhole with Janome Canada Artisan Tania Denyer

Tania Denyer, our Janome Canada Artisan who lives in Ontario, has another treat for us: a super cute Cup sleeve or cup cozy with button hole closure…..take a look at how Tania conquered the buttonhole on her Janome sewing machine. … Continue reading

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It is time for Creativ Festival again!

Yes, the Spring Creativ Festival in Mississauga Ontario is almost upon us again……Friday 13th and Saturday 14th April at the International Centre, Hall 1, Airport Road, Mississauga. I’m about to hop onto a plane to Toronto as I would not … Continue reading

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Sew4home amazes us yet again with their next Janome Maker’s Club project!

Yes, the 3rd great project in the Sew4Home Maker’s Club program is now out and available to whet your sewing appetites!  This month the project is an utterly charming appliqued pillow: Birds on a Wire. This was made on a … Continue reading

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YES…..the news is now officially out……We are very pleased to announce that the Accessory upgrade kit is now available for Janome MC9400. These kits have arrived and are currently being shipped to fill orders from your Janome dealers in the … Continue reading

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You may remember there was an update for AcuSketch APP in December which offered us: The ability to export jef designs  (which was HUGE as it means non wifi enabled embroidery machines can also now benefit from using this wonderful … Continue reading

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Passing on our love of sewing to the next generation

I don’t know about you but I really want my grand-daughters and grandson (if they wish) to learn how to sew. It does something special in my soul and heart to be able to show them what I do and … Continue reading

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St Patrick’s Day…….another cute little project from Tania

Tania has shared many great quick little applique projects with us before. This is another one just in time to celebrate St Patrick’s Day!  Tania is one of our Janome Artisans and sews on the Janome Skyline S7.  Here is … Continue reading

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Introducing our new Educator in the Canadian Prairies: Erin Aumack

Erin began sewing at an early age – she was just 9 years old when she used a vintage Janome made machine with cams that belonged to her great grandmother! She started out making clothes because it was hard to … Continue reading

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You might have missed our post on this foot just before Christmas> Or possibly you read it but were too busy with Santa, turkey & cranberry sauce to remember it?  We thought we would mention this again as it really … Continue reading

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Janome at the Oscars!

A Janome machine (of course) was used to work on this special dress. See this link Isa Kriegeskott is a Janome America Artisan who was instrumental in the production of this dress for Emily Ratajkowski’s  date with the Oscars. Naturally … Continue reading

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