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.

Welcome Melissa Marginet – introducing our new Janome Canada Artisan

              We have not done a formal  introduction of Melissa although her details have been posted on our  Janome Canada website for a week or 2. Melissa Marginet of Manitoba, Canada is our newest … Continue reading

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Sunday Sewing: Quilting -in-the-ditch + NEW Manual Dual Feed setting with video

For those of us who love to sew/quilt/embroider/sew garments  or all of the above, I have little doubt that we have many projects to keep us busy. I have so many UFO’s that I am ashamed to even count them, … Continue reading

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THE JANOME HD9 – what’s the buzz, how to oil? etc

One of our Janome Canada Artisans, Celine from Blue Calla patterns, suggested I might like to join the Facebook group for Janome HD9 users. Now I’m going to be honest and say that I am not much of a fan … Continue reading

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Janome wins another award for our Continental M7

  We are thrilled to announce that Janome has just been given a second prestigious award for our Janome Continental M7.  We have featured this machine on janomelife many times and are so excited that it has received this recognition. … Continue reading

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Instagram Live today

A reminder we will be having another  Instagram Live today at 10am Pacific/11am Mountain/1pm Eastern time. What if we have ripped our jeans and dont want to (or can’t) go out shopping> So what do we do? Janome to the … Continue reading

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Sunday Sewing …….what’s under your needle today?

What is under your needle today?  By all accounts, creative people are doing just that……creating.  I have finished up my embroidered Peacock Wall hanging……. Now to get organized to put it up without making too many holes in the wall … Continue reading

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Saturday Sewing: Looking for inspiration and quilting “eye candy”?

Then look no further as we have good news for you today: Tamara Kate’s new project for Janome is now posted to our website under the Inspire Tab. Here is the link:  I’m not going to tell you much … Continue reading

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Looking for sewing projects to keep the kids busy?

My little one got a Janome from Santa and is now getting pretty bored at home. We can’t see them as mom & dad work in essential services so they have self-isolated from us. But I was checking out Pinterest … Continue reading

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How to sew a face mask

A lot has changed in just one short week……..We published a step-by-step pictorial tutorial including a pattern to download on You may find  this helpful. There are also links to other important and applicable information. Please read this if … Continue reading

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Beginner’s Guide to Janome Coverstitching

See those two rows of stitches on your T-shirt hem? They are not just for looks — but they do look kind of cool! – they allow the garment to stretch without breaking stitches. Fancy meeting the machine behind these … Continue reading

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