Author Archives: lizafrica

About lizafrica

I work in the Education Dept at Janome & Elna, Canada and 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 EDGE 15 DIGITAL CUTTER AND SIMPLE CUT SOFTWARE

Kim Jamieson-Hirst of Chatterbox Quilts (www.chatterboxquilts.com) is a Janome artisan and YouTube creator sharing quilting and fabric information each week on her channel (www.youtube.com/chatterboxquilter). For more information, and education, join the Chatterbox Quilts’ Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/ChatterboxQuilts/. Last month (see janomelife … Continue reading

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NOW HERE’S AN INNOVATIVE USE OF JANOME ACUFIL QUILTING…….

Many of you will know Linda from our Janome Canada Toronto office and The Shopping Channel. Linda is now running The Sewing Cafe full time together with her partner, Anna. Lucky for us, she made this great Acufil quilting sample before … Continue reading

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ALMOST TIME FOR THE ABBOTSFORD SEWING SHOW – YAY!!!

The sewing show in Abbotsford is almsot upon us.  And it has a name change too: It is now called the CREATIV FESTIVAL WEST    It is all about sergers in my classes this year in Abbotsford!  I will be … Continue reading

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JANOME DIGITIZER MBX V5.0P : CIRCLES

To differentiate the following functions of the V5 of Janome Digitizer MBX, here are two simple exercises to practice. In the Toolbox, there is the < layout > tab and on the menu drop-down is: Arrangement of circle : duplicate … Continue reading

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PROJECT IDEA: DRAWSTRING TRAVEL JEWELRY CASE

I have had one of these useful little jewelry keepers for many, many years. My late cousin (who I remember very fondly) made one for me as a gift and I have had it since before I emigrated to Canada. … Continue reading

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SHOUT OUT FOR A CANADIAN QUILTING MAGAZINE: QUILTERS CONNECTION

I was eagerly awaiting this issue of Quilter’s Connection magazine as I knew there was an article on Ruler quilting in it – written by my friend, Amy Kraan, who I met at Langley Vacuum and Sewing some time back. … Continue reading

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ALMOST TIME FOR THE VICTORIA SEWING SHOW – YAY!

Yay indeed! And there has been a name change: the Victoria Sewing show is now called Creativ Festival West. And it is eagerly awaited as this show is held once every 2 years and THIS is the year! I will … Continue reading

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EYE CANDY FROM TALENTED JANOME PEOPLE at SNIP and STITCH SEWING CENTRE

I wanted to share these great show & tell projects from Janome customers at SNIP AND STITCH SEWING CENTRE in Nanaimo, BC.  I know how talented so many of our  Janome customers are…….you have shown me over & over the wonderful … Continue reading

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APPLIQUE – THE EASY ARTISTIC EDGE AND JANOME WAY

Kim Jamieson-Hirst has a neat explanation of cutting and embroidering applique spring flowers  for you all today: this was all done on the Artistic Edge 15 Digital Cutter and Janome Mc500E embroidery machine. However, the same applique-in-the-hoop technique is applicable … Continue reading

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SOME APPLIQUE SECRETS……….

As promised last month when we did a post about the various Janome applique feet options, here are some little secrets or tips + resources you might be unaware of: We have mentioned this great website before on janomelife but … Continue reading

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