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.

USING OUR EMBROIDERY SOFTWARE TO DIGITIZE DECORATIVE STITCHES

Remember this baggie from earlier this year?  Digitizing that mimics machine decorative stitching? This design was  digitized by Donna Morton of Snip and Stitch, Nanaimo. We did a similar thing with this jellyfish…..digitized by Yvonne Menear and here.  This includes … Continue reading

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GLAD YOU ASKED THAT: WHAT DO ALL THE MARKINGS ON JANOME NEEDLE PLATES MEAN?

Janome’s needle plates are patented and are designed with etched guides to simplify your sewing.   Do you know how to use the etched markings on your needle plate? Let us show you how these markings can help you sew perfect … Continue reading

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PROJECT OF THE MONTH: CURVE APPEAL PILLOW BY TAMARA KATE

Many of you are aware that Tamara kate of http://www.kayajoydesigns.com  has regularly contributed her expertise and enormous design flare in a wide variety of quilted and other projects over the years. You will find these under the Inspire tab on … Continue reading

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Can I use the Janome AcuEdit App if I don’t own a WIFI embroidery model?

Keep reading to the bottom of this post for a very useful video addressing the title of today’s post. But first – about yesterday’s post:  Oh wow! Lots of you have sent comments in since yesterday when we asked what … Continue reading

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Glad you asked that: How do I transfer a design from my Computer to my Embroidery machine?

I get asked this question many times so it becomes another good topic for our “ Glad you asked that series”: HOW DO I TRANSFER A DESIGN FROM MY PC TO MY EMBROIDERY MACHINE? If you have queries after reading … Continue reading

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SPOTLIGHT ON JANOME DEALER: NOVA SEWING CENTRE, ONTARIO

Nova Sewing Centre is one of Canada’s largest Janome dealers. Sean, the owner, purchased the store in Hamilton, Ontario and the store in London, Ontario and subsequently added a third store. There are 2 stores in London and one in … Continue reading

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HAPPY CANADA DAY + SPECIAL INTRODUCTORY OFFER

HAPPY CANADA DAY! To celebrate we thought we would revisit Tamara’s wonderful O Canada quilt created for our Canada 150 a couple of years ago. The pattern for this quilt is still available from Tamara at http://Www.kayajoydesigns.com And now for … Continue reading

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Glad you asked that: Please give us some tips for sewing successfully with plastic or vinyl?

I am asked every so often how do you sew with plastic or vinyl? Good question……….glad you asked that! And today’s post goes together with janome girl’s post on Wednesday this week (19 June) where she has another great vinyl … Continue reading

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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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