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.


We would like to share a very useful tutorial video today on how to use the JANOME ACUSETTER APP. This comes to us courtesy of Janome America  – Erin shows us how to make embroidered towels using the Janome Acusetter … Continue reading

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YAY!!………MADEIRA THREAD is now available through Janome and Elna Canada Dealer stores!

Nothing new about Madeira thread.  What is new is that Janome Canada has just become the distributor for Madeira thread. You may ask any Janome or Elna dealer across Canada if they will be stocking this very popular thread.  If … Continue reading

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YES, JANOME IS BACK AGAIN JUST INSIDE THE ENTRANCE. Come visit us with your queries. Perhaps you’d like us to show you some of our new machines?  Maybe you have  a query for us about your current Janome or Elna … Continue reading

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Glad you asked that: How do I do a blind hem?

Or how do I do an invisible hem? You might remember our recent post from Trina on 29th March 2019 where she shared with us how she made a skirt with thick textured fabric and hemmed it with a blind … Continue reading

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Call it a case? a sleeve? a cover? I don’t mind but I sure am finding it extremely useful as I travel around North America with my laptop! The idea came from Pinterest. We were looking for professional and practical … Continue reading

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GLAD YOU ASKED THAT: What is AcuStitch Tool and what is the NEW AcuStitch software?

Do you own the Janome Horizon MC15000 Quilt Maker or previous version of the Janome Mc15000 upgraded to Quilt Maker? YES…….?   NO……? This post is for BOTH of the above answers….trust me and please read on!  The GLAD YOU ASKED … Continue reading

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Yes……it is time again for the Creativ Festival West in Abbotsford on Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd March at the Tradex, Cornell Street, Abbotsford. Check out this link for further information, brochure, class info etc. We will be on the … Continue reading

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Stupendous Stitching goes High Tech! March Project of the month

Do you remember the Stupendous Stitching which kind of went viral on some years back? I saw this technique done all over the place for several years ……here is the post we did back in June of 2012 using … Continue reading

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This HD ROLLER FOOT  foot is brand spanking NEW and is in stock here in Canada. HD stands for HEAVY DUTY.  Please see the above bulletin with good information about what this foot does and when to use it.   To … Continue reading

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YAY!!!!! The Sewing show in Victoria only happens every second year and 2019 is the year. So mark your calendar or enter the dates into your phone: MARCH 8th & 9th at Pearkes Arena on Tillicum Road, Victoria is where … Continue reading

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