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 sew, read, knit , crochet, travel and spend time with my family and friends.

SATURDAY SEWING: Quick and easy “bite-sized” project: quilted mug rug

Call them mug rugs…..or coasters ……or even mini placemats? Whatever you call them, they remain quick and easy to make so the results are achievable even if you think you don’t have a lot of sewing or quilting skills. The … Continue reading

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Welcome to the world of sewing with your Janome Sewist 740DC!

Did you purchase a Janome Sewist 740DC recently? Or are you thinking about buying a new sewing machine?  The Janome Sewist 740DC is a great computerized sewing machine and it will open up the doors to tons of creative possibilities! … Continue reading

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Monthly Mini Sewing Tips from Sew4Home: How to turn and press skinny ties and straps

Skinny little straps, tiny little ties… they can twist, turn, and generally misbehave. And turning them right side out — yikes! Follow our quick and easy steps to both turn a tube and press it flat using a standard pair … Continue reading

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What is the Elongation function?

  Yes indeed…….WHAT IS ELONGATION FUNCTION? Sounds fancy and it is. Many of our Janome models have this function but you may be unaware of the creative fun sitting right there in front of you…….so here’s a heads up for … Continue reading

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Instagram Live schedule for this week July 6-10

We have an Instagram Live EVERYDAY for you this week…. Maybe you’d like to set alarms on your phone so you don’t forget to watch!  PLEASE note that the time EVERY DAY will be 1pm Eastern on the applicable IG … Continue reading

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Saturday Sewing: Working with Metallic threads

We recently had an Instagram Live with Celine about Metallic threads. There was a request during the Live to offer you the information in a written format. Here it is. Thank you, Celine. Collection of 8 Madeira Metallic thread in … Continue reading

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Welcome to the World of Serging with the Janome Four DLB

Perhaps you purchased our Janome Four DLB serger recently? or maybe you have another very similar Janome serger? Or maybe you are thinking about possibly buying a serger?  Well, we have info for you today!  Sergers like the Janome Four … Continue reading

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What do fringe flowers, Janome C30; 2000CPX and the MC6650 have in common?

Not a trick question! We want to be sure you are all aware that we have a relatively NEW You Tube channel called Janome Life …..of course!……..where we have approx.  75 videos ready and waiting for your sewing entertainment and … Continue reading

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HAPPY CANADA DAY!!

Happy birthday to us here in Canada!! We have had, shall we say, an interesting year so far. Certainly unprecedented, sometimes stressful, sometimes anxious, sometimes quiet and lonely, sometimes fun and creative. We guess the Pandemic has stretched us all … Continue reading

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Instagram Live schedule for this week June 29 – July 3

We have an Instagram Live EVERYDAY for you this week…. Maybe you’d like to set alarms on your phone so you don’t forget to watch!  PLEASE note that the time EVERY DAY will be 1pm Eastern on the applicable IG … Continue reading

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