So our Janome Canada booth at Creativ Festival in Mississauga, Ontario (Toronto) got a great new look last weekend! Our Central Canada Sales Rep, Amna, designed the booth decorations and we got lots of ooh’s & aah’s. It was a different backdrop to that boring show drape and our Canada 150 inspired quilt made by Tamara Kate was gracing centre position. On the table you will see Tamara Kate’s pillow. This is a smaller version of the wall quilt and instructions for how to make this will be available as a free download from our website next month. Subscribe to our janomelife blog and when these instructions are posted, you will be informed.

You will also notice the lovely Blue Fig Tamara Kate sewing luggage to the right of the table and below in another pic: roller tote, carry bag, notions bag and thread caddy (not shown). We already  did a post about these earlier – check it out if you missed or don’t remember that post. 

Tamara has done some wonderful creative things with us before: here and here and here.

We just love the little embroidered bicycle on these Blue Fig bags & totes – designed by Tamara Kate and digitized by Celine Ross, our Janome Educator in Montreal. Actually Tamara hails from Montreal as well.

So back to the Spring Creativ Festival last weekend…….it was a busy and fun show for us. So many of you stopped by the booth. It was lovely to spend time talking to you about our wonderful Janome machines and addressing your questions.  And there sure was lots of interest in our Limited Edition Canada 150 machine with maple leaf logo’s – sitting on the table under the wall quilt and next to the pillow and featured on this recent post. 

And we will be back in the very exact same spot next month……YES….. are you planning to attend Quilt Canada 2017 in Hall 1 at International Centre, 9600 Airport Road, Mississauga? Janome (one of the major sposnors of Quilt Canada) will be there again with lots to share & show on our Janome booth.

See you there.


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Introducing another Guest blogger and Janome Artisan: Andrea Ford






We are pleased to introduce Andrea Ford who is the founder of RE:Style Studio Toronto.


Growing up in St.John’s, Newfoundland, I was always crafting, scouring my older sister’s magazines and redecorating my bedroom with the Sears catalogue. My Saturdays were spent in Fabricville planning my next sewing project and my rocking Saturday nights spent making psychedelic lycra leggings on my mother’s moody Golden Touch machine. I took evening sewing classes in middle school with middle aged women, making tailored shirts and finely pleated pants while my friends were at soccer or swimming. At the same time, I made furniture with my father – an industrial arts teacher – and installed pine crown mouldings and a hand painted border in my bedroom.

But in school I excelled at science, so I completed a BSc in Psychology for my first degree while working part time at Gap to fulfill my fashion and fabric obsessions. I missed my sewing machine. I missed making things with my hands. A basic portable sewing machine for christmas reset my career goals, and my new path to fashion school was sparked. Gala outfits and hand-beaded slip dresses took over my apartment.

*From left to right: Early fashion with my 90’s “athleisure” sewing. My high school semi-formal dress made from a mash-up of pre-made patterns. Portfolio building for my Ryerson School of Fashion interview in 2001 while finishing my psychology degree. My first year garment for Ryerson School of Fashion based on architecture in Toronto.

Pivoting to fashion communications, an internship at Style at Home magazine showed me how to use my fashion skills, sewing and trend research on home decor and styling, and my worlds collided.



Taking my fashion experience to home decor. One of my first editorials for Style at Home combining fashion and home decor. 2004.


Makeovers and DIY projects packaged with an editorial spin got me to the Home Editor of Chatelaine magazine until the recession of ’08/09 caused a hiring freeze in publishing. And once again I’d find myself crafting in my spare time, redesigning my apartment for a before and after and learning to reupholster and refinish my hand-me-down furniture. While I thought a collection of remade furniture would be the key to my entrepreneurial ventures, it was teaching upholstery and custom furniture making and re-upholstery that became the core of my business through my brick and mortar studio: RE:Style Studio.



One of my first upholstery projects crammed in the basement of my Toronto apartment.




In 2010, to furnish my studio with sewing machines I collected relics from my basement in Newfoundland, refurbished school machines and a few randoms but we always had varying threading techniques, tension issues and bobbins of all kinds. Partnering with Janome and featuring the Janome 1600P machine in our studio has allowed RE:Style clients and staff the experience of working on a solid machine.

Tension issues? Never. Our stitches are always consistent so topstitching has become a big feature in custom work. The all-metal Janome 1600P can handle 4+ layers of faux leather as well as delicate voile for sheers, not to mention the magic that is a velvet foot! We don’t need computerized stitches. A single straight stitch machine with major semi-industrial strength is perfect for upholstery sewing. We’ve added sewing workshops dedicated to home decor projects such as zippered accent cushion covers, piped seat cushions and more on our calendar.

Our new east Toronto location – post epic renovation – with dedicated classroom, fabric lounge and custom studio.

These days it’s the day to day running of a physical location and developing new workshops + designing furniture that keeps me crazy busy. I’m keeping my team small so I can stay close to the making process. I still “self-medicate” with sewing projects and always try to find new ways to make, or remake, substantial DIYS. Rather than jigsaw puzzles or video games, I take apart furniture or research construction to find a way to do it with the transferable skills I have and the tools I know how to use best. I have many days that I look around my studio and feel grateful for the ability to make a living from making.

Working in upholstery can be physically taxing. I enjoy time to sit, sew and recover for at least a day a week when we have sofa cushion covers, bench cushions, accent cushions or any other sewing projects.

Top stitching heavy duty seat cushion covers made from outdoor fabric for a busy family’s kitchen bench.

I’m looking forward to sharing fashion+home tutorials, tips and projects with Janome as we find even more reasons to love working the Janome 1600P.

How has your path to becoming a maker informed your life, career and hobbies? Share your story!

Thank you, Andrea for sharing your Maker story with us. We look forward to more input from you.  In fact…….do stay tuned (subscribe to janomelife and never miss a blog post!). Andrea has a 3 part series coming up this month which I’m sure many of you are going to find very useful and inspiring. Watch for these each Thursday during May.

And do let us know what you think:

Do you do Home Dec sewing?

Do you identify with Andrea’s story?

Do you have hints & tips to offer?

Are you inspired to sew?

Do you “self-medicate” with sewing?! 

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Just look at Janome Canada’s newest machine: The Canada 150 Limited Edition model

Canada 150 – M100 QDC (continued)

When people are wishing to buy a sewing machine, one of the first questions is this: ‘Is this model strong enough to sew in thick fabrics?’ The elegant outer appearance of the Janome machines hides a solid metal chassis. This is what gives our machines the robust interior and strength to sew just about anything! The Canada 150 – M100 QDC interior  looks like  this: 

Metal chassis

This internal strength is very unique and makes Janome what it is: affordable quality. Coated with a beautiful outer shell, here is a machine that is suitable for all types of sewing use.

Machine TK high

150 – M100 QDC

Whether for garment construction, garment repairs & mending, home decoration, quilting, or for crafts, this machine is equipped with the features you will need need to perform these tasks.

The Canada 150 – M100 QDC  offers  100 utility, decorative and satin, stretch + quilting stitches. Here is the chart with all the pictograms of the stitches:

Charter of points

But … there is an apparent difference between a pictogram and a stitch. To visualize these stitches, why not sew them all? …… yes, when you get a sewing machine, you should take the time to study it – what a great way to practice??

Points 1

Utility Section – Button Section – Overlock Section – Applique Section – Satin Section

The feet used to sew these stitches are included with the machine:

  • All-purpose foot ‘A’
  • Satin Foot ‘F’
  • ‘R’ Buttonhole Foot
  • Invisible hem foot ‘G’
  • Overlock ‘C’

Points 2

Decorative Possibilities abound!  

The feet used to sew the stitches on this square are included with the machine:

  • Satin Foot ‘F’
  • Satin foot ‘F2’

All the stitches are adjustable in width and length which adds versatility  – as you can see on both samples. (to be continued… what will Celine show us next?)

Logo 150e

Visit your local authorized Janome dealer to see the Janome Canada 150 – M100 QDC in action:  a demonstration, see samples, and … especially to try it out!

Translated & edited from a post on Vie Janome by Celine Ross.

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Scrappy Spring Table Runner



I have this awesome bin of fabric scraps. I’m *that* person who can’t throw away something that might have a use some day… down the road… even though I don’t know when.

Typically the bin gets pulled out when I’m doing paper piecing. Often I’ll find the perfect pieces at just the right size, even if I have to root around for it first!

But the bin has been overflowing lately and it was time to tame the beast. I dedicated a couple of evenings one week to dutifully going through all the scraps, finding pieces that were big enough, pressing them with my iron, and cutting them out in to perfect little squares. I still didn’t have a plan for them. But I felt they might get better used this way.


It is finally spring here in Winnipeg (somewhat, we had a bit of a relapse into the cooler temps this week but I’m hopeful warmer weather is literally just around the corner).

So I decided to finally pull out those perfect little pile of scrappy bits and pull together a new table runner for my dining room.

This is one of those projects you can just kinda make up as you go!

I laid everything out and then sat back for a bit and made sure I was happy with the colours. I didn’t put a lot of thought into it, just placed the pieces in random order. But I did want to make sure I didn’t have duplicates or an unwilling pattern sneak up on me.


Using a quarter inch seam allowance, I pieced together the short rows first.


I’m always amazed how much you lose in length with that seam allowance. The math makes sense but it’s still always surprises me.


Then I pieced all the short rows together.


I decided to do just a white border around all four sides. My border ended up being 6 inches in width.

DSC_3945And of course, I stitched-in-the-ditch (SITD) all of the scrappy pieces using my walking foot on my Janome Skyline S7.

I’m a staunch SITD supporter. I always feel any other design you quilt really pops when you take your time and SITD. It also holds your batting in place which is particularly important when you are quilting larger pieces.


After playing with all those scrappy bits, I picked a binding fabric that would play off all those colours and frame the entire project. Call me crazy but I love creating my own binding and the whole process of sewing it on.

I’m super excited about this fresh new piece for the dining room.

What spring projects are you currently working on? Scrappy bits — save or toss? And what about stitch-in-the-ditch, yay or nay?

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CANADA CELEBRATES 150 YEARS SINCE CONFEDERATION……and Janome celebrates with a Special Edition sewing machine. 

150 years … That’s something to celebrate !!!Logo 150e

The logo of 150-M100QDC Special Edition for Canada’s 150th, was designed by Canadian artist Tamara Kate who is one of our Janome Artisans as well.  www.kayajoydesigns.com

Throughout Canada’s history, generations of seamstresses have adopted the art of quilting for practical and creative purposes. Canada’s quilt guilds are a great way to meet friends who share this passion. There is a HUGE celebration and charity quilting project currently underway with the Canadian Quilters Association/ACC with the BIG QUILT BEE .  Quilters all over  Canada – and beyond – are currently busy making blocks, quilt tops and quilting (hopefully) 1000 quilts to donate to Ronald MacDonald Houses across Canada.

Discover Canada’s quilt organizations. You will find inspiring galleries, a variety of quilt resources and membership information on Associations websites.

Courtepointe Quebec www.courtepointequebec.com  Logo 2

Canadian Quilters Association  www.canadianquilter.com Logo 1

Especially for Canada’s 150th anniversary, Janome presents the Canada 150 – M100QDC SPECIAL EDITION sewing machine. What a beautiful initiative … What a beautiful gesture of recognition!

Machine Tamara Kate

But Janome does not do things by half … here is the logo digitized in 3 versions by Freelance Janome Educator, Yvonne Menear. Celine proudly embroidered these designs:

FE 1


Stem Stitch Outline Leaf


FE 2

Textured Fill Stitches Leaf


FE 3


Stylized String Leaf

The Canada 150 ( M100QDC) is stylish yet powerful. To appreciate the characteristics and the electronic functions that make this machine a dream, it is best to sit down at the machine and sew!  Watch for a further post where Celine presents her samples and project!

Visit your local authorized Janome Canada dealer to see the Canada 150 limited edition  (M100QDC) in action:  a demonstration, see samples, and … especially to try it out !!!

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Are you the happy owner of a Janome Cover Pro? Either the Cover Pro 2000CPX or the Cover Pro 1000?  I think I might just consider having a finger nail pulled out rather than part with my Janome Cover Pro (well probably not but you catch my drift!)


I LOVE that it has a huge throat plate which is SO much easier for constructing and hemming my projects.


I am also VERY happy with the free arm. I find this is an essential feature when hemming in-the-round especially with narrow circles like cuffs & pant legs. SO glad I have this feature as it makes my garment construction such a breeze.


I could go on & on…..there are so many good reasons why Janome is famous for this extremely popular coverhem serger.  Ease of threading; easy to operate; reliable quality; Janome support; built-in thread stand; no fuss tension; incredible tension release system for going over seams etc;

pic courtesy of sodbik.ru

or  the range of great optional accessories;

pic courtesy of haehwelt-flach.de

…… But today I would like to share one MORE thing: there is a new foot for the Janome Coverhem machines.  Enter the NEW enhanced coverhem foot



This foot is a little shorter and thicker than the current foot and delivers a great result especially when sewing multiple layers of thin fabric or on uneven surfaces (eg over seams?). This foot feeds the fabric very smoothly; stitch quality is great and skipped stitching is avoided.


This foot is compatible with ALL of the following Janome and Elna models: Janome Coverpro 1000; Janome Coverpro 2000CPX; Elna 444; Elna Easy Cover. 

Contact your local Janome or Elna dealer today to order your new Coverpro foot. The part # for this new foot is #796501015.  Ask your local Janome or Elna dealer in Canada to order this foot for you.  




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Have you heard about THE BIG CANADIAN QUILT BEE?  If not, listen up…….we need your help…… Our national quilting organization: The Canadian Quilters Association/ ACC has decided to really celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday with an awesome charity endeavour. CQA/ACC is aiming to be able to donate 1000 quilts to Ronald MacDonald Houses across Canada. 

A rather lovely article has just been published about this project on the Quilts Inc website (Quilts Inc is the organization which produces Quilt Market and Festival in Houston and several other large quilt shows in the USA).  Please read all about Canada’s 150th  and the Big Quilt bee here. 

In addition, pics and reports about the making of these 12 or 24 block slab quilts is all over Facebook, and many other quilting related blogs, Facebook pages and websites. Quilts and quilt tops are pouring in from all over Canada as well from the USA and further afield. It is just too exciting! The Big Quilt Bee has gained traction and is now gathering momentum as Quilt Canada 2017 in June as well as the big official 1st July Canada Day approaches.

Janome is one of the sponsors of the BIG QUILT BEE.  We currently have almost 20 quilt tops here in our Janome office to sandwich, quilt and bind to add to those quilts which will find their way into rooms at Ronald MacDonald Houses to cheer sick kids and their families across Canada. Now we do need to add that we did not personally piece all these quilt tops.  Liz made one 24 slab block quilt top back last October on the Thanksgiving weekend and she thanks the CQA/ACC president, Leslie Whitby who quilted it for Liz.

These quilt tops were donated by quilters in the Fraser Valley of BC.  We believe they handed them in to the CQA/ACC booth at the Abbotsford show last month and we were  given the honours to do the sandwiching & quilting.  Let the quilting begin……..  The plan is to do some Acufeed Flex/ walking foot quilting, some Acufil quilting ( our unique system of using the Janome embroidery machine do the quilting) as well as some free motion quilting. A fun quilting time ahead for sure.

Here are 2 sandwiched and ready for quilting with the big roll of donated batting lying on the floor in front of them. Thank you to N Jeffersons for the batting.

And here are the rest waiting to be sandwiched and quilted. I think most of these quilt tops came from the Abbotsford Quilters Guild, BC but I may be incorrect about this. Hope not? Whoever made them…..THANK YOU you, they are just lovely: bright and cheerful quilt tops.

This bee hive shows the number of quilts currently handed in to CQA/ACC. The number is rising and is updated every so often. YOU CAN HELP CQA/ACC REACH THE GOAL OF 1000 QUILTS.

Have you caught the BIG QUILT BEE fever yet? We sure hope so as it is the very loveliest type of fever to catch! Check out this website for more information about how you can become involved. 



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We shine the spotlight on our Janome Canada Artisan: Cynthia Frenette

Cynthia with her Janome Horizon MC8200

Cynthia has been working with Janome Canada for a while and I know that many of you have seen some of her work firsthand as we carried some of Cynthia’s lovely Maker Series items around to show you at shows and Janome events since last Fall 2016. Cynthia lives in Beautiful BC and you are most welcome to check out her creativity on Instagram  or on her website.  Cynthia is a very creative lady who not only quilts but also designs fabric for Robert Kaufmann Fabrics and operates a Design/Graphics business as well.  Janome is proud to be associated with Cynthia.

You might remember this quilt above from some years ago – in 2012 to be precise – ” Mr Crow ” made by Cynthia which was the FIRST place winner in a Janome quilt competition we held here in Canada. 

We also mentioned Cynthia in a Book review we did on janomelife in June 2016 : Cheryl Arkison of Calgary, Alberta collated a rather nice collection of quilt artists and Cynthia was one of the quilters who is featured in this book with her “bacon” quilt.  The book was called “You inspire me to quilt”

Cynthia’s “bacon” quilt                      Pic courtesy of C&T Publishing

More recently was the simply lovely quilt and pillow below which Cynthia made for the Janome Maker series of machines and our Maker Look Book.  See pages 3-6 for Cynthia’s contributions to this Look Book. I’m sure many of you will recognize these pieces from when we displayed them at shows around Canada or we held them up for you to admire at Janome Dealer events over the last 6-8 months. Cynthia designed the quilt in keeping with the colourful logo on the Maker series of machines (see below for machine pics).

The Mod Pods Pillow, by Cynthia Frenette for Janome

And here is another quilt Cynthia made : Good Friends and Glitter

Our great Janome Maker series of machines + the Limited Edition Canada 150 model featured below. All are now available and in stock in Canada. Ask your local Janome dealer today to show you why these are such a great addition to your sewing room. 

Isn’t this machine just pretty and perfect for commemorating Canada’s 150th AND sewing at the same time?? It comes standard with a quilting table, quilting kit, Ditch quilting foot and that ever so cute little pin cushion on the top of the machine!! Ask your local Janome Canada dealer today for more information.

And keep watching janomelife and more…….Cynthia is currently working on another  project to inspire you……. Coming this summer………. Bet you can’t wait to see WHAT’S NEXT  with Janome!


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Happy Easter Monday! Cute bunny over at Thread Riding Hood. Sherri is one of our Janome Artisans in Canada. She has just published a great blog post with very good information with step-by-step instructions of how to use your Janome embroidery machine to do your quilting.……letting the embroidery unit and hoop do the work of quilting. Aaahhh…….what a way to lighten the load and get the job done quickly and perfectly using Janome AcuDesign App and Janome embroidery! You may wish to check it out.

Sherri is using the Janome Skyline S9 sewing and embroidery combo machine but this same technique can be achieved easily on all of our Janome embroidery machines. Some models have a dedicated hoop for this: the Acufil Quilting hoops (MC11000; MC12000; MC15000, MC500E).

Have you tried quilting with your embroidery hoop?? Perhaps you’d like to share some of your Janome machine embroidery quilting successes on our comment forum? We’d love to hear from you.

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International Centre, Entrance 1
6900 Airport Rd, Mississauga, ON Canada L4V 1E8
with free parking!


Get in early at 9am with advance tickets and e-tickets

Friday, April 28 – 10:00am to 6:00pm
Saturday, April 29 – 10:00am to 5:00pm

And, of course, Janome will be there!

This was a pic from last time…..what will our booth look like this time? Ooooo……you need to come to the show to see!

And check out our janomelife post on Easter Monday showing what can be done with this incredible Janome Skyline S9? …….we think you need to come to the show for a chance to win this machine!!!!

Liz will be teaching 2 classes on the Fashion Arts Stage: Serger Magic 101 on Friday at 2.30pm and Serger Magic 201 on saturday at 10.30am. Check out this link for more details.  on page 1 & 2 of this PDF link. 


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