Creative Fun with Scrap Busting Projects

The creative education team has been busy creating classes for you to continue learning while we can’t teach in person. 16 different classes to get you excited about creating new projects and learning new techniques with your sewing machine.

I created a travel checkers game. I found the pattern on Pinterest (Nicki’s Homemade Crafts). There are many ideas here if you invest the time to search.

Using buttons for checkers it is a lightweight, small item to throw into the overnight bag. Great to keep the children occupied.

If you would like to see step by step instructions on how to make this and several other projects with scraps, contact your local Janome Dealer to sign up for the Creative Fun with Scrap Busting Projects.

Happy Sewing!

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Janome HQ Instagram Live!

Join us LIVE at 1pm EST @janomehq Instagram page every Wednesday for Janome HQ’s NEW series “Janome’s Magical Machine Mystery Tour” as we highlight a different machine in the Janome line. From entry level to Top of the Line; embroidery machines; longarm quilting machines; sergers and MORE!

What machine and Janome goodies will we talk about this week? It’s a MYSTERY so you must tune in each week for the big reveal! Don’t worry if you can’t make the LIVE presentation, though. They’ll be stored in the IGTV icon on the Janome HQ Instagram Page and later posted as videos on the Janome HQ You Tube channel.

JMMMT Artwork 2

Follow us on the Janome HQ Facebook page and write me at (copy and paste in a new browser) for more information about upcoming on-line classes and (eventually) on site classes at The Janome Sewing and Learning Centre in Oakville, ON; Janome Canada’s Head Quarters.

Happy Sewing and #sharethejanomelove!

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Instagram Live today at 1pm Eastern on @janomecanada

As mentioned in our blog post yesterday, we will have an Instagram Live today at 1pm Eastern where we will explain about our Education Plans for the Fall and Winter.
be sure to tune in or watch the video afterwards on IGTV or later on our You Tube channel Janome Life.





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Changes to our Instagram Lives @janomecanada

It has been said that one of the only certainties in life is change. This extraordinary year has taught us that in spades!

Since early on in the pandemic lock down we have been offering Instagram lives @janomecanada several times per week.  The purpose of this was to reach out to our loyal Janome customers who were stuck at home. Most of us were anxious and were looking for relaxation and creative inspiration with our shared passion of sewing. We started the Instagram Lives so that you could tune in, learn something new and ask us questions. We were not able to travel to your favourite Dealers’ stores to do our usual Janome presentations this Spring and Summer, so this was the next best thing.





We made sure we saved these Instagram Lives on IGTV and also on our Janome Life You Tube channel as some of you told us that you don’t do Instagram. They are all still there ready and waiting for you to watch: just go to the Janome Canada Instagram page and scroll down through all the pretty pics: Each one that has the little IGTV icon (which looks like a TV)  is a video you can watch right there on our @janomecanada Instagram page. OR you can hop on over to our You Tube channel and watch them here.  The Instagram Lives are all saved in the Instagram Live playlist:  easy to find, easy to watch! You can continue to watch these videos on an ongoing basis.

We also ramped up our Janome Life posts right here on this blog. For many weeks, we did a post every single day. Sometimes even more than 1 per day. We know you appreciated and learned a lot from this as you told us – Thank you very much for your feedback. We have now reverted to a more managable level of blog writing and are currently offering around 4 posts per week. Sometimes more, when required. This will probably not change. We know you love janomelife as we see that in the stats which continue to grow  –  Thank you for following us and for commenting and liking our posts.

Michael has also offered Instagram Lives on the new Instagram page for The Janome Sewing and Learning Centre; Janome Canada’s head quarters, @janomehq, during the pandemic and these too were saved for future viewing at the Janome HQ You Tube channel. He continues to offer LIVE presentations @janomehq every Wednesday at 1pm EST, and now has the Janome HQ Facebook page as another means to stay in touch and share the Janome love! He is also working on new things for the Fall, including on-line classes, so be sure to follow @janomehq on Instagram and Janome HQ on Facebook where he will also announce plans for Consumer Education classes at the Janome Sewing and Learning Center in Oakville, Ontario in due course. You may write to Classes@Janome-Canada.Com to be put on the class list, as well.  

This Wednesday  9thSeptember,  Michael  will  continue  with  his  Magical  Mystery  Machine  tour.  1pmEastern  as usual.

We will still offer some Instagram Lives on @janomecanada but this will not be on a regular weekly basis. We will announce these ahead of time on this Janome Life blog  – so do be sure you have followed us so you don’t miss them. We will have an Instagram Live tomorrow Tuesday 8th September at 1pm Eastern to give you further information about our ongoing plans for Education support across Canada.

However, it is time to switch our focus and offer ONLINE classes for our Janome Canada customers this Fall.  This will be done through your favourite Janome Canada dealer. Bookings for these classes are already coming in  – we are currently scheduling dates and times with specific dealers who have contacted us to book any of the 16 topics we have on offer. If you would like to attend any of these classes, please ask your favourite Janome Canada dealer if they will be hosting these classes.

What Topics are we offering? Please scroll down this post for more information OR watch our Instagram Live coming up TOMORROW.  We will explain more, answer your queries and show you a few samples we have made for these online classes.

How will it work? Once  your dealer has booked online class(es) with me, Liz, (National Education Manager at Janome Canada), we will set up a specific online class code which your dealer will provide to you together with information including advice about ensuring good connectivity and a Wish List for that class. Each class will be offered at a specific time and will not be available to watch later like our Instagram Lives. You will need to tune in at the time arranged for the class…..just like when the educators visit our Dealers stores to do presentations.  Each class is approx. 2 hours long. You will attend the class online at home using your computer (PC or Mac) or your smart phone or iPad/tablet. If you have not used the online platform we will be using before, the code you get from your dealer includes a link to download the app/software so you can log on and enjoy what we have to teach you.  All very easy once you have the information.  If you have not done it before, you will surprize yourself about how easy it is!

Here are the topics currently on offer for online classes with your local Janome Canada Dealer:

  1. The Perfect Pair

Want to find out more about the incredible Janome Continental M7 and MC550E? It has been SEW much fun to separate the sewing and embroidery and get double done! This is a great opportunity to discover what sets these machines apart from other machines ….. whether you own one or both machines or whether you are thinking about it….this class is for you. Bring your sewing and embroidery questions to this class. 

  1. Janome Sergers and Coverhems

What does a Janome serger and a coverhem machine offer? How to thread up, different stitch options, hints and tips, feet and accessories, project ideas. This topic is presented in a series of THREE online classes for sergers and THREE for Coverhems (6 in total): Discover how to thread up a Janome serger or a Coverpro; different stitch program demo’s; see optional accessories in action and absorb plenty of hints and tips for serger and coverhem success.

  1. Embroidery software

THREE sessions on Artistic Digitizer software. Each session will build upon the previous using the same set of designs to achieve different digitizing outcomes.  This would be a great opportunity for those who purchased the Artistic Digitizer during our free trial period a few months back to follow along, learn more about the software, ask questions and expand their digitizing skills.

  1. Notion Commotion for Quilters

An excellent opportunity to learn about Janome machine quilting; feet and accessories. Have you wondered how to continue once you have the top all pieced? This class will walk you through the process from piecing to binding: Watch demos, ask questions, put your Janome machines and tools to good use. A great skill builder learning opportunity.

5. Creative Janome hints; tips & project ideas for stash-busting

We offer fun and creative ways to use up scraps….and then buy more fabric!  During our 1 ½ – 2 hour online class, we will show at least 4 projects that are ideal for using up your scraps of fabric while using various Janome feet and machine features.

6. Using your Janome machine and accessories to make gifts :  Gifts for the Food Fanatic in which we use the Janome MC550E and Continental M7 to show Host/ess and other gifts from personalized embroidered tea towels (using feet like the couching & beading feet) to using the Quilt Binder set to cute embroidered mug rugs……lots of ideas to put your Janome machines and feet to work and make your foodie friends smile!


7. Using your Janome machine and Accessories to make  gifts: Elegant Eco-Friendly Gifts with Janome

There has been a strong switch to using more eco-friendly items. We show you how you can use your Janome machines and feet to help you make the switch: reusable gift wrapping; Plant pot cozy; table napkins; upcycled tote bag; eco-friendly make up removal pads and more ……..put your Janome machines to work for the good of our environment!

8. Sewing for your Home with Janome.

Pillows, bed linen, table linen ++ using Janome feet and machine features to embellish and renew your home décor. Ruffles; pleats, embellishing, embroidery on towels. A must for those who want to beautify their homes, put their machines to work and not pay top $ for mass produced or dubious quality home décor items.

9. Conquering Hemming and mending like a Pro!

Learn all there is to hemming and quick, easy repairs. Hemming jeans keeping the authentic jeans look;  best ways to hem sheers as well as heavy decorator fabrics……and there will be no need to be afraid of hemming knits after this class!  Whether you work with a Janome sewing machine, serger or coverhem machine…..this class has something for everyone, even those who only sew when occasional mending is needed.

What are you waiting for?

Call your favourite Janome Canada Dealer today to find out how and when you can attend these online classes……brought to you by the Janome Canada Education team. 

Looking forward to seeing you in a Janome Canada Dealer online class soon!


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Instagram live @janomehq this Wednesday 9 September at 1pm Eastern

Tune in every Wednesday to see which fabulous machine we’ll be talking about next! From entry level to Top of the Line; embroidery machines, longarm quilting machines, sergers, and MORE! Don’t worry if you miss a LIVE presentation, though. They’ll be stored for later in viewing in the IGTV on the Janome HQ Instagram page, and on the Janome HQ You tube channel

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Saturday sewing: Kid friendly little project.

Wanting a fun project to amuse kids on a weekend? I watched this Facebook Live from Janome America and Kimberley Einmo a while ago and was inspired to make a similar “Done before Dinner” project. Thank you, Kimberly. I now use my iPad rice pillow or stand every day!  Look for Kimberly’s video on Facebook > Janome Sewing Machines > videos > Kimberly Einmo Done before Dinner series.  It has add yarns and decorative trims to your projects with couching techniques in the video title. 

“Done before dinner” iPad stand filled with rice. Courtesy of Janome America and Kimberly Einmo

I used a green cotton/linen blend fabric and couched a slightly bubbly yarn as embellishment – as suggested by Kimberly.  You could, of course, recycle denim jeans and make your iPad stand from upcycled materials. 

iPad in place. The size of the stand can be made smaller for a phone or different tablet.

So recently I had 2 little people staying over as their Mom & Dad’s shifts overlapped and there is no childcare on weekends. So we got sewing together! 

They chose fabric in my stash and we cut 2 pieces of fabric for each of them measuring approx 9 x 6 inches. Kimberley suggests 12 x 9 inches in her Facebook Live but I wanted these to be a little smaller to accommodate their phones.

To make it an easier and quicker project for them (attention spans are fairly short at that age) I omitted the couching embellishment and just had them sew their little cell phone pillows together. 

There was a strong need to catch the wave of the attention span and get the job done quickly. This little project delivered!

Fold in half right sides together so it will be a double layer 6 x 4.5 inches with a fold down the one side. 

Sew as follows ( there is a video on Janome Sewing Machines Facebook page where Kimberly shows how to make this):

  1. Sew one short 4.5 inch side leaving an opening of about 2 inches in the middle of the seam (so you can add the rice later)
  2. Now sew the long side seam. 
  3. Turn the fabric on the other short side to form a triangle sort of shape. The side seam will be in the centre of this 4.5 inch seam and not at the end. Sew closed like in #1 leaving a similar 2 inch opening for the rice filling. 
  4. Trim the corners to reduce bulk. 
  5. Turn right side out. You will need to give a bit of assistance here as it is a little fiddly to get it turned out through that 2 inch hole. Poke the corners gently. 
  6. Line up the bottom edge of the pillow with the 1 – 1.5 inch needle plate marking and stitch right across. Stitch again about 1/2 inch further into the pillow. This creates the little “furrow” where the iPad or phone will rest. 
  7. Now comes the fun part with the rice. Take care supervising the little ones or you may end up with rice all over your floor! You need a funnel and a little cup to transfer rice. Much fun was had playing with the rice! I think it was a good thing for a rainy day as we had not been able to go to the waterpark – playing with rice instead of sand at the beach was a diversion. Yay for Kimberly’s project!  
  8. Fill the short bottom section first. Fill with rice using the funnel and whip stitch closed. 
  9. Then fill up the other part – it takes about 3 cups of rice per “pillow”. Whip stitch closed as well. 

They were both very proud of their achievement and the cell phones were put to the test on their new little cell phone pillows real quick. Speaking as a grandma: is it not a little weird to see this when some of us maybe only got our first cell phones well into our adulthood?! Times sure change.

Whip stitching is a skill to be perfected but it sure got the job done to keep the rice inside the fabric pocket!

We were sewing on the Janome MC15000 as that is what I have set up and ready. However, this project can be sewed on ANY Janome sewing machine as all you need is a straight stitch. Very kid friendly and probably took less than 1/2 an hour to complete. 

  1. Thank you Kimberly for the inspiration and totally useful little project! 
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Embellishing a Bag Strap with the MC6650

Since my area of expertise is designing and sewing bag patterns, I really wanted to incorporate some of the decorative stitches that come with the Janome MC6650 into my work. I used my Daisy Crossbody bag sewing pattern and decided to embellish the crossbody strap. 

If you’d like to incorporate some decorative stitching onto your bag straps, it’s incredibly simple to do! (The same or similar decorative stitches are available on MANY of our Janome machines so you can follow along and use this tutorial even if you do not own the Janome MC6650. Ed.) 

Before starting, here are some important tips and things to consider: 

  1. You’ll want to decide if you want the decorative stitching to be obvious or subtle. If you want the stitching to stand out, you’ll want to select a thread colour for your decorative stitching that contrasts with the strap fabric. I used a regular weight polyester thread in light pink on black Essex linen for my strap.  Before starting, I sewed some tests on a scrap to make sure I would be pleased with the end result. 
  2. Use a new needle for your machine. If you’re uncertain if your needle is fresh, be cautious and replace it with a new one. A dull needle can cause the thread to shred in the middle of stitching or cause threads to pull in your fabric. 
  3. Use a full bobbin. Make sure to start any embellishments with a bobbin that is completely full of thread to avoid running out in the middle of sewing your decorative stitches. It is very difficult to start/stop a decorative stitch and make it look unflawed. 

Let’s get started!

Step 1: Prepare your strap. 

For this tutorial, I am making a crossbody strap that is 54” long by 1.5” wide. An adjustable crossbody strap is usually longer than the width of most fabrics. Therefore, you will need to sew together lengths of fabric until you have the final length desired for the strap. Because a fabric strap is folded in half twice to make it 4 layers thick, you need to cut the fabric strip (4) times the final desired width. Since I wanted a 1.5”  adjustable strap, I cut my fabric strap piece 6” wide x 54” long.

I also recommend interfacing the strap fabric to make it more durable and to provide some stability to the fabric for the decorative stitching. I have used my Blue Calla light weight woven interfacing, but you can fuse any lightweight woven fusible interfacing to the wrong side of your fabric. 

Step 2: Press your strap.

a)  Start by pressing both shorter ends of your strap piece ½” in towards the wrong side.

b)   Next, fold your strap in half along the entire length, wrong sides together, and press.

c)  Unfold your strap to reveal the center crease. Fold in both halves of the strap along the entire length, wrong sides together, so the raw edges meet at the middle. Press the strap as you are folding. 

d)  Fold your strap in half again along the original center crease and press again. Your strap should now be 1.5” wide, and the long raw edges will be encased in the middle.

Step 3: Sew your strap.

a)  I have chosen to add the decorative stitching using a method that will prevent the bobbin thread from showing on the underside of the strap. To do this, the strap must be unfolded completely, including the shorter ends that were folded in step 2a. The strap will now be divided in (4) sections that are 1.5” wide and separated by fold creases. Draw a mark at one short end of the strap along the raw edge, in the center of the 1.5” section to the right of the center fold crease as shown in the photo above.

b) Select your desired decorative stitch function. I am using Stitch 152 in Mode 2. I also increased the stitch width (9.0) and length (3.0) to the maximum values allowed for this particular stitch. I am using my Zig Zag foot “A”and the regular needle plate (NOT the straight stitch plate!).

c) Place your strap under your foot with the mark you made in step 3a aligned with the opening in your foot. You will start sewing at the raw edge of your strap. This way, when you’re done re-folding your strap at the ½” fold, there will be no loose threads at the end of your strap and your decorative stitching will be more secure. 

d) Start sewing, making sure your foot stays in the middle of the 1.5” section to the right of the middle fold. When you get to the opposite end of the strap, continue sewing to the raw edge at the end of the ½” folded section.

e) Refold your strap so it is 1.5” wide and your decorative stitches are along one side. Use clips to hold the strap in place. 

 f) To complete the sewing of my strap, I switched to my Janome HD9 Professional. Using a 1/8” seam allowance, sew all the way around the entire strap. Leave your needle in the down position when rotating at the corners. (Note that Celine used the Janome Ultra Glide foot for the HD9 for this step. Ed.) 

Your strap is now ready to sew to your bag OR have rectangle slide hardware added to make your strap adjustable. 


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Show Stopper over at The Shopping Channel TODAY …….. we are selling out fast so don’t waste time!!

What is being offered on the  Shopping Channel today – ending tonight Wed 2nd September – is selling like hot cakes!! Check for times of the Janome shows. Jen has lots of Janome goodies for you!

The Madeira thread and Janome MC9850 bundle

Be sure to check out the times on so that you can tune in to see what is on offer during this Janome Show stopper event.

And also see what Jen shows about the Clothsetter:  A brilliant Janome invention  –  you will totally wonder how you ever managed without one!

Serger Magic with Madeira Aerolock thread

Many of you have asked where you can buy Madeira thread in Canada?

NOW is your chance to take a look at these Madeira thread boxes and stock up!

Janome Optic magnifier – find out how this can be so useful to you for your sewing

Please note that everything being sold on TSC today and tomorrow may be available at Janome Canada dealers – we recommend you check availability with your local Janome dealer. 

Many machines and accessories are currently sold out  due to the huge demand during the pandemic so it is definitely wise to check and buy while you still can! 

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Mini Sewing Tips brought to you by the partnership of Janome Canada and Sew4Home

How to Make an Adjustable Strap

Making an adjustable strap can seem like a magic rope trick with all the weaving and threading this way and that. But, it’s really quite easy, and it makes the strap so much more useful: lengthen to wear cross body, shorten for a shoulder strap or to hand carry.

You need a slider (sometimes called a slide adjuster, adjustable slide buckle or a tri-glide). We selected a slider with an adjustable center bar, but that isn’t mandatory. You can also use a slider with a solid center bar. Using one rather than another is mostly a matter of personal preference. The main difference is the fact that it’s easier to insert the strap if you have the flexibility to move the center bar out of the way. When the center bar is fixed, it can be more difficult to weave the strap through, and may be nearly impossible if the strap material is quite thick.

You’ll also need to determine the rings and/or clips for either end of the strap. We used two rectangle rings, showing how these can then attach to swivel clips that might attach to a tab-and-ring sewn or riveted to your project. You could also use just swivel hooks with an appropriately sized base loop. It depends on whether you want your strap to be permanently built into your project or to be removable. For our demonstration, we are concentrating on the strap itself so are showing it as a removable unit.

1” is the most common width for this type of hardware, although ½” and ¾” options are available as are 1¼” to 1½” on the larger end of the spectrum. Make sure you have all the needed hardware in the same size. In addition, make sure this size will allow the strap itself to snugly yet still easily pass through the hardware. We used 1”.

Finally, you need the strap material itself. Don’t assume webbing/belting is your only choice for straps. We’ve used interfaced fabric of all types – from cottons to canvas, twill tape, even ribbon. For this tutorial, we used cotton webbing with a fabric accent strip on the front. This allows you to more easily tell the right side from the wrong side as the webbing weaves through the hardware.

We cut our webbing to a very short length in order to be able to capture the entire strap in the frame of the photos. In general, for a strap you want to go from cross body to shoulder strap length, 54” – 60” is a good starting measurement for an average adult.

If following our accent-fabric-over-webbing sample, cut a fabric strip to match your webbing and allow for an approximate ¼” –  ⅛” reveal to either side of the accent strip. For our 1” webbing, we cut a 1¼” strip then folded back both long sides ⅛” – the ends can remain raw. Center the strip on your webbing and pin in place.

Stitch in place along each long folded edge and across each end. If desired, you can add a line of seam sealant along the cut ends of the webbing.

  1. To start, you’ll thread one raw end of the strap through the center bar of the slider.

  1. Flip over the strap so it is wrong side up, and feed the end through the slider.

  1. Loop the end around the center bar then pull the end all the way through. As you can see in the photo below, the end of the strap is now right side up against the back of the strap. Pull this end through about 1” and pin in place.

  1. Stitch the end in place through all layers. We recommend stitching across twice or even three times for a strong seam, however, this seam will be visible from the back of the strap when finished, so keep your stitching neat with one line of stitching directly on top of the next.

  1. With the strap once again wrong side up, find the opposite raw end and collect one of the rings. Remember, this may be a ring or a swivel hook, and in either case, may already be attached with a tab to your project.

  1. Feed the raw end through the ring.

  1. Then, thread that raw end back through the slider.

  1. Go up and over the center bar, passing over the end you sewed in place.

  1. This is what creates the adjustability of the strap. You can see in the photo below that you’ve created a circle with your strap.

  1. Continue pulling the raw end through the slider.

  1. You want enough length on the free end to easily work with.

  1. Find the remaining ring. Remember, this “ring” may be a swivel hook and/or may already be attached to your project. Feed the free raw end through the ring. Pin in place.

  1. As you did above with the slider, you should pull this end through about 1” so it sits wrong sides together against the back of the strap.

  1. Stitch the raw end in place. As above, we recommend several lines of stitching, but be neat… you’ll see this seam from both the front and back of the strap.

NOTE: Because the back of this end is particularly visible, if you are using a thinner material than webbing, you may want to consider folding under the end for a smoother finish. You could also use a tight zig zag across the end with or without a line of seam sealant.

  1. Clip the swivel hooks in place if creating a removable strap as we did.
  1. If your strap is permanently secured to the project, your work is done with the final seam securing the second ring.

Link to article at S4H:

By: Liz Johnson, Senior Editor, Sew4Home – a Janome Exclusive Studio

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Show Stopper over at The Shopping Channel: Starting tonight and through Wednesday 2nd September

Yes, Jen is on the Shopping Channel again tonight at 10pm Eastern and right through to tomorrow night Wed 2nd September. Check for times of the Janome shows. Jen has lots of Janome goodies for you!

The Madeira thread and Janome MC9850 bundle

Be sure to check out the times on so that you can tune in to see what is on offer during this Janome Show stopper event.

And also see what Jen shows about the Clothsetter:  A brilliant Janome invention  –  you will totally wonder how you ever managed without one!

Serger Magic with Madeira Aerolock thread

Many of you have asked where you can buy Madeira thread in Canada?

NOW is your chance to take a look at these Madeira thread boxes and stock up!

Janome Optic magnifier – find out how this can be so useful to you for your sewing

Please note that everything being sold on TSC today and tomorrow may be available at Janome Canada dealers – we recommend you check availability with your local Janome dealer. 

Many machines and accessories are currently sold out  due to the huge demand during the pandemic so it is definitely wise to check and buy while you still can! 

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