A Letter From Jiro Hagiwara, President and CEO of Janome America, Inc.
Janome has been at the cutting edge of sewing technology since the earliest days of our founding. We were the first to develop a computerized machine for home use (the Memory 7, in 1979) and the first to offer professional style embroidery to the home market (the Memory Craft 8000, in 1990). Today, we offer the most advanced machines ever conceived the amazing Memory Craft 11000. We can proudly claim to deliver the most powerful, sophisticated home machine on the market, with patented stepping-motor technology and industry-leading software.
Yet equally as important as our innovative technology is the mission behind it. We know the most important thing about our products is not the machines themselves, but what you create with them. The better your tools, the more inventive, artistic and pleasurable your sewing experience. Thats why we design our machines for performance, but also for comfort, quality, and intuitive ease of operation. At Janome America, we want our products to inspire, not intimidatebecause the most important function our machines perform is to set free your creativity.
Thank you for being a Janome sewist.
Mr. Jiro Hagiwara
President and CEO, Janome America, Inc.
The Founding Of New Home
In 1867, William Barker and Andrew J. Clark began producing the "New England Single Thread Hand Sewing Machine" in Orange, Massachusetts. Over the next 20 years, the New England machine and the "Home Shuttle" were their two most significant products. In 1882, the company reformed under the name New Home (a combination of the labels New England and Home Shuttle), and it continued to operate under that name for the better part of a century. In 1960, ninety-three years after Barker and Clark first collaborated, New Home and the "New Home" brand were purchased by the Janome Sewing Machine Company of Tokyo, Japan.
For a more in-depth article on the early history of the company, visit The International Sewing Machine Collectors' Society and access the piece called The Men Behind New Home.
In Japanese, the word Janome (pronounced Ja-NO-me) means "eye of the snake." The company earned the name in the 1920s when founder Yosaku Ose, a pioneer in Japanese sewing manufacturing, began to use a round metal bobbin system instead of the traditional long shuttle. The Japanese thought the new round bobbin looked like a snake's eye, and from the innovative design, a name was born.
Janome has been leading the industry with such innovation ever since. The company now has sewing divisions in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Australia and New Zealand as well as agents in Africa, Central and South America and throughout the Pacific Rim of Asia. The company's manufacturing prowess has also made it a world-leader in the production of high precision robots.