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History of Janome Sewing Machine Company

The Pine Sewing Machine factory was founded on October 16, 1921. In 1935, the Janome trademark was established, and the company was renamed to Janome Sewing Machine Co., Ltd. in 1954. As one of many manufacturers selling in the USA, its subsidiary is Janome America based in Mahwah, New Jersey. Also owns Swiss-brand Elna. The company manufactures all of its machines in the same factories.

Around 1862, William Barker and Andrew J. Clark began producing the “The Pride of the West” machine, later calling it the “New England Single Thread Hand Sewing Machine” after moving the plant to Orange, Massachusetts, in 1867. Over the next few 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). The company ran into financial difficulties in the 1920s and was taken over by The Free Sewing Machine Company in 1930, after they temporarily ran the business for two years. In 1960, New Home and the “New Home” brand were purchased by the Janome. Janome has led the way with innovation in sewing machines through establishing a research laboratory in Tokyo in 1964. Then in 1971 they released the first sewing machine with both programmable and computerised functions on the market.

Janome was the first to develop a computerized machine for home use (the Memory 7, in 1979), the first to offer professional style embroidery to the home market (the Memory Craft 8000, in 1990) and the first to offer a long-arm quilting machine for home use (the Memory Craft 6500P, in 2003).