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October 2011

Janome unveils the Horizon Memory Craft 12000

Janome's latest creation has a host of new features for embroidery and quilting enthusiasts on a machine that makes light work of any size project.

The Horizon MC12000 is now compatible with Horizon Link™, enabling a real-time PC connection. Your editing screen can now be as large as your PC monitor. Use your mouse to drag, drop and edit, with the results of your work displayed directly on the MC12000's screen. Alternatively, take your laptop with you to edit on the go.

The Horizon MC12000 is exceptional in providing precision with ease-of-use. It has the most workspace of any Janome with 11 inches to the right of the needle, AcuFeed Flex™ dual feeding system, and a highly-responsive, bright touchscreen panel. Combine this with the retractable High Light™ and AcuView Magnifier™ and the stage is set for the perfect sewing experience.

For embroidery, a sleek and compact embroidery unit is incorporated with the Linear Motion Embroidery System™ to facilitate the largest hoops ever on a Janome: the largest measuring 9.1 inches x 11.8 inches. Because the unit slides onto the back of the machine, the MC12000 allows you to do free arm embroidery on cuffs, sleeves and other hard-to-reach places. Stitch quality is never compromised, even at a speed of 1,000 spm.

The MC12000 sees the introduction of a 9 mm stitch width for quilters and sewers alike with twenty new feet designed specifically for this width. Sewers can experiment with this new stitch width while also using the exciting new Variable Zigzag™ feature.

The exciting new software Stitch Composer™ allows users to modify stitches and even create new stitch patterns using a dot-to-dot type drawing tool. The machine treats custom creations just like built-in stitches, so you can edit, combine and save them to your machine or PC.

>>Click here to download the Horizon MC12000 catalog (PDF)


August 2011

Janome Group Green Procurement Guidelines···

Janome and every company within the Janome group endeavor to use raw materials and parts that place as minimal load as possible on the environment, with the preservation of harmony between nature and humans as its main objective.
In order for the companies we do business with to better understand our activities related to environmental preservation, we have prepared a document that details these activities entitled “JANOME Group Green Procurement Guidelines”.

>>JANOME Group Green Procurement Guidelines (English)


January 2011

Janome celebrates 90th anniversary

90th Anniversary Message

Firstly, I would like to express my sincere appreciation for the loyal support of our customers as Janome Sewing Machine marks its 90th anniversary this year. Since the company's foundation in 1921, we have overcome a variety of challenges to reach a year of commemorating this achievement. We truly are grateful for the support and encouragement of our customers.

Janome Sewing Machine was founded by Mr. Yosaku Ose in 1921 when he established the Pine Sewing Machine factory in Takinogawa, Tokyo, and manufactured Japan's first domestic sewing machines. In 1935, the manufacture and sales of machines using the brand name “Janome” began. Although this was a time when the import of foreign sewing machines was at its zenith, with many domestic products given foreign names and imitating imported goods, our company retained a sense of pride in domestically produced machines, and chose to use the name Janome.

The name Janome originated in 1929 when the company developed its first machine using the advanced technology of a round bobbin system. The bobbin's round shape was thought to resemble the eye of a snake and so the name Janome, which means eye of the snake in Japanese, was given to this type of machine. By eliminating the problems of thread tension and thread tightness, which were issues in the traditional long-shuttle type machines, the word Janome became synonymous with state-of-the-art, high-class sewing machines from then on.

This confidence in the company's developmental power and products continues to be shared by us at Janome today. High-precision technology—the most advanced for its time—and thorough quality control management are features which make up the “DNA of Janome”. Making the very most of our technological capabilities, we strive to expand our business areas, which range from sewing machines to industrial equipment, while fulfilling our business philosophy: “Aiming to enhance the prosperity and creativity of peoples lives around the world” and “Contributing to the enhancement of societies and cultures by consistently providing high-value products and services”. From now and into the future, we will anticipate new challenges aiming for further success and development of the company and the provision of products and services which gain the loyalty of our customers.

I look forward to receiving your continued support.

Hachiro Makabe
Janome Sewing Machine Co., Ltd.

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