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HISTORYThe journey through 100 years

Introducing Janome’s first 100 years
along with the history of our products

1920s
1921

Sewing machine: Model 53 (Pine 500 type)

Model 53 (Pine 500 type)

Product Information Sewing machine

Small hand-cranked sewing machine, which is said to be the first domestically produced sewing machine is completed.

Yosaku Ose

In Takinogawa, Tokyo, Yosaku Ose founds "Pine Sewing Machine Factory" with Shigeru Kamematsu and Shoichi Tobimatsu.

Corporate History

1929

Model 30 (Pine 100 type)

Model 30 (Pine 100 type)

Product Information Sewing machine

First standard domestic sewing machine for home use is launched. A vertical half-turn shuttle is used for the bobbin thread mechanism, dramatically improving work efficiency.

1930s
1935

Company name changed to "Teikoku Sewing Machine Co., Ltd."
"Janome Sewing Machine" registered as a trademark.

Corporate History

The origin of "Janome"The origin of "Janome" (meaning the eye of the snake in Japanese) comes from the fact that the bobbin used by Model 30 (Pine 100 type) had a round shape similar to a snake's eye, so the company's sewing machines started to be called "Janome" machines. The body of the sewing machine also had a snake-eye pattern.

1936

The Koganei Factory

The Koganei Factory, the first factory in Japan for the mass production of sewing machines is completed.

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※Note that the photograph was taken later.

1940s
1948

Model 102

Model 102

Product Information Sewing machine

At the request of Masuzou Maeda, a representative of the Imperial Sewing Machine Company (predecessor of Janome), the standard dimensions of domestic household sewing machines are unified, and this sewing machine category is called "household HA-1 type".

1950s
1954

Model 320

Model 320

Product Information Sewing machine

The modern exterior designed by industrial designer Jiro Kosugi is selected in 1st place in the "2nd Mainichi Industrial Design Competition", and so started an era of sewing machine design competition between companies.

Company name changed to "Janome Sewing Machine Co., Ltd."

Corporate History

1960s
1961

Model 560

Model 560

Product Information Sewing machine

The appearance of a fully automatic zigzag sewing machine is heralded. Instead of moving the lever and dial by hand, it becomes possible to sew patterns using a part called a cam.

1963

Listed on the First Section of the Tokyo/Osaka Stock Exchange.

Corporate History

1964

Model 670, High Dream

Model 670, High Dream

Product Information Sewing machine

Released to commemorate the Tokyo Olympics. Made of light alloy die-cast, the industry's first in-house production. Weight is half that of a conventional sewing machine.

Technical Research Institute

Technical Research Institute completed in Hachioji, Tokyo.

Corporate History

1965

Head office building

Head office building completed in Kyobashi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo. Latest architectural style of the times called "H line core system" adopted.

Corporate History

1969

Taiwan Janome Sewing Machine Co., Ltd.

Taiwan Janome Sewing Machine Co., Ltd.
(currently Janome Taiwan Co., Ltd.) established.

Corporate History

1970s
1971

50th anniversary celebration.

Corporate History

Imprinter

Imprinter

Product Information Industrial equipment

The first domestically produced device for imprinting embossed characters on a credit card onto a payment slip. Janome's imprinters are also popular with hospitals using embossed patient identity cards.

Model 801

Model 801

Product Information Sewing machine

A fully automatic zigzag sewing machine with many unique functions, released as the 50th anniversary model.

1975

XL-Ⅱ

XL-Ⅱ

Product Information Sewing machine

The first model to use a built-in cam system and free arm.

1979

Stepping motor

Stepping motor

Product Information Industrial equipment

Used in a wide range of fields, centering on OA / FA equipment.

Memory 7

Memory 7

Product Information Sewing machine

The world's first programmable computerized sewing machine.

1980s
1980

Vacuum casting equipment

Vacuum casting equipment

Product Information Industrial equipment

From mold making to single model duplication, Janome's vacuum casting machine worked quickly and inexpensively, greatly reducing development costs and time.

1983

Memory Craft 6000

Memory Craft 6000

Product Information Sewing machine

A computerized sewing machine with enhanced computer functionality. Most built-in stitches in the world at that time.

1984

Electro Press (servo press) No. 1 JP-20.

Electro Press (servo press) No. 1 JP-20.

Product Information Industrial equipment

The industry's first light servo press machine. Janome's environmentally-friendly electrically-powered DC servomotor driven servo press works quietly and cleanly.

1986

COMBI DX (502)

COMBI DX (502)

Product Information Sewing machine

A machine with two functions: straight stitch / zigzag stitch sewing and overlock sewing. Easy to switch between a zigzag sewing machine to an overlock sewing machine by just revolving the turntable.

1988

Thailand Janome

Thailand Janome Co., Ltd. (currently Janome Thailand Co., Ltd.) established.

Corporate History

1990s
1990

Hot Water Master (Yu Meijin)

Hot Water Master (Yu Meijin)

Product Information 24-hour clean bath systems

A 24-hour bath system where you can take a comfortable bath anytime 24 hours a day. Gained popularity with an impressive theme song that started with "Yu, Yu, Yu, Yu Meijin" and became a hit product.

Memory Craft 8000

Memory Craft 8000

Product Information Sewing machine

The world's first home-use computerized sewing machine with embroidery functions. Janome technology made users' dreams come true and opened up a new sewing machine market in hobby use.

1993

 Desktop Robot JR500 No. 1

Desktop Robot JR500 No. 1

Product Information Industrial equipment

Developed to meet assembly line automation needs. Useful for both screw tightening and temporary screw insertion. Well received for its quality control functions and easy operability.

Takao Factory

Takao Factory (currently the Tokyo Factory) completed.

Corporate History

1997

Hot Water Master (Yu Meijin) Super Z

Hot Water Master (Yu Meijin) Super Z

Product Information 24-hour clean bath systems

Triple safety system implemented (1. Continuous double sterilization with ozone and ultraviolet rays 2. Uses 70℃ automatic heat cleaning 3. Antibacterial filter material).

2000s
2000

Memory Craft 10000

Memory Craft 10000

Product Information Sewing machine

A model which could connect to a PC via a USB cable. USB connection was another pioneering development for Janome in the sewing machine market.

2003

SCARA Robot JS Series

SCARA Robot JS Series

Product Information Industrial equipment

Servomotor-driven SCARA robot designed for various functions such as screw tightening, soldering, pick and place and more.

2004

Desktop Robot JR2000N Series

Desktop Robot JR2000N Series

Product Information Industrial equipment

Employs a user-friendly direct teaching method for simplified programming with an easy to follow robot language for system operation and customizing functions which allow users to create their own specialized operational software.

Bath Ace 600

Bath Ace 600

Product Information 24-hour clean bath systems

A continuous cleaning commercial bath ideal for small-scale facilities such as inns, pensions, guest houses, hospitals, and dormitories.

2005

Memory Craft 11000

Memory Craft 11000

Product Information Sewing machine

A versatile model with wider arm space. The first embroidery machine to be equipped with an industrial-grade rolling linear motion guide and adjustable I-Height LCD screen.

2009

Hachioji City

Head office functions moved from Kyobashi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo to Hachioji City.

Corporate History

2010s
2010

Servo Press JP-S Series

Servo Press JP-S Series

Product Information Industrial equipment

Utilizes an efficient AC servomotor for clean and quiet operation; an industry leader as a space and weight saving light servo press ideal for assembly line installation.

Horizon Memory Craft 7700QCP

Horizon Memory Craft 7700QCP

Product Information Sewing machine

Features a wide 280mm sewing space which can easily handle large pieces of work.

2011

Horizon Memory Craft 12000

Horizon Memory Craft 12000

Product Information Sewing machine

A model with a host of new features for quilting and embroidery enthusiasts. The Horizon MC12000 provides compatibility with Horizon Link™ which enables connection between a computer and sewing machine in real-time.

2012

DC6030

DC6030

Product Information Sewing machine

Features large direct selection buttons placed on the front and a design that blends into the interior of a room. Received the "Good Design Best 100" award in 2012.

Bobinage(ボビナージュ)

Bobinage opened in Kichijoji.

Bobinage is a sewing studio for users to experience the ABCs of sewing.

Corporate History

2013

Horizon Memory Craft 15000

Horizon Memory Craft 15000

Product Information Sewing machine

The first home sewing machine to connect wirelessly to an iPad® via a wireless network for use with 2 original apps: AcuEdit™ and AcuMonitor™.

Cartesian Robot JC-2 Series

Cartesian Robot JC-2 Series

Product Information Industrial equipment

The user-friendliness of Janome Desktop and SCARA Robots is made available in a new Cartesian type. Excellent program path traceability and easy operability for dispensing operations really make the JC-2 stand out.

2014

Desktop Robot JR3000 Series

Desktop Robot JR3000 Series

Product Information Industrial equipment

The industry's first built-in robot cable for desktop robots. This design is most effective for manufacturing sites with height restrictions. Overall functionality is also improved for even greater productivity.

ジャノメソーイングパーク長岡店

Janome Sewing Park Nagaoka store opened in Nagaoka City, Niigata Prefecture.

Corporate History

*Moved to Aeon Niigata East Store in Niigata City, Niigata Prefecture in November 2019.

2015

Cartesian Robot JC-3 Series

Cartesian Robot JC-3 Series

Product Information Industrial equipment

Versatile Standard Model, combines with specialized Dispensing and Screw Tightening model types to form a comprehensive lineup.

Horizon Memory Craft 14000

Horizon Memory Craft 14000

Product Information Sewing machine

A computerized sewing machine with embroidery functionality that offers a high level of performance in all categories including sewing comfort, operability, and functionality.

2016

Servo Press JP Series 5

Servo Press JP Series 5

Product Information Industrial equipment

Industry-leading ram speed and field network compatibility for further improvements to product quality and shorter work cycle times for faster, more efficient operation.

2018

SCARA Robot  JS3 Series

SCARA Robot JS3 Series

Product Information Industrial equipment

Operating speed and communication functions greatly improved over previous models, delivering high speed, high accuracy, with a high payload capacity.

AirThread 2000D, overlock sewing machine

AirThread 2000D, overlock sewing machine

Product Information Sewing machine

Based on the concepts of simplicity and safety, equipped with a new function "ratchet type air looper threader" that allows easy threading via air power.

IJ521, compact embroidery sewing machine

IJ521, compact embroidery sewing machine

Product Information Sewing machine

The world's first embroidery machine that uses a smartphone or tablet as a wireless operation terminal.

2019

Cumulative sewing machine production of 70 million units achieved.

Corporate History

Horizon Memory Craft 9450QCP

Horizon Memory Craft 9450QCP

Product Information Sewing machine

Top level model that achieves outstanding sewing quality and ease of use. Equipped with new "ruler work mode" function for free motion quilting.

Servo Press JP-S2 Series

Servo Press JP-S2 Series

Product Information Industrial equipment

A slim and lightweight model for efficient facility configuration and integration, with a new 80kN pressing capacity model added to Janome's lineup.

Continental M7 Professional

Continental M7 Professional

Product Information Sewing machine

Top-of-the-line, award winning sewing and quilting machine. Adopted a sturdy hybrid exterior body with a large sewing area (13.5 inches/343 mm) which enables sewists and quilters to explore a range of a different creative options.