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A Century of Supporting Creativity

Our Story

CELEBRATING OUR 100 YEAR ANNIVERSARY

In 1921, Janome Sewing Machine Co., Ltd. was founded as Japan's first domestic sewing machine manufacturer. Through periods of great change, we have continuously endeavoured to create products that bring enjoyment to our customers, using the best of our technological capabilities and strong spirit to embrace a challenge. During this time, we have been grateful for the unwavering support of our customers.

With our hand-cranked sewing machines we created the first stitch and even today, we are delivering household sewing machines that anyone can easily use, all around the world. Furthermore, this technology is applied to our industrial equipment which will support the new era and those to come.

Our official 100 Year Anniversary date is 16th October 2021. Throughout 2021 we will celebrate the 100th anniversary of our founding and we will continue supporting your creativity and continue taking on new challenges.

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Our founder Yosaku Ose who founded the Pine Sewing Machine Factory in 1921.

Our History

1921 - 1930's

In 1921, our first model the Model 53 (Pine 500 type) was created. In 1935 we officially changed our name to Janome Sewing Machine. In 1936 we opened the Koganei Factory to mass produce our sewing machines.

1940's - 1960's

In 1948, we created our Model 102 unifying the standard dimensions of domestic sewing machines. In 1964 we launched the Model 670, High Dream to commemorate the Tokyo Olympics. In 1965 our head offices in Tokyo are completed.

1970's - 1990's

In 1979 we launched our Memory Craft 7 the worlds first computerised sewing machine. In 1988 Janome Thailand Co was launched expanding our presence in East Asia. In 1991 we launched the Memory Craft 8000 the first 
home-use computerised sewing machine.

2000's - 2020's

In 2000, we created our Memory Craft 10000 the first sewing machine which could be connected to a computer via USB. In 2011 we launched the Horizon Memory Craft 15000, allowing user a vast choice of embroidery options. In 2019 we launched out award-winning Continental M7 Professional.

To find out more about our history and 100 year anniversary please CLICK HERE to go to our new 100 year anniversary website.

Let's sew for the next 100 years!

A special worldwide project to celebrate our 100 year anniversary

As part of our 100 year celebrations, Janome Tokyo invited super stitchers from around the world to share their beautiful 100 years inspired creations in the hope to inspire sewists to keep on creating for the next 100 years.

Janome UK couldn't be prouder of our UK representatives. Thank you to all who took part.

To view their creations take a look at the images below!

To find out more from Janome Tokyo please click here. 

To view the worldwide entrants please click here.

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Alice Gowler
Alice Gowler
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Ann White
Ann White
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Catherine Northcutt
Catherine Northcutt
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Catherine Stocker
Catherine Stocker
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Collette Corr
Collette Corr
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Heather Cunnah
Heather Cunnah
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Helen Jones
Helen Jones
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Jayne Brogan
Jayne Brogan
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Jenni Smith
Jenni Smith
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Jenny Savelio
Jenny Savelio
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Joan Aitken
Joan Aitken
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Judith Clarke
Judith Clarke
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Kathryn Druery
Kathryn Druery
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Kay Walsh
Kay Walsh
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Laurel Byrne
Laurel Byrne
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Liz Merckel
Liz Merckel
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Lynne Edwards MBE
Lynne Edwards MBE
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Maria Parfitt
Maria Parfitt
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Ruth Cox
Ruth Cox
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Sue Bone
Sue Bone
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Yolander Strachan
Yolander Strachan
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