If this is the very first time that you hear about Janome, you need to start with the basics. For instance, Janome Sewing Machine is actually a Japanese company that designs and produces sewing machines. Its manufacturing plants are found in Taiwan, Thailand and, obviously, Japan. This page shows a lineup of the most popular Janome machines.
What about the brand’s name?
In case you don’t know, Janome actually means “snake’s eye” and comes from the looks of the present bobbin design of the brand. Back then, the round bobbin system presented a more sophisticated technology and replaced the typical long shuttle type. Since the new round bobbin looked like a snake’s eye, the new name, Janome, came pretty natural.
Note to self: Janome also names the traditional Japanese bull’s-eye umbrella design.
Let’s travel back in time
The Pine Sewing Machine factory was based somewhere in the ‘20s and it was only around 1935 when the Janome trademark appeared. The name Janome Sewing Machine Co., Ltd. came only in 1954.
You may have heard about its subsidiary Janome America that is based in Manwah, New Jersey. However, the company makes all of its machines in the same factories, even though it does own also the Swiss brand Elna.
In time, Janome is the one who led many as it had created innovative and revolutionary. For instance, we have to thank Janome for creating the first sewing machine with both programmable and computerized functions. It happened back in 1971.
Janome is also the first to create a computerized machine for home use (a year before 1980), but also first that designed and made professional style embroidery for the home users. It was some years ago, in 2003, when Janome gave the amateur seamstresses the first long-arm quilting machine for home usage too.
Is it spread throughout the world?
Janome is quite popular all over the world and has expanded in more than 100 countries on the planet. There are sale channels that work on the distribution and it’s easy to find information about where to buy a Janome machine on the global website.
If you’re a home owner in need of some accessories, manuals or some parts, you should get in touch with a retail distributor.
Which are the most popular models?
There are many Janome models and it’s impossible not to find the one that fits the best your needs, wants and wallet.
Nevertheless, there are some that stand out as they please most customers, managing the impress on so many levels.
Some of the most popular Janome models are in the Horizon Memory Craft Line. The tip of the iceberg would be the Horizon Memory Craft 12000 that comes with three color coded bobbin cases and its ability to do whatever sewing job you may give it. Another great option would be the Horizon Memory craft models (the 7700CP and the 6600) that come for a great price.
The ups and downs of Janome machines
Janome sewing machines are quite affordable and very easy to get, from the websites to the authorized dealers. They’re very easy to use and a common option for the new entry level seamstress to the professional level type.
Bells and whistles aside, we do need to mention that many Janome models don’t come with features that are quite typical for similar machines in the same price range.
The downsides aren’t major and if you’re patient enough, it’s only a matter of time until you’re going to find out the best Janome option for you and your skills.