The Best Sewing Machine Brands
History of Brother International
Initially, the brothers wanted to name the company “Sisters”, in honor of all of the women users. However, they discovered that name had already been taken and was being used as a sewing machine brand name. Thus, Brother was founded.
Growth happened quickly for the brothers. By 1933, the company had already built a new factory for the domestic mass-production of Brother sewing machines. By the following year, the Yasui Brothers had liquidated and incorporated under the name of Nippon Sewing Machine Manufacturing Co.
In 1936, Nippon set about manufacturing industrial sewing machines.
In 1954, the company known as Brother International Corporation, based in Bridgewater, NJ, serves as the U.S. subsidiary of Brother Industries.
Today, Brother offers machines for every level of seamstress, from beginners to advanced users. In addition, they offer top-of-the-line embroidery machines and sergers.
History of the Singer Sewing Company
Singer is a name that just about every sewing enthusiast grew up knowing. The Singer Sewing Company was founded in 1851. That’s when Isaac Singer designed and patented the first practical machine for home use.
Much like the Henry Ford of sewing machine brands, he figured out a way to have the machines mass-produced. Then, he created a system that allowed buyers to purchase the Singer sewing machine on credit. So, it’s no wonder, that by 1860, Singer had become the world’s biggest producer of sewing machines.
The Singer Sewing Company celebrated its 160th anniversary in 2011. To its credit, Singer developed the first zigzag sewing machine in the world, as well as the first electronic sewing machines.
History of Janome
Known as the company that introduced the world’s first programmable computerized sewing machine in 1979, Janome has quite an interesting history.
Originally started in 1860 by William Barker and Andrew J. Clark in Orange, MA., the two men developed the ‘New England Single Thread Sewing Machine’ and the ‘Home Shuttle’. Twenty-two years later Barker and Clark combined forces and came up with ‘New Home’, a collaboration of the “New” from the New England Single Thread Sewing Machine and “Home” from the Home Shuttle.
Some 93 years later, New Home was purchased by the Tokyo-based Janome Sewing Machine Company.
Janome, which actually means “eye of the snake” in Japanese, was so named because the company’s founder, Yosaku Ose, began using the round metal bobbins that we are familiar with today in place of the long shuttle bobbins of the day. According to the Japanese people, the round bobbin resembled a snake’s eye.
Janome, also known for producing precision robots, has since become a well-respected name in home sewing equipment throughout the world, in countries like Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Europe, Mexico, Africa, Europe, and the United States.