27 November, 2013
MAHWAH, NJ--It was the first true home appliance. Maybe the most revolutionary. Since its introduction in the early 19th century, the sewing machine has quietly kept pace with technology, bringing economy and creativity to homes and families.
In the mid 1800s, purchased clothing was extremely expensive. But making it yourself was no easy task. Sewing a shirt for her husband would take a woman nearly 15 hours of tedious hand stitching. Then along came an invention that cut home garment construction time by 90%. The domestic sewing machine accelerated the process and produced perfectly uniform stitches, something few seamstresses could achieve.
Antiques now, these early machines utilized the latest developments in mechanical design. And the cutting edge pace of innovation continued. In the 1890s, electric sewing machines were available long before most homes had power. In the early 1950s women could "program" their sewing machines to do detailed decorative stitching, long before the home computer. By 1990, a home machine with embroidery capabilities could stitch out a scanned image.
Today, as laptop computers are being replaced by high performance tablets, the Janome Sewing Machine Company has released the first home model that links wirelessly with an Apple iPad® or home computer: the Horizon Memory Craft 15000. The user can relax on the sofa in the living room, using an app and the wireless network in her home to create intricate embroidery designs for her machine in the sewing room.
Though stitching still requires a needle and thread--just like 1860--the mechanical movement is controlled by technology developed for high precision robotics. The MC15000 sews up to a thousand stitches per minute while moving the embroidery hoop at an accuracy measured in thousandths of an inch through designs with up to 200,000 stitches.
When ready to embroider, a user can start the machine, then leave the room, keeping track on a second iPad® app that monitors the embroidery in real time.
The MC15000 is distributed in the US by Janome America, one of the largest subsidiaries of the Janome Sewing Machine Company of Japan, a category leader whose machines are recognized throughout the industry for ease-of-use and unsurpassed stitch quality. Apple, iPad, and iPhone are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.