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In Japanese, the word janome (pronounced Ja-NO-me) means “eye of the snake.” The company earned this name in the 1920s when founder Yosaku Ose, a pioneer in Japanese sewing manufacturing, began to use the round, 15-class, metal bobbin system instead of the traditional long-shuttle type. The Japanese thought the new round bobbin looked like a snake’s eye. The innovative design earned the company its name, and Janome® has been leading the industry ever since. The company now has sewing divisions in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand, and agents in Africa, Central and South America, and throughout the Pacific Rim of Asia. The company’s manufacturing prowess has also made it a world leader in the manufacturing of high-precision robots.