A brief history of Brother Sewing machines

Brother Sewing is at the forefront of stitching innovation – an accolade the company has held for more than a century. Brother started out as a family business back in 1908, and sewing machines were its very first specialism.

In 1908, Kanekichi Yasui established the Yasui Sewing Machine Co. in Nagoya, Japan, where he repaired damaged sewing machines and manufactured replacement parts. The company was later inherited by his sons Masayoshi and Jitsuichi Yasui, who reinvented it as Brother Industries. The Yasui brothers transformed their father’s small sewing machine workshop into a large-scale factory, establishing a motto of “superior quality and diligent service” that Brother still stands by today.

Their passion for stitching blossomed further in 1968 after they acquired the Jones sewing machine factory in Audenshaw, Greater Manchester, taking a company that was already firmly established as one of Britain’s favourite brands under their wing.

“The first model was the chain-stitch sewing machine released in 1928, which was sold primarily for producing straw hats,” says Stuart Stamp from Brother Sewing. “Next in line was the Model 15 Type 70 in 1932, Brother’s first domestic sewing machine, and in 1936 the company’s lockstitch machine was released for the larger business user.” In 1968, Brother steamed ahead by introducing the B-701 electric machine model, which cut production time in half and revolutionised the sewing trade.

Nowadays, taking a piece of fabric and turning it into something wonderful is easier than ever. “When it comes to accuracy, speed and creativity, hobbyists face no restrictions,” Stuart explains. “Modern features such as speed control, built-in stitches and automatic functions make the sewing process much more efficient for stitchers.”

This week we’ll be taking a closer look at the more modern machines on offer from Brother with a new machine review every day! So make sure to enjoy the first one appearing later today.

Take a look at all of our Brother Sewing Machine Reviews from the L14S which is perfect for beginners and costs under £100 through to the stunning new Stellaire Innov-is XJ1!

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4 Replies to “A brief history of Brother Sewing machines”

  • I loved reading this. My mother bought a top of the range one around 1970 which we used regularly until 10 yrs ago. I replaced it with another Brother machine and it’s excellent.

  • I love my Brother too but it is over 20 years old. I have been looking at new ones but I really do not want all the fancy stuff, I hardly ever do embroidery. Do they make what I want I ask, I am not a person living on my phone or the web. Am I the only person who wants a phone to make phone calls and a sewing machine to just sew?

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