The behind-the-scenes tales of hit products and creations from Japan: this is Japan’s Top Inventions. This time, a product used and loved in garment factories worldwide: automatic thread trimmer sewing machines. Just press a foot pedal, and the threads attached to stitched pieces of cloth are automatically cut. From high-end brands to fast fashion, these machines are used by garment makers around the world. This time, we dive into the little-known story behind their invention. (This program was broadcast on January 6, 2021.)
The first automatic thread trimmer sewing machine, developed in 1969.
Shinomiya Hiroaki, a member of the team that invented the machine.