Special Issue: Making of “Cute Me!”


Hokkyoku Shirokumado’s original sling, “Cute Me!” is a product that came from complete thorough research for the safety and easy usage.
In the past article such as, “Five Features of Cute Me!”, “Special Issue: Story of Shijira”, and “Hokkyoku Shirokumado’s Safe Sling Ring” discussed the thoughtfulness that went with this product.

Here, we would like to show you how “Cute Me!” is made from start to finish by our manufacturers. It shows how to the strength of the product is attained as well as eco-friendly way of sewing process.

  • Vol.1 Cutting to tail making
  • Vol.2 Making Shoulder pads to finishing

Vol.1 Cutting to tail making

The picture shows the garment factory and people who work there. The room is surrounded by windows and is very bright.

Bam! Bam! Swoosh! Swoosh!

All day long with the sound of sewing machines and steam of iron, the workers repeat the same process in a speedy manner to create our products.
The speed and accuracy that they work with garment and needles are quite something. We feel proud to be backed up by such great team whenever we visit them.
Let us show you how “Cute Me!” are made.

Cutting

1)
The garment for our Grande/Smoky orange can be seen on the machine called “Stretching Machine” in the picture. It cuts the textile in certain length. It keeps cutting the garment to the size of “Cute Me!”. This is the only cutting process needed since we made the width of the garment in the finishing size. There are no waste of materials at all.

Making of rails

2)
Once the long rectangular garment is cut, rails will be made. The fabric is folded in three and ironed.
*A patent pending for the removability of inner cotton stuffing of “Cute Me!”.

Making of rails

3)
The pockets for the inner removable cotton stuffing and three sized-holes where those stuffing are fixed are marked with tailor’s chalk. Usually these marking are done with pickers but they use tailor’s chalk instead so not to damage the garment.

Making of rails

4)
The marked hole parts that were done in step 3) is supported by what is called “core” which is sewn at the back in order to prevent the sized-holes from damaging.

Making of rails

5)
The machine for making button holes is used for the sized-hole. The machine quickly sews the rim around the hole and then punches a hole in the middle at the end. Within seconds, it makes the hole and the process is repeated six times.

Making of rails

6)
The support patch is sewn to the parts where the holes for inner cotton stuffing is made. It is finished by cutting the holes after.

Making of rails

7)
After the sized-holes and cotton stuffing pockets are made, the rest is sewing the rail part from one end to the another.

Making of rails

8)
Once the rail is made, the tail part is folded in three and sewn. The edges are backstitched for the firm finish.

Vol.2 Making of Shoulder pads to finishing

Making of Shoulder pads

1)
Once the rails and tails are made, it is the time to make complicated shoulder pads.
After marking with the tailor’s chalk, they are sewn to be shape like bags. They are ironed to make the shape.
* A patent pending for the particular sewing method used to make the shoulder pads of “Cute Me!”.

Making of Shoulder pads

2)
Sewing of tags and washing guide.

Making of Shoulder pads

3)
After marking with the tailor’s chalk where the shoulder pad and cotton stuffing will be placed, then the stuffed cotton are sewn in place.

 

The cotton is wrapped around in white nylon and has comfortable thickness to it. This is done so that cotton will not push out from the fabric or gap of the seams.
Common procedure for preventing these leaks usually uses flammable resin to pack the cotton, but Hokkyoku Shirkumado takes extra steps to make much safer and dependable products without using harmful materials.

 

Marking pins are used to fix the shoulder pads in the right place while sewing.
This is the only part that marking pins are used and each marking pins has little bells so none were left out in the product before finishing.

Making of Shoulder pads

4)
Once inner cotton is stuffed and sewn together, you can see our familiar look of “Cute Me!” here.

Finishing

5)
When shoulder pad is done, it is put through a ring and is sewn to the body of the sling. Even with such a wide fabric to hold, the workers are very skilled in sewing them together swiftly.
* A patent pending for the particular sewing method used to make the shoulder pads of “Cute Me!”.

Finishing

6)
Once sewing process is completed, the product is ironed for neat finished look.
The finished product is scanned through needle detector to make sure there are absolutely no needle parts left in the product. Then they are packed to be delivered to Hokkyoku Shirokumado’s stock room.

During our visit, we felt the abundance of love and support to us Hokkyoku Shirokumado from the factory, including the president.
They even said, “When we spot mothers using slings, we ask which brand they are using”, “I even went to the department store to see the presentation of the products.”

Enjoy carrying your baby with our safe and full of warmth “Cute Me!”.

Happy Nurturing☆
SHIROKUMA mail editorial department


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