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What is WHOLEGARMENT? WHOLEGARMENT and APEX3 ~ Revolution
in Knit Production and Distribution What WHOLEGARMENT Means to You Evolution of WHOLEGARMENT

Applications in WHOLEGARMENT Knitting Planning and Designing WHOLEGARMENT 20 Years of WHOLEGARMENT Innovation Supporting the WHOLEGARMENT User



What is WHOLEGARMENT?

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WHOLEGARMENT

Typically, a knitted garment consists of separate parts— the front and back body panels and the sleeves—which are sewn together afterward. In sharp contrast, SHIMA SEIKI’s revolutionary WHOLEGARMENT knitwear is produced in one entire piece, three-dimensionally, directly on the knitting machine. Consequently it requires no expensive, time-consuming post-production labor*, realizing a whole new kind of knitwear that would otherwise require highly skilled sewing labor or even be too complicated to sew. Because there are no seams to hinder motion, WHOLEGARMENT knitwear is suited to applications outside the realm of fashion as well, such as sports, medical, and other examples of wearable smart technology. Seam-free “second skin” fit and comfort, in addition to the sustainable benefits of knitwear that consumes only the material required to produce a single garment, makes WHOLEGARMENT the “ideal knitwear.”

* Some designs may require partial stitching.



The Ideal Knitwear

WHOLEGARMENT, neckline, 3D shaping, drape



WHOLEGARMENT and APEX3 ~ Revolution in Knit Production and Distribution

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WHOLEGARMENT is not just knitwear without seams. It is a completely new category of knitwear, based on a rethink of all stages of the knit supply chain from planning and design, production, distribution, marketing and retail sales.



Bringing Knit Production Back to the Consumer Market

The textile industry has shifted its production base offshore in search of cheaper wages and a steady workforce, but WHOLEGARMENT has been the focus of attention concerning the recent trend in returning knit production back to markets in which knitted goods are consumed. With high productivity and efficiency as well as reduced reliance on labor, the re-shoring of knit manufacturing by means of WHOLEGARMENT production becomes a viable alternative to overseas production. Combined with the capabilities of SHIMA SEIKIʼs SDS-ONE APEX3 design system, WHOLEGARMENT production will surely bring about a revolutionary change in the global knitting industry in the 21st Century.



Comparison of conventional knit production and knit production using WHOLEGARMENT with SDS-ONE APEX3

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Planning and Designing WHOLEGARMENT

What WHOLEGARMENT Means to You

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What WholeGarment  Means to You

A superior alternative to conventional knitting methods, seam-free construction of WHOLEGARMENT knitwear realizes substantial benefits unmatched by any other textile product. It opens up a world of opportunities for the designer, manufacturer, merchandiser, retailer and consumer alike.

What WholeGarment  Means to You

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Evolution of WHOLEGARMENT

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Taking advantage of 3D knitting, everything from simple pullovers to brand new types of knitwear can be produced with special features unique to WHOLEGARMENT such as unprecedented fit, comfort and extended range of motion. Elements that normally require complicated sewing such as drape and shirr, as well as browsing effects for creating volume, can be knitted in. High productivity and efficiency, reduced dependence on labor as well as savings in resources makes WHOLEGARMENT knitting the ultimate form of knit production.



Beautiful flares and pronounced drapes

Beautiful flares and pronounced drapes

With 3D knitting based on patterns, flared skirts and dresses with multiple pattern pieces can be knit without seams. Hem width can be adjusted using flechage or short-row technique for producing silhouettes exactly as intended. Bold and elegant drapes can be created as well.



Inlay Technique

Weaving specialty yarn through knitted fabric yields a unique product that blends the soft stretch of knits with the sophistication of wovens (Select WHOLEGARMENT knitting machines can be fitted with the inlay carrier option for efficient inlay knitting).

Airdrobe (Air + Wardrobe)

Airdrobe (Air + Wardrobe)

WHOLEGARMENT knitwear using inlay technique is surprisingly light and comfortable. Jackets, coats and suits that are traditionally woven can now be produced as knitwear. By knitting on its side, stretch in the horizontal direction is combined with non-stretch yarn in the vertical direction that helps Airdrobe maintain its shape.



Elegance unique to WHOLEGARMENT

Elegance unique to
WholeGarment

For lace patterns and transparent designs, seams are inevitably noticeable. However when produced as a WHOLEGARMENT item, the elegance of transparency itself can be enjoyed to its fullest.

Combining Different Materials

Combining Different Materials

WHOLEGARMENT knitwear can perform changeovers in knit patterns, structures, textures and materials. Changeovers can also be performed for knitting-in special functional yarns in key positions for extra added-value. For example, moistureabsorbing, quick-dry material can be used under the arms, or soil-resistant yarns can be used at the collar and cuffs.



MACH2XS

MACH2XS

SHIMA SEIKI's new MACH2XS machine features, for the first time in history, spring-type moveable sinkers on a 4-bed WHOLEGARMENT knitting machine. MACH2XS offers many evolutionary improvements in WHOLEGARMENT production over MACH2X and SWG-X, such as increased patterning range, higher efficiency and stable, consistent production.

About MACH2XS



Short-row knitting

Thanks to the spring-type moveable sinkers on MACH2XS, flechage or short-row knitting is performed with ease. The garment can be shaped with increased accuracy that is true to the original pattern, 3D silhouettes and dimensional knit structures and details can be knitted-in with better ease. The capability of WHOLEGARMENT knitting can now reach far beyond what was previously possible.

Deeper Necklines

Deeper Necklines

With better control over flechage, MACH2XS is now capable of producing deeper necklines. New styles made possible with new capabilities in WHOLEGARMENT knitting help to raise the attraction of knitwear another notch.



Intarsia-like knits

Intarsia-like knits

Changing colors while using short-row technique yields designs that mimic intarsia patterns without sacrificing production efficiency.

Dimensional structure patterns

Dimensional structure patterns

The spring-type moveable sinkers on MACH2XS allow for the production of dimensional fabric effects such as pintuck or ottoman stitches.



Knitting-in decorative elements

Knitting-in decorative elements

With MACH2XS flechage can be used to increase the amount of frill, ruffles and other details.

3D pants

3D pants

3D pants can be knitted on MACH2XS that feature more fabric on the front of the legs to form a natural bend at the knees, as well as other measures to increase comfort and form a more attractive silhouette.



A new generation of basic items

A new generation of basic items

The refined capabilities of MACH2XS become most apparent in basic styles whose faults if any are difficult to hide.



Applications in WHOLEGARMENT Knitting

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MACH2XS、SWG-N2 series

SHIMA SEIKI's WHOLEGARMENT knitting machine lineup supports a variety of production needs. In addition to MACH2XS, the compact and versatile SWG-N2 series, affectionately called “SWG-Mini,” is perfect for producing smaller WHOLEGARMENT items, including gloves, socks, leggings, braces, hats, scarves, neckties, bags, purses, wallets and other accessories.

About SWG-N2 series



WHOLEGARMENT knitting beyond fashion

There is growing interest in WHOLEGARMENT knitting for applications outside the realm of fashion, including interior furnishings, sports, medical, automotive, aerospace and other industrial textiles. Of particular interest are the unique opportunities in technical textiles provided by WHOLEGARMENT technology for knitting seam-free tubes and performing 3D shaping.

WholeGarment knitting beyond fashion

Wearable Technology

Wearable Technology

Smart garment applications using conductive yarns are gaining attention within the sports, leisure, safety and medical markets. With no seams to break the conductivity of yarns throughout the garment, WHOLEGARMENT knitting can maximize the potential for such wearable technology.



Ideal childrenswear

Ideal childrenswear

Seam-free WHOLEGARMENT knitwear is ideal for infantwear, childrenswear and other hypoallergenic clothing, where seams can be a source of skin irritation. Stitching that prevents fabric from stretching is eliminated so it is easier to dress children as well. For the same reasons, WHOLEGARMENT knitwear is also ideal for medical, nursing and other healthcare applications.



Planning and Designing WHOLEGARMENT

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SDS-ONE APEX3

WHOLEGARMENT knitting is not achieved by WHOLEGARMENT knitting machines alone. Just as important in its creation is the SDS-ONE APEX3 3D design system. As the core system in SHIMA SEIKI's Total Knitting System concept, APEX3 provides comprehensive support for the entire knit supply chain from planning, yarn design, knit design and evaluation to machine programming and even sales promotion. What makes APEX3 stand out above all other design systems, and what helps make the WHOLEGARMENT production process so effective, is its realistic simulation capabilities.

About SDS-ONE APEX3



Yarn creation and loop simulation

Yarn creation and loop simulation

Even the basic element of knitwear—the yarn—can be scanned-in or created from scratch to be used in loop simulations. Even yarn count and yarn ends are taken into account for simulations so real they can replace actual samplemaking.

Patternmaking and grading

Patternmaking and grading

APEX3 is equipped with full-featured patternmaking software for producing patterns that allow production of new and unique, high-quality WHOLEGARMENT items. Correct sizing by use of grading software yields an optimum silhouette for each size.


3D fitting simulation

3D fitting simulation

Patterns can be sewn together virtually and draped onto a 3D body for evaluation, on which loop simulation fabrics can be positioned for 3D image simulation.

Realtime 3D View

Realtime 3D View

Designs and colorways can be checked and evaluated on a 3D model wearing the product, while making changes in realtime.


3D virtual sample

3D virtual sample

With a new 3D graphics engine for producing simulations with even higher quality, ultra-realistic Virtual Sampling minimizes the costly time-, energy- and resource-consuming samplemaking process for quick and efficient evaluation and shortened leadtimes. In addition these images can be used in presale activities for stimulating demand and determining market potential for optimizing inventory.



20 Years of WHOLEGARMENT Innovation

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WholeGarment knitting machine on
display for the first time at ITMA 1995.

WHOLEGARMENT knitting machine on display
for the first time at ITMA 1995.

Introduced at the International Textile Machinery (ITMA) exhibition in 1995 to world acclaim and described as the “Magic of the Orient,” WHOLEGARMENT knitting technology has undergone much progress since, in productivity and efficiency, flexibility, reliability and expanded patterning capability as well as product range. The benefits of WHOLEGARMENT are now far beyond what is expected from just the elimination of seams. 20 years of innovation has prepared WHOLEGARMENT to take on knit production in the 21st century and beyond.

20 Years of WholeGarment Innovation
After two decades of WHOLEGARMENT innovation, the technology has come of age. Just as a 20-year old assumes new responsibilities as an adult and begins contributing to society, WHOLEGARMENT is likewise expected to take on an instrumental role in mainstream production in the coming age.



A remarkable number of patents

SHIMA SEIKIʼs worldwide patent applications number in the thousands; over 5,000 to be more precise*. Of these, over 2,000 are related to WHOLEGARMENT development.

A rewarding experience

SHIMA SEIKI and its founder Masahiro Shima have been recognized for their many achievements concerning WHOLEGARMENT knitting.

1996 18th Senken Award, Senken Shimbun Newspaper
1997 Business Manager Award, Zaikai Kenkyusho
1999 19th Business Leaders' Award, Mainichi Shimbun Newspaper
1999 Award for Achievement in Industrial Property , Japan Patent Office
2002 Mainichi Fashion Grand Prix Amiko Kujiraoka Award, Mainichi Shimbun Newspaper
2004 Special Achievement Award, Senken Shimbun Newspaper  
2005 Kansai Zaikai Seminar Award 2005 Grand Prize, Kansai Economic Federation and the Kansai Association of Corporate Executives
2005 Design Excellent Company Award, Japan Industrial Design Promotion Organization
2006 Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Award
2007 53rd Okochi Memorial Foundation Grand Production Prize
2010 Commander of the Order of the Star of Italian Solidarity
2012 Induction, American Textile Hall of Fame
2014 Honorary Doctorate, Drexel University
2015 Grand Prize, The Kigyoka Prize


Evolution from gloves

Evolution from gloves

From the moment the first glove fell through the chute of SHIMA SEIKIʼs original product, the fully automated glove knitting machine, Masahiro Shima was already inspired as to the direction the company would be taking into the 21st century. The hint was in the glove, itself a WHOLEGARMENT product. Turning the glove upside-down and joining the middle-three fingers to form the body, with the pinky and thumb as the sleeves and the cuff portion as the collar, a tiny sweater is formed.



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Over the years there have been countless innovations in both knitting and design system technology that have contributed to the development of WHOLEGARMENT knitting. Most innovations at SHIMA SEIKI were no more than milestones reached in the pursuit to achieve that goal.



Supporting the WHOLEGARMENT User

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With 20 years of experience in the development, manufacture and marketing of WHOLEGARMENT knitting machines, we have firmly established an effective customer support program along the way. Now that WHOLEGARMENT knitting is playing a greater role in global knit production, our commitment to customer support is greater than ever.



WHOLEGARMENT product tags

WholeGarment product tags

WHOLEGARMENT product tags are available for use by knitting companies, apparel companies, designers and merchandisers associated with the production and promotion of WHOLEGARMENT knitwear, identifying them at the retail level as genuine WHOLEGARMENT products in order to distinguish them from conventional knitwear. Over 12 million WHOLEGARMENT product tags have been sold to date (as of February 2016).

About WHOLEGARMENT tags



The Communication Space

The Communication Space

Design Centers in New York and Milan, as well as showrooms at our Wakayama headquarters, Tokyo and West Japan branch offices, Los Angeles, Derbyshire, Seoul, Shanghai and Hong Kong always have the latest samples on display, and provide opportunities for strategic meetings among designer, apparel merchandiser, yarn spinner and knit manufacturer.

The latest trend information

The latest trend information

Production of sample collections and participation in various fashion events allows SHIMA SEIKI to offer the latest trend information to customers in a timely manner.


Training

Training

SHIMA SEIKI offers training courses for WHOLEGARMENT technology at its headquarters in Japan, or at subsidiaries, branch offices and agencies worldwide.

Training Information

The SHIMA SEIKI Usersʼ Site

SHIMA SEIKI Usersʼ Site

Registered Users can access the SHIMA SEIKI Users' Site for browsing and downloading from our knit sample archive of more than 10,000 items, including over 8,500 WHOLEGARMENT items. Training videos and other technical support are also available online.

SHIMA SEIKI Usersʼ Site

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