Saving limited resources
WHOLEGARMENT knitwear is finished in one entire piece, without the need for waste like cut-loss.
Dimensional shaping creates clean shoulder lines and produces a garment that conforms better to the shape of the body.
Seams no longer interfere with the continuity of the knit fabric from front to back. In addition, for garments with complex patterns using multiple pieces, 3D shaping using knitted-in darts create a beautiful silhouette with flowing drape.
Knitted-in necklines and collars create a refined and sophisticated look.
No seams under the arms eliminates the bulky discomfort of typical sewn knitwear.
The combination of SHIMA SEIKI's 3D design system and WHOLEGARMENT flat knitting machines achieves what cannot be realized with conventional knit production.
Improve the accuracy
of planning and use
and demand forecasting
and reduce lead time
Quick response to
mid-season production and
support custom-made business
Sell out without bargains
with the appropriate stock
minimum resources are used
Shift knit production
to consumption area
In California, the United States, the world's largest consumer of knit products, Andari Fashion is a knitwear manufacturer that produces luxury knitwear for major American department stores and specialty retailers. Andari Fashion, by introducing the WHOLEGARMENT flat knitting machine, not only escapes from labor-intensive production, but also significantly reduces lead time, and manufactures consistent high-quality, high-value-added knit products at MADE IN USA. WHOLEGARMENT is the key to overcoming the challenges of traditional knitwear.
WHOLEGARMENT knitwear is finished in one entire piece, without the need for waste like cut-loss.
The realistic, high-resolution virtual samples created by the 3D design system SDS-ONE APEX series look as real as the actual product, eliminating waste of resources from the current product planning workflow of "mass producing" actual samples.
The combined use of WHOLEGARMENT and design system can optimize product inventory and minimize unsold products that are incinerated.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
With better control over flechage, deeper necklines can be produced. New capabilities in WHOLEGARMENT knitting allow new styles that help increase the attraction of knitwear.
Changing colors while using short-row technique yields designs that mimic intarsia patterns without sacrificing production efficiency.
Spring-type moveable sinkers allow for the production of dimensional fabric effects such as pintuck or ottoman stitches.
Flechage can be used to increase the amount of frill, ruffles and other details.
3D pants can be knitted with 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.
The refined capability of WHOLEGARMENT knitting is most apparent in basic styles whose faults if any are difficult to hide.
WHOLEGARMENT knitwear can be knit in low gauges as well, with coarse texture and hand-knitted look.
Jacquard knits can be knit efficiently using two systems.
Pockets with flaps, hoods, plackets and buttonholes can be knitted-in without seams, ensuring consistent product quality and avoiding problems with labor shortage.
Reverse applications of half-cardigan stitch yield structures with volume. Efficiency is also ensured by using two systems.
Utilizing the 3D design system SDS-ONE APEX series,
realistic simulations can be mistaken for the real product.
By using a "virtual sample" during design evaluation,
sampling can be reduced to a minimum.
In addition, demand forecast is realized through pre-sales activity
by using virtual samples in-store and on EC sites.
Furthermore, manufacturing without waste becomes possible
by using the WHOLEGARMENT machine.
SHIMA SEIKI's WHOLEGARMENT knitting machine lineup supports a variety of production needs, including gloves, socks, leggings, braces, hats, scarves, neckties, bags, purses, wallets, and other accessories without sewing.
In addition, there is growing interest in WHOLEGARMENT knitting for applications outside the field 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, which can knit three-dimensionally, excels in comfort and supports body movement.
In addition, since WHOLEGARMENT knitwear can be produced in its entirety with very little lead time, sportswear can be knitted to provide an ideal fit for athletes and their individual needs.
Smart garment applications using conductive yarns are gaining attention. With no seams to break the conductivity of yarns throughout the garment, WHOLEGARMENT knitting can maximize the potential for such wearable technology.
Beginning with knitted work-glove applications, SHIMA SEIKI supports knitting, shaping, and cutting of functional fabrics and materials that clear various safety guidelines. These include features such as cut-resistance, heat-resistance, electrical insulation, and chemical resistance.
SHIMA SEIKI has continued to develop technologies for knitting special materials such as carbon fiber, metal thread, and monofilament.
The body shape information read by the body scanner is converted into 3D data.
Based on that data, it is knitted three-dimensionally with WHOLEGARMENT.
Manufacturing can be tailored to the individual body of each patient.
WHOLEGARMENT, capable of knitting complex shapes, enables unprecedented furniture and interior production.
Seam-free WHOLEGARMENT knitwear is ideal for infant wear, 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.
SHIMA SEIKI's WHOLEGARMENT knitting machines can efficiently produce bags, caps, neckties, etc. as well as scarves and gloves. WHOLEGARMENT supports the automatic production of three-dimensional products, omitting the sewing process.
The WHOLEGARMENT knitting machine was first introduced at the International Textile Machinery (ITMA) exhibition in 1995. Described as the “Magic of the Orient,” WHOLEGARMENT knitting technology has undergone much progress since its introduction, in productivity and efficiency, flexibility, reliability, and expanded patterning capability as well as product range. The benefits of WHOLEGARMENT are now far beyond what was expected, from just the elimination of seams. 20 years of innovation has prepared WHOLEGARMENT to challenge knit production in the 21st century and beyond.
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.
Since its introduction 20 years ago, WHOLEGARMENT has continually evolved.
WHOLEGARMENT technology has earned an amazing number of patents, winning many awards for its great track record.
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.
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.
SHIMA SEIKI offers training courses for WHOLEGARMENT technology at its headquarters in Japan, or at subsidiaries, branch offices and agencies worldwide.
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.
We provide timely trend information by participating in various fashion events and producing sample collections.
You can view Knit Sample Collection Book issued by SHIMA SEIKI in the e-book from the following.
SHIMA SEIKI's original knit samples can be viewed with VR or AR by using dedicated app.
staf is a web-based archive of fashion trend information covering the past 50 years.
You can organize information and perform product planning using tools with simple and intuitive operation,
We will propose optimal models, services, and solutions according to your problems and situations.
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