SHIMA SEIKI

Exceptional as a product.
The ideal solution for production.

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.

What is WHOLEGARMENT?

What is WHOLEGARMENT?

What is 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. This is because there are no seams to hinder motion.

* Some designs may require partial stitching.

Shoulders

Shoulders

Dimensional shaping creates clean shoulder lines and produces a garment that conforms better to the shape of the body.

Sides

Sides

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.

Neckline

Neckline

Knitted-in necklines and collars create a refined and sophisticated look.

Under Arms

Under Arms

No seams under the arms eliminates the bulky discomfort of typical sewn knitwear.

Distribution Revolution

Achieve the unimaginable,
and exceed your expectations.

The combination of SHIMA SEIKI's 3D design system and WHOLEGARMENT flat knitting machines achieves what cannot be realized with conventional knit production.

using virtual samples

Improve the accuracy
of planning and use
virtual samples

presales and demand forecasting

Enable presales
and demand forecasting

Reduce lead time

Minimize post-processing
and reduce lead time

mid-season production and Custom-made business

Quick response to
mid-season production and
support custom-made business

appropriate stock

Sell out without bargains
with the appropriate stock

Minimum resources

Earth-friendly as
minimum resources are used

knit production

Shift knit production
to consumption area

User Testimonial

Andari Fashion

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.

Conscious of Sustainability

Conscious of Sustainability

1

Saving limited resources

WHOLEGARMENT knitwear is finished in one entire piece, without the need for waste like cut-loss.

2

Eco-conscious by using virtual samples in the planning stage

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.

3

Eco-cycle as a production system

The combined use of WHOLEGARMENT and design system can optimize product inventory and minimize unsold products that are incinerated.

Evolution of WHOLEGARMENT

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

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.

Technical Features

Technical Features

Deeper necklines

Deeper necklines

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.

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

Spring-type moveable sinkers allow for the production of dimensional fabric effects such as pintuck or ottoman stitches.

Knitting-in decorative elements

Knitting-in decorative elements

Flechage can be used to increase the amount of frill, ruffles and other details.

3D pants

3D pants

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.

A new generation of basic items

A new generation of basic items

The refined capability of WHOLEGARMENT knitting is most apparent in basic styles whose faults if any are difficult to hide.

Low gauge

Low gauge

WHOLEGARMENT knitwear can be knit in low gauges as well, with coarse texture and hand-knitted look.

Jacquard

Jacquard

Jacquard knits can be knit efficiently using two systems.

Integral knits

Integral knits

Pockets with flaps, hoods, plackets and buttonholes can be knitted-in without seams, ensuring consistent product quality and avoiding problems with labor shortage.

Half-cardigan stitch

Half-cardigan stitch

Reverse applications of half-cardigan stitch yield structures with volume. Efficiency is also ensured by using two systems.

3D Design System SDS-ONE APEX Series

Attractive Designs

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.

Applications in WHOLEGARMENT Knitting

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.

History of WHOLEGARMENT

History of WHOLEGARMENT

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.

History of WHOLEGARMENT

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.


Innovation
20
years
Patent
application
2,500
cases

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.

A Rewarding Experience

A Rewarding Experience

  • 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

  • 2005

    Federation and the Kansai Association of Corporate Executives 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

  • 2017

    Good Design BEST 100, Japan Institute of Design Promotion



Support for WHOLEGARMENT Users

Support for WHOLEGARMENT Users

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 14 million WHOLEGARMENT product tags have been sold to date (as of April 2018).

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.

Training

Training

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

SHIMA SEIKI Usersʼ Site

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.

Latest Trend Information

We provide timely trend information by participating in various fashion events and producing sample collections.

KNIT VISIONS

Collection Book

You can view Knit Sample Collection Book issued by SHIMA SEIKI in the e-book from the following.

VR-knit.com

Application for VR/AR

SHIMA SEIKI's original knit samples can be viewed with VR or AR by using dedicated app.

staf

Web-Based Fashion Service

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.
Please feel free to contact us.

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