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June 25, 2019


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Innovative Discoveries. Learn what is new: technical knitting equipment creates finished products directly from fiber
How Hand-Painted Designs Contribute to Success, by Kathlyn Swantko
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SRY - Coat with inlay pattern,
printed in finishing process.

Changing dynamics in the fashion industry have challenged manufacturers and retailers to meet the need for low cost designs, flexibility in production, and creating quality products, while meeting fashion cycles.

"Speed to Market" and "Fast Fashion" are familiar phrases that have driven the fashion industry for the past 25 years. Staying competitive, while maintaining a cost effective production edge, has become one of the most important concerns facing apparel manufacturers today.

In recent years, near-shoring and the "Made in America" campaign have incentivized the U.S. apparel industry through the incorporation of innovative production techniques for competing in the global apparel production market.

Shima Seiki knitting machines are not
just for whole garment manufacturing.
Other products can also be
created, such as this folding chair
seat and back.

The use of robotic seamstress-less sewing as a replacement for sewing operators is now being perfected for woven apparel production. In 2015, as an industry leader and innovator, Shima Seiki introduced the MACH2XS, the world's first computerized WHOLEGARMENT knitting machine for creating 3-dimensional seamless knitted products.

Shima Seiki's WHOLEGARMENT technology began in 1995 with the SWG WHOLEGARMENT machine. This technology was expanded in 2007 when the MACH2X and MACH2S WHOLEGARMENT knitting machines were developed, which offered over twice the production capabilities of the previous machines. Over the past few years, the company has continued its innovative advancements, and has expanded its creative equipment offerings through the development of other knitting machines for a variety of industries.

  • The MACH2XS WHOLEGARMENT knitting machines in differing gauges and knitting widths. Featuring SHIMA SEIKI's original SlideNeedle on four needle beds and spring-loaded moveable sinkers, MACH2XS offers higher efficiency and greater stability with expanded patterning capability while knitting WHOLEGARMENT items.
  • The compact SWG091N2 WHOLEGARMENT knitting machine offers flexible production as well as the capability for producing technical textiles for sports, medical and other industrial applications.
  • The novel SRY123LP computerized flat knitting machine features loop presser beds with inlay capability, offering new and exciting possibilities in knit-textile hybrid fabrics as well as industrial textiles. It can be paired with the Yarn Unwinding Option, an essential tool for industrial applications that provides smooth and stable yarn feed of material that is normally difficult to feed into knitting machines, such as metallic and monofilament yarns.


Mach2XS - WG pullover with turtle
neck. Concept of a 3D silhouette is
unique to WG. Design is developed
with a parachute silhouette. To
accentuate 3D shape, fashion
marks are dispersed.
  • The SDS-ONE APEX3 system, the core of Shima Seiki's "Total Fashion System" concept, provides comprehensive support within the knit supply chain. The APEX3 integrates knit production into one smooth and efficient workflow, from planning and design to machine programming, production and even sales promotion. The machine's Virtual Sampling capabilies through photo-realistic simulation minimizes the need for sample-making, effectively reducing time, material, and cost from the sampling process. APEX3 also supports design and simulation in various other industries such as circular knitting, weaving, pile weaving and printing.
Purple Dress
Mach2XS - WG one-piece dress with entire 1x1 purl pattern. Knitting while shifting side of garment toward front of machine. Beautiful lines are created on hem and waist.




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