Italian subsidiary to showcase line-up of WHOLEGARMENT knitting machines in Florence.
Shima Seiki Italia, the Italian subsidiary of leading Japanese computerised knitting solutions provider Shima Seiki Mfg., Ltd., will exhibit at the upcoming 93rd edition of the Pitti Immagine Filati exhibition in Florence, Italy. It will exhibit as part of the new CustomEasy section, which explores the various aspects of customisation in the presence of textile machinery, including a multi-faceted line up of Shima Seiki WHOLEGARMENT knitting machines.
As pioneer of seam-free complete garment knitting, Shima Seiki has been setting the standard almost exclusively with nearly 30 years of experience with its WHOLEGARMENT knitting technology. Now that benchmark has been raised once again with its new SWG-XR flagship WHOLEGARMENT knitting machine.
SWG-XR features 4 needle beds for all-needle knitting of high quality WHOLEGARMENT products using the company’s original SlideNeedle. SWG-XR features a re-designed sinker system and a compact, light-weight carriage featuring 4 systems as well as auto yarn carriers.
All contribute to increased productivity of more than 25% over the previous MACH2 XS machine, as well as increased product range using a wider variety of yarn for supporting knits for all seasons, and higher quality for knitting beautiful fabrics and silhouettes; even items that were impossible to knit with the MACH2 series, including punch-lace patterns, variable stitch knitting and intarsia knitting. Setting new standards for the next generation of waste-free, sustainable WHOLEGARMENT knitting, SWG-XR at Pitti Filati will be shown in 18L.
Affectionately referred to as SWG-Mini, Shima Seiki’s compact line of WHOLEGARMENT machines allows customers to take advantage of the same short lead times and versatile production as larger WHOLEGARMENT knitting machines, but with minimal investment.
SWG 091N2 with its 36-inch (90cm) knitting width is especially suited to knitting a wide variety of items including accessory items as well as childrenswear and smaller size garments, all without the need for linking or sewing afterward. At Pitti Filati SWG 091N2 will be shown in 5 gauge.
A new proposal in WHOLEGARMENT knitting will also be shown in the form of the N.SVR 183 WHOLEGARMENT knitting machine. Shima Seiki’s global standard in shaped knitting, the N.SVR series now features a model for producing WHOLEGARMENT knitwear using every other needle in fine gauge.
N.SVR 183 is equipped with the R2CARRIAGE system and a compact, lightweight carriage for even higher productivity. Shown in 21 gauge at Pitti Filati 93, N.SVR 183 is the ideal machine for flexible, entry-level WHOLEGARMENT production, with the versatility to respond to fluctuating market demand.
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Continuing from past editions of Pitti Filati are knit samples produced in collaboration with Italian designer Vittorio Branchizio, as well as samples from Shima Seiki headquarters for assessing the potential of SHIMA SEIKI knitting machines.
Pitti Filati 93
28-30 June 2023
Fortezza da Basso, Florence, Italy
For more information please contact:
Shima Seiki Italia S.p.A.
Tel: +39 02 216621
Email: [email protected]
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