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WHOLEGARMENT® Knitting Technology Seam-Free Garment Construction

A superior alternative to conventional knitting methods, the seam-free construction of WHOLEGARMENT® realizes substantial benefits unmatched by any other textile product, opening up a new world of unprecedented opportunities in small batch production in what had previously been thought to only have been available to commercial scale operations.

Seam-free construction of WHOLEGARMENT® knitting technology yields ideal comfort, fit and beauty of knitwear as it should be.

Saves Time, Money & Labor Small Batch Knit Manufacturing Has Never Been Easier

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, our revolutionary WHOLEGARMENT® knitwear is produced in one entire piece, three-dimensionally, directly on the knitting machine. Consequently it requires little to no expensive, time-consuming post-production labor. The "ideal knitwear," WHOLEGARMENT® products raise the essential attributes of knitwear, comfort, lightness and resilience-to an entirely new level of sophistication.

  • Faster Turnaround

  • Easier Design

  • Small Batch Friendly

  • Higher Quality

  • Lower Costs

  • Seam-Free

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What Does it Mean to be Seamless?

Seamless clothing and accessories are made entirely in one piece, without any post-production cutting or sewing. It's similar to a 3D printer, but for clothing. 

Sensory Friendly

Seamless garments are ideal for people with sensory issues.

Clean Design

Fewer seams means a more cohesive and sophisticated look.

Cost Effective

Going seamless is cheaper for both manufacturer and customer.


Seamless clothing and accessories are built for everyday wear.


Originally founded on the challenge of developing the world's first automated glove knitting machine, Shima Seiki has since been at the forefront of knitting technology. With consistent advancement in original technology that anticipates market needs, Shima Seiki's computerized knitting machines have now become the global standard.

SHIMA SEIKI's exclusive WHOLEGARMENT® knitting technology has evolved even further. The new MACH2XS WHOLEGARMENT specialty machine features 4 needlebeds and SHIMA SEIKI’s original SlideNeedle, the combination of which is considered ideal for producing WHOLEGARMENT knitwear. MACH2XS furthermore features the world's first application of SHIMA SEIKI's patented spring-type sinkers on a 4-needlebed machine, permitting high quality knitting of complex fabrics and unprecedented capability in WHOLEGARMENT® knitting. As the “MACH” name suggests, speed and productivity are dramatic. MACH2XS achieves a maximum knitting speed of 1.4 meters per second. High quality is assured with i-DSCS+DTC Digital Stitch Control System with Intelligence and Dynamic Tension Control. Quality, productivity and extended capability make the new MACH2XS the ideal machine for WHOLEGARMENT® production