The best manufacturing innovation since the 1860s sewing machine.
Wholegarment: the future of knitwear.
Wholegarment is a manufacturing technology that creates the whole garment in a single process. Take the sweater example. Unlike traditional cut and sew, Wholegarment produces the sweater in its entirety, increasing durability while eliminating both excess waste and irritating seams.
Japanese manufacturer Shima Seiki brought the first Wholegarment 3D-knitting machine into operation in 2015. Designs are input into a knitting machine by skilled programers. The garment production is then automated with 3D knitting and finally hand-finished.
Smooth, continuous knit construction.
Knit as one entire piece. No wasted materials.
10% lighter without added seam weight.
VALUE TO CONSUMERS:
People are living and working longer, spending more hours in the (at home) office, and looking for clothing that intersects comfort, durability, and style. We know that the average American throws away about 80 lbs of clothes each year - but we also know that they don’t particularly want to.
With Wholegarment, consumers can expect a comfortable, durable seamless garment with an increased range in motion and lightweight fit. The 3D technology also enables precision fit, so there’s less concern over unexpected size discrepancy and the risk of stretch.
Wholegarment manufactured clothing also checks the personal values box: it’s cleaner for the environment and it promotes US-based manufacturing.
3d-knitting vs. cut & sew
||CUT & SEW|
|COMFORT||Forms to your body.||Irritating seams interfere with stretch and fit.|
|WEIGHT||10% lighter without seams.||Reinforced stitching is heavy|
|DURABILITY||360° stretch + no faulty seams.||Error-prone stitching = tears.|
|SUSTAINABILITY||0 waste.||21% waste.|
|TECHNOLOGY||Future of knitwear.||Century-old, but improving.|