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There are three 3D knit technologies:
The body size circular weft knit ("Santoni" machines): circular knitting produces garments made by single jersey electronic circular knitting machines.
The computerized flat knit ("Shima Seiki" and "Stoll" machines): the yarn turns on the front and on the back of needle beds to form tubular fabric. The complete garment is formed by the stitching movement.
WKSTM: Raschel Double needle bar Jacquard warp knit:
the front and the back needle bars knit both fronts respectively, while the middle jacquard bar joins them to form the seamless garment.
Raschel seamless (wksTM) represents the most innovative and unique technology since it incorporates the high productivity of weft knit and the shape flexibility of the flat knit.
The WKSTM technique is completely suitable for producing high performance technical clothing, essential in sports as they support muscles and let the body breathe.
With this technology it is possible to have endless design possibilities: a great variety of stitches can be achieved by the piezo-jacquard system.
Weft and warp knitting are two completely different techniques that produce two different types of fabric.
The most obvious difference in these two techniques is that weft is a yarn that runs back and forth, while warp is a yarn that runs up and down. In general, warp fabrics are stronger than weft as the yarns are tightly knotted.
Warp is faster than weft and flat knitting, which makes it more likely for commercial knitting fabrics.
Warp knitting represents the fastest method to produce fabric from yarn.
It differs from weft knitting in that each needle loops its own thread.
The needles simultaneously produce parallel rows of loops that are interlocked in a zigzag pattern.
Fabric is produced in sheet or flat form using one or more sets of warp yarn.
The yarns are fed from warp beams to a row of needles extending across the width of the machine.
Unlike with weft knitting, each needle on a knitting machine uses its own loop of yarn to form parallel rows. Another advantage in warp knitting is that the finished fabric can be machine washed with lower risk of shrinkage.
As in warp the yarn does not run if cut, the edges can be left unfinished and you can experience greater comfort and a second skin feeling.
In the video below you can learn more about the difference between Warp and Weft (we overlook a detailed explanation between the warp knit technology and the flat knit as the great difference in productivity of these two technologies do lead the products to the same level of price competition).
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