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The Global Standard, Now with the Option for Intarsia

As SHIMA SEIKI’s newest generation of standard workhorse machines, the new SIR122 is the new global standard for shaped knitting, having inherited the know-how and experience accumulated over the years as the leading manufacturer of computerized flat knitting machines. Productivity is increased with a maximum knitting speed of 1.4 meters per second, combined with the R2CARRIAGE System that improves efficiency in each course through quicker carriage returns. It also carries over proven SHIMA SEIKI technology such as our renowned Digital Stitch Control System (DSCS), spring-loaded Full-Sinker System, Stitch Presser, Takedown Comb and Yarn Gripper and Cutter which is now equipped with a new lint remover for reduced maintenance. Equipped with the 21-intarsia carrier option, SIR allows great freedom in knitting intarsia garments, aided by tremendously capable design system software. Production leadtimes can be dramatically reduced using the Automatic Intarsia Carrier Setting software featured on our SDS-ONE APEX3 apparel design system. Made-in-Japan quality, reliability, productivity, user-friendliness and cost-performance combine to satisfy the high expectations of the world’s fashion industry.



Sample SIR122-1 Model: SIR122-SCGauge: 18G sample SIR122-2


15 Model: SIR122-SC
Gauge: 18G


16 Model: SIR122-SC
Gauge: 18G


Type SIR122
Variation SV SC
Gauge 5・7 ・ 12 ・ 14 7 ・ 12 ・ 14 ・ 16 ・ 18
Knitting width Variable stroke. Max 48″ (122cm)
WideGauge Wide range of gauge knit on a single machine (SV only).
Knitting speed Max 1.4m/sec. Knitting speed varies according to yarn, gauge and other knitting conditions. Speed can be programmed for 10 separate categories.
Stitch density 120 levels, electronically controlled
Racking Motor-driven. Max 1 inch racking to each side (2inches total) (SV5G: Max 6.5-pitch racking to left side and max 6-pitch racking to right side). 1/2 and1/4 pitch also available from any position.
Knitting system Double KNITRAN system, single carriage (R2CARRIAGE system)
Transfer Simultaneous transfer, front or back, independent of carriage direction. Split stitch possible without exchanging yarn carriers.
Sinker system Spring-type moveable full-sinker system. Provides gentle holddown instead of forcibly pressing down yarn. v-Sinker standard on 14G, 16G and 18G.
Stitch presser Special motor-drive. On/off adjustment. Press-down amount can also be set according to knit, transfer, etc.
Needle hook conversion Conversion between LL-size and MM-size possible without exchanging cams. (SV7G, SV12G and SV14G only)
Needle selection Full jacquard selection via special solenoid actuators.
Setup device Takedown comb with special setup needles
Takedown device Main/sub rollers. Changeable 99 levels, automatically adjustable on each level. Automatic opening and closing upon command.
Yarn cutter Single-unit system includes 1 yarn cutter and 2 yarn grippers. Left side standard (1). Lint remover.
DSCS Consistent loop length by digital control method. 8 lightweight, compact encoders(SV5G: conventional encoders). Left side standard.
Yarn feed roller 10 positions on left side standard. Left side double roller standard (SV5G and SC18G only). 10 positions on right side (SV5G only) (2).
Side tensions 12 on each side. Brake disk with multi-step adjustable dials. Both sides standard.
Yarn carriers 9 normal carriers (3), (4) + 1 plating carrier (accessory)
Top tension 16 units (SV5G and SV7G only: 24 units). One-touch easy threading. Large knots cause machine stop. Small knots cause 0-9 courses at specified knot detection speed, then automatically resume at set speed.
Stop motion Yarn break, large knot, fabric pileup, shock detection, piece count, over-torque, program error, etc.
Drive system Belt drive. AC servo motor. No lubrication necessary.
Cleaner Special blower operated cleaner
Safety devices Full safety cover for noise-suppression and dust-proofing with stop motion sensor and interlock mechanism. Emergency stop switch. Emergency power off device. Ultra-low speed “crawl” setting. CE Mark. Operation lamp (see below).
Operation lamp Green/normal operation. Flashing green/normal stop. Flashing amber/abnormal stop.



Data input USB memory interface. Ethernet 10/100 BASE-T network interface
Pattern memory 25,165,824 bits (1,024 wales x 8,192 addresses)
Control unit Built-in controller. Stored program for flat knitting machine.
Control display Monochrome LCD panel. Editing possible via display panel operation. Help/Message function (for cleaning and lubrication). Available in English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Turkish, Arabic, Russian, Vietnamese, Chinese, Korean and Japanese.
Back-up power Power supply for resuming knitting after power failure.
Power Single phase AC220V/230V
2.0kVA(0.7~1.4kW: Power consumption varies according to gauge and knitting condition)


(1) Right side yarn cutter
(2) Right side yarn feed rollers, 10 positions (SV7G and SC18G only)
(3) intarsia carriers
(4) Additional intarsia carriers (max 21)

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