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New selective terry options with Santoni SM8-TOP2ST

Santoni evolves pioneering seamless technology with needle-by-needle terry selection on top selling knitting machine.

11th December 2023

Knitting Industry
 |  Brescia, Italy

Hosiery/​Socks, Sports/​Activewear

Santoni is evolving its renowned seamless knitting technology with a new selective terry SM8-TOP2ST single jersey electronic circular knitting machine. The new variant of the Santoni SM8-TOP2V, through an innovative and patented mechatronic device, is the first ever seamless knitting machine to produce garments with needle-by-needle and sinker-by-sinker selective terry (full electronic selection of the sinkers).

The SM8-TOP2ST is an 8-feed machine with 2 points of selection needle-by needle per feed, which is available in 13-to-20-inch diameters in gauges 24, 26 and 28.

SM8-TOP2ST garments with highlighted terry zones. © Santoni

The machine keeps all of the main TOP2V specification and fabric possibilities, but also offers the capability to make sculptured terry patterns. Selective terry can be placed in any area of a garment, improving technical-functional performance.

Image highlighting areas of selective terry that have been obtained through needles in knit and miss position. © Santoni

The resulting tubular knitted seamless garments can either be worn in a conventional way with the terry on the inside or can be turned inside-out to have the terry on the outside of the garment.  On the one hand, having the terry on the inside of the garment provides a cushioning function, providing greater softness, comfort and breathability.

Santoni’s SM8-TOP2ST is a single jersey electronic circular machine with 8 feeds and 2 points of selection needle-by needle per feed, available from 13” to 20” with gauge 24, 26 and 28. © Santoni

On the other hand, the terry, being placed outside the garment, enhances it especially from an aesthetic point of view. The selective terry provides high added value mainly to technical garments, such as those presented at Santoni’s preview at the recent ISPO 2023 show.

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