SWG-FIRST124 and 154 S18 and S21 are the latest additions to SHIMA SEIKI’s SWG-FIRST premium computerized flat knitting machine series. A synthesis of all of SHIMA SEIKI’s experience and know-how, "FIRST" continues to provide a tremendous range of knitting from full-fashioning, rib shaping and integral knitting to 3-dimensional shaping as well as WHOLEGARMENT production. This all-purpose capability is made possible by carrying over our revolutionary SlideNeedle, which, together with loop pressers and transfer jacks, offers remarkable variety as well as improved quality and productivity. For SWG-FIRST124/154 S21, a special ultrafine gauge version of the SlideNeedle is used for knitting fabrics in 21-gauge, currently the world’s finest gauge possible in shaped knitting. SWG-FIRST124 and 154 are also updated with SHIMA SEIKI’s new R2CARRIAGE system that performs quicker carriage returns for significantly higher efficiency and productivity. The new SWG-FIRST series expands the boundaries of flat knitting with the speed and capability to produce garments that were previously impossible to produce.


SHIMA SEIKI has reinvented the most basic element of knitting—the needle. The new SlideNeedle replaces the conventional latch needle to offer knitting possibilities never imagined before. A flexible two-piece slider mechanism splits and extends beyond the needle hook for increased potential especially in complex transfers. Using the slider mechanism for transfer effectively eliminates the transfer clip, allowing the needle to be mounted in the center of the needle groove. The SlideNeedle™ thereby achieves perfectly symmetrical loop formation for knitting the highest possible quality fabrics.



The R2CARRIAGE(R2=Rapid Response) System features an advanced carriage mechanism combined with improved software programming that achieves quicker carriage returns after each course. For a given knitting width, a larger and heavier carriage requires more space (B) at each end of the machine to decelerate, return and accelerate back up to speed, so the actual portion where the carriage runs at full speed (A) becomes very limited. With a compact, lightweight carriage, less space is required for the carriage to make returns, allowing more area for the carriage to run at full speed. This allows faster knitting per course, resulting in higher productivity.


Standard on SWG-FIRST124 and 154 are i-DSCS+DTC Digital Stitch Control System "with Intelligence" and Dynamic Tension Control. i-DSCS+DTC carries over the benefits of DSCS while achieving the ultimate performance in digital knitting. Whereas DSCS is a passive system which controls stitch length by mechanically limiting yarn-feed, i-DSCS+DTC has the capability to actively control yarn-feed in both feed and retrieval directions as necessary, through variable electronic control of yarn tension. These result in even higher quality and greater productivity using a wider variety of yarns, including high-speed knitting of challenging yarns such as fancy yarns, stretch yarns, slub yarns and delicate cashmeres. Precise electronic control means i-DSCS+DTC provides consistent quality among different machines, production batches and repeat orders, and is crucial to the precision knitting required in WHOLEGARMENT production.








Knitting width

Variable stroke. Max 50" (125cm)

Variable stroke. Max 60" (150cm)

Knitting speed

Max 1.3m/sec. Knitting speed varies according to various knitting conditions. Variably adjustable speed levels. 16 additional programmable speeds.

Stitch density

120 levels, electronically controlled.

Second stitch

Motor-controlled second stitch cam allows individual adjustment of loose/tight stitches for shaping.


Motor-driven. Max 1.5-inch racking in each direction (3 inches total) for front and rear needle beds, transfer jack bed and loop presser bed. Racking of rear needle bed and loop presser bed are performed as one. Transfer jack bed is split for individual racking control.

Knitting system

Ultra compact 4-system (2 knitting systems + 2 transfer systems+ holding cam). Single R2CARRIAGE system.


Front-back: Simultaneous transfer, independent of carriage direction. Split stitch. Horizontal split stitch.
Upper-lower: Lower front and rear (needle beds) <--> upper front (transfer jack bed).

Sinker system

Fixed sinker system

Stitch presser

Special motor-driven system allows individual adjustment for on/off in knit and transfer.

Loop presser

Individual selection possible. Positioned on upper rear loop presser bed.

Needle selection

Electromagnetic direct selection.

Setup device

Takedown comb with special setup needles.

Pulldown device

Special pulldown mechanism with independent operation of front and rear. Adjustable working width. Adjustable tension.

Exit rollers

Special rollers for fabric pulldown and release. Consists of two rollers.

Yarn cutter

Single-unit system includes 1 yarn cutter and 2 yarn grippers. Both sides standard. Lint remover.


Consistent loop length by digital control method. 8 lightweight, compact encoders. Left side standard.


DSCS with Intelligence+Dynamic Tension Control. Actively controls yarn feed in both feed and retrieval directions. Electronic control of yarn-feed tension permits high-speed knitting. 3 units. Right side standard.

Yarn feed roller

8 positions on each side. Left side double roller standard.

Yarn stopper device

8 positions on left

Side tensions

12 on each side. Brake disk with multi-step adjustable dials. Both sides standard.

Yarn carriers

12 carriers

Top tensions

24 tension devices

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, wraparound check, shock detection, piece count, over-torque, program error, etc.

Drive system

Belt drive. AC servo motor. No lubrication necessary.


Special blower-operated cleaner. Automatic operation available upon knitting a set number of pieces. Manual operation also available.

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. Indicator lamps (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

50,331,648 bits (1,024 wales x 16,384 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, Chinese and Japanese.

Back-up power

Power supply for resuming knitting after power failure.


Single phase AC220V/230V 3.0kVA

3 phase AC200V+/-10% 3.0kVA





Kg ( lbs )

1,100 ( 2,420 )

1,275 ( 2,805 )



Sobre Temco

Temco Argentina adicionó este nuevo emprendimiento de reacondicionado a nuevo de máquinas usadas, brindando una garantía extendida de 1 año.


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