Abstract: Certain aspects and features of the present disclosure relate to garments, such as socks, that incorporate one or more three-dimensional designs, such as three-dimensional anaglyphs. A design is incorporated into the garment through knitting, sewing, printing, or other suitable methods. The garment can be provided as a kit that includes any suitable eyewear necessary for discerning the design.
Abstract: An article of apparel for a foot that covers the forward portion of the foot only does not show above the tops of shoes and enhances fit and comfort of wearing shoes. Such a partial sock, or half sock, is advantageous for uses including wearing with shoes that cover the forward portion of the foot only, such as open-heel and clog-type shoes.
June 25, 2001
Date of Patent:
May 28, 2002
Joy S. Hatch, Robert Craddock, Cindy Jones Dickson
Abstract: An apparatus for transporting stockings, socks or other sensitively responsive goods by means of air having a principal conduit member and a plurality of selectively closable auxiliary conduit members. The auxiliary conduit members are connected to the output of one or more productions means such as knitting machines. A slidable tubular insert is carried within the principal conduit member and moves from an opened and closed position to open or close an opening in the principal conduit member and permit a formed article to move within. Both the article collecting device and secondary conduit member communicate with the principal conduit member to collect a quantity of articles therein. A work station directing device is formed within the elongated conduit member to collect articles individually and discharge them in groups thereafter. An additional tubular insert member is held within the principal conduit member to open and close the secondary conduit connected directly to a work station.
Abstract: An automatic boarding machine and method provides convenience, precision and efficiency of operation. Boarding forms are horizontally positioned for easy loading and ergonomic advantage. Microprocessor controls allow variable speed and cycle times while independent temperature controls permit precise temperature adjustments for a series of thermal pressers. The boarding machine is configured to provide space saving circular movement of a plurality of forms which pass sequentially through a moisture treatment, heated presses, and an unloader. The processed hosiery is then stacked on a conveyor, and excess yarn ends are removed by an electrical trimmer. A control panel allows the operator to change and adjust all phases of the operation easily and quickly to insure uniformity of the finished product.
June 26, 1996
Date of Patent:
January 13, 1998
William H. Todd, Joseph L. Collins, Jr., Thomas A. Reavis, George M. Bowman, Richard T. Simmons
Abstract: A multi-stage fluid and chemical recovery system for a textile article commercial bleaching apparatus having a plurality of bleaching tanks, a fluid and chemical supply system for providing fluid and chemicals to the bleaching tanks, a recirculation system connected to the bleaching tanks for reclaiming fluids and chemicals from the bleaching tanks after treating quantities if textile articles and for preselectively recycling the reclaimed fluids and chemicals into successive quantities of textile articles in the bleaching tanks. A control system is connected to the fluid supply system and the fluid recirculation system for initiating and controlling the introduction of new fluids and chemicals and reclaimed fluids and chemicals to the bleaching tanks so that each stage of the system operates continuously and/or simultaneously with the other stages.
Abstract: The hosiery article is drawn onto a sizing form having uniformly shaped openings positioned in several spaced locations therealong and underlying the hosiery article positioned on the form. The sizing form is dimensioned and shaped to maintain the hosiery article under substantially the same tensioned condition the hosiery article would be placed under during wear by a person having a particular size foot and leg. A hand-held tension gauge is then positioned against the area of the hosiery article overlying the openings in the sizing form to measure the tension in various locations along the length of the hosiery article supported on the sizing form to determine if the hosiery article is of the proper designated size.
Abstract: Lengths of yarn are bound together in the center to provide relatively short yarn bundles for use in forming yarn balls of the type usually referred to as "poms." A forming wheel is supported for rotation and includes equally spaced forming stations about the periphery for receiving yarns and arranging them into a generally parallel, composite arrangement. The wheel is indexed in a step-by-step manner a distance equal to the distance between successive forming stations and the composite arrangement of yarns is gripped and confined at each of the spaced forming stations. Binder elements are sequentially applied around the bundle of yarns as the successive forming stations move into alignment with a binder applying head. The bound yarns are then cut between successive forming stations to provide lengths of yarn bound together in the center and held in each forming station. The cut and bound together bundles of yarn are then successively stripped from the forming wheel and removed from the machine.
Abstract: A method of and apparatus for testing a moving elongate strip of material to determine the coefficient of friction with respect to a control sample having known surface characteristics with a predetermined correlation to the surface characteristics normally encountered by the strip of material in use or processing, and/or the proportion of increased tension caused by movement of the strip in contact with the control sample to the original tension in the strip are provided by this invention. This determination is made by moving the elongate strip of material under tension of any magnitude in sliding frictional engagement with the control sample which moves in response to unbalanced forces generated by the incoming tension and the sliding frictional engagement along a predetermined path of travel, preferably arcuate, until the forces exerted on the control sample become balanced at a given position along the path of travel.
Abstract: A cuffless sock is provided which has a permanently rolled top portion adapted to encircle the lower ankle area of the wearer and which is knitted in such a way that the rolled top portion has an inherent tendency to roll upon itself. The rolled top portion is tacked to the body portion of the sock at spaced apart points at the sides of the foot receiving opening to hold the top portion in its rolled condition while permitting the untacked front and rear portions of the top to conform to varying configurations and heights of the upper edge of different shoes with which the sock is to be worn. The front and rear portions of the rolled top are preferably provided with terry loops while the opposite side portions are devoid of terry loops to be substantially smaller than the front and rear rolled top portions.