Patents Examined by Larry D. Worrell, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10513811
    Abstract: The present invention provides a sewing machine enabling to sew a high-quality pattern without using an embroidery frame. In a sewing machine 1, a pattern is sewn while a fabric 100 is fed in a sewing direction by a feed dog 2a. The sewing machine 1 has a fabric guide 14. The fabric guide 14 has a guide portion 16 which extends straight in a sewing direction to serve as a basis of a cloth feed in an amplitude direction of the needle. The carriage 10 makes the fabric guide 14 slide in the amplitude direction of the needle by a predetermined distance. Thus, the guide portion 16 serves as an index of the position of the fabric 100 to be located for sewing the next pattern line. Since the fabric 100 can be accurately located for sewing the next pattern line, high-quality pattern can be sewn.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Inventor: Ryosuke Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10470511
    Abstract: Software and lasers are used in finishing apparel to produce a desired wear pattern or other design. A technique includes determining a fabric's response to a laser, capturing an initial image of a wear pattern on a garment, and processing the initial image to obtain a working image in grayscale. The working image is further processed to obtain a difference image by comparing each pixel relative to a dark reference. The difference image is converted to a laser values image by using the previously determined fabric response to the laser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Levi Strauss & Co.
    Inventors: Jennifer Schultz, James Barton Sights, Christopher Schultz
  • Patent number: 10465321
    Abstract: A sewing machine includes a sewing machine motor serving as a drive source for driving the vertical movement of a needle bar, a control part for controlling the sewing machine motor such that a sewing pitch coincides with a set value, and imaging part for imaging a seam formed in a workpiece at a needle drop position. The control part obtains the length of the most recent seam from an image of the most recent seam imaged by the imaging part and also compares the length of the most recent seam with the set value of the sewing pitch to thereby correct the number of rotations of the sewing machine motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Inventors: Junichi Yoshida, Toshiki Sugiyama
  • Patent number: 10400368
    Abstract: An undergarment includes a body having a substantially tubular shape and configured to at least partially surround a torso of a user. The body includes a pouch region about a front surface of the body, and a stitch region including held stitches, the held stitches at least partially bordering the pouch region, and the stitch region having less lateral stretch than a remainder of the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: HBI Branded Apparel Enterprises, LLC
    Inventors: Adam Frantz, Tasha Perry
  • Patent number: 10392733
    Abstract: A jacquard warp tensioning device for a warp knitting machine, comprising a pair of side panels (1) disposed on two sides of the machine casing, a warp beam (2) positioned at the upper portions of the side panels (1), a plurality of warp guide rods (3, 4, 5) disposed at positions lower than that of the warp beam (2) and a flat spring warp dividing device (16), wherein an upper tension balancing device (6) and a lower tension balancing device (11) are disposed between the warp beam (2) and the warp guide rods (3, 4, 5), the upper tension balancing device (6) comprising an upper rotating shaft (7) with two ends thereof disposed on the side panels (1), an upper servo motor (8) disposed at one end of the upper rotating shaft (7) and an upper tensioning rod (9) fixedly disposed on the upper rotating shaft (7) by means of a plurality of upper connecting rods (10), the lower tension balancing device (11) comprising a lower rotating shaft (12) with two ends thereof disposed on the side panels (1), a lower servo motor
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Inventors: Gaoming Jiang, Honglian Cong, Fenglin Xia, Qi Zhang, Jisheng Zhang
  • Patent number: 10327511
    Abstract: A shoe includes a knit upper and a sole secured to the upper. The knit upper has a wingtip pattern knit into the knit upper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: COLE HAAN LLC
    Inventors: Jack Boys, Ann Bono, Aubert Shepherd, Mattias Verfl
  • Patent number: 6766667
    Abstract: The present invention aims to provide improved texture of right and left marginal parts formed to extend along an open part of knitwear knitted in a tubular form, such as a cardigan and a vest with open part. The invention provide a method for producing a tubular fabric wherein a vertically extending open part (2) is formed and right and left marginal parts (21, 22) extending along the open part (2) are arranged in two layers to overlap each other when wearing by using a flat knitting machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2004
    Assignee: Shima Seiki Mfg., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masahiro Dohtsu, Masao Okuno
  • Patent number: 6195842
    Abstract: A process of feeding carded fiber to an airlay and particularly to combining carding technology with airlay technology. A carding machine portion is arranged to card fiber while a disperser-roll in the airlay portion picks the individualized carded fibers from a tool bed roll and centrifugally doffs them into an air stream. As such, airlays will be able to handle longer fiber lengths which conventional airlay equipment is unable to handle or satisfactorily open up. Further, an improved process for doffing fiber from a airlay machine and particularly centrifugally doffing fiber from a carding machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2001
    Assignee: E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company
    Inventors: Kenneth Stephen Freund, Andrew James Giles, Todd Arden McCoy, Lyles Howard Sowell, Phillip Osborne Staples, Leonard Ray Tucker, James Stephen Bailey
  • Patent number: 6178607
    Abstract: A process for treatment of a web by means of impingement by high velocity gaseous fluid is provided. The process constitutes the provision of a web to a treatment zone at a tension of between about 1 and about 5 pounds force per linear inch of web width. In the treatment zone the web is subjected to the imposition of high velocity gaseous fluid substantially tangential to the web and in the direction of travel by the web through the treatment zone, such that a series of saw-tooth waves are formed in and move along the web in the direction of travel by the web. An apparatus for carrying out the process is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 1996
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2001
    Assignee: Milliken & Company
    Inventor: Louis Dischler
  • Patent number: 6161269
    Abstract: A drive apparatus for the needle bar of a needle machine includes a first drive mechanism connected with the needle bar and which applies a first movement component extending perpendicular to the needle bar, a second drive mechanism connected with the needle bar which applies second movement component parallel to the needle bar, and an additional mechanism for varying the movement stroke of the parallel component. Two eccentric shafts are assigned to the second drive mechanism, these eccentric shafts being driven at the same speed and the eccentric sections of which having a connecting rod supported thereon converting the rotating movement of the associated eccentric section into a linear oscillating movement. The two linear oscillation movements are supplied to a coupling bridge at two first and second hinge points spaced apart from one another. The coupling bridge is coupled with the needle bar or a carrier thereof at a third hinge point arranged between the first and second hinge points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2000
    Assignee: Oskar Dilo Maschinenfabrik KG
    Inventors: Johann Philipp Dilo, Joachim Leger
  • Patent number: 6122938
    Abstract: A stamped knitting tool, receivable for reciprocating motion in a guide groove of a knitting tool carrier forming a component of a knitting machine, includes a shank having a shank length, first and second opposite broad sides having outer faces, a full shank thickness defined by a distance between the outer face of said the first broad side and the outer face of the second broad side, and a guide region extending along a portion of the shank length. The guide region remains at all times within the guide groove when the knitting tool reciprocates in the guide groove. The knitting tool further has at least one butt carried by the shank; and at least one free surface which is provided in at least the first broad side. The free surface is recessed relative to the outer face of the first broad side, whereby a distance between the recessed free surface and the outer face of the second broad side defines a reduced shank thickness which is less than the full shank thickness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2000
    Assignee: Groz-Beckert KG
    Inventors: Uwe Henning, Ingo Landenberger, Klaus Wagner, Eckhard Fehrenbacher
  • Patent number: 6119320
    Abstract: In the production of multicolored yarn from differently colored filament bundles, the individual bundles may be texturized collectively. Then they are separated again into crimped part-threads 11.3 through 11.5 and are compacted individually in after-compacting means 8 before these part-threads are jointly compacted in a collective compacting means 9 and subsequently are wound up as a yarn 12 in a winding device 10.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2000
    Assignee: Maschinenfabrik Rieter AG
    Inventor: Hans-Joachim Weiss
  • Patent number: 6079087
    Abstract: A machine makes tapered and also uniformly waved bristles for brushes, especially useful for paint brushes, by a method of applying uniform crimping pressure to crimp straight tapered bristles between two crimping gears (20, 30) having mating indentations. The spacing between the crimping gears is freely variable but the force is generally constant. This results in a wave amplitude that is constant over the length of each bristle regardless of the taper. The "floating" constant-force crimping pressure may be provided by weight biasing or electronic control. Tapered wavy filaments brushes employing such filaments and methods of forming such filaments also constitute a part of this disclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2000
    Inventor: Ronald Cansler
  • Patent number: 6073467
    Abstract: Three-dimensional knitted catalyst gauzes made from noble metals have recently come into use for ammonia oxidation and other gaseous reactions. Particularly high yields accompanied by a stable course of the reaction and an extended service life of the catalyst gauze are achieved if the catalyst gauzes are knitted in two or more layers and the layers are connected together by pile threads. Important features are the largest possible number of pile threads per unit area and the alignment thereof as parallel as possible to the direction of flow of the reaction gases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2000
    Assignee: Degussa Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Siegfried Blass, Horst Dubler, Dietmar Konigs, Thomas Stoll, Harald Voss
  • Patent number: 6032299
    Abstract: A jockey jacket actuates upon sensing a particular event, such as the jockey falling from the horse during a race. A series of air tracks are inflated by a gas generator to pump up a series of air-pockets, mini-airbags, and a collar protection region, preferably with a series of concentric circular cylinders which expand and provide resistance to motions that are transverse to the concentric axis. A plurality of caps are telescopically disposed within the tracks and are forced upwards by the injected gas. These caps form a column that, together with the other columns and a support member Within the jacket collar, forms an exoskeleton around the jockey's neck. A base webbing provides support for the columns. The jacket includes microelectronics to control the jacket actuation. The jacket is usable for other activities, such as motorcycling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2000
    Inventor: Nicole Welsh
  • Patent number: 6023948
    Abstract: A knitting tool includes a flat shank having opposite first and second narrow sides and an elongated, narrow control spring forming an integral, one-piece part with the shank and projecting therefrom. The control spring has a first, free end and an opposite second end. The second end is directly formed on the shank and constitutes a continuation of the first narrow shank side. The knitting tool further has an elongated bay bounded by the control spring and the first narrow shank side. The bay has an open end at the first, free end of the control spring and a closed end at the second end of the control spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2000
    Assignee: Groz Beckert KG
    Inventors: Wolfgang Schmoll, Klaus Ruoff, Thomas Schmid
  • Patent number: 6023791
    Abstract: A swimming goggle structure includes a pair of lens-rim members each of which is composed of a lens with a rim integrally extending from and circumferentially surrounding the lens, the rim having a rim face extending from the lens and a rim flange extending from the rim face with the a right-angled structure defined between the rim face and the rim flange. A padding member associated with each of the lens-rim members has a closed ring like enclosure section to rest on the rim face with the rim flange received with a slot formed on inside surface of the enclosure section and a face contact section integrally extending from the enclosure section to be in contact engagement with a wearer's face. A bridge connects the lens-rim members to each other. A strap has two opposite ends respectively connected to the remote edges of the padding members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2000
    Inventor: Herman Chiang
  • Patent number: 6018966
    Abstract: When a new yarn is received by a hook to form a new stitch loop, to prevent old stitch loops from going beyond the top end of the slider and being knocked over, the advanced position of the slider into the trick gap is maintained, and the new stitch loops are pulled into the old stitch loops. Next, the hook of a compound needle of the opposing needle bed is inserted into the old stitch loop, and said slider is lowered and retracted, and at the same time, the old stitch loops are transferred onto the hooks of the opposing needle bed to make split knit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2000
    Assignee: Shima Seiki Manufacturing, Ltd.
    Inventor: Masahiro Shima
  • Patent number: 6014874
    Abstract: An apparatus for guiding yarn into a hook or to a predetermined position of a rear face of a needle of a flat knitting machine, and for guiding the yarn without making large horizontal advancing and retracting movements of a yarn guiding member of the yarn guiding apparatus. The apparatus guides the yarn, when a yarn pushing down operating edge at an end of the yarn guide member is engaged with and pushes down the yarn so that the yarn is slidably moved, without applying a high resistance to the yarn and parallel needles and sinkers, on at least one pair of needle beds having head portions opposed to each other with respect to the center of knock-over edge portions. Yarn holding members, each having a yarn pushing down edge operating at an end thereof, are supported for sliding movement toward the knock-over edge portion, with means for moving each of the yarn pushing down operating edges downward during or after sliding advancement of the yarn holding member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2000
    Assignee: Shima Seika Mfg., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masahiro Shima, Minoru Sonomura
  • Patent number: RE38161
    Abstract: A knitting machine is described in which the elastic thread packages (26) are mounted in a stationary position away from the knitting head (22). This results in reducing the revolving mass and the space necessary to accommodate the revolving mass. Furthermore, the commencement of wind on the package (26) can be left as a tail which is knotted to the free end of a second package thus permitting the machine to run continuously without stopping to change packages. A plurality of like knitting heads (22) is mounted in relatively close proximity in a single knitting head frame (24) in such a manner that chain stitches are fed from a power driven warp beam (12, 16, 20). Each knitting head includes yarn positioning apparatus in which yarn (12) fed to each needle (30) of the knitting head (22) is moved under tension with minimal friction to a position where the needle (30) traps the yarn (12) on its downward stroke. Embodiments of the invention are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2003
    Assignee: Scotnet (1974) Limited
    Inventor: Donald I. Viney