Article Attaching Patents (Class 112/104)
  • Patent number: 11117284
    Abstract: Disclosed is a line catcher-type waterjet cutting apparatus in which a workpiece is subjected to the waterjet processing in a state of being clamped by a workpiece edge clamping device and a separate driving unit for the workpiece edge clamping device is provided, and in which the workpiece is clamped by the workpiece edge clamping device during the waterjet processing, while the workpiece is easily decoupled from the workpiece edge clamping device after the waterjet processing is completed, so that the waterjet processing is carried out while reciprocally conveying the workpiece in an X-direction, thereby increasing the processing accuracy of the waterjet processing and easily automating the waterjet processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: TOPS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chang Hoon Choi, Tae Il Cho, Min Soo Song, Hyun Jung Kwon, Jang Sung Kim, Dong Jun Park, Mohamed Ahmed Hashish
  • Patent number: 11066768
    Abstract: An edge stitching device for a fly includes a table on which the fly is placed, a clamping device which sandwiches the fly in cooperation with the table, a sewing machine which edge-stitches an edge of a fly body, a cutter provided in the sewing machine and cut the fly body to form the curved side, and a clamping device conveying device which conveys the clamping device in a sandwiched state. The clamping device conveying device continuously performs: pre-edge-stitching conveyance, in which the clamping device is linearly conveyed toward the sewing machine in a state where the fly is sandwiched before edge stitching; and edge stitching conveyance, in which the clamping device is conveyed in a state where the fly is sandwiched during the edge stitching. In the edge stitching conveyance, the clamping device is conveyed in accordance with a shape of the curved side formed by the cutter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: YKK Corporation
    Inventor: Toru Umekawa
  • Patent number: 10842213
    Abstract: The purpose of this process is to remove the human contact of fabric in assembling products and producing clothing faster without several stations of production in different locations in the factor. In the past, a typical factor would sew individual pieces at one station and pass them along to different stages in the assembly process until its completed. However, this process is meant to eliminate it, improve efficiency, and productivity. This process will not include any human contact with fabric, less time in production, and the removal of products in different stations. The benefits of this enable a company to produce what they need as needed, instead of producing a factor's minimum. Furthermore, this process shortens the lead time to bring products to market faster. Finally, this process helps with cash-flow, which is essential in any business especially in manufacturing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Inventor: Clay Eugene Campbell, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9873965
    Abstract: The loop material sewing method includes: sewing one end of a loop material on a fabric in a state where a front side of the loop material faces the fabric; arranging a fork member including a pair of fork pins so as to arrange the loop material between the pair of fork pins; folding an opposite end of the loop material to a back side of the loop material by rotating the fork member around an axial line parallel to an extending direction of the pair of fork pins; relatively moving the fabric and the fork member in a length direction of the loop material; arranging the folded opposite end on the fabric, pulling out the fork pins from a folded portion at the opposite end by moving the fork member in a width direction of the loop material and sewing the folded opposite end on the fabric.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: JUKI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yutaka Hirasawa, Liang Dong Lin
  • Patent number: 9014837
    Abstract: Method for creating a crystal/rhinestone template utilizing a sewing/embroidery machine to perforate a medium in a desired pattern. In the case of a multiple-needle sewing/embroidery machine, the machine's needle is replaced by a perforator blade and perforator blade holder which are attached to machine's needle bar. Machine's needle plate is replaced by perforator plate and waste holder. With a single-needle sewing/embroidery machine, machine's needle is replaced by a pressing tool attached to the machine's needle bar. A contact point, a spring, and an arm are attached to machine's presser foot. Machine's needle plate is replaced by perforator plate. A template medium is placed on a work surface of machine. Machine is operated by software that reads a user-specified pattern/motif outline for filling stones in vector form, using innate rules to move machine frame and control hole placement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Inventors: Ioannis Doukakis, Miltiadis Vasileiadis, Konstantinos Angelakis
  • Publication number: 20140367404
    Abstract: An apparatus for delivering a discrete cord having a supply path comprising a fluid flow, a deployed cord supply, a transfer member having a first surface comprising one or more orifices capable of receiving the deployed cord supply, and a cutting apparatus comprising a cutting implement enabled to sever the deployed cord supply to form a discrete cord. The fluid flow directs the deployed cord supply towards the transfer member first surface. The transfer member first surface abuts the cutting apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2014
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventors: Kevin Charles Strong, Evan Joseph Durling, Jason Matthew Orndorff
  • Patent number: 8869722
    Abstract: A single bead-shaped piece fed from a storage pipe storing therein a large number of bead-shaped pieces is carried not on a bearing plate but on a support member provided independently from the bearing plate. The support member is arranged movable on the bearing plate in conjunction with forward and backward movement of a feeding member, and also arranged to be moved relative to the feeding member at the time of the forward or backward movement thereof. The support member is provided with a clamping section for clamping the bead-shaped piece, which is adapted to clamp the bead-shaped piece in conjunction with the relative movement of the feeding member and the support member. This permits the bead-shaped piece to be delivered properly from the storage pipe to the sewing position in a stable manner, and hence a sewing machine can reliably sew the bead-shaped piece on a sewing material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Tokai Kogyo Mishin Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Terutada Kojima, Taichi Fukushima
  • Publication number: 20140158034
    Abstract: A positioning device and a sewing machine arrange and position a loop on a garment during processing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2013
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Applicant: VI.BE.MAC. S.P.A.
    Inventor: Carlo Guerreschi
  • Publication number: 20140109815
    Abstract: A sewing machine includes a sewing portion, a processor, and a memory. The sewing portion is configured to perform sewing on a work cloth. The memory is configured to store computer-readable instructions. The computer-readable instructions cause the processor to perform processes that include specifying an inside position that is a position inside a hole in at least one sequin that has been disposed on the work cloth in advance, creating sewing data based on the inside position that has been specified, and causing the sewing portion to sew the at least one sequin onto the work cloth, based on the sewing data that has been created. The sewing data includes at least needle drop point data and is data for sewing the at least one sequin onto the work cloth. The needle drop point data indicates a point where a sewing needle is to pierce the work cloth.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2013
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
    Applicant: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yukiyoshi MUTO
  • Publication number: 20140000140
    Abstract: A photograph holder comprises a cloth backing material and a plurality of buttons secured to the cloth backing material with thread. The plurality of buttons defines at least one area on the cloth backing material in which a photograph may be secured between the buttons and the backing material. The area may be any shape and/or any size to accommodate the varying shapes and sizes of photographs. The photograph holder may further comprise a frame having a rigid backing and a glass. The cloth backing material and buttons may be disposed between the glass and the rigid backing within the frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2013
    Publication date: January 2, 2014
    Inventor: Deborah J. Fredette
  • Publication number: 20130042797
    Abstract: A automatic appliqué system and method including a user input element configured to receive a selection of an alignment stitch pattern, an attachment stitch pattern and a border stitch pattern, a processor executing a set of instructions and a sewing element being controlled by the processor based on the set of instructions to sew the alignment stitch pattern into a base material, sew the attachment stitch pattern aligned over the alignment pattern of the top material thereby attaching the top material to the base material, wherein after sewing the attachment stitch pattern a portion of the top material extends beyond an area bounded by the attachment stitch pattern such that the portion of the top material is to be trimmed to form edges of the top material in the area of the attachment stitch pattern and sew the border stitch pattern around the edges of the top material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2011
    Publication date: February 21, 2013
    Inventors: Karl Christian Mattias BONDESSON, Lars Goran ROOS, Karin Maria JOHANNESON
  • Patent number: 8117976
    Abstract: A handicraft needle punch set includes a needle puncher, and an assisting tool used in performing needle punching to an object. The assisting tool includes a plurality of tubular template portions each having a desired sectional shape. The needle puncher includes a plurality of needles, a grip member supporting the needles in a manner allowing the tips of the needles to protrude to the outside, and a tubular attachment member detachably attached to the grip member. The tubular attachment member is configured to surround the needles in a noncontact manner and have a contact end portion coming into contact with the upper portions of the tubular template portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Assignee: Clover Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Masaharu Tamura
  • Publication number: 20100313806
    Abstract: A placement device (3) for placing decorative elements (5) on a textile or non-textile sheet material is connected to a sewing machine. The decorative elements (5) are stored in an ordered way in magazines (7) and are fed in a controlled way by the control of the sewing machine to the appropriate set positions on the sheet material (39) and are connected to this material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2010
    Publication date: December 16, 2010
    Applicant: BERNINA INTERNATIONAL AG
    Inventors: Michael König, Frank Prüfer
  • Publication number: 20090101052
    Abstract: A handicraft needle punch set includes a needle puncher, and an assisting tool used in performing needle punching to an object. The assisting tool includes a plurality of tubular template portions each having a desired sectional shape. The needle puncher includes a plurality of needles, a grip member supporting the needles in a manner allowing the tips of the needles to protrude to the outside, and a tubular attachment member detachably attached to the grip member. The tubular attachment member is configured to surround the needles in a noncontact manner and have a contact end portion coming into contact with the upper portions of the tubular template portions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2008
    Publication date: April 23, 2009
    Applicant: CLOVER MFG. CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Masaharu Tamura
  • Patent number: 7506597
    Abstract: A method of attaching a waistband to a garment is disclosed which comprises providing a strip (26) of waistband fabric having outer portions more extensible than the centre section, and presenting the fabric to a sewing machine through a folder (18) for attachment to a garment, characterized in that the folder is angled to the sewing zone (16) whereby to force the outer sections of the waistband strip to proceed faster than the central section resulting in a curve being formed during attachment to the garment. Since the strip does not have a shape until it is treated in accordance with the invention, it may be provided on a reel for continuous operation. Moreover, the angle at which the folder presents the waistband to the sewing zone can be altered whereby to give shapes that are not of constant curvature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2009
    Assignee: Pro-Fit International Limited
    Inventor: Paul A. J. Morris
  • Patent number: 7011030
    Abstract: A logo patch arrangement for a piece of garment includes a background patch made of non-fabric materials, an affixing element, and a logo patch. The logo patch is overlapped on the affixing element to cover the affixing element, wherein the affixing element is hidden by the logo patch for enhancing an aesthetic appeal thereof while the logo patch is securely affixed on the garment via the background patch. The present invention also discloses a method of the logo patch arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2006
    Inventor: Earl Jans
  • Patent number: 6386129
    Abstract: There is described a tag feeder that feeds tags one after another from a tag strip comprising numerous tags and having sensor marks and cut lines onto side edges of fabric materials placed on a work table. The tag feeder comprises a pair of feed rolls to pinch and draw in the tag strip, a mark sensor to read the sensor marks on the tag strip, a tag cutter to cut off the tags, a tag pusher to push each tag portion sideways, a tag receiver to receive and sandwich each tag portion with a feed belt. Each sandwiched and separated tag is then fed on a side edge of the fabric material on the work table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2002
    Assignee: Barudan Sewing Machine Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yoshitsugu Uto
  • Patent number: 6318283
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for marking fabric in a permanent or semipermanent manner includes a plurality of foam markers which are compressible to a smaller size. Upon release of external pressure, the foam markers expand to their original shape and volume. An insertion tool is provided for inserting the foam markers into fabric. The insertion tool comprises an elongate tubular member which has a marker receiving opening on a first end. A pointed tip is located on the second end of the insertion tool to facilitate insertion of the tool between the threads of the fabric being marked. A marker may be compressed by rolling the marker between a thumb and finger. The compressed marker is then partially inserted into the opening of the insertion tool so that a portion of the marker protrudes from the end of the insertion tool. The tip of the insertion tool is then inserted through the fabric at a desired location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2001
    Assignee: Common Sense Systems Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Stanley Coulthard, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5897044
    Abstract: A needle useful in the dispensing of plastic fasteners. In one embodiment, the needle includes a shank portion and a base portion, the shank portion having a front section shaped to define a spoon-shaped tip. The tip has a blunt point with a radius approximately twice that of conventional needles. The distance from the point to where the tip reaches full diameter is approximately 80% of the distance typically found in conventional needles, and the full diameter of the tip is less than that in conventional needles. The side profile of the top edges of the tip are flat or downwardly-curved as opposed to being upwardly-curved in conventional needles. The distance across the tip at its widest point between opposing top edges is less than that in conventional needles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 1995
    Date of Patent: April 27, 1999
    Assignee: Avery Dennison Corporation
    Inventors: Charles L. Deschenes, William J. Cooper
  • Patent number: 5640917
    Abstract: A welt forming device comprises: base fabric holding means which is able to hold a base fabric flat at all times; and welt fabric holding means for fixedly holding a welt fabric on the base fabric. Those means are moved in a sewing direction in synchronization with the vertical movement of the sewing needle of seam forming means, to form a first seam to sew the welt fabric to the base fabric. The device further comprises: first welt fabric folding means for folding one side portion of the welt fabric along the first seam over the other side portion; second welt fabric holding means for folding the other side portion of the welt fabric over the one side portion which has been folded by the first welt fabric holding means; and auxiliary moving means for moving the relative position of the base fabric holding means and the sewing needle in a direction which is across the sewing direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 1995
    Date of Patent: June 24, 1997
    Assignee: Juki Corporation
    Inventors: Tomio Nii, Yutaka Hirasawa
  • Patent number: 5551112
    Abstract: A shoe hoop, adapted for use in combination with a sewing machine, provides a rigid frame mountable in a fixed position with respect to an associated sewing machine. A sole plate carried within the frame has spring-loaded clamps that hold a shoe firmly to the plate. Pivot mechanisms position the sole plate at various angular dispositions within the frame and permit depth adjustment of the sole plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 1994
    Date of Patent: September 3, 1996
    Assignee: Shoes By Design, Inc.
    Inventors: William J. Brandsma, Eligio Ruybal
  • Patent number: 5520129
    Abstract: A sewing machine apparatus and method for sewing a label to a thick, puffy, or quilted mattress is disclosed. The apparatus includes a pair of clamps attached to a carriage, a cutter and nipper disposed above the carriage, and a controller for controlling the sewing machine and carriage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 1994
    Date of Patent: May 28, 1996
    Assignee: Porter Sewing Machines, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael R. Porter, Steven Marcangelo
  • Patent number: 5417174
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for indexing the waistband of trousers into belt loop attachment positions at the stitching station of a sewing machine is disclosed. A stepper motor is drivingly engaged to an indexer clamp, which engages the end portion of the waistband. The stepper motor drives the indexer clamp and pulls the waistband through the stitching station. A detector detects the presence of a waistband seam and signals a controller which correlates the position of the side seam as a reference point with the desired attachment positions of belt loops. The controller signals the stepper motor to stop when each of successive belt loop attachment positions move into the stitching station. The controller operates a belt loop delivery system which feeds a belt loop to the stitching station. Work holding clamps secure the belt loop onto the waistband. The belt loops are stitched onto the waistband as each successive belt loop attachment position enters the stitching station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 1993
    Date of Patent: May 23, 1995
    Inventors: Kenneth S. Allison, Yoichi Enomoto, Hideho Sasamoto, David G. Thomason
  • Patent number: 5406900
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are disclosed for automating the sewing of tubular sleeve sections onto tubular shirt bodies, as in the manufacture of T-shirts. Shirt bodies and sleeve sections are applied over a generally cylindrical body form having portions aligned with the sleeve openings of the shirt body. In one version, the sleeve sections are applied inside-out and inner end first over opposed hollow sleeve cones. The areas of the shirt body surrounding the sleeve openings are engaged at spaced points by positioning devices, which independently position segments of the sleeve opening edges with respect to predetermined reference planes. Thereafter, tubular sleeve sections are applied axially over the body form, in surrounding relation to the shoulder areas of the shirt body. As segments of the sleeve inner edges approach the reference planes, individual segments are engaged and retained in position, until all portions of the sleeve edges are aligned with their respective reference plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 1993
    Date of Patent: April 18, 1995
    Assignee: Jet Sew Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Ernst Schramayr, Tadeusz A. Olewicz
  • Patent number: 5365867
    Abstract: There is disclosed a computerized control system for stitching apparel parts in various stitching patterns according to individual designs or styles. The control system prevents mismatching the hardware components used to hold the apparel parts during stitching thereof and a selected computerized program which controls an individual stitching pattern. A program may not be selected unless a code identifying such program is found to match the code which identifies the hardware used for a particular style or design.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 1993
    Date of Patent: November 22, 1994
    Assignee: Jet Sew Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Nathaniel E. Hatch, Tadeusz Olewicz, Ernst Schramayr
  • Patent number: 5333563
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method of and an apparatus for finishing pipings or a box pocket portion and face portion neighbouring therewith in a flat form irrespective of the thickness of fabrics to be used in stitching the pipings or box pockets. The method is constituted in such a manner that two seam lines (3 and 6) come as close as possible and folding is made so that the same superimposition is created at both sides of the seam lines (3 and 6) i.e. in an edge forming part and its neighbouring face cloth portion. The apparatus is constructed such that one or more base cloth material supporting members (20) and one or more patch cloth holding and folding guide mechanisms (21) are laterally displaceable in synchronization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 1992
    Date of Patent: August 2, 1994
    Inventor: Yoshiaki Yamanoi
  • Patent number: 5237943
    Abstract: In addition to a sewing machine, a sewing unit has a workpiece holder, which has two workpiece bearing plates displaceable relative to each other, a holding bar, a folding, bar, a thrower device, a cloth slider and a folding device. By these devices, first and second trouser parts having rim strips are faced and overlapped inside-out onto a zipper. The front inseam is sewn, then the rim strip of the second trouser part is folded over and a first zipper seam is sewn. The second trouser part is folded over right-side out and the j-seam is sewn. The rim strips of the first and second trouser parts can be folded before sewing, seam locks can be provided, and a lower covering strip can be provided to the zipper as well. Thus, all three seams can be sewn with a single sewing arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 1991
    Date of Patent: August 24, 1993
    Assignee: Durkopp Adler AG
    Inventors: Michael Klein, Benny Lapp, Ole Nielsen
  • Patent number: 5188044
    Abstract: A second workpiece, for instance a pocket blank, is placed with its edge regions protruding on at least three sides, on a folding device which forms part of the automatic sewing machine. The folding device has a swingable outer frame which has a plurality of inwardly and outwardly moveable bend-over devices with Z-shaped angles which fold the protruding edge regions around a so-called "sword". Thereupon, the folded second material is placed on a first workpiece which is present in a receiving station. Then the folded edge regions are continuously fixed over their entire length by a holding element which is embedded in an insert plate provided within the receiving station. The holding element permits the bend-over devices to move back away from the workpieces into their starting position, without carrying the folded edge regions along with them and thereby unfolding the folded edge regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 1992
    Date of Patent: February 23, 1993
    Assignee: Durkopp Adler Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Joachim Brockmann
  • Patent number: 5092258
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for automatically making a pocket opening having a flap and a pocket bag, one half of the pocket-bag blank being sewn to the workpiece together with the flap and the piping strip. The formation of the seam takes place as a function of the detected presence of the flap. During the transport of the workpiece, flap, and blank to the sewing place, the part of the pocket-bag blank which rests on the flap is lifted off of the flap, the presence of the flap is detected by an opto-electronic sensor, and the pocket bag is again placed on the flap before the parts are sewn together. The sewing machine is controlled in response to the sensor so that the seam corresponds precisely to the length of the flap. The pocket-bag blank is lifted off and replaced on the flap by a folder which has an arrangement of guide plates for carrying out the invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 1989
    Date of Patent: March 3, 1992
    Assignee: Durkoppwerke GmbH
    Inventors: Heinz Goldbeck, Eckhard Schalk
  • Patent number: 5070799
    Abstract: A sewing machine sews a continuous zipper chain to two fabric side pieces. An adjacent severing device severs the sewn article into discrete units of a length selected by the operator. Operator observation of the severing device and sewn article is achieved by a mirror mounted between the sewing machine and the severing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 1991
    Date of Patent: December 10, 1991
    Assignee: Findlay Industries
    Inventors: Richard L. Montgomery, James E. Striff
  • Patent number: 5069148
    Abstract: A trouser-fly piece serging apparatus includes a guide unit disposed upstream of a serging station and composed of a first elongate guide member extending at an angle relative to the path of movement of a trouser-fly piece being advanced by a serging unit, and a second elongate guide member extending parallel to the path of movement of the trouser-fly piece. The trouser-fly piece is guided by the first guide member into the serging station so that a trimming cutter disposed immediately upstream of the serging unit assumes a position to conform to a curvature of the leading end of a substantially arcuate trimming line passing across a corner of the leading end of the trouser-fly piece. Synchronous operation of the serging unit and the trimming cutter causes the trouser-fly piece to turn in one direction during which an arcuate corner which is trimmed by the trimming cutter and subsequently serged by the serging unit is automatically produced on the leading end of the trouser-fly piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 1990
    Date of Patent: December 3, 1991
    Assignee: Yoshida Kogyo K. K.
    Inventors: Kiichirou Ishikawa, Yasuhiro Fukumoto, Chet Dudek
  • Patent number: 5067424
    Abstract: An apparatus for automatically sewing a succession of fabric pieces to a continuous slide fastener chain comprises a sewing machine for feeding and sewing the fabric pieces and slide fastener chain together; a guiding apparatus disposed upstream of the sewing machine and including a pair of opposed guide rollers urged towards each other with the slide fastener chain interposed therebetween so as to be driven via the slide fastener chain by the sewing machine while guiding the slide fastener chain towards the sewing machine; and a feeding apparatus disposed between the guiding apparatus and the sewing machine and including a pair of opposed feed rollers urged towards each other so as to convergently place therebetween the slide fastener chain into superimposed relation to the fabric pieces and to feed the fabric pieces with the slide fastener chain thus superimposed thereon to the sewing machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 1990
    Date of Patent: November 26, 1991
    Assignee: Yoshida Kogyo K.K.
    Inventors: Kiichirou Ishikawa, Chet Dudek, James Hutcherson
  • Patent number: 5060588
    Abstract: For the purpose of attaching a strip of cloth provided with a zip-fastener component to a trouser forepart, first a rim of the strip of cloth and then the rim of the trouser forepart are folded over. The strip of cloth is arranged above the trouser forepart. Both folded-over rims are brought into a position relative to each other which they occupy after being joined together. Then they are brought into mutual contact and joined together with only a single seam in only one sewing operation. Thus very simple handling of the parts to be sewn together is achieved along with a very simple design of the required sewing units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 1990
    Date of Patent: October 29, 1991
    Assignee: Kochs Adler Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Werner Sadlack, Siegfried Vogt, Egon Upmeier, Wolfram Schulze
  • Patent number: 5052316
    Abstract: A fabric holding frame consists of a bed plate and a presser frame connected to the bed plate for vertical movement relative to it. The bed plate is provided with a positioner to locate a fabric and plural windows. The presser frame is provided with strap holders at positions where the strap holders face the respective windows. The fabric is put and located on the bed plate and the presser frame is lowered to fix the fabric. The both end portions of plural straps are loaded into the respective plural strap holders. Thus the both end portions of every strap become located at prescribed sewing positions on the fabric. When the bed plate is horizontally moved on a table of a multi-head sewing machine and the sewing machine is operated, the end portions of the straps are sewn on the fabric through the windows of the bed plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 1991
    Date of Patent: October 1, 1991
    Assignee: Kabushikikaisha Barudan
    Inventor: Hisato Sakakibara
  • Patent number: 5040472
    Abstract: A label dispenser in which data about the label length and the position of the reading marks on the labels is programmed into an electronic control mechanism which advances the labels accordingly by an electronically controlled stepping motor. A stationary light sensor is positioned a fixed distance from a knife blade and provides input to the electronic control. The electronic control may also control a clamp, a folding mechanism and a blowing mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 1989
    Date of Patent: August 20, 1991
    Inventor: Helmut Schips
  • Patent number: 5035191
    Abstract: A patterned cloth holding apparatus for an automatic sewing machine, which apparatus comprises a cloth holder for holding a generally rectangular piece of fabric at a position spaced from a position where the rectangular piece of fabric is to be sewed on a cloth having a patterned right face. The piece of fabric has a patterned right face, and respective patterns on the piece of fabric and the cloth are, when the piece of fabric is held by the cloth holder, oriented upwards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 1989
    Date of Patent: July 30, 1991
    Assignee: Yamato Mishin Seizo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Ryuiti Yokoyama
  • Patent number: 5018461
    Abstract: A label push-in element is provided under a label placed at a label rest position and a label retainer is disposed over the label. The push-in element is advanced upwards to force the intermediate portion of the label into the retainer and is retreated after the retainer has clipped the label. The retainer is moved horizontally to a sewing position over a cloth spread on a sewing machine table. While the retainer is moved the end portions of the label protruding from the retainer hits such an object near the sewing position as the edge of the table or the cloth and is folded towards the direction opposite to that of movement of the retainer. The end portions overlapped on the edge of the cloth are sewn by a sewing machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 1990
    Date of Patent: May 28, 1991
    Assignee: Kabushikikaisha Barudan
    Inventors: Katsuyuki Kato, Zinichi Yaguchi
  • Patent number: 5019116
    Abstract: In the sewing unit for the successive production of a number of stitch groups in a workpiece, a carriage supported slidably in two opposite directions on a frame and bearing a stitch group sewing machine. The sewing unit is periodically driven by a drive unit back and forth. A clamping device, slidably supported on the frame, is periodically coupled to the carriage by a clutch unit. The stitch group sewing operation takes place during the synchronous motion of the stitch group sewing machine and the clamping device. When the sewing operation is completed and the carriage is at rest, a pushing device attached to the frame pushes the clamping device, once it has been uncoupled from the carriage, in the opposite direction to its previously executed motion, back into its initial position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 1989
    Date of Patent: May 28, 1991
    Assignee: Durkoppwerke GmbH
    Inventor: Gerhard Riss
  • Patent number: 5016549
    Abstract: For the purpose of attaching a strip of cloth provided with a zip-fastener component to a trouser forepart, first a rim of the strip of cloth and then the rim of the trouser forepart are folded over. The strip of cloth is arranged above the trouser forepart. Both folded-over rims are brought into a position relative to each other which they occupy after being joined together. Then they are brought into mutual contact and joined together with only a single seam in only one sewing operation. Thus very simple handling of the parts to be sewn together is achieved along with a very simple design of the required sewing units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 1990
    Date of Patent: May 21, 1991
    Assignee: Kochs Alder Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Werner Sadlack, Siegfried Vogt, Egon Upmeier, Wolfram Schulze
  • Patent number: 5012752
    Abstract: A work piece setting apparatus including a sensor for detecting patterns of two work pieces, two holders for holding the cloth pieces, a moving device for moving the lower holder, a rotator for rotating the lower holder, a calculator for calculating a mismatch amount for the patterns according to signals detected by the sensor and a controller for controlling the moving device and the rotator according to the mismatch amount. The lower work piece is moved and rotated with the lower holder and the patterns of two work pieces are matched. After the work pieces are matched and set, a carrying device carries the work pieces to a sewing position from a setting position on a work table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 1989
    Date of Patent: May 7, 1991
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kunihiko Murata, Satoshi Morii, Hiroyuki Mitsui, Toru Takemura, Toshiaki Iwasaki, Takaaki Suzuki
  • Patent number: 4996933
    Abstract: The sewing attachment of a jacket front panel zipper in which the edges of the zipper side tapes are folded into inwardly facing C shapes and the left and right jacket front panel edges into outwardly facing C shapes, and these inwardly and outwardly facing C shapes are interfolded with each other and held in this relationship by the zipper attaching seams, with the result that the cut edges of the sewn together components are hidden within the folding from view to thereby enhance the appearance of jacket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 1990
    Date of Patent: March 5, 1991
    Inventor: Ronald J. Boser
  • Patent number: 4991527
    Abstract: To attach a strip of cloth provided with a zip-fastener component to each of two trouser foreparts, the edge of the trouser forepart is folded over before being joined to the strip of cloth. The trouser forepart with the folded-over edge and the strip of cloth are positioned relative to one another in a position which they occupy after being sewn together. Subsequently, this sewing takes place in a clamping fixture in a single sewing operation. The purpose of this measure is to attach the strip of cloth and zip-fastener component to a trouser forepart with the minimum possible effort.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 1989
    Date of Patent: February 12, 1991
    Assignee: Kochs Adler Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Hans Scholl, Siegfried Vogt
  • Patent number: 4989527
    Abstract: A sewing system that is smaller and more simple in construction than the prior art. The cloth holding means and cloth clamping means are part of a X-Y-Z motion apparatus that is supported solely from the top arm of the sewing system frame.Because the spaced twin needles of the sewing system will be required to penetrate up to 14 layers of thick cloth in some anticipated applications, considerable rigidity and stability is imparted to the single needed clamp that supports the two needles by reciprocating the needle clamp with two symmetrically spaced needle bars. This minimizes canting of the needle clamp and bending of the needle bar, thereby assuring more uniform stitch lines and minimizes missed stitches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 1987
    Date of Patent: February 5, 1991
    Assignee: Automated Machinery Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Joseph W. A. Off
  • Patent number: 4979934
    Abstract: An apparatus for feeding and folding cards from a card supply to a work surface at which the cards are utilized in a folded configuration in a work cycle. The cards are delivered to the work surface by a delivery mechanism and a folding device folds the cards as they are delivered to the work surface so that the cards are in the folded configuration when they arrive for utilization in the work cycle. Structure is provided for holding the cards in the folded configuration at the work surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 1989
    Date of Patent: December 25, 1990
    Inventor: William A. Tice
  • Patent number: 4967675
    Abstract: A method and sewing unit for folding a strip of cloth and then transporting it to a sewing machine together with a sewing material blank to which it is to be sewn. In accordance with this invention, the sewing material blank 109, which has been laid out in accordance with markings at a layout point 101 of the sewing unit, together with the strip of cloth 110, are transferred by a feed device 8 to a transfer point 106 beneath the sewing-material holder 9, which has previously been raised. A pivotable and displaceable folding-plate 94 provided on the sewing-material holder, together with a counterplate 54 of the feed device 8, carries out the folding of the strip of cloth 110. Then the folding-plate 94 is pulled forward and the counterplate 54 backward, and the feed device 8 is placed in its raised position. The sewing-material holder 9 moves the folded strip of cloth 110 and the blank 109 lying under it to the sewing point 108 at the sewing machine 3.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 1989
    Date of Patent: November 6, 1990
    Assignee: Durkoppwerke GmbH
    Inventors: Heinz Goldbeck, Herbert Diekmann
  • Patent number: 4951585
    Abstract: An apparatus for folding a strip of material and supplying the same to a sewing machine which sewingly attach the folded strip of material (B) to a base material (C). The apparatus comprises a movable base (78) reciprocally movable between its standby position and its supply position, a strip of a material support member (87,88) mounted on the movable base (78) for receiving and supporting the strip of material (B) supplied when the movable base (78) is positioned at the standby position, and for transferring the strip of material (B) to the sewing machine bed (121) when the movable base (78) is positioned at the supply position, and a pair of folding plates (117,118) movable toward and away from the strip of material support member (87,88) in a first direction across the strip of material for bending the end poritons of the strip of material (B) into an L-shape, and in a second direction perpendicular to the first direction for bending the L-shaped end portions of the strip of material (B) into a U-shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 1989
    Date of Patent: August 28, 1990
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kunio Haneda, Hideo Kawaguchi
  • Patent number: 4928608
    Abstract: An apparatus for joining the pocket bag (I) and the pocket trimming (II) in trouser pockets, with a folded fabric edge of the pocket trimming (II) being sewn by means of a sewing-machine (4) to the pocket bag (I) consisting of lining material. For rapid, automatic preparation of a pocket bag (I) together with a pocket trimming (I) having a folded fabric edge to be sewn to said pocket bag (I), as well as for rapidly and automatically supplying said bag and said trimming to the sewing operation in continuously following manner to said preparation step, it is provided according to the present invention that a folding means (5) and a material conveyor (6) for conveying the material to be sewn are associated with the sewing-machine (4). The folding means, as seen in sewing feed direction, is located in front of the sewing-machine (4) whereas the material conveyor (6) is provided between the folding means (5) and the sewing-machine (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 1987
    Date of Patent: May 29, 1990
    Inventor: Helmut Schips
  • Patent number: 4915040
    Abstract: A suit material support device which comprises a center suit coat body support member and a pair of suit sleeve support members disposed on the opposite sides of the suit body support member. The suit coat body support member is rotatable from a suit coat body placing position and to right- and left-hand suit sleeve sewing positions. It has a plurality of suit body bars displaceable in planes intersecting each other at right angles and clamp needles for clamping suit sleeves against the suit body bars. A pair of suit sleeve support members are disposed on opposite sides of the suit body support member and each is rotatable between a suit sleeve attaching position and a suit sleeve placing position as the mechanism rotates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 1989
    Date of Patent: April 10, 1990
    Assignee: Agency of Industrial Science and Technology
    Inventors: Kuniharu Sakuma, Hiroshi Honda, Koukichi Maehata, Takayuki Aikawa
  • Patent number: 4911091
    Abstract: To attach a strip of cloth provided with a zip-fastener component to each of two trouser foreparts, the edge of the trouser forepart is folded over before being joined to the strip of cloth. The trouser forepart with the folded-over edge and the strip of cloth are positioned relative to one another in a position which they occupy after being sewn together. Subsequently, this sewing takes place in a clamping fixture in a single sewing operation. The purpose of this measure is to attach the strip of cloth and zip-fastener component to a trouser forepart with the minimum possible effort.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 1989
    Date of Patent: March 27, 1990
    Assignee: Kochs Adler Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Hans Scholl, Siegfried Vogt
  • Patent number: 4909167
    Abstract: A small part (42) is automatically lowered, with its front side (76) facing upward, directly onto a main part (43) which is spread out on a worktable (2), the front side (76) of said main part also facing upward. The respective patterns of the main part (43) and the small part (42) are aligned. Then the small part (42) is automatically turned over, whereby it then can be deposited, with its front side (76) facing downward, on a sewing-material clamp (8). The latter transports both the main and small sewing parts, fixed in position, first to the sewing station (68) and then to the cutting station (6).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 1988
    Date of Patent: March 20, 1990
    Assignee: Durkoppwerke GmbH
    Inventors: Heinz Goldbeck, Klaus Moller, Helmut Gogolin