Severing Patents (Class 112/130)
  • Patent number: 9695534
    Abstract: An apparatus for fabricating gasket pads for sealing a drum of a drier and a gasket pad fabricated. The apparatus automates the operations of guiding a strip of felt textile, cutting a portion of the felt textile by a predetermined length, butting both ends of the cut felt textile portion to each other without a difference in height, and sewing the both ends of the cut felt textile portion. Since gasket pads are fabricated by the automated operations instead of manual operations dependent of the experiences of workers, the same gasket pads can be fabricated with high-quality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: HEAD LINE CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Ho-Jun Lee
  • Publication number: 20140360419
    Abstract: A sewing machine of an “overlook” “cut-and-sew” type for sewing together at least two flaps (3a, 3b) of textile that are overlapping and belonging to one or more textile articles, comprising at least a needle plate (2) suitable for supporting at least two overlapping flaps (3a, 3b) of textile of one or more textile articles which are sliding for forming sewing stitches (10a, 10b, 10c), the needle plate (2) being provided with through-openings defining respective seatings (4) for passage of sewing needles (5) and at least a lateral appendage (6) defining a sliding line (7) for the sewing stitches (10a, 10b, 10c); a lower crochet hook (14); an upper crochet hook (15); and at least a sewing needle bearing device (11) with at least three sewing needles (5) mounted on the device (11), reciprocally flanked, aligned to one another and supplied with respective sewing threads (10), and being suitable for passing through the seatings (4) of the needle plate (2) for sewing the over-lapping flaps (3a, 3b) of textile, the
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2012
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventor: Tiberio Lonati
  • Publication number: 20080264222
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided for feeding and slitting mattress covers, quilts and other soft goods supported on a table. The apparatus has a first slitting wheel rotatable by a motor. A second slitting wheel is rotatable by the motor and contacts the first slitting wheel to provide a cutting action. The apparatus further includes a conveyor operable by the motor for conveying the soft goods past the slitting wheels, and a compression assembly having an actuator, a gear housing, and powered wheels for compressing the soft goods and holding the soft goods against the conveyor to preventing slippage or twisting.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2007
    Publication date: October 30, 2008
    Applicant: L&P PROPERTY MANAGEMENT COMPANY
    Inventors: Alex Dobrescu, Terrance L. Myers
  • Publication number: 20080184922
    Abstract: A work piece finishing apparatus including a cutter assembly, a binding tape applier, and a flat bed sewing head.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 2, 2007
    Publication date: August 7, 2008
    Applicant: MAPLES INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventor: Robert A. Trobaugh
  • Patent number: 7284493
    Abstract: A sheet package body P has a first package body 1 and a second package body 2. The first package body 1 is disposed on the second package body 2 by overlapping in part, said overlapped portion L is set in a double chain stitch sewing machine and is sewn. A stitching D of chain stitch is formed said portion L. By pulling the sewing end portion 4a of the looper thread 4 forming the stitching D of chain stitch, the stitching D of chain stitch gradually unravels from the sewing end portion, and the both package bodies 1, 2 are separated from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2007
    Assignee: Pegasus Sewing Machine Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yoshinari Morimoto
  • Patent number: 6796254
    Abstract: The order in which panels 13 are to be quilted, the amount of quilting-induced shrinkage, and the amount of crop between adjacent panels 13 are stored in a machine readable file 13 for use in operating a print line 10. Such information 13 is printed or otherwise placed on the material 11 at the print line 10 so as to be readable by a sensor 22 at a quilting station, where the information 13 is read and used to control the quilter 21. Panels 15 are quilted according to a schedule and in batches in the most efficient manner, and panels are cut according to information read from records on the material. Shrinkage is compensated for and appropriate crops are made between panels. The printing line prints series of panels on a web 11 in rolls 14 that can be fed, last-printed panel first, into the quilter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2004
    Assignee: L&P Property Management Company
    Inventors: James Bondanza, James T. Frazer, David Brian Scott
  • Patent number: 6694901
    Abstract: A buttonhole sewing machine comprises a buttonhole cutting device which includes a knife and a cutting block unit with several cutting blocks, one of which at a time being movable into a position of cooperation with the knife. The cutting blocks are mounted on an anvil that is stationarily joined to the sewing machine. The knife is movable from above against the anvil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2004
    Assignee: Dürkopp Adler Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Karsten Filges, Theodor Janocha, Jochen Fischer
  • Publication number: 20020069803
    Abstract: An apparatus for sewing finishing a piece cut from a length of textile material unwound from a roll and closing the leading edge thereof, comprising: advancement rollers for advancement of the length of textile material, to unwind two successive portions of the length of material, for a total longitudinal extension equal to the longitudinal extension of the piece; a cutting blade suitable to cut a piece from the length of textile material with a cut that is perpendicular to the unwinding direction and forms the rear edge of the cut piece and the leading edge of the length of textile material to be unwound; and positioning elements for arranging the leading edge of the unwound length of material with respect to a sewing machine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2001
    Publication date: June 13, 2002
    Applicant: RESTA S.R.L.
    Inventor: Roberto Resta
  • Patent number: 6293213
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for automatically cutting notches at specific locations on a web which are separated by predetermined lengths which are the outer dimensions of a pillowtop mattress. The web is pulled through a sewing station with a traction drive. Slack is induced in the web downstream of the traction drive. Predetermined lengths are drawn out of the slack bin in a single motion through a linear measuring device. A knife disposed in close proximity to the measuring device cuts the notches at the specific locations and subsequently severs the notched portion from the remainder of the web.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2001
    Assignee: Galkin Automated Products Corp.
    Inventors: Paul Block, Michael Lydick
  • Publication number: 20010010199
    Abstract: A machine for cutting cloths and for applying borders thereto, particularly for manufacturing mattresses starting from at least one component sheet which is wound in a roll, which comprises a framework, means for moving the cloth in an advancement direction and along a horizontal plane of arrangement, two sewing machines which are arranged upstream of the movement means and are adapted to form longitudinal stitch lines along the lateral edges of the cloth, a cloth finishing assembly which is arranged downstream of the movement means and comprises a sewing machine which is adapted to produce at least two parallel stitch lines which lie transversely to the advancement direction of the cloth, and a cutting element which is adapted to produce an intermediate separation cut between the two stitch lines, so as to separate the portion of cloth that lies downstream of the assembly from the one that lies upstream thereof, the sewing machines of the pair being each provided with a support for a roll of a strip of fabri
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 11, 2001
    Publication date: August 2, 2001
    Applicant: RESTA S.r.l.
    Inventor: Roberto Resta
  • Patent number: 6263816
    Abstract: Ticking for the production of mattress covers is preprinted with a plurality of different patterns by a computer controlled printer that prints in response to pattern data communicated from a control computer. The pattern data is organized and communicated by the computer so that a print head, for example, can scan the ticking material, such as in rows across the width of a web, and print different patterns. For example, different border panels can be oriented along a web and positioned side-by-side across a web and each printed with a different pattern. Top and bottom panels having corresponding patterns can be printed on the same or a different web. Identifying data for matching the panels of a mattress product can be provided in data files in the same or a different computer or can be printed on the fabric along with the patterns on the panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2001
    Assignee: L&P Property Management Company
    Inventors: Richard N. Codos, M. Burl White
  • Patent number: 6237517
    Abstract: A quilting system that includes a multiple needle quilting machine is provided with batch processing capability by the addition of a panel cutter in-line with and downstream of the quilting machine. The panel cutter is equipped with a programmed controller that is loaded with batch information for the production, on the quilting machine, of a plurality of quilts by stitching patterns on a multilayered web of fabric. The batch information includes information of a number of quilts to be quilted as well as the patterns to be quilted on each quilt and the composition of the material on which the patterns are to be quilted. Information is derived by the panel cutter controller from sensors on the panel cutter, which information is used to control the quilting machine by adjusting the length of quilted material from the quilter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2001
    Assignee: Ormco Corporation
    Inventors: James Bondanza, M. Burl White
  • Patent number: 6189469
    Abstract: A strip matter cutting device for sewing machine is provided which is mainly employed in automatically cutting a tape or rubber sewed on the shoulders of a T-shirt. It is arranged such that the whole of a cutting part which comprises a rotary cutting blade and a tape receiving portion integrally formed with a tape pick-up portion, is shifted between a cutting action position closely adjacent to the rear of a needle location of a throat plate secured to the top surface of a sewing machine bed, and a non-action position at which the cutting part is retracted upward to the left of a sewing machine arm over the throat plate, through a rock arm which is driven to rock reciprocally by a rotary cylinder. Employment of this arrangement permits an improvement in work efficiency and a significant reduction in work burden. Even for a wide object to be sewed, it is fed freely for automatic cutting of a sewed tape or rubber, without the tape or rubber losses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2001
    Assignee: Yamato Sewing Machine Seizo Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ryosuke Fukumoto
  • Patent number: 6109195
    Abstract: An over-lock sewing machine executing an over-edge chain stitch and a double-chain stitch includes a sewing machine motor for driving a needle bar so that the needle bar is moved upward and downward, a sewing needle mounted on a lower end of the needle bar, an upper looper and a lower looper forming stitches in cooperation with the sewing needle, and a stepping motor for driving the lower looper so that the lower looper is rocked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2000
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hidetaka Inagaki, Nobusuke Nagasaka, Katsuya Watarai
  • Patent number: 6025695
    Abstract: A rechargeable battery pack and a method of managing operations of a rechargeable battery pack. Sensing elements are provided to sense and to generate analog signals representing battery parameters, and an analog-to-digital converter is used to convert those analog signals to digital signals. A processor uses those digital signals to perform various routines. The processor switches the analog-to-digital converter from a disabled state, in which the analog-to-digital conversions are not performed, to an abled state under defined conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2000
    Inventors: Daniel D. Friel, Matthew P. Hull, Parviz Ghaseminejad, Phuoc Van Duong, Roland Rathmann
  • Patent number: 6006685
    Abstract: A sewing machine having a machine arm, a rest for the material being sewn and a device for producing buttonholes, which comprises a cutting knife and a plurality of cutting blocks of respectively different lengths which are arranged on a common carrier. The buttonhole device is acted upon by an actuating device that can be moved from an upper position into a lower position, the cutting knife is arranged in a stationary manner underneath the sewing material, and the cutting block is lowered by the actuating device onto the cutting knife.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 28, 1999
    Assignee: Durkopp Adler AG
    Inventors: Eberhard Kastrup, Tobias Kaufhold, Jochen Fischer
  • Patent number: 5816177
    Abstract: A sheet material advancing and cutting apparatus for incrementally advancing the cut end of a supply of terry cloth sheet material (11) past a cutting blade (66), drawing out the supply of material to its cutting position, and cutting the material along laterally extending napless bands (26) in the material. The apparatus includes a sheet material advancing mechanism (13) for engaging the sheet material and pushing the cut end of the material across the cutting station (14). A material draw out assembly (16) includes a draw out bar (81) which moves downwardly into engagement with the leading edge of the material and pulls the material into its cutting position. The draw out bar (81) is pivoted by cylinder (111) if necessary to stretch the side of the material that is behind in its movement toward the cutting station, causing the following napless band to be straightened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 6, 1998
    Assignee: Sew Simple Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Charles E. Brocklehurst
  • Patent number: 5596939
    Abstract: An apparatus for converting a length of large diameter knitted tubular fabric into a plurality of fabric bands for use in the manufacture of apparel collars, cuffs and bands. The apparatus includes a slitter adapted to cut the large diameter knitted tubular fabric into longitudinal fabric strips with opposed edges. The slitter includes a plurality of spaced fabric cutters to cut the fabric into a plurality of longitudinal fabric strips and a fabric conveyor adapted to longitudinally convey the fabric into contact with the cutters. The apparatus also includes a seamer adapted to longitudinally fold the fabric strips and seam the edges together to form a plurality of smaller diameter tubes having the same diameter as the finished collar or cuff. Finally, the apparatus includes a cutter adapted to transversely cut each of the tubes into bands having a predetermined width for use as collars or cuffs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 1994
    Date of Patent: January 28, 1997
    Assignee: Sara Lee Corporation
    Inventors: Edward R. LaVelle, Robert E. Butler
  • Patent number: 5560308
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided for processing peripheral selvedges of fabric. The apparatus includes a sewing machine unit for sewing up fabrics; an air table mechanism incorporating a number of jet apertures through which air is jetted onto an upper surface of the table in an obliquely upward direction towards a product guide member; a supplementary roller unit which vertically ascends and descends to shift a processable fabric synchronously with feeding of the sewing machine unit; a rotating unit having a fabric holding unit which descends only when sewing of a fabric corner is executed in order to hold and rotate the objective fabric by a predetermined angle and then ascends after rotating the fabric by a predetermined angle; a flange strip supply unit for supplying a flange strip to the sewing machine unit; and a controller unit for integrally controlling operation of the above component units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 1, 1996
    Assignee: Matsushita Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Eto
  • Patent number: 5555832
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing hosiery items, termed "top-to-top" method, and the related modified knitting and stitching machines. The method includes the following steps: knitting a first hosiery item starting from a top down to a toe; knitting at least one row of trim at the end of the toe; knitting a second hosiery item at the end of the row of trim starting from a second toe up to a second top; separating and stitching the first and second hosiery items initially joined by the trim row by means of a specifically modified stitching machine. The stitching machine includes two independent stitching units which are fed by a common conveyor which is provided with a cutter and with diverging traction means. Top-to-top knitting can be performed with appropriately modified mechanically-programmed machines or with electronically programmed machines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 1994
    Date of Patent: September 17, 1996
    Assignee: Conti Complett S.p.A.
    Inventor: Andrea Conti
  • Patent number: 5511500
    Abstract: A side-by-side material feed system is provided for feeding two dissimilar strips of material. The material is fed along parallel feed paths by first and second drive mechanisms which move the material toward respective cutters. The operation of the feed mechanisms and the cutters is controlled by a programmable controller which permits each of the material strips to be fed and cut to form pieces of predetermined length which may be removed by an operator or conveyed to a subsequent station for further processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 1992
    Date of Patent: April 30, 1996
    Assignee: MIM Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Ralph F. Conley, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5505148
    Abstract: A side-by-side material feed system is provided for feeding two dissimilar strips of material. The material is fed along parallel feed paths by first and second material feeders which move the material toward respective cutters. The operation of the feeders and the cutters is controlled by a programmable controller which permits each of the material strips to be fed and cut to form pieces of predetermined length which may be removed by an operator or conveyed to a subsequent station for further processing. In a further embodiment of the invention, the feeders are supported on an ergonomic arm mounted to a portable cart whereby the feeders may be used at different sewing stations and the ergonomic arm may be positioned at an optimum location for each of the sewing stations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 1993
    Date of Patent: April 9, 1996
    Assignee: MIM Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Ralph F. Conley, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5456193
    Abstract: An apparatus for manufacturing front panels for men's underwear from continuous bands of web material. The apparatus includes a pay-out mechanism for paying out the continuous bands of web material. A web conveyance system conveys first and second continuous bands of web material along an assembly line to a plurality of stations disposed along the assembly line for fabricating discrete front panel assemblies from the continuous bands of web material. An automatic loader receives the front panel assembly from the web conveyance system and transfers the front panel assemblies to a receiving apparatus where it is bound into bundles for subsequent use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 1994
    Date of Patent: October 10, 1995
    Assignee: Design Technology Corporation
    Inventor: Jeffrey T. Boot
  • Patent number: 5448960
    Abstract: A method and device that provides the operator with an unrestricted view of the stitch forming area of a sewing machine when binding a fabric edge and applying an elastic tape within the bound edge. The elastic tape is secured to the undersurface of the garment where it cannot become exposed or visible on the outside of the garment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 1993
    Date of Patent: September 12, 1995
    Assignee: Union Special Corporation
    Inventors: David M. Navlyt, Gregg A. Gibson, Maximilian Adamski, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5443024
    Abstract: An automatic hemming machine, including a multi-belt conveyor, for folding the top edge of a pocket to be subsequently sewn on a shirt and hemming it with a back binding tape, severing the binding tape sewn on the pockets with a fast acting scissors type trimming assembly, and thereafter stacking a predetermined number of pockets after being fed off of the conveyor and returning one or more stacks in a bundle to an operator who does not have to leave the work station to unload the bundle from the machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 1993
    Date of Patent: August 22, 1995
    Assignee: Union Underwear Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Glenn Wethington, Jimmy D. Claiborne, Mark R. Strain
  • Patent number: 5406872
    Abstract: A side-by-side material feed system is provided for feeding two dissimilar strips of material. The material is fed along parallel feed paths by first and second material feeders which move the material toward respective cutters. The operation of the feeders and the cutters is controlled by a programmable controller which permits each of the material strips to be fed and cut to form pieces of predetermined length which may be removed by an operator or conveyed to a subsequent station for further processing. In a further embodiment of the invention, the feeders are movable relative to a work station comprising a cutter associated with a common feed path extending between the cutter and a sewing apparatus. As each of the feeders is aligned with the work station, a predetermined length of material may be cut off by the cutter and conveyed along the common feed path to the sewing station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 1993
    Date of Patent: April 18, 1995
    Assignee: MIM Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Ralph F. Conley, Jr., Young, James R.
  • Patent number: 5400731
    Abstract: A method and sewing apparatus including a twin-needle sewing machine (3) for making a pocket insert having a flap. The workpiece (47) is placed in a preparation station (50) and gripped by clamping plates (41, 42), then transported into a sewing position (51), and thereafter into a cutting position (52). Before the seams are made, measurement variables which provide information with respect to the angles formed by the flap-limiting edges are fed to a control (23). As a function of the measurement variables, a control (23) automatically sets the angles of the corner knives (69, 70) provided at the cutting position (51).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 1993
    Date of Patent: March 28, 1995
    Assignee: Durkopp Adler Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Heinz Goldbeck, Dietrich Kahler, Thorsten Vogt
  • Patent number: 5394813
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided for automatically inserting an elastic tape into a binding tape, and simultaneously sewing the leading and trailing ends of the elastic tape with the binding tape to the hem of a workpiece. A pair of feed rollers and a tensioning device for the elastic tape are provided above a vertical cylindrical guide. An outlet of the vertical cylindrical guide is directed toward the presser foot of a sewing machine, and shifted between positions on and outside the sewing line of the sewing machine. A cutting device for the elastic tape in the direction crossing with the advancing direction is driven by a shaft vertically placed along the vertical cylindrical guide. An advancing speed of the trailing end of the cut elastic tape extending to the presser foot is reduced by a tape pressing device until the trailing end is fed under the presser foot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 1993
    Date of Patent: March 7, 1995
    Assignee: Pegasus Sewing Machine Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tsuguhiro Shimoyama, Katsumi Tabuchi, Yoshikazu Kageyama, Akira Teranishi, Hourin Jo
  • Patent number: 5373762
    Abstract: A method by which when a long label tape is cut at a number of cut marks made thereon into a number of labels, the cut marks can be reliably confirmed. The long label tape is advanced in its longitudinal direction, a cut mark is confirmed, and the tape is cut at the cut mark. The cut mark is confirmed by a combination of a first step of confirming that a front side margin of the cut mark arrives at a detecting position and a subsequent second confirmation step of confirming that the cut mark arrives at the detecting position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 1993
    Date of Patent: December 20, 1994
    Assignee: Kabushikikaisha Barudan
    Inventor: Katsuyuki Kato
  • Patent number: 5299513
    Abstract: A drawing device for towel cloth for successively drawing out and cutting off a towel material of long size as long as a sheet of towel from the rest of the towel material at the plain woven portion thereof, the towel material of long size having plain woven portions and pile fabric portions alternately and continuously arranged at predetermined intervals in the longitudinal direction thereof. The drawing device comprises a feed roller disposed perpendicular to the drawing direction of the towel cloth on the drawing side thereof relative to the cutting unit and capable of feeding back the cut end portion of the cut towel cloth on the drawing side to the side of the towel material relative to the cutting unit and a thickness detector disposed in the same way as the feed roller orthogonally to the drawing direction of the towel cloth having an aperture-adjustable slit for stopping the pile fabric portion of the fed back towel cloth thereby.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 1992
    Date of Patent: April 5, 1994
    Assignee: The Singer Company, NV
    Inventors: Tetsuo Kambara, Hideyuki Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 5299515
    Abstract: A towel cloth positioning device comprises a plurality of projectors provided above a work table for projecting indication marks on the hemming portion of a sheet of towel cloth which is cut piece by piece and is placed on the work table so as to indicate given positions on the hemming portion thereof and pressing units for pressing the towel cloth at the hemming portion thereof on the work table by way of pressing members capable of individually pressing the hemming portion of the towel cloth. Inasmuch as the edge of the hemming portion of the towel cloth can be accurately cut at the edge thereof, it is possible to effectively produce a high quality towel. Moreover, inasmuch as the positioning according to the positioning patterns is performed a plurality of times, it is possible to place various kinds of towel cloths along a line indicated by the positioning patterns with ease and accuracy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 1992
    Date of Patent: April 5, 1994
    Assignee: The Singer Co N.V.
    Inventors: Nobuo Baba, Toshiyuki Kaneto, Yasuhiro Nagayama
  • Patent number: 5222989
    Abstract: A tape feeder for at least two tapes (8,11) which can be taken from a stock is arranged on a sewing machine. The tape feeder has a controlled feed-in device (12) which is arranged transversely to the workpiece feed direction (16), in such a way that it can move, and which has a motor driven shaft (13), which transports tape as desired to the presser foot (6) on the sewing machine. A cutting device (14) arranged on the feed device (12) enables the tapes to be cut off.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 1992
    Date of Patent: June 29, 1993
    Assignee: Union Special GmbH
    Inventor: Bohumil Hyca
  • Patent number: 5213052
    Abstract: A sewing machine is provided with an adjusting device for hem projection length sensors that can be moved relative to a cutting device, wherein the first hem projection length sensor is provided for sending a signal that brings about a cutting process for the front hem projection length, and the second of the sensors is provided for sending a signal that brings about a cutting process for the rear hem projection length. The length of the respective hem projection length and the width of an associated seamless fabric edge shall be able to be set depending on each other with minimum operator effort by the adjusting device both at the beginning and the end of the fabric. The adjusting device has a stop that is movable in the direction of feed for the front edge of the fabric for presetting the width of a seamless front fabric edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 1992
    Date of Patent: May 25, 1993
    Assignee: G. M. Pfaff Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Hans Wilke
  • Patent number: 5174183
    Abstract: A post-cutting arrangement for sewing loops formed by a band portion has a mandrel provided for opening and spreading a loop, and having a gap for receiving free band ends, and at least one cutter arranged in the gap and movable relative to the band ends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 1991
    Date of Patent: December 29, 1992
    Assignee: Weda Roland Werner GmbH
    Inventor: Roland Werner
  • Patent number: 5167197
    Abstract: A system is disclosed for continuously, sequentially, fabricating garment components from fabric blanks by orienting the blanks and sequentially advancing them to a first station where they are aligned with a continuous extending fusible interfacing tape. A heated plate folds a marginal edge of the blank at the first station into engagement with the interfacing tape and selectively applies heat and pressure to adhesively bond the fabric folded portion to the interfacing tape. The fabric blank and tape are advanced to a sewing machine where the blank is hemmed to define the garment component. A cutter removes the tape intermediate adjacent components and the components are subsequently collected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 1991
    Date of Patent: December 1, 1992
    Inventors: Edward R. Lavelle, Charles M. Funderburk, John C. McEwen, David C. Howell
  • Patent number: 5146860
    Abstract: A sewing and stacking apparatus, comprising a sewing unit for stitching folded tape on a series of sewing mediums of an identical shape and size arranged appropriately apart; a transporting unit for transporting the sewing mediums having the folded tape stitched thereon; a detecting unit for detecting that one of the sewing mediums reaches a specified position; a cutting unit for cutting the folded tape at a specified point when the detecting unit detects that the above one of the sewing mediums reaches the specified position, the specified point being between the above one of the sewing mediums and another sewing medium adjacent thereto; and a stacking unit for stacking the sewing mediums separated from each other by the cutting unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 1991
    Date of Patent: September 15, 1992
    Assignee: Gunze Limited
    Inventors: Katsuhiro Niwa, Tsuguhiro Shimoyama, Katsumi Tabushi, Toshio Anazawa
  • Patent number: 5133273
    Abstract: Sheet material 30 is taken from a supply 32 and is cut by cutter 36 into segments 35. The segments are moved rapidly parallel to their cut edges into a slower operating first sewing station 40 where elastic bands are sewn to the side edges of the segments. The rapidly moving trailing portion of the segment 35 of sheet material is temporarily accumulated at the accumulation station 39 and progressively fed at a slower rate through the first sewing station 40. The side edges are folded into overlying relationship with respect to the main body portion at folding station 42. Sewing machines 64 and 165 are moved inwardly of the sewing path to simultaneously cut and sew diagonal corners at the trailing and leading edges of the segments, with the sewing machines pivoting so as to face the relative movement of the sheet material, and the removed corners 25 and elastic banding 21 are pulled away from the work product by a vacuum system 186.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 1991
    Date of Patent: July 28, 1992
    Assignee: Sew Simple Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Charles E. Brocklehurst
  • Patent number: 5090343
    Abstract: A chaining thread sew-in device for sewing a chaining thread produced consectively in the seams of a preceding cloth and in the seams of a next cloth when forming seams by an overlock sewing machine. The free end of the chaining thread (Ch) cut off from the preceding cloth is inserted into an insertion hole (H) opened on a sewing machine working face (1a), and the inserted chaining thread (Ch) is pinched beneath the sewing machine working face (1a), so that the chaining thread to be sewn into the seams of the next cloth is set at specified position on the sewing machine working face (1a). The chaining thread set at a specified position is moved to a cutter (40) installed side of the machine by driving a sub-pinching plate (72, 272), and is cut off from the pinched part by this cutter (40).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 1990
    Date of Patent: February 25, 1992
    Assignee: Pegasus Sewing Machine Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yukio Nishiura, Yuzo Kawamoto
  • 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: 5062374
    Abstract: A thread cutter for a sewing machine uses a circular rotary cutter mounted to the sewing machine. The thread cutter includes a body having an air motor disposed therein. A circular blade is supported on a shaft extending from the air motor. The cutter body is reciprocally supported on a rod fixed at one end to a mounting plate. The rod is disposed in a cylinder within the body and has a piston end, air supplied to one side or the other of the piston driving the cutter body reciprocally into and out of engagement with any threads trailing from a sewn article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 1990
    Date of Patent: November 5, 1991
    Assignee: Clinton Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Arthur C. Wokeck, Theodore Opuszenski
  • Patent number: 5052317
    Abstract: An apparatus for cutting strip-shaped sewing material on a sewing machine by means of power-operated cutters co-operating in scissor-like manner.For enabling as well the separation of strips of materials that are hard to cut and for increasing the safely cuttable strip width in general, the invention proposes a cutting apparatus designed in the manner of a "guillotine". The apparatus is characterized by two cutter plates (1, 2) of equal size which are each formed with two cutting edges (1.1, 1.2; 2.1, 2.2) and which are disposed on a support (3) so as to be pressable against each other and at the same time linearly slidable in opposite directions with respect to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 1989
    Date of Patent: October 1, 1991
    Inventor: Helmut Schips
  • Patent number: 5018464
    Abstract: A cutting device for an automatic sewing machine, including a knife (2) and a knife guard (3) which projects the fingers of the operator. The knife (2) is capable of being lowered to a cutting area in a cutting plane (S) only when the knife guard (3) is in its protecting position. The knife (2) and knife guard (3) are driven simultaneosuly by a single drive, the knife guard (3) reaching the cutting plane (S) earlier than the knife (2). If the knife guard (3) cannot substantially reach its protective position, then the downward movement of the knife (2) is mechanically blocked, preventing further movement of the knife (2). This mechanical blocking is carried out by the coaction of a lever (20) which is connected to the knife guard (3) by a connecting member (21), the lever (20) being moveable in translation and rotation, and by a lever (19), which is moveable rotationally only and has a stop (37) thereon for blocking movement of the knife (2) when the knife guard (3) is not in its protective position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 1989
    Date of Patent: May 28, 1991
    Assignee: Kochs Adler Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Klaus Hampel, Reinhold Schrudde
  • 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: 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: 4922843
    Abstract: A tape feed device for a sewing machine for feeding to a sewing location of the sewing machine at least one tape from a supply having a drive roll for feeding the tape, a feed roll disposed in the path of the tape between the supply and the drive roll, a stepping motor for driving both the drive roll and the feed roll, and a guide for passing tape around at least part of the feed roll which is capable of feeding more tape than the drive roll.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 1988
    Date of Patent: May 8, 1990
    Assignee: Union Special G.m.b.H.
    Inventor: Bohumil Hyca
  • Patent number: 4920904
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for feeding lengths of tape to a sewing location to be sewn onto other material is disclosed. In particular, it relates to apparatus that may be set to accept and feed tape that has any width within a predetermined range. The feeding operation includes holding the tape and cutting off an end portion of selectable length from the forward end of the tape being fed toward the sewing location and then feeding the cut-off portions, which may be patches, farther forward toward the sewing location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 1987
    Date of Patent: May 1, 1990
    Inventor: Ricky J. Frye
  • Patent number: 4915042
    Abstract: A pair of first and second working tables are oppositely disposed and spaced apart. A detector at the first working table is used to distinguish a thickness of a plain fabric portion from that of a pile fabric portion of a towel cloth. A cutting unit at the first working table is spaced from the detector by a predetermined interval for cutting the towel cloth. A base plate at the second working table on which a clamping unit is mounted for clamping and drawing the towel cloth. A towel cloth drawing unit employing a bar member extends over the space between the first and the second working tables across the upper surface of the towel cloth and is movable vertically for drawing the towel cloth from a towel material. A pneumatic cylinder is disposed on the upper portion of the body. A plurality of correction pieces disposed on the body and urged by the forward actuation of the pneumatic cylinder contact and press the upper surface of the towel cloth thereby correcting bending of the towel cloth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 1989
    Date of Patent: April 10, 1990
    Assignee: SSMC Inc.
    Inventors: Kenichi Sotome, Munetaka Nagasaki
  • Patent number: 4909165
    Abstract: Sewing machine for sewing a rubber strip to a tubular end piece of a garment made from an elastic textile material in order to produce an endless elastic band. The sewing machine comprises a presser foot (18) with an insertion opening (22) for the rubber strip (24), a braking device (48) to resist the insertion movement of the rubber strip and provided with two clamping elements (50, 52) which grip the strip, and a cutting system (26) which can be motor driven in order to cut the rubber strip. To eliminate the reintroduction process of the strip (24) into the insertion opening (22) of the presser foot (18) after said cutting, the cutting system (26) is arranged rear from the insertion opening (22) of and in the presser foot (18), and a drive (56) is associated with the braking device (48) to increase the gap between the two clamping element (50, 52) just before actuation of the cutting system (26).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 1988
    Date of Patent: March 20, 1990
    Assignee: Juki Corporation
    Inventor: Pantelis Bozoglou
  • Patent number: 4901657
    Abstract: A sewing machine comprising a feed unit 10 to feed a folded tape beneath a presser foot 8, a cutting unit 15 to cut the tape upstream of the presser foot and a hemming group 21 to guide and shape the hem of a workpiece upstream of the presser foot. The feed unit 10, cutting unit 15 and hemming group 21 comprise a feed guide 11, a cutting member 16 and a hem folder 22 respectively, which are individually and selectively movable from a rest position in which they are spaced apart from a workpiece supporting table 3 and the presser foot 8 to a working position in which they are disposed close to the supporting table and presser foot to perform their operating functions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 1988
    Date of Patent: February 20, 1990
    Assignee: Rockwell-Rimoldi S.p.A.
    Inventor: Giorgio Fieschi
  • Patent number: 4895088
    Abstract: A sewing machine having a reciprocatable needle for stitching material thereunder, a motor driven handwheel for cutting thread or material in the vicinity of the needle within a finite time interval from when actuated and a controller for actuating the cutter at leading and trailing ends of the material. The sewing machine applies a stitch to the material during one complete revolution of the handwheel. The controller comprises a sensor, disposed a given distance from the cutter, for sensing the leading edge and the trailing edge of material under the needle. The number of revolutions of the handwheel is counted after the leading edge is sensed or after the trailing edge is sensed. The stitching speed is sensed, a first reference is provided for indicating the desired number of stitches to be applied in the given distance and a second reference is provided for indicating the finite time interval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 1988
    Date of Patent: January 23, 1990
    Assignee: Clinton Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Angelo M. Pirrello, Philip M. Roth