Strip Patents (Class 112/152)
  • Patent number: 11851946
    Abstract: Zippered curved screen flap access panels, systems, arrangements, kits and methods for making a zippered curved screen flap panels in order to access space on another side of a screen enclosure. In a preferred embodiment, the novel curved screen flap can be formed in a screen panel, where the panel is installed in an upper location of a screen cage such as in a roof section or upper wall section below or adjacent to a roof gutter. The panel can be easily unzipped with the flap hanging down so that the gutter can be easily accessed and cleaned through the access opening. After the gutter is cleaned, the flap can easily be zippered back in place with the screen material being retensioned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2023
    Inventor: Richard Elrod
  • Patent number: 11618993
    Abstract: A width folder is configured for width-folding an article of laundry, and especially lateral excess portions thereof. The width folder includes male and female members stacked along a vertical direction. The male member includes two opposite first folding edges which extend along a laundry article motion direction perpendicular to the vertical direction and further includes opposite male top and bottom surfaces each of which extends between the first folding edges. The female member being located at least partially beneath the male member and includes two opposite second folding edges which converge in the motion direction. The female member further includes opposite female top and bottom surfaces. The female member further includes opposite folding protrusions which extend outwardly therefrom in a direction away from the female top surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2023
    Assignee: MIELE & CIE. KG
    Inventors: Bilal Saudi, Isaac Naor, Alon Naim
  • Patent number: 11008684
    Abstract: Felting assembly for a sewing machine. In some embodiments, a felting assembly may include a felting needle clamp including one or more felting needles. The felting assembly may also include a needle plate defining one or more needle openings arranged to allow the one or more felting needles to reciprocate therethrough. The needle plate may be configured to be attached to a sewing machine over a rotary hook of the sewing machine. The felting assembly may also include a connector configured to attach the felting needle clamp to a needle bar of the sewing machine such that the felting needle clamp is offset from the rotary hook of the sewing machine to avoid the one or more felting needles from contacting the rotary hook when the one or more felting needles are reciprocated through the one or more needle openings in the needle plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: HANDI QUILTER, INC.
    Inventor: Brenda Lee Groelz
  • Patent number: 9598805
    Abstract: A presser foot for a sewing machine, is attached to a lower end of a presser bar to press a fabric during sewing, the presser bar being supported by the sewing machine so as to be slidable in an up-down direction. An attachment shaft member is provided in the presser bar so as to be slidable, the attachment shaft member attaching the presser foot so as to be detachable from the presser bar, and an attachment portion is provided in the presser foot so as to be fixed to the lower end of the presser bar by the attachment shaft member. The attachment shaft member includes a holding shaft portion that holds the attachment portion in the presser bar, and two positioning shaft portions having different shaft diameters smaller than that of the holding shaft portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Inventors: Chiyo Toyomi, Yasuhiro Osanai
  • Patent number: 9032888
    Abstract: A bus seat for use in a bus comprises a frame and a seat back secured to a portion of the frame. The bus seat further comprises a seat cushion secured to another portion of the frame. The bus seat also comprises a removable two piece cover arranged over the seat back, wherein the cover pieces are secured to one another with a zipper. The zippered two piece seat back cover allows for easy installation, removal or replacement of any damaged or worn portions of the seat back trim cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Irvin Automotive Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Earl DeWayne Conn, Jeffrey Scott Graves
  • Publication number: 20110253021
    Abstract: A guide is mounted to a rotary member which is freely rotatable about the axis of a needle bar, and guides a sewing material to a needle drop position of the sewing needle. A cutter device is mounted to a side of the rotary member opposed to the guide in such a manner that the cutter device is rotatable together with the rotary member for cutting the sewing material, having been paid out from the guide, at a predetermined cutting position. A retention mechanism is incorporated in the cutter device for retaining an end portion of the sewing material, at a position closer to the guide than the predetermined cutting position and in interlocked relation to cutting, by the cutter device, of the sewing material. Thus, upon restart of sewing of the sewing material, the retention mechanism retains an end portion of the sewing material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 19, 2011
    Publication date: October 20, 2011
    Inventor: Tetsurou KONDOU
  • Patent number: 7647876
    Abstract: A tape edge applicator workstation including a conveyor for moving a mattress or foundation along a sewing path through a tape edge applicator. The tape edge applicator applies a tape edge material about the peripheral side edges of the mattress, with the mattress generally being rotated as the tape edge material is applied about the corners thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2010
    Assignee: Atlanta Attachment Company
    Inventors: Warren G. Oxley, Jesse Morrison, Elvin C. Price, Danny Murphy
  • Patent number: 7478607
    Abstract: A camouflage material comprises a plurality of parallel strips of camouflage fabric attached side by side laterally across a substrate and extending longitudinally along the substrate. The strips have a plurality of longitudinally spaced edge strips extending laterally from side edges of a central portion. The edge strips have a flat body that extends outwardly from the central portion to an outer end. The edge strips are formed so that at lest some of the edge strips deflect outwardly and downwardly to give the fabric a three-dimensional contour. The three-dimensional effect is achieved by employing enlarged bulbous ends on some edge strips or by orienting the edge strips at an upward inclined angle, or both.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2009
    Inventors: Jay M Bylsma, Paul E Takken
  • Patent number: 7421962
    Abstract: A seam for use in a vehicle armrest or other interior component. The seam includes a first material and a second material joined to the first material. The seam also includes a T-member connected to the first material and the second material to form a French seam appearance on the outer surface of the material. The T-member is then used to align with a groove in a foam of an armrest or other interior component to create an exterior seam on an armrest or interior component of a vehicle. The seam is created using a guide member attached to a sewing machine that will allow for sewing of the first material and second material to the T-member in a simultaneous process at a predetermined speed thus increasing efficiency of manufacturing the upholstery panel and reducing costs to the manufacturer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2008
    Assignee: Irvin Automotive Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph P. Wieczorek, William B. Berghoff, Bryan W. Busha, Daniel Muller
  • Patent number: 7331301
    Abstract: A method of controlling the size of a fabric of a garment is disclosed which comprises overfeeding the fabric into a sewing machine while simultaneously providing a tape or cord to stabilise the sewn fabric. The tape or cord is made from a material which can be eliminated or made extensible during subsequent processing. Preferably the tape or cord is made form a material which is water-soluble and will therefore dissolve during garment washing. However, other materials can be employed such as heat-activated or steam-activated materials which become extensible on activation. The basis of the invention is that the tape or cord produced from the material will be sufficiently rigid so as to stabilise the drawn in garment fabric for application of the waistband, and yet will be removed or become extensible in subsequent processing before it reaches the wearer so that the fabric and waistband can expand during wear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2008
    Assignee: Pro-Fit International Limited
    Inventor: Paul A. J. Morris
  • Patent number: 6848378
    Abstract: In the method, binding tape is fed through a puller assembly in a flat orientation from a source, such as a binding reel assembly. The binding tape is received by a folder assembly via the puller assembly and is folded so as to change orientation of the binding tape from a flat orientation to an orientation that wraps around the edge of the material product. The re-oriented tape is stitched to the material product edge with thread, and for any remaining loose binding or thread, a sealer assembly simultaneously binds the binding tape and thread so as to produce a finished edge. The sealer assembly may include a heated blade that simultaneously cuts and thermally fuses the binding tape to the thread.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2005
    Assignee: Jet Sew Corproation
    Inventors: Donald P. Kirkland, Kevin J. Brown
  • Patent number: 6415727
    Abstract: The instant invention is directed to a flanging machine which utilizes a dual belt feeding assembly for grasping both surfaces of the material being fed to and through the sewing area. The arrangement provides for greater productivity, a more controlled and superior lateral feed, and the capability sewing material of increased thickness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2002
    Assignee: Diversified Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: F. Eddie Burgess, John Cordes
  • 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: 6283054
    Abstract: A textile-edge binding assembly for applying binding tape to the edge of a textile includes a conventional sewing machine having a conventional needle and throat plate, a folding assembly, and a cutting assembly. The cutting assembly is positioned proximate the needle, and includes a first blade coupled to a second blade, with a cutting driving assembly engaging both blades. A cutting aperture traverses the first blade. The folding assembly includes a folding member, which receives and guides the binding tape to be applied to the textile. The folding member traverses the cutting aperture for application of the binding tape. A trigger is connected to the folding assembly such that the folding member can be withdrawn from the cutting assembly, and the cutting driving assembly can actuate the first and second blades to cut the binding tape. Consequently, the operator is able to provide a continuous binding tape to multiple textiles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2001
    Assignee: XYZ Control Inc.
    Inventor: Elbert E. Engle
  • Patent number: 6237519
    Abstract: A tape feeder for feeding elasticizer tape to a stitching machine adapted for stitching the elasticized tape onto a textile workpiece, the tape feeder comprising a tensioning assembly comprising a tensioning assembly comprising a gearbox fitted with a first shaft and a second shaft substantially orthogonal to one another and rotationally coupled to one another via suitable first coupling mechanism and a first roller. A presser mechanism comprising a second roller mounted onto a releasable bracket such that the first and second roller are maintained essentially parallel and biased towards one another for grippingly passing elasticized tape therebetween in response to rotation of one of the rollers. The first and second shaft have a free end for selectively coupling to a suitable driving member. And a mounting structure mountable onto the stitching machine, for supporting the gearbox assembly in either a first position and a second position being in substantially orthogonal relation to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2001
    Assignee: R.M.D. Robotics Ltd.
    Inventor: Meir Azulay
  • 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: 6165046
    Abstract: The use of a left and right-turning folding tool in the sewing of underwires providing support for a brassiere left and right cup, in which the starting end of the underwires are alternately sewn starting in the middle of the brassiere, i.e. at the location of the user's cleavage, so that by visual observation, the underwire starting ends are sewn at the same height to contribute to a neat appearance in this critical observed location of the brassiere.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2000
    Inventor: Ronald Boser
  • Patent number: 6125777
    Abstract: A sewing machine for attaching tapes to a web includes a web feed station, a sewing station and a transfer mechanism to transfer the web from the sewing station to a collection zone. The sewing station includes a sewing head that moves across the web to sew the tape. The tape has hooks periodically spaced along the tape and movement of the sewing head is initiated by sensing one of the hooks at a predetermined locator. Successive tapes may then be sewn with the hooks aligned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2000
    Inventors: Richard Vollebregt, John Vollebregt, Milan Badovinac, Charles Gower, Roy James Clark, Dietmar Jeske, Brendan Conlon
  • Patent number: 6035793
    Abstract: An apparatus for supplying, to a sewing device, a connected belt-loop material including at least one connection portion where two long materials are connected to each other, the connection portion having a width greater than a substantially constant width of a remaining portion of the belt-loop material, the apparatus including a feeding device which feeds the belt-loop material toward the sewing device, and a positioning device which positions, in a direction extending parallel to the width of the belt-loop material, at least the remaining portion of the belt-loop material being fed by the feeding device, so that the remaining portion takes a reference position in the direction of width, the positioning device including a permitting device which permits the connection portion of the belt-loop material to be fed through the positioning device by the feeding device, without lowering an accuracy with which the remaining portion of the belt-loop material is positioned by the positioning device in the direction
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2000
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Akira Nishio
  • Patent number: 6029592
    Abstract: The present invention, which is a cloth folding guide for sewing machine for guiding a belt-shaped cloth to fold it into a state in which the edge of the cloth body is covered, is realized in a way to insert a control member in the folding passage of the cloth folding unit constituting the cloth folding guide and either prevent folding of the edge of cloth or cancel that prevention of folding, making it possible to sew the cloth into a state in which the edge of the cloth body is covered, while folding the cloth in an optional state of folding (quadruple folding, triple folding, double folding) with a single cloth folding guide 1. In addition, a tentering member is inserted in the flat cylindrical passage in the flat part of the cloth, to guide and fold the cloth at optional width by preventing the cloth from being swung in the direction of breadth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 29, 2000
    Inventor: Shigeharu Tsuta
  • Patent number: 5881661
    Abstract: A semi-automatic leg binding attachment system includes a pair of infeed guide plates leading towards and terminating in a pair of sew heads. To align the garment as it is fed into the sew heads, a combination of pneumatic garment aligners and active, mechanical garment aligners are provided. The pneumatic garment aligners preferably include fine and coarse pneumatic garment aligners attached to the infeed guide plates. A central material blower blows downwards towards the garment to eliminate folds and maintain garment tension against which the active, mechanical aligners pull. Easy operator access during garment loading is provided by devices which disengage the fine pneumatic aligners and the active, mechanical aligners away from the infeed guide plates. To load the garment, the operator lays the garment onto the infeed guide plates and places a leading edge of the garment below material present/foot drop sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 16, 1999
    Assignee: Jet Sew Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: John Thomas Lawendowski, Tadeusz A. Olewicz
  • Patent number: 5806450
    Abstract: A method and apparatus of sewing a pair of opposed fabric pieces to a pair of continuous fastener stringers of a slide fastener; the fastener stingers having a pair of coupling elements mounted one on an opposed longitudinal edge thereof. The sewing of opposed fabric pieces to the fastener stringers is carried out at a sewing unit, while the fastener stringers are fed in disengaged disposition, with a predetermined distance kept therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 15, 1998
    Assignee: YKK Corporation of America
    Inventors: Chet Dudek, Kiichiro Ishikawa
  • Patent number: 5732641
    Abstract: A sewing system which permits automated sewing of an anchor member to a covering material. By operation of this sewing system, the covering material is transferred by associated vertical and horizontal transfer mechanisms to a sewing position adjacent to a sewing machine, and then, the anchor member is supplied by the associated supply mechanism to a sewing start point at the sewing machine. The sewing machine operates to sew together the anchor member and covering material from that sewing start point to form a resulting sewn product of an anchor member and a covering material, after which, the resulting sewn product is discharged from the system to a discharging area. Also, the sewing system has a mechanism to adjustably locate and set the covering material at the sewing start point according to the length of the covering material. Further, an arrangement is provided for adjustably permitting supply of different lengths of anchor members to the sewing start point, for proper sewing with the covering member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 31, 1998
    Assignee: Tachi-S Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kiyoshi Kawasaki
  • Patent number: 5715765
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a sewing machine attachment for sewing a length of hem material onto an edge of a workpiece comprising a hem folder, the hem folder configured for folding a strip of hem material and aligning the folded hem material with a needle of a sewing machine to facilitate the sewing thereof onto an edge of a fabric workpiece and a linkage mechanism connected to the hem folder for interconnecting the hem folder to a workpiece feeder of a sewing machine whereby movement of the workpiece feeder causes reciprocation of the hem folder and synchronous advancement of the hem material with the fabric workpiece. The present invention also relates to an automatic sewing machine provided with the sewing machine attachment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 10, 1998
    Inventor: Siu Hong Ng
  • Patent number: 5707021
    Abstract: A cone and ribbon holding device including a base portion. A pair of cone holders are secured to the base portion. A pair of thread guides are secured to the base portion. The pair of thread guides are positioned intermediate the pair of cone holders. A ribbon guide is secured to the base portion adjacent to an end portion thereof. The ribbon guide is adapted for receipt of a roll of ribbon thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 1996
    Date of Patent: January 13, 1998
    Inventors: Wyatt E. Bitts, Kathleen M. Watson
  • Patent number: 5690040
    Abstract: The presser foot device of a sewing machine comprises a presser foot 2, a tension mechanism 3 disposed on the presser foot 2 and having a presser member 6 which is adjustably movable back and forth, a guide member 4 provided at a tip end portion of the presser foot 2, wherein a given gap .DELTA. is formed between the presser member 6 of the tension mechanism 3 and the guide member 4, and wherein a belt-shaped rubber member 8 supplied toward a needle penetration point N of the presser foot 2 is passed through the given gap .DELTA., thereby giving a given tension to the belt-shaped rubber member 8. As a result, it is possible to provide a presser foot device of a sewing machine capable of easily, stably and variably setting tension applied to a belt-shaped rubber member, thereby improving the quality of the sewn product and to improve the operability of mounting the belt-shaped rubber member therein by ensuring a large opening space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 25, 1997
    Assignee: The Singer Company N.V.
    Inventors: Koichi Nakayama, Shinji Kojima
  • Patent number: 5603275
    Abstract: A device for automatically forming a loop-like anchor member on a trim cover assembly. The device includes a recessed groove arranged between a slit formed in a table of sewing machine and a movable feed member of sewing machine, a guide duct member extending through the slit from below the table up into the recessed groove, and a feed control device provided in an anchor material supplying/folding mechanism disposed below the table. An folded-over form of anchor member supplied via the guide duct member from the anchor material supplying/folding mechanism is fed and stopped by the feed control device to such degree that the forward extremity of the folded-over form of anchor member is moved in the recessed groove and positioned within the operative feeding range of the movable feed member of sewing machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 18, 1997
    Assignee: Tachi-S Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kiyoshi Kawasaki
  • Patent number: 5598798
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a sewing machine attachment for sewing a length of hem material onto an edge of a workpiece comprising a device for folding a strip of hem material and aligning the folded hem material with a needle of a sewing machine to enable the sewing of folded hem material onto the edge of a fabric workpiece and a device for operably connecting the folding and aligning device with a workpiece feeder of a sewing machine, the connecting device is adapted to provide simultaneous reciprocation of the folding and aligning device with the workpiece feeder whereby movement of the workpiece by the feeder during a sewing operation will cause the strip of hem material to synchronously advance therewith and enable the hem material to be evenly sewn onto the fabric workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 4, 1997
    Inventor: Siu H. Ng
  • Patent number: 5566633
    Abstract: An automatic industrial sewing machine which increases productivity and improves quality in the sewing of linings to facing material in the manufacture of jackets. The machine automatically inserts a plurality of different rates of fullnesses at predetermined locations in the seam between the lining and the facing, for a preset number of stitches for each fullness. It also provides positive feeding for piping sewn into the seam which eliminates stretching or bunching of the piping. Finally, the material is held in position after release of the drag clamp by the use of a jet stream of air impinging on the material. The operation of the machine is automatic in that the operator need only place the facing and lining into the drag clamp and into the air guide and depress a switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 1993
    Date of Patent: October 22, 1996
    Assignee: G&G Sewing Machine Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Martin K. Wesstrom
  • Patent number: 5540167
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a sealable cloth pouch having an opening on one side and consisting of two cloth parts to be sewn together uses several piping segments corresponding in number and length essentially to the edges of the cloth pouch which is to be stitched. The seams of the cloth pouch runs substantially linearly along the edges of the pouch into the corners thereof but not around the corners. The piping segments overlap each other in the corner areas to create substantially rounded edges. The apparatus for manufacturing the cloth pouch includes a device to feed the cloth parts together, a device to insert the various piping segments, a device to stitch the piping segments and a device to create an incision to facilitate overlapping the piping segments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 1994
    Date of Patent: July 30, 1996
    Assignee: TEXPA-ARBTER Maschinenbaugesellschaft mbH
    Inventors: Karl Mussig, Martin Schnaus
  • Patent number: 5531175
    Abstract: An interchangeable guide (4) is applied on the mobile plane (2) of a sewing machine, for the alignment of the belt carrier(s) (5) of belts (6), pre-arranged for the sewing of buckles (7). To the guide a transversal lever (12) is coupled for the ejection of the sewn belts and the alignment and hooking of same in a traction fork (14) connected to a transversal dragging piston (15) provided for the taking away of sewn belts, their temporary alignment relatively to a device (19) for the removal of the protruding thread ends and the alignment and unloading of the belts into collection containers (20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 1994
    Date of Patent: July 2, 1996
    Inventor: Osvaldo Vezzoli
  • Patent number: 5522329
    Abstract: A band feeding device feeds a selected one of a plurality of band-type materials (e.g. cloth tape, rubber) to a sewing machine for sewing to a ring-shaped garment such as, for example, the waist or crotch of a pair of trousers or briefs. One of a plurality of secondary rollers is moved to pinch its respective band between itself and a main roller. All other secondary rollers are moved away from the main roller, so that only the selected band is fed. This permits changing the type of band material being fed to the sewing machine without requiring the operator to remove and reinstall band materials each time. The number of elements in the overall device remains small, thus providing an inexpensive and compact device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 1995
    Date of Patent: June 4, 1996
    Assignee: Yamato Sewing Machine Mfg. Co, Ltd.
    Inventor: Norio Nakata
  • 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: 5315946
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for attaching a collarette, display, and label incorporating the use of a sewing machine having a sewing head, a collarette feed means, a display feeder, a label feeder, leading and trailing edge detectors, a stitch counter, and a controller to control each device and perform necessary calculations is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 1991
    Date of Patent: May 31, 1994
    Assignee: Sara Lee Corporation
    Inventors: David C. Howell, John C. McEwen
  • Patent number: 5277139
    Abstract: A sewing apparatus and method for receiving tubular knit fabric from a pre-knitted roll and making the fabric into foot covers. The fabric is first passed through an unique spreader which is mounted at the end of a pivotal boom adjacent a sewing machine. A gripping head advances to the spreader and grips the portion of the fabric held by the spreader. The gripping head than withdraws a predetermined length of fabric from the pre-knitted roll through the spreader. An air jet blows the free end of the length of tubular knit fabric into a vacuum take-off tube connected to a gathering box. The pivotal boom then swings toward the sewing machine. As the pivotal boom completes it swing, the tubular knit fabric is fed to the sewing machine which simultaneously sews the end immediately adjacent the spreader, cuts the free end from the pre-knitted roll, and gathers the finished product in the take-off tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 1991
    Date of Patent: January 11, 1994
    Inventor: Larry W. Honeycutt
  • Patent number: 5249539
    Abstract: A sewing machine has a tape feeder for laterally aligning pre-positioned tapes of different widths at a presser foot (38) with a presser foot sole (4), the presser foot arranged in such a way that it can move up and down. Several guide elements (15) constructed in the form of lamallae (34) and aligned in the tape feed direction are fitted in the tape in-feed region on the presser foot sole (4). These guide elements (15) guide the tapes laterally.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 1992
    Date of Patent: October 5, 1993
    Assignee: Union Special GmbH
    Inventor: Bohumil Hyca
  • Patent number: 5230294
    Abstract: A zip-fastener feeding device for an automatic sewing unit comprises an introduction device, an endless drawing means guided via a drive wheel and via deflection pulleys and a guiding device. Zip fasteners can be introduced through the introduction device by means of the drawing means by at least one guiding channel of the guiding device onto a workpiece retaining plate or a zip-fastener retainer provided in the latter and these zip fasteners can be precisely positioned there.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 1992
    Date of Patent: July 27, 1993
    Assignee: Durkopp Adler Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Michael Klein
  • 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: 5203269
    Abstract: Apparatus and a method enable the production of novel decorative fabrics having flat narrow fabrics stitchingly secured in longitudinally compressed substrate. The narrow fabrics are such as lace, ribbon, braid or tape. The apparatus and method function so as to guide a narrow fabric into the path of a conventional reciprocating sewing needle whereby the needle on each downward stroke strikes the fabric and advances it in a compressed convoluted condition toward the needle plate whereupon the fabric is stitched in its compressed convoluted condition to a substrate or devoid of a substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 1991
    Date of Patent: April 20, 1993
    Assignee: Sewing Center Supply Co., Inc.
    Inventor: Douglas J. Glenn
  • Patent number: 5203268
    Abstract: An apparatus for sewing elastic hems on fabric pieces is designed as a tandem machine. In a first sewing machine (26a), an elastic band (6) is prefixed at the edge of a fabric piece (8). During further conveyance thereof, the thus created double-ply structure is folded by by a baffle plate (34). A pair of conveying rollers (36, 38) withdraws the double-ply structure from the baffle plate. Between the first sewing machine (26a) and a second sewing machine (26b), provided for finishing the elastic hem, there is provided a deflection roller (40) deflecting the triple-ply structure, formed by said folding and consisting of fabric edge portion, an elastic band, and a fabric folding portion, from the horizontal. The deflection roller (40) is driven in a direction opposite to the conveying direction and thus takes care that the triple-ply structure, also in case of curved seams, remains closed and is sewn correctly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 1990
    Date of Patent: April 20, 1993
    Assignee: Schips AG Nahautomation
    Inventor: Helmut Schips
  • Patent number: 5199364
    Abstract: A sewing machine having two bordering guides (11, 16) that are used to apply two different ribbon-like trimmings to a workpiece. The first bordering guide (11) is mounted on a machine bed (2) and oscillatable about a vertical axis spaced apart sideways from the working position located in front of a machine presser foot. The second bordering guide (16) is mounted on the machine bed (2) and oscillatable about a horizontal axis arranged at right angles to a workpiece advancing direction and below the working position. Each of the first and second bordering guides is moved from a rest position to a working position located before the presser foot so that they reach the working position alternately with the other while the stitching operation is being carried out.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 1990
    Date of Patent: April 6, 1993
    Assignee: Rimoldi, S.R.L.
    Inventors: Robert F. I. Conte, Angiolicchio Raffaele
  • Patent number: 5178081
    Abstract: A tape feed device for an elastic tape from a supply at a sewing machine having a biased actuating lever, whose angular position varies in dependence upon the size of a loop and which controls the motor of a take-off roller. An adjuster, which is electrically actuable in a controlled manner, acts on the actuating lever in such a way that the tape tension can be altered in accordance with an electrical variable. The adjuster has a coil whose electromagnetic field lines cut an armature which is connected to the actuating lever.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 1990
    Date of Patent: January 12, 1993
    Assignee: Union Special G.m.b.H.
    Inventors: Wolf-Rudiger von-Hagen, Horst Pordzik
  • 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: 5131337
    Abstract: A presser of a sewing machine including a body movable downward for pressing an elastic band to be sewed, a roller rotatably disposed in one end of the body, a member having one end pivotally supported on a middle portion of the body and having a tapered surface formed in the bottom of the other end, a spring and a bolt engaged through the middle portion of the member for biasing the tapered surface downward against the roller, the elastic band being resiliently grasped between the tapered surface and the roller so that the elastic band can be stretched.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 1991
    Date of Patent: July 21, 1992
    Inventor: Shui-Nu Wang
  • Patent number: 5123365
    Abstract: A taped chaining thread sewing device is designed to sew by operation of an overedge sewing machine a tape into the upper surface of the fabric sent into the needle location of the sewing machine, and also sew the chaining thread cut off from the preceding fabric into the lower surface of the fabric. The tape is cut off together with the unnecessary edge portion of the fabric by a cutter at the start of sewing of the leading end from the sewing part on the fabric. Before the final end of the fabric passes the cutter, a tape guide of the taped chaining thread sewing device moves, and therefore the unsewn portion of the tape is cut off together with the unnecessary edge portion of the fabric from the sewn part by the cutter. By the chaining thread sewn into the beginning part of sewing of the fabric, it is not necessary to perform any particular bar tacking job at the beginning of sewing in a separate process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 1990
    Date of Patent: June 23, 1992
    Assignee: Pegasus Sewing Machine Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Takashi Ichimura
  • Patent number: 5081945
    Abstract: The elastic tape sewing machine comprises feed teeth feeding a combined body of a fabric and an elastic tape, a sewing needle sewing the elastic tape on the fabric, a presser foot including an elastic tape through-hole and movable to and from said feed teeth to hold the combined body of the fabric and the elastic tape with the feed teeth, a supply device including a retaining means retaining the elastic tape utilizing spring force of an elastic body and feeding the elastic tape through the elastic tape through-hole to one side of the presser foot opposing the feed teeth, a guide device guiding the elastic tape fed from the supply device to a sewing-ready position between the presser foot and the feed teeth, and a cutting device to cut the elastic tape, characterized in that said retaining means includes a regulating apparatus formed by a regulating mechanism having a motor rotating predetermined angle by an electric signal to regulate the spring force of the elastic body and a controller controlling the rotat
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 1989
    Date of Patent: January 21, 1992
    Assignee: Juki Corporation
    Inventor: Pantelis Bozoglou
  • Patent number: 5072677
    Abstract: Apparatus for securing an elastic band in a hem tunnel formed of garment fabric comprises a fabric folding device having an entry zone and an exit zone both of which are planar, the entry zone being inclined at an angle, conveniently between and, preferably, relative to the exit zone. A guide roller by which a band is guided to the entry zone is rotatable about an axis parallel with the entry zone and at right angles to the direction of feed of the band and fabric through the device. The apparatus facilitates the incorporation of draw-cord elastic into garment hem tunnels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 1990
    Date of Patent: December 17, 1991
    Assignee: Automatic Braiding Limited
    Inventors: Peter W. Easom, Stephen P. Bridle
  • Patent number: 5054407
    Abstract: A presser foot for use in sewing an elongate ribbon-like material to a fabric sheet includes a sole and an adjustable ribbon/sequin guide assembly through which the ribbon-like material slidably passes. The ribbon/sequin guide assembly includes a tubular guide portion which slidably envelopes a portion of the ribbon-like material, and defines, in connection with the sole, a needle dropping gap through which the needle of a sewing machine penetrates the fabric to sew the ribbon-like material thereto. The ribbon/sequin guide assembly is laterally movable, as a unit, by the positioning of a nut on a threaded shank which is fixed relative to the sole. Extending upwardly from the tubular guide portion of the ribbon/sequin guide assembly is a U-shaped yoke which is slidably received onto the threaded shank. A nut, which is threaded onto the shank, is positioned within the yoke to move the ribbon/sequin guide assembly laterally as the nut is rotated about the shank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 1990
    Date of Patent: October 8, 1991
    Inventor: Clare J. Rowley
  • Patent number: 5029543
    Abstract: An accessory unit (2) for a sewing machine (1) for automatically sewing pieces of ribbon material (20) onto a sewing material (5), has a hollow guide shaft (23) with a longitudinal slot (24) to guide the ribbon material (20). A needle (25) is used as an advance feed mechanism and can be inserted through the slot (24) into the ribbon material (20) which passes through the guide shaft (23), by means of which the ribbon material (20) can be advanced in the longitudinal direction of the guide shaft (23). The accessory unit (2) can be swivelled around a vertical axis (x) by at least relative to the sewing machine (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 1989
    Date of Patent: July 9, 1991
    Assignee: Anton Cramer GmbH & Co.
    Inventor: Alfred Trojan
  • Patent number: 5007359
    Abstract: A stitching guide for attachment of a zipper to a base material comprising a strip of elongated material having at least one substantially straight longitudinal edge, a plurality of in-line perforations in the strip extending along a longitudinal line substantially parallel to the straight longitudinal edge, and at least one slot in the strip, the slot having a geometrical configuration adapted to circumscribe the slide on the zipper. The perforations in the strip are centrally located for pin insertion during centered zipper application and offset for pin insertion during lapped zipper application. The strip is preferably sufficiently flexible to allow pin insertion and is tinted and may have measurement indicia along the straight longitudinal edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 1990
    Date of Patent: April 16, 1991
    Inventor: Mildred P. Sanders