Fluid Actuated Patents (Class 112/301)
  • Patent number: 6394013
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for sewing a fringe to a woven textile work piece. A method and apparatus for cutting a uniform fringe edge on woven textile material fringe. A method and apparatus for severing a woven textile work piece from a sewing machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2002
    Assignee: XYZ Control, Inc.
    Inventor: Elbert E. Engle
  • Patent number: 5676077
    Abstract: A multi-needle chain stitch sewing machine with a thread thread severing system and method thereof for cutting needle threads between two isolated stitched patterns of a fabric. The multi-needle sewing machine includes a plurality of loopers and respective needles, a thread severing strip located in close proximity and transversely across each looper, and eccentric guides connected to the thread severing strip for extending the thread severing strip to cut the needle threads and for retracting the thread severing strip so that the thread severing strip does not contact the needle threads during the stitching operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 14, 1997
    Inventor: Giannino Landoni
  • Patent number: 5383416
    Abstract: A device for clamping and cutting the rear or lower thread in an embroidering machine having a stitch plate with a stitch hole, a shuttle guide and a shuttle displaceably mounted in the shuttle guide. The clamping and cutting device which are arranged in the region of the stitch hole include a thread cutting device having a cutting blade and a thread clamping device having a thread clamping gap. The cutting device conveys the rear or lower thread into the clamping gap of the clamping device, where the thread is clamped before being cut. The cutting device does not take part in the clamping of said thread. Subsequent movements of the cutting device do not affect already clamped threads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 1992
    Date of Patent: January 24, 1995
    Assignee: Saurer Sticksysteme
    Inventors: Jurg Henz, Max Schreiber, Armin Kobler, Karl W. Wiest, Livio Selm
  • Patent number: 5375546
    Abstract: In a process and a device for shortening the needle thread end at the beginning of sewing and at the end of sewing in two-thread lockstitch sewing machines, the catch thread device (23) of an already existing thread-cutting device (22; 60; 90) is moved into its thread-catching position during the first stitch formation cycle, and it is ensured, either by the selection of a suitable point in time for moving the catch thread device (23) or by a compressed air flow discharged from a compressed air line (81), that at least the reserve-side leg of the needle thread loop will be caught by the catch thread device (23). Part of the needle thread end is cut off during the return movement of the catch thread device (23) into its starting position. Furthermore, the needle thread is clamped either under a leaf spring (44), or is pushed by a sufficiently large feed step under the pressure foot, and is thus held in a frictionally engaged manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 1993
    Date of Patent: December 27, 1994
    Assignee: G.M. Pfaff Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Edgar Butzen, Gunther Denuell, Karl-Heinz Walther, Fritz Jehle
  • Patent number: 5333565
    Abstract: A thread cutting mechanism is added to a chainstitch sewing machine, including a trimming plate, fitted on the machine in alignment with the needle and looper and associated mechanism. A guideway in the bottom of the plate, extends along a path crossing the loops of the upper and lower threads. A slide moves in the guideway, and has an arm with a pointed free end extendable from the slide to move in and out of the guideway. Pockets formed along a side of the arm capture portions of the upper and lower threads in the sewing head, preparatory to forming a stitch. The slide is reciprocated when a stitching operation ends, extending the arm out of the guideway, pushing aside the upper thread and adjacent lower thread. The arm at its forward extension aligns the pockets with the upper and lower threads, so they engage within the pockets. When the slide retracts the arm draws the threads between the plate and arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 1992
    Date of Patent: August 2, 1994
    Assignee: MIM Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Ricky J. Frye
  • Patent number: 5269238
    Abstract: An electronically controlled multi-needle quilting machine including linking cylinder arranged between an eccentric integral with a rotating spindle and a lever, to drive in an oscillating motion a number of loopers which, in combination with a number of corresponding needles, perform stiching operations by double chain stitches on a layered material interposed between said members, said linking cylinder comprising a pneumatic cylinder controlled to change the extension of its rod during the various operational steps, whereby the link length is changed and the loopers may reach a position in which, by being provided with a blade they perform a cutting operation on thread of respective needle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 1992
    Date of Patent: December 14, 1993
    Assignee: Meca S.p.A.
    Inventor: Giannino Landoni
  • Patent number: 5176084
    Abstract: A thread cutting knife assembly for an automatic sewing machine cuts leading and trailing threads during the stitching of garments so that very little tail is left. The body member of the assembly has an open top cavity and first and second ends spaced from each other in a first dimension, which includes a first direction in which the thread passes with respect to the assembly under the influence of the sewing machine feed dogs. A top plate covers the body member cavity open top, and a movable cutting element is disposed between the top plate and the body member and is reciprocated to effect cutting of the thread. Air flow within the cavity from the first end of the body toward the second end in the first direction is effected by supplying air under pressure to an opening at the body first end. Another opening at the body first end can also be provided into which atmospheric air is drawn to provide a Venturi effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 1991
    Date of Patent: January 5, 1993
    Inventor: J. Herbert Keeton
  • Patent number: 4886005
    Abstract: A thread undercut attachment for use on multi-needle sewing machines uses a single piston actuated cutting blade which passes through the sewing area beneath the workpiece and above the loopers. To prevent the needles and loopers from becoming unthreaded or to prevent undue lengths of thread after cutting, apparatus is provided for creating a measured amount of slack in the threads leading to the needles and loopers, and then holding the threads firmly to prevent further payout of thread when the workpiece is pulled toward the operator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 1987
    Date of Patent: December 12, 1989
    Assignee: Atlanta Attachment Company
    Inventor: Gene Burton, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4858546
    Abstract: A hemmer seamer assembly comprising an apparatus for positioning a chain of stitches for stitching onto fabric having a needle and a throat plate, including a device for positioning the chain of stitches forwardly of the needle, and a device for moving the fabric to the throat plate for sewing the chain onto the fabric.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 1988
    Date of Patent: August 22, 1989
    Assignee: Union Special Corporation
    Inventors: Maximilian Adamski, Robert L. Kosrow, Stephen Ruderman
  • Patent number: 4829920
    Abstract: Apparatus and method of positioning and holding a thread chain for sewing onto successively fed workpieces, a thread chain which had been sewn beyond the rear edge of a workpiece and had been cut off flush with the rear edge of the workpiece, is sucked into the suction aperture of a suction tube. The suction tube is movable in a path parallel to the stitch plate of the sewing machine first in a catch position behind the needle and then the tube is moved into a delivery position before the needle aligned with a seam line (N). The chain is clamped there under a tensile stress in such a way that complete inclusion of the thread chain into the next following seam is possible. The suction tube extends parallel to the stitch plate and has a suction aperture into which the severed thread chain is sucked. The tube is moved to a delivery position in which the thread chain is pressed against an elastic abutment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 1988
    Date of Patent: May 16, 1989
    Assignee: Pfaff Industriemaschinen GmbH
    Inventors: Rainer Dippert, Karl Mussig
  • Patent number: 4735160
    Abstract: A cutting device for a sewing machine is provided with a cutting instrument associated to a cutting zone. The cutting instrument is formed with a blade movable towards the cutting zone. Furthermore, a protective guard is provided with a blade cover surrounding the blade, movable from an inoperative position spaced apart from the cutting zone to a position in front of the cutting zone. The blade and the blade cover are drivable in such a manner that the blade is only movable towards the cutting zone after the blade cover has been moved in front of the cutting zone. In order to reliably position the blade cover in front of the cutting zone prior to the movement of the blade to the cutting zone for performing the cutting operation, a mechanical locking mechanism is provided for the blade, which is only released when the blade cover is positioned in front of the cutting zone. The blade cover is non-positively connected to its drive in order to prevent injuries by the blade cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 1987
    Date of Patent: April 5, 1988
    Inventors: Klaus Hampel, Reinhold Schrudde
  • Patent number: 4696243
    Abstract: An accessory pneumatically operated holding device is disclosed, specifically for industrial sewing machines which device comprises a profiled blade accessory holding element which can be moved by a pneumatic piston along a backward and forward travel with extreme and adjustable precision.The above device can be readily removed from the working plane of the sewing machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 1986
    Date of Patent: September 29, 1987
    Inventor: Antonino Romano
  • Patent number: 4552080
    Abstract: In a button-hole sewing machine where a piece of cloth is cut from a button hole before or after the sewing operation, a moveable knife cooperating with a stationary knife is driven through a mechanical linkage by an air drive unit and the operating pressure and speed of the moveable knife are changed by adjusting the device associated with the air drive unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 1983
    Date of Patent: November 12, 1985
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Denki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hiroshi Miyazaki
  • Patent number: 4471707
    Abstract: A thread catcher of a cutting device in sewing machines is actuated by an air cylinder whose piston has two portions of unequal diameter. The small cylinder space accommodating the smaller-diameter piston portion is permanently pressurized while the larger cylinder space is alternately pressurized and vented. The larger cylinder space portion on its end closer to the smaller piston portion is permanently vented through a conduit. Both this conduit and the conduit for supplying the larger cylinder space include a throttle. The obtained effect is that the first step of motion of the thread catcher is quick and exact in duration, while the second step of motion is slower but performed with a greater force, so that thin threads are prevented from tearing prematurely and thick threads are cut reliably.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 1983
    Date of Patent: September 18, 1984
    Assignee: Pfaff Industriemaschinen GmbH
    Inventors: Svend Astrupgaard, Ernst K. Krusholt, Morgens Poulsen
  • Patent number: 4461229
    Abstract: A device is disclosed for pulling out and cutting off the needle and looper threads in a sewing machine with a delivery roller for delivering material to the machine sewing station. The delivery roller is driven over a first drive, which is dependent on the sewing machine main drive and over a second drive, which is independent of the sewing machine main drive. On the looper of the sewing machine is secured a cutting blade for the needle thread. Furthermore, a needle thread clamp is provided. In order to manage, with a single means for pulling out the needle and looper threads by different lengths, a cutting device for the looper thread is arranged between the cutting blade and the delivery roller, with a guide which is traversed by a thread inlet groove and with a counterknife for a thread severing knife that moves transverse to the material feeding direction. The delivery roller is driven over the second drive for pulling out the threads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 1982
    Date of Patent: July 24, 1984
    Assignee: Pfaff Industriemaschinen GmbH
    Inventors: Eugen Angele, Ludwig Drechsel
  • Patent number: 4453481
    Abstract: A device for incorporating the leading edge of material such as threads or stitches in the initial stitches of a workpiece is provided by the utilization of a pneumatically activated clamp and cutting knife mounted forward of the throat plate and presser foot assembly of a sewing or stitching machine. The device for clamping, cutting and incorporating the leading edge of threads or chain stitches in the initial stitches of the workpiece is achieved by clamping, severing and thereafter adjustably releasing the threads or stitches after a predetermined number of needle penetrations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 1981
    Date of Patent: June 12, 1984
    Assignee: Starkville Tool and Die Company
    Inventors: Frederick W. Garnett, James C. Kelly
  • Patent number: 4438714
    Abstract: Two blade members are counter-rotated from a rest position to a cutting position in which radially directed cutting surfaces cooperate to snip a strip of material by a shearing action as the strip of material flows from a sewing machine or other processing machine. The blade members are reversible and are biased against each other to ensure positive cutting. A hinge-like linkage permits an offset between the blade members and power means to increase versatility. The cutting apparatus can include sensing means to permit automatic cutting of a completed workpiece from an excess of a strip of material which is sewn to the workpiece during the manufacture of a garment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 1981
    Date of Patent: March 27, 1984
    Assignee: Blue Grass Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Samuel W. Smith, Harold C. McVey
  • Patent number: 4436044
    Abstract: Mechanism on a sewing machine for engaging and withdrawing a severed sewing machine needle thread end from a workpiece at the completion of a sewing operation. The thread wiper mechanism includes a thread engaging element which is reciprocally movable along and about an axis extending generally parallel with the needle's path of travel with the element sweeping beneath the needle, across the needle's path and returning to its initial position at the completion of the sewing operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 1981
    Date of Patent: March 13, 1984
    Assignee: Union Special Corporation
    Inventors: Eric W. Nordstrom, Laurence A. Manoski
  • Patent number: 4421045
    Abstract: An automated thread trimming apparatus is provided for use with a sewing machine having a plurality of needles. The apparatus is mounted on the side of the sewing machine away from the sewing machine operator. A pair of blades is provided for each needle of the sewing machine. The blades are adjustably mounted on blade mounting bars. Upon actuation, the blades are positioned to straddle each array of stitches produced by the sewing machine needles. The blade mounting bars are then moved slidably relative to one another so that each pair of blades severs an array of stitches. The blade mounting bars are then moved away from the work table of the sewing machine allowing the next workpiece to be sewn.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 1982
    Date of Patent: December 20, 1983
    Inventor: Mario Portilla
  • Patent number: 4340001
    Abstract: A work guiding device for a sewing machine having a sewing needle for joining two overlapping work plies at border areas thereof and folding back at least one border of one work ply comprises first and second U-shaped edge guides which face in opposite direction, a movable support carrying the edge guides and first and second guide rules movable into the vicinity of the needle. A drive is connected through the support and drives are connected to the guide rules to move one of the guide rules and one of the edge guides into the vicinity of the needle to form a channel therebetween for the work plies. The drives comprise double acting cylinders which are controlled by a circuit to selectively use the first edge guide with the first guide rule in a first channel and the second edge guide with the second guide rule in a second channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 1980
    Date of Patent: July 20, 1982
    Assignee: Pfaff Industriemaschinen GmbH
    Inventor: Erich Willenbacher
  • Patent number: 4254725
    Abstract: A thread-cutting device for sewing machines including a housing mounting a reciprocating thread guiding needle which cooperates with a revolving looper comprises a thread catcher adjacent the looper which is movable to engage the thread and to advance the thread past a fixed knife. The catcher is mounted so that it may move relative to the looper and the fixed knife to urge thread held by the catcher into cutting engagement with the knife. Double action fluid pressure operated piston and cylinder is connected to the catcher so as to move it relative to the knife and to the looper. A member is connected to the mechanism between the fluid pressure cylinder operator and the thread catcher and a spring has one end connected to the member and an opposite end mounted on the housing in such a manner that the force of the spring may be adjusted. A fluid pressure operated control has a movable control piston rod which is engageable with the member in an engagement portion thereof such as an opening therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 1980
    Date of Patent: March 10, 1981
    Assignee: Pfaff Industriemaschinen GmbH
    Inventors: Walter Hager, Karl-Heinz Walther
  • Patent number: 4202286
    Abstract: A thread cutting device applicable to sewing machines includes elements connected to a support plate to be installed in the sewing machine at the position therein where the common sliding elements are to be located. The support plate has a screw which acts on a bridge element when the bridge element is pressed against the lower face of a panel of the machine. One of the elements of the thread cutting device has a generally Y-shaped configuration and is provided with an alternating lineal movement, either by means of manual, electro-pneumatic or electromagnetic operation, in directions parallel to that of the sewing of the machine. Such shaped element angularly operates a movable knife against a fixed knife in synchronized cooperation with a thread collecting hook which also has an angular displacement. The arrangement further includes a thread withdrawing device and a thread tension opening device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 1978
    Date of Patent: May 13, 1980
    Assignee: Industrias P. Freire, S.A.
    Inventor: Alfonso Freire Costas
  • Patent number: 4187793
    Abstract: A device for orienting a chain of stitches severed from a completed workpiece which includes a suction intake element for aligning the chain with the sewing axis, a clamping device for holding the chain in alignment with the sewing axis and a cutting means for severing that portion of the chain protruding from the clamping device so as to control the length of the chain to be incorporated into the initial stitches of a seam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 1978
    Date of Patent: February 12, 1980
    Assignee: Rockwell-Rimoldi, S.p.A.
    Inventors: Emilio Fietta, Giancarlo Della Torre
  • Patent number: 4141303
    Abstract: A cut-pile tufting machine is disclosed having a module rotatably supporting a plurality of circular knife blades driven by fluid driven turbine wheels. The module includes a nozzle for each turbine wheel communicating with a manifold within the body of the module. The module also includes a fluid passageway communicating with the manifold and a source of fluid supplied under pressure to a plurality of modules. Each knife blade acts within a slot of a tufting machine hook to cut the loops of yarn as they move thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 1978
    Date of Patent: February 27, 1979
    Assignee: Spencer Wright Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Jimmie D. Scott, William F. Weldon
  • Patent number: 4091756
    Abstract: A thread chain cutting mechanism for a sewing machine which includes a swingable blade which is actuated by means independent from the mechanical workings of the machine. The actuating mechanism includes a cantilevered resiliently urged member which carries at its free end the swingable cutter blade. A pneumatically operated plunger oscillates said resilient member and thus the blade carried thereby between a cutting position and a non-cutting position at a frequency which is adjustable. Means for providing a section in the cutting area so as to draw the thread chain into the path of the blades.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 1977
    Date of Patent: May 30, 1978
    Assignee: Union Special G.m.b.H.
    Inventor: Wolf-Rudiger VON Hagen