And Specified Electronic Memory Patents (Class 112/445)
  • Patent number: 10934649
    Abstract: The sewing machine includes a projector and a controller. The controller determines a sewing area inside an embroidery hoop such that the sewing area is greater than a projection area where the projector projects a projection image. The controller determines an embroidery pattern and a position of the embroidery pattern located relative to the sewing area. The controller determines, in the sewing area, a target area corresponding to the projection area. The controller generates projection image data representing a part or a whole, which falls in the target area, of the embroidery pattern relative to the sewing area, and controls the projector to project a projection image based on the projection image data after moving the embroidery hoop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Mika Matsushima
  • Patent number: 10719213
    Abstract: The present invention provides a sewing machine that enables to switch frequently used functions during the sewing work with good usability, validate only the indicator related to the work among a plurality of indicators, and enables GUI operations by a screen display unit. Thus, high operability can be achieved. The sewing machine includes: a setting unit for setting operation buttons related to desired sewing work; an operation display unit for displaying the operation buttons set by the setting unit, the operation display being arranged at an arm part; and a screen display unit arranged at a position different from the operation display unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: JANOME SEWING MACHINE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Nobuhiko Kobayashi, Takeshi Kongo
  • Patent number: 10577736
    Abstract: An embroidery data generating apparatus includes: a coordinate position registration unit that registers coordinate positions of multiple track points detected at predetermined intervals from a track of a continuous line input via a screen, with them associated with a track point input order; a reference distance registration unit that registers a stitching pitch length as a reference distance; and an embroidery data generating unit configured to generate a desired track point on the continuous line as a needle location start point, to select particular track points that are subsequently input from among the multiple track points as reference track points, to convert the coordinate positions of the reference track points to arrange them in input order from the needle location start point at intervals of the reference distance, to generate the converted points as needle location points, and to generate data of the generated needle location points as embroidery data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: JANOME SEWING MACHINE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kenji Hara, Takeshi Shinomiya
  • Patent number: 10145712
    Abstract: An optical encoder having diffuser members, and methods for detecting the rotational movement of the cylinder of the optical encoder are disclosed. The optical encoder may include a rotatable cylinder configured to reflect light. The rotatable cylinder may include an encoding pattern of alternating reflective stripes having distinct light-reflective properties. The optical encoder may also include a light source positioned adjacent the rotatable cylinder, and an array of optical sensors positioned adjacent the rotatable cylinder. The array of optical sensors may receive the reflected light from the rotatable cylinder. The optical encoder may include a diffuser member positioned on the rotatable cylinder, the light source, and the array of optical sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Ruh, Prashanth S. Holenarsipur
  • Patent number: 9739000
    Abstract: A multi-needle sewing machine includes a plurality of needle bars, a needle bar case having a thread supply path along which threads are supplied to needles attached to lower ends of the needle bars respectively, the needle bar case supporting the needle bars, an arm on which the needle bar case is mounted, an embroidery frame located below the needle bar case and configured to hold a workpiece cloth, a projector configured to project an image onto the workpiece cloth from above the embroidery frame, and a support member supporting the projector and configured to be capable of switching the projector between a first position where the image is projectable onto the workpiece cloth and a second position differing from the first position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Akie Shimizu, Yoshio Nishimura, Yutaka Nomura, Yuki Ihira, Manami Ota, Hidenori Oka, Satoru Ichiyanagi
  • Patent number: 8261679
    Abstract: A sewing machine includes a needle bar to which a needle is attached, a needle bar rocking mechanism which rocks the needle bar, a needle plate having a needle hole through which the needle is passed, an imaging device which images a lower part of the needle bar, a setting section which sets a range of rocking motion of the needle bar based on an image obtained by the imaging device, and a control device which controls the needle bar rocking mechanism based on the range of rocking motion set by the setting section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yuki Ihira, Masayuki Iwata, Takashi Hirata
  • Patent number: 8155881
    Abstract: A selection item display device allows the user to select a desired selection item in the case where a surrounding situation changes, with improved operability. The device includes: storage element for storing a selection item; retrieval element for retrieving a selection item to be displayed based on a surrounding situation from the storage element; generation element for generating an image of the retrieved selection item; display element for displaying the generated image of the selection item on a display screen; designation element for designating a selection item to be maintained from the displayed selection item; and holding element for holding the designated selection item. Even if the surrounding situation changes, and the retrieval element changes the selection item to be displayed, the generation element leaves the image of the selection item to be maintained on the basis of an instruction from the holding element on the display screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: Pioneer Corporation
    Inventors: Masayo Kaji, Naoaki Horiuchi
  • Patent number: 8079319
    Abstract: A sewing machine includes a sewing controller that controls sewing machine components, an imaging element capable of capturing facial images of a sewing machine user; a settings storage that stores settings for preset modes, the settings comprising items pertaining to sewing machine functions; a user information storage that stores facial image data of the user captured by the imaging element with mapping to the settings of the mode registered with the user; a verifier that verifies whether or not image data that matches the facial image data captured by the imaging element at sewing operation start exists in the user information storage; and an instruction controller that reads the settings from the user information storage when receiving a positive verification result from the verifier, and that instructs the sewing controller to control the sewing machine components based on the settings read.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2011
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yasuhiko Kawaguchi, Toshihiro Hanai, Masahiko Nagai, Tomoyasu Niizeki, Masashi Tokura, Shinichi Nishida, Noboru Mizuno
  • Publication number: 20100224111
    Abstract: A sewing machine includes a needle bar to which a needle is attached, a needle bar rocking mechanism which rocks the needle bar, a needle plate having a needle hole through which the needle is passed, an imaging device which images a lower part of the needle bar, a setting section which sets a range of rocking motion of the needle bar based on an image obtained by the imaging device, and a control device which controls the needle bar rocking mechanism based on the range of rocking motion set by the setting section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 11, 2010
    Publication date: September 9, 2010
    Applicant: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yuki Ihira, Masayuki Iwata, Takashi Hirata
  • Publication number: 20090025621
    Abstract: A sewing machine includes a needle, a holding frame having a stitchable area within which the needle is operable to perform stitching, storing means for storing sewing data on various embroidery patterns, indicating means for indicating, within the stitchable area, positions on the workpiece that is held by the holding frame, stitching region setting means for setting a stitching region in accordance with the positions indicated by the indicating means, embroidery pattern creating means for creating, in accordance with a position and a size of the stitching region, and based on the sewing data, embroidery pattern data on an embroidery pattern having a size that is fittable within the stitching region, and control means for controlling the needle and the holding frame to form the embroidery pattern on the workpiece within the stitching region in accordance with the embroidery pattern data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 29, 2008
    Publication date: January 29, 2009
    Applicant: JUKI CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kiyoshi MATSUZAWA
  • Publication number: 20080289552
    Abstract: A sewing machine includes a sewing controller that controls sewing machine components, an imaging element capable of capturing facial images of a sewing machine user; a settings storage that stores settings for preset modes, the settings comprising items pertaining to sewing machine functions; a user information storage that stores facial image data of the user captured by the imaging element with mapping to the settings of the mode registered with the user; a verifier that verifies whether or not image data that matches the facial image data captured by the imaging element at sewing operation start exists in the user information storage; and an instruction controller that reads the settings from the user information storage when receiving a positive verification result from the verifier, and that instructs the sewing controller to control the sewing machine components based on the settings read.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2008
    Publication date: November 27, 2008
    Applicant: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yasuhiko Kawaguchi, Toshihiro Hanai, Masahiko Nagai, Tomoyasu Niizeki, Masashi Tokura, Shinichi Nishida, Noboru Mizuno
  • Publication number: 20080006193
    Abstract: A sewing machine and a sewing machine operating program stored on a computer-readable medium for changing display items displayed on a liquid crystal display of a sewing machine on a page by page basis, when an output signal of an operation of rolling forward or backward a mouse wheel is detected. The sewing machine may include a display device that displays a variety of information related to sewing and a display item storage device that stores display items to be displayed on the display device. The sewing machine may also include an operation device that includes an operating member for performing plural types of operations and a display control device that changes the display item displayed on the display device in response to at least one of the operation type or the operation quantity outputted by the operation device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2007
    Publication date: January 10, 2008
    Applicant: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takashi Hirata, Takafumi Naka, Tsuneo Okuyama
  • Patent number: 7278362
    Abstract: A pattern data producing device incorporated in a sewing machine which comprises a sewing mechanism including a needle swing mechanism and a display and in which the sewing mechanism is operated so that a pattern sewing can be carried out, thereby producing pattern data. The pattern data producing device includes a touch panel mounted on an outer surface of the display so as to be capable of detecting a location of touch, a pen-shaped pointing device inputting and instructing on the touch panel a plurality of points corresponding to a plurality of needle drop points forming a pattern, a pattern data producing unit which obtains location data of needle drop points from the input points to produce pattern data, and a display data producing unit which produces, from the location data of needle drop points, display data for displaying a configuration of the pattern on the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2007
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takashi Hirata, Yuji Iida, Tomohiko Mori
  • Patent number: 6782837
    Abstract: Disclosed is a sewing machine having an indicating device for indicating selected patterns in a manner that the same may be substantially the same with the actually stitched result of the selected patterns, wherein the patterns selected by a user by operation of a pattern selecting/combining device 3 are indicated at an indicating device 8 and wherein in response to an optional combination or modification of the selected patterns, an image treating device 7 accordingly treats the image of the indicated patterns to indicate the same at the indicating device 8. The pattern data are stored in a pattern data memory 50 and a stitching mechanism 51 is operated in accordance with the pattern data stored in the pattern data memory 50, thereby to form the patterns of stitches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2004
    Assignee: Janome Sewing Machine Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Akira Orii, Moriyoshi Shibata
  • Publication number: 20040154509
    Abstract: Disclosed is a sewing machine having an indicating device for indicating selected patterns in a manner that the same may be substantially the same with the actually stitched result of the selected patterns, wherein the patterns selected by a user by operation of a pattern selecting/combining device 3 are indicated at an indicating device 8 and wherein in response to an optional combination or modification of the selected patterns, an image treating device 7 accordingly treats the image of the indicated patterns to indicate the same at the indicating device 8. The pattern data are stored in a pattern data memory 50 and a stitching mechanism 51 is operated in accordance with the pattern data stored in the pattern data memory 50, thereby to form the patterns of stitches.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2003
    Publication date: August 12, 2004
    Inventors: Akira Orii, Moriyoshi Shibata
  • Patent number: 6584921
    Abstract: A method and system using a novel user display. The user interface device includes a display for a multiple-file, multiple-section or multiple-hoop embroidery designs. The display is coupled to a micro processing device such as a microprocessor, microcomputer, or the like. The display also has a representation a stitch on a first axis of the display. The display also shows a property of the stitch on a second axis of the display, where the second axis is associated with the first axis. The property is section identifier, filename, or hoop position. Other features can also be included depending upon the application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2003
    Assignee: Buzz Tools, Inc.
    Inventors: John S. Laufer, Lisa A. Laufer
  • Patent number: 6502006
    Abstract: A method and system using a novel user display. The user interface device includes a display for an embroidery design. The display is coupled to a micro processing device such as a microprocessor, microcomputer, or the like. The display also has a representation a stitch on a first axis of the display. The display also shows a property of the stitch on a second axis of the display, where the second axis intersects the first axis. Other features can also be included depending upon the application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2002
    Assignee: Buzz Tools, Inc.
    Inventors: John S. Laufer, Lisa A. Laufer
  • Patent number: 6457429
    Abstract: The display apparatus for a sewing machine of the invention includes a display that displays a stitch pattern thereon, and a sewing order indicator that indicates a sewing order of substantially an entire stitch pattern. Therefore, even when the operator selects, as a stitch pattern, a complex stitch pattern such as a buttonhole stitch pattern, the operator can easily judge if the stitch pattern being sewn is exactly what the operator has selected before the stitch pattern is finished.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2002
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shintaro Tomita, Naomi Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 6445970
    Abstract: Automatic testing and diagnosing a computerized stitching machine of a stitching system is provided. The system includes one or more programs that test operation of stitching machine components and generate specific error or status messages related to such components. Control panel software can be invoked to allow viewing of detailed status information for various components and the operation of specific components individually. Networking software can be enabled to allow this information to be viewed using a screen display and controlled from a location remote from the site of the stitching machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2002
    Assignee: Melco Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Dale R. Hedman, Robert Bruce Ton, Jeffrey T. Block, Dean Gerald Pearson, Peter Kern
  • Patent number: 6430460
    Abstract: On the sewing data making screen, a thread thickness to be displayed is set by specifying a thread number that is used for actual sewing in a thread thickness setting dialogue box. A magnification rate to display a created sewing data on a display is set in a magnification setting dialog box. When an image button is specified with a mouse pointer on the screen, a displaying size of thread used in the sewing data is calculated so that it can become suitable for the magnification rate. As a result, an image substantially like that of the pattern when actually sewn will be displayed as a realistic image on the display screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2002
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Shoichi Taguchi
  • Patent number: 6408775
    Abstract: A sewing or embroidery machine with a microprocessor (10), which is connected to an entry device (6, 19-22) for entering commands to a display screen (5), and to at least one memory (9, 13). A rapid and understandable explanation of certain operating procedures of the machine is possible when needed. The corresponding procedure is displayed by a series of images to explain the operating procedures. Image data explaining the operation of the sewing or embroidery machine, which are read by the microprocessor (10) after entering a corresponding command and are transferred to the display screen (5), optionally after further processing, are stored for this purpose in the memory (9, 13) of the sewing or embroidery machine (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2002
    Assignee: Viking Sewing Machines AB
    Inventor: J├╝rgen Hartwig
  • Patent number: 6405097
    Abstract: An operation data processing device that summarizes trouble situations that occur during sewing operations. A log data storing device generates and stores log data based on an operation state of pattern sewing machines. A trouble summarizing device summarizes trouble information that occurs during operations. The trouble information is then summarized in association with a stitch number based on the stored log data. A displaying device visualizes the trouble information in a manner that allows a user to easily determine a trouble location and frequency for a given sewing pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2002
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Fumiaki Asano
  • Patent number: 6321670
    Abstract: In a sewing machine, a plurality of patterns are displayed on a pattern selection area of a display. Then, when one of the patterns displayed on the pattern selection area is selected, the selected pattern is displayed in a realistic manner on a pattern display area on the display. At this time, at least a part of the pattern display area is displayed while the pattern selection area is displayed. Therefore, the operator can see and grasp the pattern with a realistic image through the pattern display area while selecting the pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2001
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shintaro Tomita, Naomi Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 6321671
    Abstract: In a display apparatus used for a sewing machine, a liquid crystal display, LCD, shows a pattern edit screen in which a pattern is edited. The pattern edit screen has a standard display area for displaying the pattern for editing. The standard display area has a vertical long rectangular shape and is smaller than a half of the screen. When the image key is pressed on the pattern edit screen, the LCD is switched from the standard display area to a magnification display area, and the pattern is magnified and displayed thereon. The magnification display area is substantially as large as the whole of the display area of the LCD. Thus, the pattern can be displayed in greater detail. Furthermore, shading can be added to the pattern displayed. Therefore, each piece of thread can be presented, which makes the image of the formed pattern more realistic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2001
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Shintaro Tomita
  • Patent number: 6227128
    Abstract: In the sewing machine, a sewing device forms an embroidery pattern on a work cloth in cooperation with a moving mechanism. A display switching device switches the display between a first display mode and a second display mode. Therefore, the sewing machine can selectively display the size value representing a size of the embroidery pattern or the position value representing a position of the embroidery pattern on the work cloth using the display as desired. Further the display is necessary to secure a space for displaying both the size value and the position value at once. Accordingly, the sewing machine display can be downsized without sacrificing the convenience of the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2001
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shintaro Tomita, Akira Hayakawa
  • Patent number: 6167822
    Abstract: A pattern sewing machine which recognizes a reference point of a cloth in a cloth holding frame 2 by recognition means 11, can space stitch point data of the current sewing pattern to be sewn in the cloth holding frame 2 at a predetermined pattern distance apart from the already formed embroidered pattern in X and Y directions by correction means 13i based on the reference point, detects a rotation direction shift of the cloth set in the cloth holding frame 2 by rotation direction shift detection means 13g, and corrects the stitch point data spaced at the predetermined pattern distance apart from the already formed embroidered pattern in the X and Y directions in the rotation direction with the reference point as the center by the correction means 13i based on the reference point and the cloth rotation direction shift, thereby finely matching the relative positions of the already formed sewing pattern and the subsequent sewing pattern to be sewn.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2001
    Assignee: Juki Corporation
    Inventors: Masami Miyasako, Hiroshi Horimoto
  • Patent number: 6161491
    Abstract: Embroidery pattern positioning apparatus and embroidering apparatus is disclosed, wherein a pattern is projected on a cloth F on which the pattern is embroidered. The projected pattern is moved on the cloth by operation of jog keys 6 to determine a position of the pattern where the pattern is stitched. In the meantime the original position of a carriage is adjusted or the position of the pattern is calculated and memorized in accordance with the moving amount of the pattern. This operation may be repeated as to each of plural patterns selected to be stitched such that a plurality of patterns may be stitched respectively at the positions determined and memorized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2000
    Assignee: Janome Sewing Machine Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hideaki Takenoya, Hidechika Kuramoto, Akiyoshi Sasano
  • Patent number: 6158364
    Abstract: An embroidery stitch data producing device with selective designation confirming functions is disclosed, wherein embroidery stitch data are produced from the image data obtained from an original image for defining the outlines and the blocks enclosed by the outlines with stitch conditions including stitch types and thread colors being designated. The outlines and the blocks so designated are classified and memorized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2000
    Assignee: Janome Sewing Machines Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Akira Orii, Takeshi Kongo
  • Patent number: 6138594
    Abstract: An electronically controlled sewing machine indicates which of the basic operations for the machine is possible or impossible in a readily identifiable manner to a user, thereby improving the ease of operation of the machine. A start/stop button is illuminated with steady green light, that is, a first illuminated state, when a presser foot is at a pressing position and a needle bar is within a threading possible range. When the presser foot is at a withdrawn position and the needle bar is within the threading possible range, the start/stop button is illuminated with red flicker, that is, a second illuminated state. When the presser foot is at the pressing position and the needle bar is out of the threading possible range, the start/stop button is illuminated with green flicker, that is, a third illuminated state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2000
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kiyoshige Kito
  • Patent number: 6131526
    Abstract: When rotating processing of an embroidery pattern is called, an embroidery data processing device first determines whether a right turn key is operated. When the right turn key is operated, a current rotational angle is increased by a predetermined number of degrees. By contrast, when a left turn key is operated, the current rotational angle is reduced by a predetermined number of degrees. Further, display of a mask indicating sizes in the X and Y directions of the embroidery pattern is changed based on the instructed rotational angle. When the rotational angle is finally determined, the embroidery pattern is rotationally converted and the mask data is formed based on the embroidery data after the conversion. Therefore, when the embroidery pattern is rotated, a range for arranging the rotated embroidery pattern in a sewing area is not narrowed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2000
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yuji Iida, Shintaro Tomita
  • Patent number: 6123040
    Abstract: A sewing machine of the invention stores width dimensions and the reference needle penetration position dimensions, which all can be changed for writing and reading, according to the type of presser foot, in a memory. Based on the needle penetration position and the reference needle penetration position which are determined when the seam allowance width is set, the sewing machine calculates a distance between the left or right end of the presser foot and the position where stitches are made, and shows it on the display as the seam allowance width. Therefore, sewing can be made regarding the distance from the left or right end of the presser foot to the place where stitching is made as a seam allowance width, just by aligning the edge of the work cloth with the left or right end of the presser foot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2000
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Akira Hayakawa, Shintaro Tomita
  • Patent number: 6119611
    Abstract: A flash memory provided inside of a sewing machine stores display data in English only, a first language such as the language relating to operations for sewing and pattern selection and appearing on a display on the sewing machine. When a floppy disk exclusively for language changing, which stores display data developed for a plurality of other languages, such as Japanese, German, and French, is inserted into a floppy disk drive, and a language key, such as the Japanese language key, is pressed, the display data in Japanese only is read from the floppy disk, information currently stored in the flash memory is deleted, and then the read display data in Japanese is written into the flash memory. Therefore, according to the invention, the flash memory has a capacity enough to store display data for only one language, and can rewrite the language data of the display data to a desired language, which permits miniaturization of the flash memory and cost reduction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2000
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Shintaro Tomita
  • Patent number: 6095067
    Abstract: A sewing apparatus is provided with: a stitch forming device; a driving device for driving the stitch forming device; a controller for controlling the driving device; and a displaying device comprising a color switch panel including a plurality of transparent switches on a surface of the color switch panel. The transparent switches are divided into a plurality of switch groups, each of which includes at least one transparent switch, depending upon functions of the sewing apparatus corresponding to the transparent switches respectively. The sewing apparatus is further provided with a color display controlling device for controlling the displaying device to perform a color display on the color switch panel by using one color for all of the at least one transparent switch belonging to one of the switch groups and by using another color for all of the at least one transparent switch belonging to another of the switch groups.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2000
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shintaro Tomita, Chiyo Koga, Mika Nitamizu
  • Patent number: 6032595
    Abstract: An electronically controlled sewing machine has a liquid crystal display as well as a needle bar rocking mechanism for driving a needle bar to which a needle is attached, a thread take-up lever driving mechanism, a needle thread catcher and so on. One of three kinds of animation information stored in a message memory of the sewing machine is selectively read in, and is presented on the display according to an error message display control or a guide message display control when any error/guide message appears on the display. Therefore, even when an operator sees the display with less attention, the presented animation information attracts the operator to the display when any error/guide message appears on the display, resulting in that the operator will not miss the displayed important error/guide message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2000
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Tsuneo Okuyama
  • Patent number: 6016758
    Abstract: A sewing machine is provided with: a stitch forming device; a driving device for driving the stitch forming device; a controller for controlling the driving device; an inputting device for inputting peculiar information, which is related to management of the sewing machine and peculiar to the sewing machine; a memory for storing the peculiar information inputted by the inputting device; and a displaying device for displaying the peculiar information stored in the memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2000
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Shintaro Tomita
  • Patent number: 6000350
    Abstract: An embroidering position setting device and method of operation thereof for an embroidering sewing machine are described. The embroidering sewing machine is capable of storing pattern data in a memory for a plurality of embroidery patterns which can be selectively read out to operate a stitch forming device to form the stitches of a selected pattern or patterns on a cloth to be stitched. An embroidering frame has a cloth extended thereon to be embroidered and is connected to an X-Y drive mechanism, said cloth having a mark located at an optional position for representing a reference embroidering position of the cloth. Jog keys are selectively operated to operate said X-Y drive mechanism thereby to shift said embroidering frame so that said reference embroidering position mark of the cloth may be located at the position under said machine needle in vertical alignment therewith.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 14, 1999
    Assignee: Janome Sewing Machine Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Mikio Koike, Chiyo Suzuki, Shinichi Fuchigami, Akiyoshi Sasano, Shinichi Fukada
  • Patent number: 6000351
    Abstract: A sewing machine system provided with an electronically controlled sewing machine and a programmer, which is electronically connected to the sewing machine, for creating a sewing data in cooperation with the sewing machine. A selecting switch is provided and, when sewing data is being created, a user can switch a display condition of a displaying device of the programmer between a first mode for displaying numerical data related to currently created sewing data, and a second mode for displaying an image of the pattern in accordance with the sewing data which is being created.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 14, 1999
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shinii Yoshida, Kazushi Inoue, Yoshihiro Hara, Minoru Yamaguchi
  • Patent number: 5996517
    Abstract: A sewing apparatus is provided with: a stitch forming device; a driving device for driving the stitch forming device; a controller for controlling the driving device; a displaying device including a plurality of display segments, each of which indicates information to control a sewing process through the controller, on a surface of the displaying device, the display segments being divided into a plurality of segment groups, each of which includes at least one of display segment, on the basis of a predetermined criterion; and a display controlling device for controlling the displaying device to display thereon all of the at least one segment belonging to one of the segment groups and all of the at least one segment belonging to another of the segment groups so as to be visually differentiated from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 7, 1999
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Shintaro Tomita
  • Patent number: 5996518
    Abstract: A sewing machine is provided with an LCD capable of displaying color images. Sensors are provided to detect operational conditions of the sewing machine. A CPU controls a display to notify a user of the detected operational condition through changing, according to the detected results, the background color of a warning screen that includes a symbol display region and a message display region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 7, 1999
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Shintaro Tomita
  • Patent number: 5964168
    Abstract: There is provided an embroidery data selecting system for selecting an embroidery pattern from a plurality of embroidery patterns. The system includes: a recording medium which stores the plurality of embroidery patterns; a display having at least a first display area and a second display area; a first display controller which displays the plurality of groups in the first area, the plurality of embroidery patterns being categorized into a plurality of groups, the plurality of groups having a hierarchical structure, the hierarchical structure of the plurality of groups being visually recognizable in the first area; a manually operable member to be operated to select one of the plurality of groups displayed in the first area; and a second display controller which displays embroidery patterns included in a group in the second area in response to selection by the manually operable member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 12, 1999
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kyoji Komuro
  • Patent number: 5964169
    Abstract: An embroidery stitch data producing device is disclosed, which is designed to display an embroidery pattern in a manner that the pattern is closest to the one that is to be embroidered. The device is provided with a scanner 51 or an image input means 2 for inputting colors therethrough. The color indicating data thus obtained and/or color indicating data stored in an image data memory 41 are registered to a color indication data registering means 22. More particularly the area of a display may be set for the background of an image to be embroidered before or after the image is displayed, or before or after the stitch conditions including thread colors are set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 12, 1999
    Assignee: Janome Sewing Machine Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takeshi Kongo, Takayuki Kawasato, Akira Orii, Shinichi Hukada
  • Patent number: 5960727
    Abstract: An embroidery sewing machine is provided with an editing device for editorially combining or joining a plural number of embroidery component patterns into a composite or target embroidery pattern on a display window, which is larger than an embroidering frame for holding a work cloth, and a sewing device for sewing the thus edited composite embroidery pattern onto a work cloth set to the embroidering frame. The editing device has an enlarging function to edit the embroidery component patterns and to display a part of the composite embroidery pattern in an area larger than the display window in a manner that a preset point is set as a reference point on a display area of the display window and the reference point is horizontally and vertically moved. The sewing device has a continuing function to continue the sewing operation of the composite embroidery pattern that is edited in the area larger than that of the display window by use of the enlarging function of the editing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 5, 1999
    Assignee: Juki Corporation
    Inventors: Masami Miyasako, Kanji Michioku
  • Patent number: 5957070
    Abstract: A programmable electronic sewing machine includes sewing means for executing a sewing operation according to a predetermined program, program composing means for composing the program, displaying means for displaying a plurality of icons representative of commands used in composition of the program respectively, and input means for entering data used in composition of the program and for selecting a desired one of the icons displayed by the displaying means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 28, 1999
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shinji Yoshida, Kazushi Inoue, Yoshihiro Hara, Minoru Yamaguchi
  • Patent number: 5954004
    Abstract: A display 8 displays a plurality of embroidery regions R1 to R10 of an embroidery pattern. The user sets stitch patterns of the embroidery regions R1, R2, R5, R6 while viewing an input window IW. When the user presses a right mouse button 9a while a mouse pointer is located within the embroidery region R1, the stitch pattern of the embroidery region R1 is stored in a queue. Then by the user pressing a left mouse button while the mouse pointer is located within the embroidery region R3, the stitch pattern stored in the queue, that is, the stitch pattern of the embroidery region R1, is set as a stitch pattern of the embroidery region R3.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 21, 1999
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Masao Futamura
  • Patent number: 5954005
    Abstract: A pattern sewing system having at least one pattern sewing machine which has a plurality of sewing heads, an operation status setting device which is electrically connected to the at least one pattern sewing machine, the operation status setting device setting operation status of each of the plurality of sewing heads such that each of the plurality of sewing heads is operative or inoperative, and a controlling device which makes the operation status set by the operation status setting device effective.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 21, 1999
    Assignee: Brother kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kiyokazu Sekine, Fumiaki Asano
  • Patent number: 5950551
    Abstract: Disclosed is a sewing machine system, including an electronically controlled sewing machine, and a data editing device. In a sewing machine, a plurality of sewing programs stored in a data recording medium are read, and image data indicative of a sewing pattern corresponding to each sewing program is generated. The image data is then transmitted to the data editing device. In the data editing device, a plurality of sewing patterns are displayed in accordance with the received image data. When one of the displayed sewing patterns is selected by an operator, a predetermined operation is applied to a sewing program corresponding to the selected sewing pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 14, 1999
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shinji Yoshida, Kazushi Inoue, Yoshihiro Hara, Minoru Yamaguchi
  • Patent number: 5924372
    Abstract: In an embroidery data processing device for a sewing machine, a ROM stores embroidery data of a number of embroidery patterns and sewing data of ordinary sewing modes. An external ROM card stores embroidery data of character patterns each protected by copyright. A user selects a desired embroidery pattern on a screen of an LCD so that a sewing operation is executed on the basis of the embroidery data of the selected embroidery pattern. Upon completion of the sewing operation, a control device judges whether the embroidery pattern is a character pattern. When the embroidery pattern is a character pattern, the number of times of sewing with respect to the embroidery pattern is counted and data of the counted number of times is stored in a non-volatile memory. The counted number of times of sewing is further compared with a limited number of times.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 20, 1999
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Seijiro Okuda, Nami Morita, Akira Hayakawa
  • Patent number: 5924373
    Abstract: An electronically controlled embroidery sewing machine has a liquid crystal display and a control unit having a ROM. The ROM stores display data for displaying ten numeric keys representing numbers of 0-9. The display is provided with a touch panel having several touch keys. The numeric keys corresponding to the touch keys are displayed in a numeric key display area of the display. For selection of a desired embroidery pattern, a number corresponding to the desired pattern is selected by pressing the touch keys, and the selected number is displayed in a number display area of the display in half-size and in reversed contrast, followed by the desired pattern. Thus, a selecting operation of the desired embroidery pattern is simplified, and need for extra numeric buttons or an extra space for the numeric buttons is eliminated, resulting in reduction in the size and cost of the display as well as the sewing machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 20, 1999
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shintaro Tomita, Akira Hayakawa
  • Patent number: 5921194
    Abstract: A sewing machine control device that is capable of controlling a plurality of sewing machines, and that includes a display unit having a screen; an operability determination unit that determines operable ones of the plurality of sewing machines; and a window displaying unit that displays, on the screen of the display unit, a window for each operable sewing machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 13, 1999
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kyoji Komuro, Xiao Ming Zheng
  • Patent number: 5904108
    Abstract: A sewing machine capable of embroidery stitching with a label print function. A label printing mechanism is provided for printing on a tape-shaped label, and a ROM card storing a number of stitching designs is detachably mounted on the sewing machine. The sewing machine prepares print data from the stitching data of a stitching design selected from the stitching designs stored in the ROM card, and prints on the label using the label printing mechanism. A character sequence formed of character designs can be printed as descriptive information regarding stitches. Various designs read by an image scanner can also be printed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 18, 1999
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takafumi Tanaka, Masayoshi Aoyama