Laying Out Patents (Class 33/11)
  • Patent number: 10155605
    Abstract: A package generation system allows a user to add an ornamental structure to a package flat by receiving a package design file containing data representing package characteristics. The system uses the package design file to identify a two-dimensional layout of the package. The system identifies: (i) a first area of a substrate that will form a two-dimensional flat of a package; (ii) an unused area of the substrate that will not form part of the package; and (iii) an ornamental structure that is attachable to a facet of the package and which fits within a portion of the unused area adjacent to the facet. The system then outputs a representation of the ornamental structure to a user. Examples of ornamental structures include a ribbon, a detachable coupon, or an ornamental face. The system may create the package after the user selects an offered ornamental structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Stephen C. Morgana, Reiner Eschbach
  • Patent number: 10143253
    Abstract: A magnetic cutting system includes a magnetic cutting mat assembly. The magnetic cutting mat assembly includes a cutting mat, and a magnetic layer attached to the cutting mat. Magnets releasably attach to the magnetic cutting assembly. A grain alignment guide having at least one opening receives one of magnets to secure the grain alignment guide to the magnetic cutting assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Inventor: Ronald A. Faupel
  • Patent number: 9488610
    Abstract: A weaving method for producing a plurality of moisture sensors for a device for monitoring an access to a patient, in particular for monitoring the vascular access in an extracorporeal blood treatment, wherein the moisture sensors are woven. During the weaving of the moisture sensors, non-conductive warp threads, non-conductive weft threads, conductive warp threads and conductive weft threads are disposed in the textile two-dimensionally extending structure, such that spatially demarcatable structures of electrical strip conductors are created. The strip conductor structures can be produced by spatial separation or contacting of the conductive warp or weft threads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: Fresenius Medical Care Deutschland GmbH
    Inventor: John Heppe
  • Patent number: 9333663
    Abstract: A cutting apparatus includes a moving device configured to move a cutting blade and an object in a first direction and in a second direction differing from the first direction, relative to each other and a control device configured to cause the apparatus to calculate first cutting time lengths required to cut a pattern at a plurality of arrangement angles when an arrangement angle of the pattern relative to the first or second direction is changed by a first unit angle, determine one of the arrangement angles, which is shortest with respect to the first cutting time length or not more than a first threshold, and control the moving device so that the movement of the cutting blade in the first direction and the movement of the object in the second direction are simultaneously executed, with a result that the pattern is cut at the determined arrangement angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Tsuneo Okuyama
  • Patent number: 9199386
    Abstract: A cutting data generator generating cutting data includes a control device configured to obtain position information of a plurality of figures printed on a sheet material, the figures representing an arrangement of a plurality of types of decorative pieces having at least different colors, the figures being capable of identifying the types of the decorative pieces, to set arrangement positions of a plurality of holes in the sheet material based on the obtained position information, the arrangement positions being positions where the holes partially overlap the figures respectively or where the holes come close to the figures respectively, the holes defining an arrangement of the decorative pieces, and to generate cutting data usable to cut the holes through the sheet material based on the set arrangement positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yukiyoshi Muto
  • Patent number: 8806765
    Abstract: A revolutionary, new sizing and fitting system for jeans is based on the concept of shape, not size. This sizing and fitting system is organized around some basic body shapes categories: e.g., slight curve (straighter figure, flatter fanny), demi curve (evenly proportioned hip and seat) and bold curve (smaller waist, larger seat). To use the system, the consumer finds their shape using a shape measuring tool. The shape measuring tool calculates a shape category based on a differential of two measurements in the seat area. With this shape category information, the consumer can easily locate a pair of form-fitting jeans. The sizing and fitting system is also applicable to pants, shorts, skirts, and other clothing where form fit is desirable in the seat and hip area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Levi Strauss & Co.
    Inventor: Kris Tulin
  • Patent number: 8393093
    Abstract: A method and tool for forming decorative picots is provided. The tool comprises a triangular substrate having a base and two sides intersecting at an apex, indicia defining a centerline extending from the apex to the midpoint of the base, and indicia defining one or more guidelines extending from one side of the substrate to the other, parallel to the base. The method comprises placing the substrate on a rectangular strip of fabric having a width twice its height, aligning the substrate on the fabric such that the apex is positioned at the midpoint of the top edge of the fabric and the bottom edge is positioned parallel to the base of the substrate, folding the top edges of the fabric over the substrate to align with the centerline and applying an iron to the folded fabric to crease the fold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Inventors: Susan K. Cleveland, Lee D. Cleveland
  • Patent number: 8307560
    Abstract: A revolutionary, new sizing and fitting system for jeans is based on the concept of shape, not size. This sizing and fitting system is organized around some basic body shapes categories: e.g., slight curve (straighter figure, flatter fanny), demi curve (evenly proportioned hip and seat) and bold curve (smaller waist, larger seat). To use the system, the consumer finds their shape using a shape measuring tool. The shape measuring tool calculates a shape category based on a differential of two measurements in the seat area. With this shape category information, the consumer can easily locate a pair of form-fitting jeans. The sizing and fitting system is also applicable to pants, shorts, skirts, and other clothing where form fit is desirable in the seat and hip area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Levi Strauss & Co.
    Inventor: Kris Tulin
  • Patent number: 8186072
    Abstract: A plurality of templates include cutting and sewing lines for forming a plurality of various pieces of two coordinating fabrics for use in quilt making. The template is made of a relatively rigid sheet of transparent or semi-transparent material such as acrylic. The cutting and sewing lines are formed by a plurality of spaced openings extending through the sheet material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Inventor: Patti L. Nethery
  • Patent number: 7958834
    Abstract: A template for circular sewing is used for repeatedly sewing a single pattern into a circular arrangement with use of a sewing machine equipped with a circular sewing device. The template includes a transparent sheet member having a center point, a plurality of arc-shaped base lines arranged in a concentric pattern about the center point of the sheet member, and a plurality of linear pattern pitch measurement lines which are provided for measuring a pitch of the patterns and which are arranged on the sheet member so as to pass through the center point of the sheet member and across the arc-shaped base lines. A total number of patterns is indicated near to an end of the template. The total number of patterns is obtained when a pattern with a pitch substantially coinciding with one of the pattern pitch measurement lines has been sewn into a circular arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2011
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Nobuaki Matsumoto, Yasuhiro Watanabe
  • Patent number: 7703214
    Abstract: Rulers and templates that are used to create several connected picots (or prairie points) made from a single piece of material, as well as methods for making and using such rulers, are described in this application. The rulers described in this application have a plurality of evenly spaced, alternating slots formed or cut in opposite, parallel edges of a substrate, resulting in evenly spaced, alternating tabs located on the opposite, parallel edges of the substrate. The ruler may be used to cut or mark material into connected squares that may be folded to make picots. The resulting picots are of uniform size and spacing, and are connected as a unitary piece of material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2010
    Inventor: Janet R. Platt
  • Patent number: 7043850
    Abstract: A transparent measuring device having a planar structure, a plurality of markings, at least one window, and a seam allowance guide. The planar structure has an upper surface and a lower surface, and the markings are formed on the lower surface of the planar structure. The markings are formed as a plurality raised ribs protruding from the lower surface of the planar structure. The raised ribs are fabricated from transparent material and so configured to induce visual graduation of light beams propagating therethrough. The seam allowance guide is removably and slidably attached to the planar structure at the window. The seam allowance guide has an upper guide bar and a lower guide bar, and the distance between the upper and lower guide bars automatically calculates a seam allowance for a desired pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2006
    Inventor: John R. Brady
  • Patent number: 6751877
    Abstract: A wearable garment pattern template configured to be worn by a person includes a plurality of detachably coupled sections each having a plurality of flexible segments which are coupled at pivot points. The adjustable segments include at least two strips which are longitudinally slidable relative to each other such that the segments are adjustable in length and can also be fixed in length. The segments define a framework of either triangles with sides of a particular length (as adjusted on the wearer), or quadrilaterals having sides of a set length (as adjusted on the wearer) and at least one fixed angle between two of the sides. In either instance, after adjustment, each triangle or quadrilateral can be only in one configuration, and is not subject to distortion due to rotation about pivot points. The garment pattern template can be used as a template to cut fabric for a garment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2004
    Inventor: Carol S. Grove
  • Patent number: 6745481
    Abstract: A pantyhose inspection device comprises a flat panel having two spaced-apart legs extending upwardly from a bifurcation point, a transverse bar positioned between the two legs, a vertical center bar having a plurality of center seam measurement indicators, a vertical, rectangular-shaped cut-out on each side of the center bar, a plurality of panty volume indicators, toe length indicators, a waistband attachment mechanism, and a waistband stretch measurement scale. Such a device allows quick and reliable assessment of gusset placement, center seam straightness and stretch, panty volume, toe length, and waistband stretch in a pantyhose garment using a single device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2004
    Assignee: Sara Lee Corporation
    Inventor: Michael Faircloth
  • Patent number: 6725559
    Abstract: The tool for locating a center mark for embroidery on articles such as garments includes a planar body having orthogonally-related legs with respective exterior and interior edges. Index markings are provided on the legs along the linear edges. The index markings include indicia identifying a plurality of corresponding preestablished garment sizes along the linear extending edges, respectively. By aligning common selected sizes along the edges with the vertical centerline of a folded garment and a shoulder portion of the garment, respectively, the location of the embroiderer's center mark on the garment is identified at the intersection of the linear edges. The interior edges of the tool may also used to form marking lines where conventional hoop grids are not available.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2004
    Inventor: Robert S. Burt, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6539636
    Abstract: A garment pattern sizing template system comprises a sheet of transparent plastic. A plurality of radial construction lines extend from a region on the sheet at angles. A plurality of grids each have a central line with holes equally spaced along the central line and spaced lateral marking lines extending from the holes with sequential marking numbers from a lower number to a larger number with the central hole located on a radial construction line. The radial construction lines are sequentially marked with construction indicia.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2003
    Inventor: Ken Jennings
  • Patent number: 6438853
    Abstract: A set of human torso manikins for use in fabrication and evaluation of body wear for a group of human beings, the torso manikins being shaped and dimensioned to conform to selected parameters derived from statistical analysis of the group. The manikins include a central human torso manikin of a shape corresponding to a multivariate center of anthropometric distributions of selected members of the group, and a plurality of extreme human torso form manikins each of a shape corresponding to a multivariate extreme suitable for accommodation of 90% of the group. About half of the plurality of extreme human torso form manikins exhibits a dimensional specification substantially less than a corresponding specification of the central human torso manikin and about another half of the plurality of extreme human torso form manikins exhibits a dimensional specification substantially greater than the corresponding specification of the central human torso manikin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2002
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: Claire Catherine Gordon, J. David Brantley, Brian D. Corner, Steven P. Paquette
  • Patent number: 6324437
    Abstract: A system and method for managing garment alterations. The system includes a workroom processor having a display and operating a garment alteration application system. Alterations tickets are created using a garment alterations ticket terminal, or display interfaces on the workroom processor that prompt the user for garment alteration data. The alteration data is stored in an alteration ticket data structure that relates to the workflow of a typical workroom. Alterations tickets are presented in the ticket list from which the alteration ticket status updated according to work performed. The reports module generates corporate and workroom management reports based on data stored in relation to the alterations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2001
    Assignee: New Century Information Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles Frankel, Fang Zhong Ding, Timothy J. Findlow, Robert M. Millman
  • Patent number: 5971235
    Abstract: A garment creaser which may be used both to apply new creases to an item of clothing and to freshen preexisting creases. It consists of a wide blade fabricated from metal or a similarly rigid and heat-resistant material with a very slender thickness, and a plurality of semi-circular clips which fit closely over the edges of the blade. An item of clothing is creased therewith by folding it over one of the longitudinal edges of the blade, clipping it in place, and ironing over the edge of the blade. One of the longitudinal edges is equipped with a measuring scale which enables precise measurement of the length of the creases, as well as of their placement relative to other features on the item of clothing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 26, 1999
    Inventor: Billy R. Chanek
  • Patent number: 5966824
    Abstract: A sewing auxiliary tool used for the creation of garment patterns. The sewing auxiliary tool is constructed from a flat plate and has incorporated around its edges curves and straight line shapes. The geometric shapes of the sewing auxiliary tool's edge are used to create basic sewing curves; such as, the hip line, sleeve cap line, armhole line, neck line, and crotch line. Additionally, the sewing auxiliary tool can have both metric and English units of length measurement incorporated along the straight edge sections of the sewing auxiliary tool. The combination of the curves, straight lines, and length measurement capabilities provide the user with a single device with which to create garment patterns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 19, 1999
    Assignee: Commonwealth of Puerto Rico
    Inventor: Concepcion Perez Vazquez
  • Patent number: 5819422
    Abstract: An improved transparent measuring device having composite multicolor image (98) formed thereon using a unique pigment transfer process. The image is formed by first applying a first image 30 having pairs of lines (34,36) that form an uncolored gap (38) on the transparent sheet (76). A second image (52) having solid lines (57,58) is aligned with the first image (30) and applied to the transparent sheet (76) with a contrasting color such that the second image (52) fills in selected gaps 38. An optional third image (68) can be applied over the first and second images (30,52).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 13, 1998
    Inventor: Randal D. Schafer
  • Patent number: 5722174
    Abstract: A fabric covered cushioned board includes a collar pattern on the one side. The opposite side includes a plurality of special design patterns. A set of Bishop-collar patterns are formed on the one side. The neck patterns are formed with the front neck section having a slightly flat shape and connected by side sections, which may be round, to a back section. The back section includes a central opening and is formed by tangential essentially straight lines extending from the side sections. A plurality of parallel special collar patterns are provided for different sizes. Angled lines are identified to indicate the front, center and back as well as various other locating seams. A cartesian grid pattern is on both sides. The patterns on the opposite side each includes a plurality of different sizes in a set selection of a desired size. The designs include a heart-shape, a diamond-shape, a tear drop shape, a loop shape and a scallop shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 3, 1998
    Assignee: June Tailor, Inc.
    Inventor: Jill A. Repp
  • Patent number: 5686849
    Abstract: The circuit for clock signal extraction from a high speed data stream which allows a rapid attainment of the identity between the frequencies of the locally generated clock signal and of the data signal, even when such frequencies are very different. The circuit can easily be inserted into a more complex CMOS digital integrated circuit, it has low power dissipation and is capable of operating at bit rates exceeding 300 Mbit/s. The circuit has a main phase locked loop, which controls a voltage controlled oscillator by continually controlling its phase and a secondary loop, which allows the main loop to become locked, by causing the voltage controlled oscillator to oscillate at a frequency close to the operating frequency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 11, 1997
    Assignee: Cselt Centro Studi E Laboratori Telecomunicazioni S.p.A.
    Inventor: Marco Burzio
  • Patent number: 5619799
    Abstract: A three-dimensional pattern design method for garments fitted with sleeves concerns a general pattern method for speedily designing garments for men, women and children without further alterations being required. The method is characterized by the use of a particular structural line (A1-G-A3) determined by the body's morphology and attitude, by specific proportional calculations of the waistline, the collar and shoulder slope using reference values (Vx, Vy), by a specific relational and three-dimensional calculation of the armhole-sleeve fitting using transfer lines (G-C, G-C1) defining a reference value (Vz), by the calculation of two tension points (P, P1) for enabling a proper fitting of the garment to the shoulder, and by a single drawing line incorporating all the garment's basic components into the assembly plan. The method according to the invention is especially suitable for use in the dressmaking industry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 1995
    Date of Patent: April 15, 1997
    Assignee: TPC International
    Inventors: Alexandre K. Keung-Lung, Dominique Longavesne
  • Patent number: 5444920
    Abstract: Tools for use in drafting projects such as dress making include a ruler having five scales, a five-in-one tool, and a tool having utility in the construction of darts. The five scale ruler enables its user to determine fractional lengths without resorting to arithmetic calculations. The five-in-one tool provides a angle, two scaled straight edges, a hip curve, a sleeve cap, neckline, and armhole curve, and a pair of spaced apart apertures for use in making Raglan sleeves. The dart tool is a forty five-forty five-ninety triangle having equidistantly spaced apertures formed along the length of the hypoteneuse. The apertures enable use of the tool as a compass for drawing circles and semicircles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 1993
    Date of Patent: August 29, 1995
    Inventor: Sieglinde E. Nelson
  • Patent number: 5386654
    Abstract: An integrated cutting and pressing board unit is for cutting, blocking and pressing of fabric parts for sewing together. A relatively flat cutting mat is formed of a solid plastic with a front face and a back face. A cushioned pressing board unit is intimately interconnected to the back face of the mat. The pressing board includes a support plate and an outer resilient pad interconnected to the support plate and an outer cover enclosing said plate and pad. The mat's front face and the outer cover each including a grid pattern with measuring indicia on the edges. The cover is formed of a fabric extended over the outer surface of the pad and board wrapped about the edges and interposed between the cutting mat and the pressing board unit. A handle extends outwardly one edge of the mat. The handle includes a hand opening including spaced edges. The handle opening has parallel edges spaced outwardly of the mat grid pattern and the pressing board unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 1993
    Date of Patent: February 7, 1995
    Assignee: June Tailor Inc.
    Inventor: June E. Kroenke
  • Patent number: 5363561
    Abstract: A plate structure is arranged for positioning medially of an underlying fabric pattern permitting severing of an associated fabric web relative to the fabric pattern to provide for the symmetrical removal of the pattern relative to the underlying fabric web.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 1993
    Date of Patent: November 15, 1994
    Inventor: Karen P. Essary
  • Patent number: 5319859
    Abstract: A template to aid in the process of making shark's teeth in material. The template is placed over a sheet of material and the apertures and slots are used as a template for marking dots and lines on the material. The lines mark the places on the material which need to be cut in the process of forming shark's teeth. The dots mark the place on the material which will become the point of the shark's teeth so that the material can be tucked at the correct place to produce uniform shark's teeth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 1993
    Date of Patent: June 14, 1994
    Inventor: Eloise T. Smith
  • Patent number: 4856196
    Abstract: There is disclosed a garment drafting device which includes curves meeting certain equations which facilitate the design and creation of garments. In addition, there are disclosed methods for preparing sleeves which are an improvement over the art, and which facilitate the steps of creating the sleeves. Different sleeves may be created. In the garment drafting device, the creation of a new type of curve provides a device for readily obtaining the required curvature for patterns and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 1987
    Date of Patent: August 15, 1989
    Inventors: Camille A. Ajus, Marguerite H. Ajus
  • Patent number: 4779346
    Abstract: A measuring device (10) formed from a rectangular sheet (11) of transparent material having a pattern of composite vertical lines (16) and composite horizontal lines (18) that form squares (20). Each composite line is formed of a first line (24) of a first color and a second line (26) of a second color different than the first color, such that the composite line will be visible against backgrounds of various colors. The first line is preferably of a lesser breadth than the second line, and is superimposed on the second line so that second line is visible on each side of the first line, and either line will be visible against a multicolored background. The composite lines may be consecutively numbered with numbers (28), and single colored angled lines (22) may be provided having markings (32) representing the angle in degrees that each angled line makes with the vertical lines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 1986
    Date of Patent: October 25, 1988
    Inventor: Randal D. Schafer
  • Patent number: 4718174
    Abstract: A template for cutting and folding furs is disclosed. The template is symmetrical with respect to the longitudinal seam of the skins or furs. The template has a removable central portion defined laterally by two segments or sides that are parallel to each other and parallel to the longitudinal seam between the skins, and transversely by segments or sides, one of which faces the tail of the skin which is aligned with the longitudinal axis of the template, along a cutting line having a curvature. The barycentre of the removable central portion is almost aligned with the transverse seam lines of the skins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 1986
    Date of Patent: January 12, 1988
    Assignee: Paola Fendi & S.lle S.A.S.
    Inventor: Roberto Masci
  • Patent number: 4672748
    Abstract: A tailoring device for preparing clothing patterns based upon body measurements, the device provided in the form of a flat, triangular member which includes various scales along its marginal edges. The device also includes a plurality of interiorly arranged apertures of varying shapes, from linear to curvilinear and combinations thereof, the interior openings including scales defined along edge portions thereof and which are utilized in preparing finished patterns. The device can be provided in the form of two separate triangular elements which are hingedly connected along a shorter side of each in order to permit the device to be folded in half for purposes of convenience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 1986
    Date of Patent: June 16, 1987
    Inventor: Guiseppe Perazzolo
  • Patent number: 4605150
    Abstract: An apparatus for attaching a pair of fastener elements of a garment fastener to a garment fabric, comprises an optical indicator for designating a position of the garment fabric where the two fastener elements are to be attached. The indicator includes a light projector having a light source for projecting a beam of light, a reflector for reflecting the light beam downwardly, and means defining an aperture for the passage therethrough of the reflected light beam. An actuator is operatively connected to the light projector for reciprocating the same toward and away from a position where the aperture is in registry with a common vertical axis of the two fastener elements. The indicator is structurally and functionally separated from a pusher mechanism for supplying one fastener element to an upper unit of the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 1984
    Date of Patent: August 12, 1986
    Assignee: Nippon Notion Kogyo Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ichiro Ikehara
  • Patent number: 4567661
    Abstract: A device to improve and simplify techniques in needlework construction is disclosed which utilizes a porous resilient surface and a dense backing structure. The resilient surface is divided into two equal main working areas by a main indicator and each of the two main working areas are divided into smaller working areas by a plurality of secondary indicators. The purpose of the main and secondary indicators is to provide proper alignment of clothing materials placed on the device and more particularly with respect to completing a smocking apparatus. The purpose of the alignment indicators is to provide a series of work areas whereby a pre-pleated material can be pinned and retained while the smocking stitching is accomplished.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 1985
    Date of Patent: February 4, 1986
    Inventor: Cynthia V. Foose
  • Patent number: 4565006
    Abstract: A template for marking out a pattern for the manufacture of garments. The template is a flat plate with a series of apertures having contours conforming in shape to a desired pattern and a series of scales marked on some of the contours representing different sizes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 1984
    Date of Patent: January 21, 1986
    Inventor: Anastasia Vouyouka
  • Patent number: 4524522
    Abstract: A fitting curve and ruler is provided to aid in the measuring and marking of patterns and fabric for the making of clothing at home. The ruler is formed as a one-piece flat panel having straight and curved edges. The upper edge has reverse curves, to mark curved lines, and the lower edge is a straight edge having metric and inch rule markings. The panel has cut-out pattern symbols and three series of slots which permit markings to be made. A first series of slots is parallel to the straight edge, a second series of slots is parallel to the curved edge, and a third series of slots is perpendicular to the straight edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 1984
    Date of Patent: June 25, 1985
    Assignee: Butterick Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Patricia Perry
  • Patent number: 4428056
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for producing a detailed plan to a known scale showing an optimized fit of material of predetermined dimensional characteristics into a given area. The invention finds utility in the field of carpet installation. After the perimeter of the area to be carpeted is measured, an array of signals is produced and stored to identify the coordinates of the area. A detailed plan, which is produced by interaction between an operator and the plotting system, shows the area outline, all seam locations, and the length of each strip needed to cover the given area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 1981
    Date of Patent: January 24, 1984
    Assignee: Pattern-Scan, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth Schroeder, James Griffin
  • Patent number: 4212698
    Abstract: A laterally elongated plate is provided with anchors in a transversely elongated tape support area of the plate by which to secure the opposite ends of a length of pressure sensitive adhesive tape extended across the tape support area, with the adhesive side of the tape facing upward. A stitch indicator line is provided on the plate inwardly of and parallel to the tape support area to indicate an ultimate stitching line, and loop size guide lines also are provided on the plate spaced inwardly from and parallel to the stitch indicator line to orient cloth loop material according to the size of loops desired to be formed. Laterally spaced markings are provided on the plate adjacent the tape support area to aid in spacing loop units desired distances apart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 1978
    Date of Patent: July 15, 1980
    Inventor: Thomas O. Blair
  • Patent number: 4211010
    Abstract: A multiple-curved fashion design tool of substantially transparent colored plastic material for fashioning and tailoring both ready-made and home-sewn clothing. Adjoining one-by-one inch grids with 1/8" divisions are formed in each major surface of the tool and are disposed thereon so as to encompass the entire periphery of the tool. Each of the unique curved and straight edge portions of the tool are especially adapted for and combine with the continuous grid to permit the tool to be readily useful in a wide range of fashioning and tailoring applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 1978
    Date of Patent: July 8, 1980
    Inventors: Roger W. Burke, Sheila T. Boone
  • Patent number: 4210041
    Abstract: A plurality of identical, irregular, non-polygonal pieces, such as motorcycle silhouette games pieces, are cut from flat stock of predetermined width and indefinite length with minimum waste of the stock, by laying out a gang cutter "pattern", "marker" or "stencil" in a sequence of steps comprising (1) "boxing in" the curved outline of one non-polygonal piece to form a plane polygonal figure of three sides or more, (2) combining two such polygonal figures into a parallelogram, (3) nesting any protuberance in one piece into any recess in the other piece to reduce the area of the parallelogram (4) laying out a plurality of said parallelograms side by side across the width of the stock and (5) successively cutting the resulting pattern from the stock by a gang cutter arranged in the pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 1979
    Date of Patent: July 1, 1980
    Assignee: Enrique Mitman
    Inventors: Enrique Mitman, Isaac Sadovnik
  • Patent number: 4030200
    Abstract: A portable folding table system especially adapted for support on a bed, which folds for storage and which when open provides aligning, work supporting and work ventilating facilities; a grid on the table surface supplies means for squaring the weave of cloths being worked on the table, rods on opposed edges of the table parallel with lines of the grid provide guides for a snap-on graduated straight edge slidable on the rods to align patterns placed on the cloth being worked with the weave of the cloth; folding clips with sized holes cramp the rods in the holes to constrain the rods in working position; sliding-bolts maintain the table panels in-plane and detachable legs with large-area feet provide secure, damage-free support on a bed or the like when the table is in use; when folded the table provides capacious, internal storage for the rods, legs, straight edge and other accessories and materials used in sewing; a system of surface perforations coincident with intersections of the grid permits ready drying
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 1975
    Date of Patent: June 21, 1977
    Inventor: Jane S. Francis
  • Patent number: 4027395
    Abstract: Apparatus for the alignment of plaid fabric on a cutting table includes a pair of datum elements clampable to the opposite sides of a cutting table. The datum elements each have a transverse recess defined by parallel vertical faces. Each of the datum elements has a vertical slide bar and an adjustable slide clamp member slidably mounted thereon. A fabric alignment member made of rigid transparent material includes a pair of perpendicularly arranged elements each of which is provided with a plurality of guide lines which extend parallel to the lengthwise side edges of the element. Such alignment elements may be fixed or movable relative to each other. The fabric alignment member is positionable over the plaid fabric within the recesses of the opposed datum elements and clamps the fabric in place in alignment on the cutting table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 1976
    Date of Patent: June 7, 1977
    Inventor: Peter J. Vlahakis
  • Patent number: 3979831
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for altering conventional clothing patterns are disclosed in which a series of measurements taken on a particular individual are used to construct alteration lines on a pattern which facilitate revision of the pattern to produce a garment particularly well fitted to the individual. Most body measurements taken on the individual are measured, directly or indirectly, from the point at which the arm joins the body at the underarm, thereby providing proper placement of armhole openings and appropriate shoulder slope to accomodate the individual's figure. A unique measuring template for facilitating measurements on the individual is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 1974
    Date of Patent: September 14, 1976
    Inventor: Helene P. Lutz