Trunk Patents (Class 66/176)
  • Patent number: 10945475
    Abstract: A garment or accessory is provided having an elasticized portion, said elasticized portion being free of stitches or holes. The elasticized portion comprises a fabric portion of the accessory or garment to be elasticized; and a length of elastic element. The length of elastic element is applied to the fabric by a means selected from the group consisting of direct welding and indirect welding. A method is provided for elasticizing a fabric, said elasticized fabric being free of stitches or holes. The method involves providing a stack of fabric to be elasticized; stretching and positioning a length of elastic element against a first of the fabric in the stack; applying one or more ends of the elastic element to the fabric by a means selected from directly welding and indirectly welding; moving the first fabric to expose the next fabric in the stack to be elasticized; and repeating the steps for the next fabric.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: PRIMED MEDICAL PRODUCTS INC.
    Inventors: David Randall Ponich, Joshua Alfred Eulert, Enrico Wing Kei Fok, Lucas Paul Ethier
  • Patent number: 10570538
    Abstract: A cut, slash and/or abrasion resistant fabric is provided having both high cut resistance and light fabric weight, preferably a cut resistance of at least 500 (as measured by ASTM-F1790-04) and a fabric weight of no more than 27.9 ounces/square yard (OPSY), which can be prepared, if desired, by shaped knitting into a shaped fabric panel, which is used to prepare cut, slash and/or abrasion resistant garments or coverings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Inventors: Nathaniel H. Kolmes, Fred Elton Driver, Walter Gordon Schulein
  • Patent number: 10221505
    Abstract: A textile product embodying a method of fabrication using banana and/or raffia fiber as the weft is provided. The banana and/or raffia fibers provide a softness and capability of being threaded for facilitating interweaving about the warp, while also providing the tensile strength yet flexibility to weave durable textile products on a handloom, all while being non-toxic for the environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Inventor: Julius Sentongo
  • Patent number: 9326882
    Abstract: A support fabric with pockets for accommodating stiffener comprises two woven layers which are joined by stitch bonding and, during production, are separated from one another in areas so that they are not joined in these areas, thereby directly defining one or more profiled pockets to accommodate stiffener inserted in the pockets after production. The pockets are incorporated inside the body of the support fabric. Each pocket has an opening for inserting one of the stiffener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: BERTHEAS & CIE
    Inventor: Herve Moulin
  • Patent number: 9283699
    Abstract: A lacrosse head pocket and a related method of manufacture are provided to facilitate consistent, repeatable and/or custom manufacture of lacrosse equipment. The pocket can be constructed from multiple different sections joined with one another, or can be knitted, weaved or otherwise assembled on an automated assembly machine from strands, and/or can be formed as a unitary textile material having regions/sections with different physical and/or mechanical properties. The pocket can be integrally molded within portions of a lacrosse head to eliminate manually constructed connections between the pocket and lacrosse head. The lacrosse head can be integrally molded with a lacrosse handle to provide a one-piece unitary lacrosse stick. Related methods of manufacturing also are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: Warrior Sports, Inc.
    Inventors: David K. Morrow, Bruce Huffa, Thomas H. Burns, Richard J. Janisse, Sean J. Slater, Dale W. Kohler, Craig M. Herman
  • Patent number: 9084449
    Abstract: An article of footwear incorporates a textile upper. The upper comprises a knitted component. The knitted component may be warp knitted. The knitted component has an outer side and an inner side that can have different knit configurations. The knitted component can also incorporate portions of a single layer construction and portions of a double layer construction. The double layer construction forms pockets on portions of the knitted component. Inserts can be placed into the pockets to provide support, stability, or other desired properties to the portions of the knitted component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas G. Bell, Bhupesh Dua, Julie A. Huffman, Amy Lyttle
  • Publication number: 20150106992
    Abstract: The present invention is directed toward an article of apparel effective to regulate the temperature of the wearer. In an embodiment, the article of apparel includes a base textile with a thermal regulation membrane. The thermal regulation membrane contains a plurality of system-reactive components selectively engaged heat and/or moisture. In an embodiment, the printed coating includes a cooling agent, a phase change material, and a heat dissipation material. In operation, the article of apparel is effective to delay/diminish the rise in skin temperature (compared to a garment lacking the membrane), increasing wearer comfort.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventors: Kyle Blakely, Matthew Trexler
  • Patent number: 8978162
    Abstract: A cut resistant sweater is provided including a chest portion, sleeves, collar, and closure extending from the top edge of the collar through at least part of the chest portion. The closure includes an opening extending from the top of the collar through at least part of the chest portion, and a strip having a first part of a hook and loop fastener thereon. A second part of the hook and loop fastener is disposed on the sweater in at least two pieces, a piece adjacent to a first side of the opening and a piece adjacent to a second side of the opening. The closure is stiff relative to the collar to support the collar. A method for manufacturing the sweater includes providing a cut resistant yarn, and knitting it into a sweater in the order of cuff of first sleeve, first sleeve, body and collar, second sleeve, and cuff of the second sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignees: Banom, Inc., Ingle Protective Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Griffith W. Hughes, Jon C. Hughes, Rayvon A. Morton
  • Publication number: 20150020288
    Abstract: An article of clothing is provided having a plurality of accesses for accessing, when the clothing is worn by a wearer, the area below the clothing without removing the clothing. In one example, the article of clothing is an upper-body garment with two arm accesses, an anterior torso access, and two side torso accesses. In another example, the article of clothing is a lower-body garment with two leg accesses, two knee accesses, and two hip accesses. In one example, each access is opened or closed by an incremental fastening device such as a one-way or two-way zipper.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventor: Bimla Picot
  • Publication number: 20140248822
    Abstract: A circularly knitted upper or lower torso garment, such as a brassiere or brief, and method of forming a circularly knitted brassiere are provided, the garment having a circularly knitted body formed of inner and outer layers, the circularly knitted body having at least one torso or waist band, the inner and outer layers overlapping along a fold line, and an elastomeric band positioned between the inner and outer layers proximate the fold line.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2013
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Applicant: HBI Branded Apparel Enterprises, LLC
    Inventor: HBI Branded Apparel Enterprises, LLC
  • Publication number: 20120285203
    Abstract: A circular knitting machine includes lower bricks, guiding elements attached to the lower bricks and formed with a guiding groove extending like the profile of a peak, needles, upper bricks, hooks movably connected to the upper bricks. Each of the needles includes a rear edge, a front edge, a body extending from a head to a tail, and a fin extending from the body and being movable in the guiding groove of a related one of the guiding elements so that the needle is movable up and down relative to the guiding elements as the needle is movable around the guiding element. The head of each of the needles includes a first inclined edge extending downward from the rear edge, a second inclined edge extending toward the rear edge while extending downward from the first inclined edge, and a recess defined between the second inclined edge and the front edge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 13, 2011
    Publication date: November 15, 2012
    Inventor: CHUN-WEN LAY
  • Publication number: 20120079639
    Abstract: A cut resistant sweater is provided including a chest portion, sleeves, collar, and closure extending from the top edge of the collar through at least part of the chest portion. The closure includes an opening extending from the top of the collar through at least part of the chest portion, and a strip having a first part of a hook and loop fastener thereon. A second part of the hook and loop fastener is disposed on the sweater in at least two pieces, a piece adjacent to a first side of the opening and a piece adjacent to a second side of the opening. The closure is stiff relative to the collar to support the collar. A method for manufacturing the sweater includes providing a cut resistant yarn, and knitting it into a sweater in the order of cuff of first sleeve, first sleeve, body and collar, second sleeve, and cuff of the second sleeve.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2010
    Publication date: April 5, 2012
    Inventors: Griffith W. Hughes, Jon C. Hughes, Rayvon A. Morton
  • Patent number: 8127575
    Abstract: A moisture wicking fabric has one side comprised substantially entirely of inherently hydrophobic fibers such as polyester or polypropylene and the other side comprised of a mixture of hydrophobic fibers such as polyester or polypropylene and hydrophilic fibers, particularly cellulosic fibers such as cotton, lyocell and viscose rayon. A garment can be formed from such a moisture wicking fabric, for example by the whole garment knitting method, the side comprised of the mixture of fibers being the external side of the garment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Assignee: Lenzing Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Thomas Richard Burrow, Heinrich Firgo
  • Patent number: 8096149
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a shaping camisole and the article produced therefrom having an outer decorative portion and an inner knit tube made with elastomeric yarn to provide midsection support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2012
    Assignee: Holt Hosiery Mills, Inc.
    Inventor: Bonnie Kronback
  • Patent number: 8082762
    Abstract: A circular knit tubing adapted for making a wearable article has a first knitted single layer tubular portion and a second knitted single layer tubular portion separated by a junction portion. The second tubular portion is folded over the first tubular portion at a fold line in the junction portion. The first and second tubular portions are then joined together, whereby the junction portion forms a band or welt. After the band is formed, the second tubular portion is folded back to cover the band. The wearable article may be a shirt having single layer top and bottom portions with a central double welt portion for physical contact around the wearer's chest or torso. The junction portion forming the band or welt preferably is integrally knitted with the first and second tubular portions. The band or welt defines a central opening to receive an electronic or electrical device or other component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Assignee: Textronics, Inc.
    Inventor: Stacey B. Burr
  • Publication number: 20110212668
    Abstract: A seamless knitted brassiere includes a body encircling portion and at least one shoulder strap knit therein. The shoulder strap has a length and a first welt along the length. The shoulder strap also has a second welt along the length and adjacent the first double welt. The shoulder strap also has a novel run guard adjacent either of the two welts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2010
    Publication date: September 1, 2011
    Inventors: John Mitchell, Heinz Altman
  • Patent number: 7984627
    Abstract: A method for making a life vest includes making first and second double-knitted fabrics from an artificial filament. Each of the first and second double-knitted fabrics includes inner and outer cloth layers. The first and second double-knitted fabrics are dyed. Then, the inner cloth layer of each of the first and second double-knitted fabrics is processed to form a brush structure on the inner cloth layer. The brush structure and the inner and outer layers of each of the first and second double-knitted fabrics undergo a heat-setting process so that the sizes of the brush structure and the inner and outer layers of each of the first and second double-knitted fabrics are stabilized. The first and second double-knitted fabrics are cut and sewn so that the outer cloth layers face outward and that the inner cloth layers face each other. A buoyant material is filled between a receiving space defined between the inner cloth layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2011
    Assignee: Trueway Corporation
    Inventors: Yung-Mao Huang, Ming-Lung Wu
  • Patent number: 7905117
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a shaping camisole and the article produced therefrom having an outer decorative portion and an inner knit tube made with elastomeric yarn to provide midsection support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2011
    Assignee: Holt Hosiery Mills, Inc.
    Inventor: Bonnie Kronback
  • Publication number: 20110048077
    Abstract: A method is provided for forming a garment, including providing a fabric layer having sonically weldable material, the fabric layer having an inner surface and at least one opening region, the opening region having a periphery and an outer free edge, placing an elastic edge band having sonically weldable material around the entire periphery of the opening region, the edge band having first and second free edges and an inner surface, securing the first free edge of the edge band to the outer free edge of the opening region with a subsonic or ultrasonic edge weld to form a finished seamless edge along the opening region, and activating an adhesive along more than half of the inner surface of the edge band to secure the edge band and second free edge to the inner surface of the fabric layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 11, 2010
    Publication date: March 3, 2011
    Inventors: Roger D. Warren, Rick Kelley
  • Patent number: 7878030
    Abstract: A circular knit tubing adapted for making a wearable article has a first knitted single layer tubular portion and a second knitted single layer tubular portion separated by a junction portion. The second tubular portion is folded over the first tubular portion at a fold line in the junction portion. The first and second tubular portions are then joined together, whereby the junction portion forms a band or welt. After the band is formed, the second tubular portion is folded back to cover the band. The wearable article may be a shirt having single layer top and bottom portions with a central double welt portion for physical contact around the wearer's chest or torso. The junction portion forming the band or welt preferably is integrally knitted with the first and second tubular portions. The band or welt defines a central opening to receive an electronic or electrical device or other component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Assignee: Textronics, Inc.
    Inventor: Stacey B. Burr
  • Publication number: 20100319409
    Abstract: An undergarment is provided that favorably adheres to the skin and has superior shape retention. The undergarment according to the present invention is an undergarment that is comprised of a fabric having a woven structure, a knitted structure or a non-woven fabric structure, wherein the fabric contains a filament yarn A having a filament diameter of 10 to 1000 nm and a filament yarn B having a filament diameter greater than 1000 nm, and the filament yarn A is exposed on the side that contacts the skin.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 3, 2008
    Publication date: December 23, 2010
    Applicant: Teijin Fibers Limited
    Inventor: Tsuyoshi Soeda
  • Publication number: 20100154483
    Abstract: A circular knit garment blank is provided. The blank has an internal dimension defined by a series of courses, a length defined by a series of wales, and a pair of cut lines. The length is sufficient to encircle a torso of a wearer. The cut lines are defined in the blank for severing the series of courses along the length to form two brassieres.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2009
    Publication date: June 24, 2010
    Inventors: Michael Faircloth, Roger Warren, Gary Ray Cagle
  • Patent number: 7739886
    Abstract: A method of knitting a knitwear having an open part with a desired shape in which overlapping state of the open part is freely designed; the method comprising the steps of (a) to (f): a) a body is knitted by return knitting up to a joining starting location with a open part as a turn back position, wherein a right and left bodies are abutted at an overlapping portion of the open part, and a boundary of the front and back knitted is positioned on the needle bed on which the back body is assigned; b) rotating the body so that one of the boundaries is positioned between the front and back needle beds; c) joining the body and one of the left and right sleeve tubular parts (sleeve) to form one tubular part at one of the boundaries of the body and a joining side boundary of the sleeve; d) rotating the tubular part formed in step c so that the other boundary of the body is positioned between the front and back needle beds; e) joining the body and the other sleeve to form one tubular part at the other boundary of
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2010
    Assignee: Shima Seiki Mfg., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kazuyoshi Okamoto
  • Patent number: 7707857
    Abstract: A double face, weft-knit textile garment. The garment includes: a first face having a printed portion; and a second face having a printed portion, wherein the fabric density of the fabric forming the garment is greater than about 5 oz. per square yard, thereby substantially preventing grin through from at least one printed portion to the opposite face. In one embodiment of the invention, a plurality of openings are formed in both faces for breathability. In addition, the garment may further include at least one body anchor for facilitating attachment of the garment to the wearer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2010
    Assignee: McMurray Fabrics, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian L. McMurray, Robert Thomas Spillane, Harold F. Kegley
  • Publication number: 20100050699
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a cut and/or abrasion resistant garment that is lightweight, has improved comfort, flexibility and pliability and provides a cooling effect on the wearer, and is particularly suitable for use as hosiery products such as stockings, pantyhose and tights, or for protective coverings for the arms of the wearer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 1, 2009
    Publication date: March 4, 2010
    Applicant: Nathaniel H. Kolmes
    Inventors: Nathaniel H. KOLMES, Dan Brittain, James Edward Herring
  • Patent number: 7654115
    Abstract: A knitted fabric bra formed of a length of circular knit material flattened into a double ply fabric with ends secured together to form a torso encircling main body portion having rounded top and bottom edges. A pair of lengths of circular knit material flattened into double ply fabrics have ends secured to the main body portion to form shoulder straps having rounded side edges. The main body portion has a pair of enlarged, relatively loosely knit, relatively highly resiliently stretchable breast pockets. Under-sections are formed below the breast pockets. A front section extends between the breast pockets. Side sections extend from the breast pockets and are connected by a back section. The yarn selection and stitch size are varied in knitting of the fabric to provide desired fabric characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2010
    Assignee: Spanx, Inc.
    Inventors: Jadideah Duckham, Brian S. Adams, Billie J. Willis
  • Patent number: 7654116
    Abstract: Various embodiments of this invention disclose a scarf with a knit tension differential between opposing sides along the length of the scarf that produces the effect of a scarf that takes and holds certain specific architectural shapes when it is worn by a user. The scarf of the present invention preferably has a three dimensional, hyperbolic shape that takes and holds certain architectural shapes when wrapped in different ways around the wearer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2010
    Inventor: Anne Trelease
  • Publication number: 20090308108
    Abstract: A method of knitting a knitwear having an open part with a desired shape in which overlapping state of the open part is freely designed; the method comprising the steps of (a) to (f): a) a body is knitted by return knitting up to a joining starting location with a open part as a turn back position, wherein a right and left bodies are abutted at an overlapping portion of the open part, and a boundary of the front and back knitted is positioned on the needle bed on which the back body is assigned; b) rotating the body so that one of the boundaries is positioned between the front and back needle beds; c) joining the body and one of the left and right sleeve tubular parts (sleeve) to form one tubular part at one of the boundaries of the body and a joining side boundary of the sleeve; d) rotating the tubular part formed in step c so that the other boundary of the body is positioned between the front and back needle beds; e) joining the body and the other sleeve to form one tubular part at the other boundary of
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2006
    Publication date: December 17, 2009
    Applicant: Shima Seiki Manufacturing, Ltd.
    Inventor: Kazuyoshi Okamoto
  • Patent number: 7577488
    Abstract: A knitting method for knitting a tubular knitting fabric having gores of front and back knitted fabric parts which are different in size in the manner that no twisting of loops can be provided at the stage of the completion of the joining of the gores so that the tubular knitted fabric can be knitted up continuously without any need of rotation operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2009
    Assignee: Shima Seiki Mfg., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kazuyoshi Okamoto
  • Patent number: 7549302
    Abstract: A bra formed of a length of tubular knit material flattened into a double ply fabric having rounded top and bottom edges with ends secured to breast pockets to form a torso encircling main body portion. A pair of lengths of tubular knit material flattened into double ply fabrics have ends secured to the main body portion to form shoulder straps having rounded side edges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2009
    Assignee: Spanx, Inc.
    Inventors: Jadideah Duckham, Brian S. Adams, Billie J. Willis
  • Publication number: 20090133446
    Abstract: A moisture wicking fabric has one side comprised substantially entirely of inherently hydrophobic fibres such as polyester or polypropylene and the other side comprised of a mixture of hydrophobic fibres such as polyester or polypropylene and hydrophilic fibres, particularly cellulosic fibres such as cotton, lyocell and viscose rayon. A garment can be formed from such a moisture wicking fabric, for example by the whole garment knitting method, the side comprised of the mixture of fibres being the external side of the garment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 22, 2006
    Publication date: May 28, 2009
    Applicant: LENZING AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventors: Thomas Richard Burrow, Heinrich Firgo
  • Patent number: 7536878
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method of knitting a double tubular knitted fabric in which an outer tubular section can be formed independent from an inner tubular section while knitting the inner and outer tubular sections simultaneously by a flat knitting machine. Each of the front knitted fabric parts of the inner and outer tubular sections is assigned to one of the front and back needle beds, and each of the back knitted fabric parts of the inner and outer tubular sections is assigned to the other needle beds. The knitting method uses at least two yarn feeders, where the inner tubular section is formed using a yarn from one yarn feeder and the outer tubular section is formed using a yarn from the other yarn feeder. In knitting the outer tubular section, return knitting is performed where a loop is formed subsequent to the loop formed in a going course in a returning course. The outer tubular section is formed in the tubular form by connecting the loops at the boundary of the returning part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2009
    Assignee: Shima Seiki Mfg., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tatsuya Kosui
  • Patent number: 7481078
    Abstract: An improved knitting method for joining together a front body part and a back body part of knitwear at the shoulder parts. In the knitting method in which groups of stitches comprising a plurality of wales of the body located at a widthwise lateral end portion thereof on the side on which a course is formed are moved toward a center of the body by loop transfer and by racking, to form double stitches, the groups of stitches at the lateral end portion comprise at least four wales, the at least four wales being separated into three or more inside wales and at least one outside wale, and the narrowing process is performed by moving the inside wales one stitch and moving the outside wale two stitches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2009
    Assignee: Shima Seiki Manufacturing, Ltd.
    Inventor: Kazuyoshi Okamoto
  • Patent number: 7460926
    Abstract: A knitting method provides an easy-to-wear knitted tubular knitted fabric which gives little stretching feeling and exhibits high fitness upon wearing by joining at least three tubular parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2008
    Assignee: Shima Seiki Mfg., Ltd
    Inventor: Kazuyoshi Okamoto
  • Patent number: 7458237
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing knitted articles for forming items of clothing, without lateral seams, with a circular knitting machine, comprising a step for forming at least one pouch-like region, in which part of the needles or all the needles that belong to at least one sector of the needle cylinder are moved to knit at at least one feed of the machine by way of an alternating rotary motion of the needle cylinder about its axis and with an oscillation extent sufficient to produce transit, at the feed, of all the needles of the sector that are moved to knit at the feed, in order to form, with the needles that belong to the sector and are moved to knit, a number of rows of knitting in excess with respect to the number of rows of knitting formed by the needles contiguous to the sector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2008
    Assignee: Santoni S.p.A.
    Inventors: Ettore Lonati, Fausto Lonati, Tiberio Lonati
  • Patent number: 7430883
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for providing a nursing garment from a circular knitted fabric tube, where the nursing garment comprises a back portion and a front portion comprising breast cups completely or partly formed from at least a double layer of fabric, forming inner and outer breast cups, wherein said double layer of fabric is knitted integrally in one piece and used in an open or closed loop form, allowing knitting to be continued downwards from below the breasts. The present invention furthermore relates to a garment, preferably for use when nursing, produced by the aforementioned method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2008
    Assignee: Tytex A/S
    Inventor: Bettina Balslev Sørensen
  • Publication number: 20080141729
    Abstract: A knitting method provides an easy-to-wear knitted tubular knitted fabric which gives little stretching feeling and exhibits high fitness upon wearing by joining at least three tubular parts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2006
    Publication date: June 19, 2008
    Applicant: SHIMA SEIKI MANUFACTURING, LTD.
    Inventor: Kazuyoshi Okamoto
  • Publication number: 20080127683
    Abstract: A bra formed of a length of tubular knit material flattened into a double ply fabric having rounded top and bottom edges with ends secured to breast pockets to form a torso encircling main body portion. A pair of lengths of tubular knit material flattened into double ply fabrics have ends secured to the main body portion to form shoulder straps having rounded side edges.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2007
    Publication date: June 5, 2008
    Inventors: Jadideah Duckham, Brian S. Adams, Billie J. Willis
  • Patent number: 7328595
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing knitted articles for forming items of clothing, such as body suits, sleeveless tops, undershirts, bras, underpants or the like, without lateral seams, with a circular knitting machine, comprising at least one tab forming step, in which all or some of the needles that belong to at least one sector of the needle cylinder are moved to knit at at least one feed or drop of the machine, the needle cylinder of the machine being actuated with alternating rotary motion about its own axis, with an oscillation extent sufficient to produce transit, at the at least one feed, of all the needles of the at least one sector that are moved to knit at that feed, in order to make these needles form a preset number of rows of knitting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2008
    Assignee: Santoni S.p.A.
    Inventors: Ettore Lonati, Fausto Lonati, Tiberio Lonati
  • Patent number: 7316132
    Abstract: The present invention provides a knitting method that when a knitted fabric having a wide rib structure formed by the plating using a front knitting yarn and a back knitting yarn different in color from each other, in particular, using a flat knitting machine, can make less noticeable a blur of the knitted fabric at an end of the knitting width to thereby produce a good looking wide rib structure. Using a flat knitting machine, a front stitch of the rib structure of one knitted fabric at an end of a knitted width thereof on the side on which the crossing of the knitting yarns used for the plating occurs is formed as a front stitch on the edge, and a back stitch of the rib structure of the other knitted fabric on that side is formed as a back stitch on the edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2008
    Assignee: Shima Seiki Mfg., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yoshinori Shimasaki
  • Patent number: 7225646
    Abstract: The present invention provides a knitting method for knitting knitwear having raglan sleeves and knitwear thus formed, wherein a beautiful silhouette is gained when being put on, which knitwear is knitted in a seamless manner by using a flat knitting machine. It is a method of knitting knitwear with raglan sleeves formed by using a flat knitting machine, wherein the length of the back body is formed to be longer than the length of the front body. The sleeves and the front body are joined and then the sleeves and the back body are joined, while the bodies and the sleeves are knitted. After the sleeves and the front body are joined, the step 1 and step 2 are repeated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2007
    Assignee: Shima Seiki Mfg., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kazuyoshi Okamoto
  • Patent number: 7222504
    Abstract: A knitted fabric joining method is provided wherein at least two tubular knitted fabrics are knitted and then those tubular knitted fabrics are overlapped with and joined to each other in such a manner that a joining region of a front knitted fabric part is different in number of wales from a joining region of a back knitted fabric part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2007
    Assignee: Shima Seiki Mfg., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tomoaki Nakayama
  • Patent number: 7212881
    Abstract: Both sleeves and front and back bodies are joined using gores such that the gores between the front body and both front sleeves become larger than the gores between the back body and both back sleeves. The knitted fabric is rotated such that, for example, the border between the front side and the backside of the left sleeve is positioned between front and back needle beds. In this state, the left sleeve is joined to the front body. The knitted fabric is rotated again such that the border between the front side and the backside of the right sleeve is positioned between the front and back needle beds for joining the right sleeve to the front body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2007
    Assignee: Shima Seiki Manufacturing, Ltd.
    Inventor: Okamoto Kazuyoshi
  • Patent number: 7181932
    Abstract: The invention aims to knit knitwear in a substantially seamless manner, with the number of courses around the neck increased, so that when the knitwear is worn, a drape can be formed around the neck. In knitting zones extending from underarms to before shoulders, the front body and the back body split at both ends thereof are increased in knitting width so that a drape can be formed around the neck of the front body. The front body and the back body are knitted by a flechage knitting so that shoulder drops can be formed in their shoulder parts. Then, they are bound off at their front and back necklines and also joined together at their shoulder lines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2007
    Assignee: Shima Seiki Mfg., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tatsuya Kosui
  • Patent number: 7181309
    Abstract: A body and both sleeves are knitted into cylindrical shapes, respectively, up to the underarm positions. Then, sleeve caps for both sleeves are knitted by flechage knitting such that the front sleeve caps become narrower than the back sleeve caps. Both sleeves are connected to the body using gores. The gores between the front body and both front sleeves are larger than the gores between the back body and both back sleeves. Then, the front body and the back body are knitted such that the knitting width of the front body becomes smaller than the knitting width of the back body. The front body and the back body are joined to both sleeves, and upper ends of the front body and the back body are joined together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2007
    Assignee: Shima Seiki Manufacturing, Ltd.
    Inventor: Okamoto Kazuyoshi
  • Patent number: 7168271
    Abstract: Knitted loops of a neckline of a right breast portion or a left breast portion knitted by dividing a breast are transferred to a needle bed where a back is retained, and a front collar knitting portion is knitted on a neckline of the other breast portion. The front collar knitting portion is cast off from knitted loops at a center portion edge of a torso to a position where knitted loops of at least one neckline do not overlap with at least knitted loops of the other neckline. The knitted loops of the front collar knitting portion are transferred to a needle bed wherein knitted loops of the back are retained, the knitted loops of the one neckline are returned to an original needle bed, and a front collar knitting portion is knit on the one neckline. A predetermined number of stitches are cast off from knitted loops of a center portion edge of a breast of the front collar knitting portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2007
    Assignee: Shima Seiki Mfg., Ltd.
    Inventor: Manabu Yui
  • Patent number: 7143613
    Abstract: Seamless knitwear of mixed set-in and raglan sleeves, and a method of knitting the same seamless knitwear. The knitwear of the present invention comprises a body and sleeves. A front body of the body has armhole parts and shoulder-line parts extending along one's shoulder line formed when wearing the knitwear, and a back body of the body has slant-line parts extending obliquely from neckline to side parts of the body. The front and back bodies are knitted in tubular form in a seamless manner, and the sleeves are knitted in tubular form in a seamless manner. The sleeves are joined to the armhole parts, the shoulder-line parts, and the slant-line parts of the front and back bodies in a seamless manner, and a neckline is formed by a part of the sleeves. The number of courses of the front and back bodies knitted in the course of joining of the sleeves to the armhole parts of the bodies is set so that the number of course of the back body knitted is decreased below the number of courses of the front body knitted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2006
    Assignee: Shima Seiki Mfg., Ltd.
    Inventor: Masaki Takimoto
  • Patent number: 7051555
    Abstract: A method for seamlessly knitting knitwear having a broad neckline with a flat knitting machine includes forming a neckline by a first step in which a breast is knitted by branching off into right and left breasts from its front neckline forming portion. All knitted loops, excluding those of either the right or left breast to be knitted and including those of a front neckline, are transferred to the other empty needles, and knitting for forming increases of the front neckline at the other empty needles is performed while racking the needle bed. In a second step, one of the ends of a back and the end (close to an armhole) of either the right or left breast knitted by the first step are facing each other, and these ends are joined together by shoulder casting off.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2006
    Assignee: Shima Seiki Mfg., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kazuyoshi Okamoto
  • Patent number: 7028509
    Abstract: A circularly knitted garment and a method of making a circularly knitted garment are provided. The garment has a cylindrical layer of fabric having an inner layer having a first free-end and a first edge, an outer layer having a second free-end and a second edge and a junction to join the first edge to the second edge. The second free-end is connected to the first free-end and the second edge is connected to the first edge during the knitting process to form a completed two-ply garment. The method provides turning the second series of courses outside of the first series of courses while the second series of courses is joined by held loops to the first series of courses at a junction. The method further includes knitting a second free-end to a first-free end using held loops from the second series of courses to form a completed two-ply garment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2006
    Assignee: Sara Lee Corporation
    Inventors: John Mitchell, Heinz Altman
  • Patent number: 7024891
    Abstract: A method for making a life vest includes knitting or weaving, wherein a material including synthetic filament, synthetic monofilament and elastic yarn is combined by a double weft knitting machine to make a textile for the life vest, and dyeing and sewing. Appropriate cutting and sewing processes are employed to finish the formation of the life vest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2006
    Assignee: Trueway Corporation
    Inventors: Yung-Mao Huang, Ming-Lung Wu