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Publication numberUS1398207 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateNov 22, 1921
Filing dateOct 4, 1920
Priority dateOct 4, 1920
Publication numberUS 1398207 A, US 1398207A, US-A-1398207, US1398207 A, US1398207A
InventorsThrailkill James C
Original AssigneeThrailkill James C
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
US 1398207 A
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Patented Nov. 22, 1921.

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Specification of Letters Patent.

Patented Nov. 22, 1921.

Application filed October 4, 1920. Serial No. 414,498.

To all whom it may concern:

Be it known that I, JAMES C. THRAILKILL, a citizen of the United States, residing at Chicago, in the county of Cook and State of Illinois, have invented new and useful Im: provements in Embroidery-Needles, of which the following is a specificatlon.

This invention relates to needles used in connection with embroidery work, and its object is to provide a novel and improved needle of this kind and a holder therefor which permits ready adjustment of the needle for different kinds of work and for regulating the depth of the stitch.

In order that the invention may be better understood, reference is had to the accompanying drawing forming a part of this specification, in which drawing Figure l is an elevation of the needle and its holder;

Fig. 2 is a central longitudinal section thereof, and

Figs. 8 and 4 are cross-sections on the lines 3-3 and 4-4, respectively, of Fig. 1.

Referring specifically to the drawing, 5 denotes an embroidery needle which is provided with a handle 6, the latter having a central longitudinal opening 7 in which the needle seats so that it may he slid to project the desired distance from the forward end of the handle. In order to look the needle in adjusted position it is provided with a longitudinal series of keeper apertures 8.

for a latch pin 9 extending laterally from a resilient shank 10 fitted to the handle on the outside of the same. The butt end of the handle is fitted with a cap 11 beneath which the rear end of the shank 10 seats and by which it is secured to the handle, the latch pin 9 being on the forward free end of the shank. In the side of the handle 6 is a longitudinal groove 12 in which the shank 10 seats, and near its forward end the handle is recessed on opposite sides of the groove, as shown at 13, to expose the shank sufficiently to enable it to be readily grasped for withdrawal of the pin 9 from the keeper aperture 8 in which it may be seating, thereby releasing the needle 5, which may now be slid forwardly or rearwardly, and thus adjusted to project the desired distance from the forward end of the handle 6. After the adjustment has been made, the needle is locked stationary relative to the handle by allowing the pin 9 to snap into one of the apertures 8.

The needle 5 is channeled in cross-section, and close to its point it has an eye 14. Some distance to the rear of the eye 14, the needle has a second eye 15. The forward end of the handle 6 has a slot 16 which exposes the eye 15 and through which the latch pin 9 passes.

The needle 5 is threaded by passing the thread through the rear eye 15 from the rear or flat side of the needle, and then through the eye 14 at the point, so that the thread lies in the channel of the needle.

In operation, the needle is to be held perpendicular to the cloth and pushed through the same as far as it will go, this being determined by the length of that portion of the needle which projects from the handle. The channeled side of the needle should be kept in the direction the work is proceeding.

After the needle is pushed down through the cloth, it is to be drawn up slowly, and lifted just high enough to pass over the cloth for the next stitch. The depth of the stitch is determined by the desired thickness of the finished work.

For French knot effect leave the stitches in loops. For chenille or velvet effect, cut loops, and cut edges close and round up toward the center to bring out the design.

A chain stitch may be madeby adjusting the needle to make long loops. Pass the needle through the cloth in the usual manner, draw up, press the loop just made up against the cloth, pass the needle through the loop in making the next stitch, and proceed in this manner, taking long stitches.

The featheredge or herringbone effect is produced by making diagonal stitches-first to the right and then to the left.

I claim:

The combination of a handle having a side recess, an embroidery needle seating slidably in the handle and projecting therefrom, and a resilient shank carried by the handle and having a latch pin passing through the side recess to engage the needle for locking the same, said needle having keeper apertures for the latch pin.

In testimony whereof I aflix my signature- JAMES C. THRAILKILL.

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U.S. Classification112/80.5, 30/320
International ClassificationD05C1/00
Cooperative ClassificationD05C1/00
European ClassificationD05C1/00