US 2287790 A
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June 30, 1942. R. A.. BUTLAND `SEWING KIT Filed Aug. 19, 1941 Patented June 30, 1942 az'ineo SEWING KIT Ralph A. Butland, Washington, D. C. Application August 19, 1941,'seria1N0. 407,504
(Granted under the act of March 3, 1883, as amended April 30, 1 928; 3770 O. G. 757) Z Claims.
The invention described herein, if patented, may be'rnanufactured and used by or for the Government for governmental purposes without the payment of any royalty thereon.
The present invention relates to sewing kits and Y more particularly to'a exible pocket type gar- :ment repair kit adapted to contain buttons, needles, and other sewing articles, as well as a large number of separate strands of yarn or thread.
It is one of the principal objects of this invention to provide a sewing kit of simple and compact arrangement, such that all articles necessary for emergency clothing repairs may be conveniently carried in the pocket.
A further object of the invention is to provide a sewing kit having a thread assembly arrange-v ment for convenient removal and replacement, to the end that the thread assembly may be replenished when exhausted, or so that different types of thread assemblies may be interchangeably used with the same type of kit. For example, thread assemblies of vdii-ferent colors can be interchangeably supplied so that the same may be utilized by the Army, the Navy, the C. C..C., or other uniformedservices. Under `such conditions, the Army would require a thread assembly of olive drab, khaki tan, black and white threads, while the C. C. C., for instance, would require worsted and. cotton ktypes of sewing threads in spruce green, black, white, etc. Y
A further'object of the invention is to provide a thread :assembly wherein all of the individual strandsofthread are .secured at one end in a closure tabwhich is removably anchored in the kit, and wherein each ofthe individual strands of thread is frictionally secured to the tabso that when a single strand is withdrawn for use, the remaining strands will be secured against dis'- placement.
A further object of the invention is to provide a sewing kit formed principally of a single piece of fabric or other iiexible material, soV stitched and folded as to establish normal folding lines and thus maintain the entire kit in a neat and compact assembly. l f
, Further objects will appear hereinafter.
In practicing the principles of this disclosure, it is believed preferably to provide akit formed of a single sheet of fabric material, folded double to provide an exterior and an interior portion, preferably'stitched together to form a plurality of small individual pockets. It is contemplated that one of these pockets will be preferably utilized to secure the fixed end of a thread assembly arranged to extend therefrom and that the other pockets may be .used for any desired acl in fully opened position.
' cessoryequipment, such as a package of needles or a'pair of scissors. Thefabric surfaces of the kit may also be utilized for thepurpose of carrying buttons, which may be secured in any convenient manner, preferably by sewing with light thread so that the buttons may be easily broken freeiof the fabric.
Referring now more particularly to the drawing accompanying and forming part of this specication, Fig. 1 is a perspective view of a sewing kitconstructed in accordance with the principles ofthis invention and shown in fully closed position.
Fig. 2 is a plan view of the-kit illustrated in Fig.
. Fig. 3,is a detailed` sectional View taken substantially on theplane of the line 3 3 in Fig. 2. Fig. 4 is a` fragmental perspective view of the stationary end of the thread assembly.
Fig. 5 is a detail sectional view of the thread assembly taken substantially on the plane of the -line'5--5 in Fig:4.
Fig. 6 is a detail sectional view of the kit taken ysubstantially on the plane of the line 6 6 in `Fig.'2 and showing the free end of the thread assembly folded downwardly.
Fig. '7 is a detail sectional View similar to Fig. 6, showing the closure flap of the kit folded downwardly.
With reference now more particularly to Figs. 1 and,2, it will'beseen that the embodiment of the invention` illustrated comprises a single sheet of Ifabric or other flexible material I0, which is preferably provided with a nished edge I I, which may be either folded and stitched or bound in any customary manner.' The material II] is folded over approximately one-half of the area of the exterior portion I4 on the fold I2 and the portions I3 and I4 are stitched together along the bottom by a line of stitching `I5 and along the edges by lines of stitching I6 so that they are permanently secured in face-to-face relationship with each other. The upper. edge I'I of the interior portion I3 is left free from the exterior portion I4, and two lines I8 of parallel stitching are provided approximately equidistant from the side edges so that the interior and exterior portions will Aform three pockets 2|, 22 and 23 of approximately the same size and in side-by-side relationship with each other. These pockets may be utilized for any convenient purpose but it is considered desirable that the pocket I'l shall be used for some accessory instrument such as a pair of scissors. The pocket 23 may be used for a package of needles 24, and the pocket 22 is preferably utilized as a receptacle for one end of a thread assembly 25. The exterior portion I4 extends beyond the top of these pockets to form a closure flap I8.
The thread assembly 25 has been illustrated as being made up of a plurality of rows 26, each consisting of a number of individual strands of thread lightly held together by light-Weight filling yarn 21. It will be understood, however, that the invention is not limited to this exact type of thread assembly, and is equally applicable to the use of any one of the numerous types of stranded or braided thread packages wherein the individual strands may be separately withdrawn when needed.
A multiplicity of buttons I9 of different sizes and styles are preferably included in the kit and these may be secured directly to the kit by a light yarn or sewing thread, so that they may be removed by breaking the thread. Preferably, these buttons are distributed over certain areas of the kit not subject to folding when the kit is closed as, for example, the side portions of the closure flap I8 or the interior portions of the pockets 2| and 23.
As hereinbefore pointed out, it is one of the objects of the invention to provide means for securing one end of the thread assembly to the kit in such a manner as to anchor one end of each strand of thread. With this arrangement, as any individual strand is withdrawn, there will be suicient frictional resistance on each of the remaining strands to securely retain it in position against accidental removal. To accomplish this result and to provide for convenient removal and replacement of the thread assembly, one end of the assembly is provided with a closure tab 3| formed of a single piece of thin, flexible material folded across the end of the thread assembly at 32 and stitched around the edges to inclose a short portion of each individual strand of thread. The individual strands of thread are secured in the closure tab by means of a plurality of parallel lines of stitching 33, so that whenever one thread is withdrawn the others will be secured against accidental removal,
The entire thread assembly is secured in the pocket 22 by means of a button 34 attached to the closure tab 3| and adapted to be inserted in the button-hole 35 in the sewing kit. The free end of the thread assembly extends from the pocket 22 across the closure flap and through a guide loop 35 adjacent the upper edge of the flap. It has been found convenient to form the thread assembly of such a length so that the loop 36 lies at about the mid-point of the thread. With this arrangement, the thread assembly 25 can be folded downwardly over the loop without tangling and will then be completely inclosed when the kit is closed.
To close the kit after the thread 25 has been folded downwardly, the closure flap is folded downwardly over the upper edge I 'I of the interior portion I3 and the side pockets 2| and 23 are each folded inwardly along one of the lines of stitching I3 to bring the kit to the completely closed position illustrated in Fig. 1, where it may be maintained by tying with the ribbon 3'I. rlhe iibbon is preferably attached to the kit in any convenient manner as, for example, by being stitched between the interior portion I3 and the exterior portion Ill of the fabric.
From the foregoing disclosure, it will be apparent that the practice of the principles of this invention results in the production of a sewing kit having features not heretofore disclosed in the art, since the body of the kit is so formed that the upper edge I'I of the interior portion forms an edge on which the closure ap may be folded to maintain the kit in a condition of neat appearance. Similarly, each of the parallel lines of stitching I8 forms a scored folding line to predetermine the exact point of fold of the pockets 23 and 2| and thus to maintain the kit in undistorted shape even though subjected to hard usage and abuse. Further, it will be noted that the entire thread assembly may be easily withdrawn and replaced by the simple expedient of withdrawing button 34 from the button-hole 35, but the arrangement is such that the button cannot be accidentally withdrawn and as long as it is in assembled position the closure tab 3| will be anchored in the pocket 22 and the lines of stitching 33 in the tab will frictionally retain each of the individual strands of thread against removal. When it is desired to remove a thread it may be withdrawn from the free end of the assembly and in such case the friction exerted by the parallel lines of stitching 33 will not be sufficient to prevent removal of the strands of thread desired but will be ample to retain all of the surrounding strands against accidental removal.
While I have shown and described a present preferred embodiment of the invention, in compliance with the patent statutes, I am aware that it is subject to certain modifications without departing from the spirit of the invention, and I therefore wish to be limited only by the scope of the appended claims,
Having thus described my invention, what I claim as new and desire to secure by Letters Patent is:
1. In a sewing kit, the combination of a flexible folder having an exterior portion of substantially rectangular shape, an interior portion of substantially rectangular shape in face-toface relationship with the interior surface of the exterior portion, said interior portion being coextensive with the exterior portion in width and extending approximately one-half of the length of said exterior portion, and being stitched to the exterior portion around three sides; parallel lines of stitching spaced apart from each other to form scores to facilitate folding and to denne a plurality of pockets in side-by-side relationship with each other, one of said pockets being of size and shape adapted to receive one end of a thread assembly; a thread assembly extending into said pocket, said thread assembly including a plurality of separate, independent threads of different colors and materials extending in a general longitudinal direction with respect to the thread assembly, a closure tab attached to the end of said thread assembly and constituting two thicknesses of relatively thin iiexible material positioned on opposite sides of the thread assembly and united by parallel lines of stitches, said individual stitches being arranged to pass between the individual threads of the assembly and exert frictional resistance to the removal of each of the individual threads from the assembly; anchor means cn the closure tab to maintain said tab in fixed position with respect to the folder and to permit removal and replacement of the thread assembly, cooperating anchor means on the pocket of the folder, and a retaining loop surrounding the thread assembly at a point remote from said pocket and in alignment therewith.
2. In a sewing kit,` the combination of a flexible folder having an exterior portion of substantially rectangular shape, an interior portion of substantially rectangular shape in face-to-face relationship with the interior surface oi the exterior portion, said interior portion being coextensive with the exterior portion in width and extending approximately one-half of the length of said exterior portion, and being stitched to the exterior portion around three sides, parallel lines of stitching spaced apart from each other to form scores to facilitate folding and to define a plurality of pockets in side-by-side relationship with each other, one of said pockets being otsize and shape adapted to receive one end of a thread assembly; and a thread assembly extending into said pocket, said thread assembly including a plurality of separate, independent threads of different colors and materials extending in a general longitudinal direction with respect to the thread assembly, the thread assembly being united by parallel lines of stitches, said individual stitches being arranged to pass between the individual threads of the assembly and exert frictional resistance to the removal of each of the individual threads from the assembly.
RALPH A. BUTLAND.