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Publication numberUS2624945 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJan 13, 1953
Filing dateMar 12, 1951
Priority dateMar 12, 1951
Publication numberUS 2624945 A, US 2624945A, US-A-2624945, US2624945 A, US2624945A
InventorsMena Frank G
Original AssigneeMena Frank G
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Cuff marker
US 2624945 A
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Jan. 13, 1953 F. G. MENA 2,624,945

CUFF MARKER 2 SHEETS-SHEET l Filed March 12, 1951 M A 1* a? Fran/r 6. Mena INVENTOR.

F. G. MENA CUFF MARKER Jan. 13, 1953 2 SHEETS-SHEET 2 Filed March l2, 1951 BY @FMW Fran/f G. Mena INVENTOR.

Patented Ian. 13, .1953


This invention relates to improvements in devices for marking the lower ends of pants legs in the appropriate manner for subsequently making cufs on the pants legs.

An object of this invention is to provide an improved device for marking the lower parts of the legs of a pair of trousers, the device including a base having provision to accommodate the seams of the pants legs and a plurality of parallel slots, a carriage yieldingly mounted for movement in a direction parallel to the slots and directly above the slots whereby the carriage being provided with markers or a cutter and two markers, may be slid across the pants legs to perform the necessary operations.

In marking pants legs for subsequently forming cuffs thereon it is usually necessary that three lines be drawn, usually by tailors chalk, the lines being a denite spaced relationship from each other in order that cuis of a proper size may subsequently be made. Accordingly, it is another object of this invention to mark the pants legs in such a manner that the three lines are scribed simultaneously and in the proper spaced 'relationship to each other.

Inasmuch as the lowermost line made on the pants leg is a guide for cutting purposes, the cutting may be accomplished directlyy in lieu of rst marking and then cutting by supplying in the instant device a cutter in lieu of one of the markers whereby upon operation of the carriage, two lines are made on the pants and instead of the third line being formed, the pants` leg is cut off at the proper place.

Ancillary objects and features of importance will become apparent in following the description of the illustrated forms of the invention.

In the drawings:

Figure 1 is a perspective view of the device;

Figure 2 is a top view of the device showing it in position for operation on a pair of pants.;

Figure 3 is a longitudinal sectional View taken on the line 3-3 of Figure 2 and in the direction of the arrows;

Figure 4 is a transverse sectional view taken on the line A-- of Figure 2 and in the direction of the arrows;

Figure 5- is a trans-verse sectional view taken on the line 5-5 of Figure 2 and in the direction of the arrows;

Figure 6 is a transverse view similar to the view of Figure 5 but showing the use of one cutter in lieu of one of the scribers or markers;

Figure 7 is a perspective View of the carriage;

Figure 8 is a perspective view of a standard marker or scriber, preferably tailors chalk; and

Figure 9 is a perspective View of a cutter which may be substituted for the chalk.

As illustrated in Figure 2 there is a pants leg [E of standard construction having seams l2 and Hl in the usual places. The pants cuff marking device IE which is adapted to bev used for marking purposes and if desired, a combination marking and cutting function is located on the pants leg at the proper distance from the end seam of the pants, The marking device includes a base i3 which is essentially of a flat plate construction, the base having an upwardly curved end portion 2u to facilitate rapid handling of the device whereby it will not ordinarily be caught under one of the creases of the pants legs. There is a raised or bight portion 22 extending transversely across the base I8, this bight portion being adapted to accommodate the seams |'2 and Hl when the base i8 is located on the pants leg.

r-Ihere are three longitudinal slots 2%, 28 and 3Q extending lengthwise of the plate i8, these longitudinal slots being adapted to receive one of two assemblies, one assembling consisting of three scribers 32, 3G and 3G, each of which is preferably made of tailors chalk. The other assembly consists the scribers 3'2 and 34 together with a cutter or knife blade 38 in lieu of the marker or scriber 36.

The markers and cutter blade 32 are carried by a. carriage 40 which comprises an upper plate 42 having a longitudinal rib itl rising therefrom, this rib constituting a handle to slide the carriage back and forth on the rails 46, 48 and 5s, respectively. The carriage has three clamps 52, 5d and 56, made of suitable yielding materiaL each clamp comprising a pair of sides 52 and E0 arranged with an upper passage t2 in order to accommodate its rail and fastened by standard means to the upper plate @l2 transversely thereof. A pair of stay bolts 64 and 66 extend through aligned apertures in each of the clamps 52, 54 and 55 and wing nuts @58 and 'lll are provided on the stay bolts at the ends opposite from the ends having heads thereon, Spacers, preferably in the form of sleeves, ld are located concentrically on the stay bolts S4 and 66 and are disposed between the clamps 52, 543 and 5B so that upon tightening the wind nuts 58 and 'lll the sides of each clamp are squeezed together, Inasmuch as the space between the sides of each clamp 52, 54 and 5S constitutes a pocket to accommodate the markers 32, Sii and 3e. or the cutter 33 in lieu of one of the markers tighteningV the wing nuts 58 and lll appropriately will clamp the markers and/or cutter blade 38 in place properly,

As disclosed in Figure 5, the rails 48, 48 and 58 have tapered sides and accordingly the passages 82 of each clamp 52, 54 and 56 are similarly tapered to t properly thereagainst. rIhe rails are supported directly above the slots 26, 28 and 30 of the base I8 and they are yieldingly supported by means located at opposite ends of the base I8 so that the rails may be displaced downwardly allowing the scribers or markers and cutter 38 when it is used, to be lowered through the slots for contact and engagement with the surface of the pants. The means of mounting the rails so that they can be displaced vertically is seen best in Figures 1 and 4. There is a iirst bracket 80 of substantially U-shaped construction fastened to one end of the base I8 and three shanks 8|, 82 and 83 rise from the upper surface of the base I8, these shanks being fastened to the base and the upper cross member 84 of the bracket 80. Any standard means, as the nuts illustrated in Figure 4, may be used for holding the shanks 8|, 82 and 83 in place. Yielding means, preferably springs 85, 86 and 8l, are concentrically on the Shanks 8l, 82 and. 83. These springs seat against the upper surface of the base I8 and against the bottom surfaces of the rails 48, 48 and 50, constantly yieldingly pressing the rails upwardly so as to contact the lower surface of the cross member 84.

The opposite ends of the rails 48, 48 and 58 are carried by a similar assembly, including a bracket 88 fastened to the base I8, this bracket having a plurality of spring and shank assemblies 80, 9| and 92 associated therewith, the spring assemblies being identical to the described yielding means in connection with supporting the opposite ends of the rails 46, 48 and 50.

In operation, since the slots 28, 28 and 38 are spaced a definite amount from each other, this amount being the proper amount for marking the lower ends of pants legs in order to make cuis by using the markings, when the carriage 40 is depressed, the scribers or combination scribers and cutter 38 are pressed into operative engagement with the pants leg. Since the rails 46, 48 and 50 are provided with openings near the ends thereof, these openings receiving the shanks at the ends of the base I8, the entire rail assembly and carriage is moved downwardly. But, the carriage is capable of sliding movement on the rails whereby the proper scribing or scribing and cutting may take place upon a single sliding movement of the carriage from one end of the rails to the other. Then, the pants are ready for further cuff making operations.

Having described the claimed as new is:

l. A pants culi marking device comprising a base provided with three parallel slots, brackets disposed at the ends of said base, three rails, yielding means disposed in said brackets supporting said rails for movement toward and away from said base, a carriage mounted for sliding movement on said rails and longitudinally of said base, and means for supporting scribers constituting a part of said carriage and located in alignment with said slots, and said base having a transverse bight portion in which pants seams are adapted to be located when said base is disposed on a pants leg.

2. In a pants cuff marking device, a base, a plurality of longitudinal slots disposed in said invention, what is base, a carriage provided with means for supporting scribers and cutters, means carried by said base yieldingly mounting said carriage above said slots, and said carriage being adapted to be manually moved downwardly toward said slots, and said mounting means including at least one rail extending longitudinally of said slots on which said carriage is slidable, said yieldingly mounting means including also a pair of vertically rising Shanks attached to opposite ends of said base, springs disposed on said shanks and reacting on said base, said rail being seated on said springs, said springs constantly urging said rail vertically away from said base, whereby said rail may be manually moved downwardly by vertical downward force applied to the carriage in such a manner as to compress said springs, said base being provided with a transverse raised portion to constitute a pocket to receive the seams of the trouser leg upon which the base is adapted to be disposed.

3. A pants cuff marking device comprising a base provided with a plurality of longitudinally extending parallel slots, upstanding inverted U- shaped brackets mounted at opposite ends of said base, a plurality of rails extending between said brackets above and in alignment with said base slots, upstanding shanks disposed between the web vof each bracket and the end of the base, the ends of said rails being vertically slidably connected to said shanks between the base and the bracket webs, a carriage slidably mounted on said rails and including means supporting scribers and cutters aligned with said slots, resilient means surrounding said Shanks normally maintaining said carriage above said base and said scribers and cutters out of engagement with said slots.

4. A pants cuff marking device comprising a base provided with three spaced, longitudinally extending parallel slots, upstanding brackets mounted at the ends of said base, three rails disposed above said base and extending between said brackets in alignment with said slots, a carriage longitudinally slidably mounted n said rails, said carriage including an upper plate extending transversely of said rails, spaced longitudinally extending channel-shaped clamps secured to said plate at their webs, said clamps receiving said rails between their flanges whereby the carriage is slidably mounted, scribers and cutters disposed between the free ends of the clamp flanges, said scribers and cutters being aligned with said slots and means detachably securing said scribers and cutters between their clamp flanges.

5. The combination of claim 4, wherein said rails have tapered sides and said clamp flanges having corresponding tapers for a portion of their length to prevent vertical movement of the rails with respect to the clamps.


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Referenced by
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US2900726 *Feb 27, 1953Aug 25, 1959Hentz Karl JDevices for use in making permanent layout impressions
US5208988 *Nov 12, 1991May 11, 1993Herman EdelmanCuff cutter apparatus
U.S. Classification33/41.1, 33/11, 33/32.1
International ClassificationA41H9/00
Cooperative ClassificationA41H9/00
European ClassificationA41H9/00