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' April 13, 1954 Filed Aug. 19, 1950 W. NOVICK FABRIC COVERED EYELET BUTTON 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 47 50 ,0 Il 15 l 3 57h 7 45 f4 3Wl :57d W/Zl c, 413 37 so 57d 4Z 5l 4Z 36 l Z6 r .36
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Application August 19, 1959.Serial No. 1803487 4 Claims. 1
This invention relates tov new anduseful improvementsA in fabric covered eyelet buttons such as those disclosed in my prior Patent No. 2,264,185, issued November 25, 194i, and a machine for the assembly of such buttons.
One object of thev invention is theprovision in a fabric coated button of means for securing the fabric coveringon theformed face of a rigid supporting member in av smooth attractively appearing'manner;
Another object of the invention is to construct and arrangeV the said. means so thatthe same is most effective at the `points of change of direction of the formation of the face of said supporting member.
Still anctherpbject oftheainvention is to construct said means. so that theA same is extremely simple in its use and manufacturev and thus is an economical asset in the manu-facture of fabric covered buttons.
A further object of the invention is the provision of a simple and effective apparatus for securing the fabric covering of thefrigid supporting means.
For further comprehension of the.y invention,
and of the objects and advantages thereof, reference will be had. to the followingdescription and accompanying drawings, and to the appended claims in which the various novel features of the invention are more particularly set forth.
In the accompanying drawings forming amaterial part of this disclosure:
Fig. l is a plan View ofan exemplication of the improved button of the invention.
Fig. 2 is an enlarged sectional View on line 2 2 of Fig. 1.
Fig. 3 is an enlarged plan view'of the rigid supporting member of the button.
Fig. 4 is an exploded perspective view of the several components of the button.
Fig. 5 is a fragmentary sectional View similar to Fig. 2 but illustrates a modified form of the invention.
Fig. 6 is a fragmentary sectional View similar to Fig. 3 but illustrating thev modified means of Fig. 5.
Fig. 7 isa fragmentary sectional view similar to Fig. 2 but illustrating another modified form of the invention.
Fig. 8 is a fragmentary view on the same line as Fig. 7 but illustrates a step in the assembly of the button.
Fig. 9 isa. plan view similar to Fig. Bbut illustrates the modified means of Figs. 7 and 8.
Fig. l() is a side elevation on a large scale, of
apparatus for securing the fabric covering on the rigid support member.
Fig.` 1l is an enlarged fragmentary sectional View online'I I-I/I of Fig. 10.
Fig. l2 is an enlarged fragmentary sectional view on line' I2--If2'of Fig; `10.
Referring to Figs.: 1-4 there'is illustrated-.one preferred embodiment of thebutton oftheinvention. As shown, the button comprises a'fabric covering It, a layer of adhesive thermoplastic materialy I`I, a rigid supporting member I2 andy a backing or clamp member I3.
Preferably the supporting'member I2 is of metal or similar material and comprises adisc.A having a peripheral flange I4v which extends from a raised roll orbead I5 at the peripheral limit of the disc. Centrally of member I2 there are provided apair of holes I6 through. which are'passed' the Shanks of a pair of eyelets I'I as willA be more fully described hereinafter.
Immediately within the vraised roll I5 the disc of the support member is provided witha. ring of holes I8: eachwhaving a rounded rectangular outline. The purpose of thev holes? I8 Will be described'presently.
The fabric covering IDF may be. of any suitable sort and is provided in the form of a substantially circularpat'ch ofthe desired size.
The adhesive material used preferably-'- is of the type available in sheets. which' lbecome tacky or adhesive on' the application of heat thereto. Here also a substantially circular patch is provid'edthe patch being sufficiently large to cover thet entire outer surface of member I2.
In forming the buttonthe adhesive patch II and the fabric patch I0 are laid against the member I2, and by means of a suitably formed' heating iron areV pressed smoothl thereagai'nst. The heat ofthe irony causes the patch II to adhere both to the member' l2 and'falso` to the patch IB. The point' at which the' greatest strain is placed on the adherence. of. patch. II to member IZ'is'at the inner peripheralr base of the raised roll' I-5 and it is toy prevent disengagement of the two components'at this'point that. the ring of holes I8v is provided. As best shown in Fig.. 2, a portion of the adhesive `material is extended through each hole I8 and, in effect, forms al rivet-Zilvwhich securely grips the member I2.
Once'the fabriccover Ii! is-.secured in place the ends thereof are turned up within the` flangey I4 and the clampvmember i3 issecured inplace: As shown, member I3 comprises a disc with a peripheral flange 'which fits tightly within the flange table top 21.
down on the latter. a base plate 35, a peripheral wall 35, and a cover an annular collar 40 of the tube. periphery thereof the upper face of base plate I4 and secures the turned in ends of the fabric cover I in place.
The member i3 is provided with a pair of holes 2I which are aligned with the holes I6 in member I2. Finally, therefore, the fabric and adhesive patches I0 and II are pierced and the eyelets I1 are inserted through the holes I6 and 2I in members I2 and I3 not only to secure the two together but also to provide channels for sewing the button on a garment or the like.
It will be seen, therefore, that in the finished fabric covered button the fabric cover faithfully conforms to the desired configuration of the rigid support member.
A modified form of the invention is illustrated in Figs. and 6 wherein like parts are given the same reference numerals as hereinabove with a prime added. The ring of holes I8 is replaced by a ring of holes 23 each having a countersunk sharply angularly figure eight outline. By
' means of their shape and the countersinking thereof, the holes 23 are adapted to provide a firmer bond between the fabric cover I0' and the supporting member IZ, even though the amount of extruded adhesive material I I' is small. Fur ther, the shape of the holes 23 provides a firmer bond against relative sliding or twisting movements between the parts. The remainder of the button is the same as described above.
Another modified form of the invention is illustrated in Figs. 7, 8 and 9 wherein like parts are given the same reference numerals as hereinbefore with a double prime added. In this form of the invention the ring of holes in the disc portion of the support member is replaced by a narrow mouthed channel 24 formed at the inner base of the raised peripheral roll or bead I5". As best shown in Fig. 8, the adhesive patch II" is doubled on itself and inserted into said chanentire periphery of the disc portion of member I2'. It will be seen, therefore, that the fabric cover I0" is tightly secured in place in conformity p to the configuration of member I2. The remainder of the button may be the same as described above.
Referring now to Figs. lll-l2 there is disclosed therein a device for securing the fabric cover on the rigid support member.
Said device comprises a tube or rod 26 having its lower end securely imbedded in or otherwise fastened to a As shown the tube or rodhas a hollow reduced upper end 28 which is threaded externally to have removably secured thereon a l cap member 3i) adapted to actas a heating iron. To apply heat to the cap 33, an electrical heating unit 3I enclosed within a casing of steel is mounted in the reduced portion 28 and may have its power leads 32 extending downward through tube 26 to a convenient source of electrical en- A spring 33 coiled about the base of tube 25 supports a cylindrical housing 34 slidable up and The housing 34 consists of plate 31. The base plate 35 is provided with As shown, the spring 33 engages the base plate 35 and in the normal position of the housing maintains the upper edge of iiange 38 against Adjacent the 35 is provided with an annular groove 4I in which the lower edge of wall 36 is tted.
The wall 36 is preferably is formed of wood and is provided with a series of vertical slots or vents 42 adapted to ventilate the interior of the housing and prevent overheating thereof by the heater unit 3I. At its upper end the wall is fitted into an annular groove 43 in the under face of cover plate 31.
The cover plate 31 is provided with a central opening 44 into which the cap member 30 above described is adapted to fit snugly. The opening 44 is surrounded by a flange 45 having a rounded upper edge adapted to be engaged by the roll portion I5 of the rigid support member I2. When the said roll portion is engaged over the flange 45, as shown in Fig. 11, the same is securely seated in place.
As clearly shown in Figs. 10 and 11, the cap member 31 is comprised of superimposed sections coinprising a lower section 3l'EL rested on the top of the housing 34 and a top section 311". The top face of the lower section 311- is formed with a concentric upwardly extending projection 31c which is externally threaded and received within a complementary threaded recess formed in the bottom face of the top section 31b releasably joining the sections together. About its periphery, adjacent the bottom face of the top section 31D, the top section is formed with a plurality of notches 31d by which a grip can be had on the top section 3'!b for unscrewing the sections to separate the same. Thus, the top section 31h of the cover plate and the cap 30 are removable to be interchanged with other top sections and caps for assembling buttons of different sizes.
The device also includes a male die member 46 adapted to be pressed downward against the central portion of support member I2, such pressing lowering the housing 34 until the cap member 30 is engaged within the opening 44 and against the under side of the support member. The die member 46 is provided with an undercut peripheral edge 41 adapted to the roll I5 of member I2, and is threaded onto the lower end of a tube or rod 48. Said tube is slidably mounted in a loop 49 formed at the free end of the horizontal arm of a support 50 which is secured to table top 21 by means of bolts passed through feet 5I thereof.
` Preferably the die member 4E is depressed by lever system culminating in a foot treadle. Such systems are extremely familiar, however, and it is deemed necessary only to illustrate the pre ferred means for connecting a said system to the tube 48, the remainder of the system being shown diagrammatically. As shown, a rod 52 is passed transversely through the tube 48 near the upper end thereof and engages in slots 53 in the arms 54 of a yoke formed by spreading the ends of a pair of lever arms 55 which are secured together throughout their lengths by bolts 51. The levers 55 are suitably pivoted at their other ends and are connected by a suitable pull link 53 with an ordinary foot treadle 53.
The operation of the device consists in placing the support member I2 on the flange 45, placing an adhesive sheet ii and a fabric sheet I3 thereabove, and depressing the die member 46 by means of the treadle 69. The die is maintained depressed until the pressure and the heat from unit 3| secure a firm bond between fabric I and member i2.
It is to be noted that the just described device is readily adjustable to handle buttons of any desii-ed size and shape by interchanging the cap member 30, the top section 3lb of the cover plate 31 and the die member 46, for others of the correct configuration.
A peripheral notch 5i is to provide a convenient lifting means for the fabric i from the cover plate 3l.
While I have illustrated and described the preferred embodiments of my invention, it is to be understood that I do not limit myself to the precise constructions herein disclosed and the right is reserved to all changes and modifications corning within the scope of the invention as defined in the appended claims.
Having thus described my invention, What I claim as new, and desire to secure by United States Letters Patent is:
1. A fabric covered button which comprises a rigid supporting member of circular outline having a central disc-like portion surrounded by a raised bead from which a peripheral flange depends, a ring of holes said disc-like portion immediately adjacent said bead, each said hole being of angular gure eight outline and being countersunk, a layer of adhesive material adhering to the surface of said member with portions thereof extruded through said holes, a fabric cover secured to said adhesive and extending up Within said flange, a clamp member having a flange tightly engaged Within the first said flange, aligned holes in said fabric cover, said support member, and said clamp member, and an eyelet engaged in each said latter hole.
2. A fabric covered button which comprises a rigid supporting member of circular outline having a central disc-like portion surrounded by a raised bead from which a peripheral flange depends, a ring of holes in said disc-like portion immediately adjacent said bead, each said hole being of angular figure eight outline and being countersunk, a layer of adhesive material adhering to the surface of said member with portions thereof extruded through said holes, a fabric cover secured to said adhesive and extending up Within said ilange, a clamp member having a flange tightly engaged Within the first said ange, aligned holes in said fabric cover. said support member. and said clamp member. and an eyelet engaged in each said latter hole, Whereby the portions of the adhesive material extruded through the holes of the ring form rivets to more securely bind the fabric cover to the disc-like portion of the support member immediately adjacent said bead.
3. The combination of claim i wherein said adhesive includes a depending flange between the peripheral iiange and downward portion of the fabric to bond securely the fabric material and rigid support to provide a permanent fabric covered button.
4. A fabric covered button which comprises a rigid supporting member of circular outline having a central disc-like portion surrounded by a raised bead from which a peripheral iiange depends, a ring of holes in said disc-like portion immediately adjacent said bead, each said hole being of angular eight outline and being countersunk, a layer oi' adhesive material adhering to the surface o said member with portions thereof extruded through said holes, a fabric cover secured to said adhesive and extending up Within said flange, a clamp member having a flange tightly engaged within the first said flange, and means securing said clamp and fabric covered button together.
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