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April 10, 1956 J. A. RAND 2,741,203
SEAN! CONSTRUCTION Filed June 26, 1953 IN V EN TOR.
United States Patent 9 SEAM CONSTRUCTION .lennie A. Rand, West Upton, Mass, assignor of one-half to Charles R. Fay, Sterling, Mass.
Application June 26, 1953, Serial No. 364,343
1 Claim. (Cl. 112-262) This invention relates to a new and improved seam construction which is ornamental and may be used to make fabrics of strip designs, or it may be used both ornamentally and for the purpose of piecing together small pieces such as waste pieces of fabric or the like in order to make a whole article from small pieces, at the same time achieving a pleasing ornamental effect which lends itself particularly to millinery and dress-making designs.
A further object of the invention resides in the provision of a seam construction comprising a single elongated strip of flexible material which is longitudinally folded in upon itself from both edges thereof and then reversely or re-entrantly folded back over the folds forming a pair of pockets including two separate fabric edges, one at each side of the strip of material above referred to, the extreme edges of the strip which now enclose or include the fabric edges being stitched or otherwise secured, forming a smooth, even and relatively wide ornamental seam which has no free edges which may be ravelled.
Other objects and advantage of the invention will appear hereinafter.
Reference is to be had to the accompanying drawings, in which Fig. 1 is a plan view of the seam construction shown at one side of the fabric;
Fig. 2 is a similar view but showing the opposite side of the fabric; and
Fig. 3 is a section on a greatly enlarged scale on the line 3-3 of Fig. 1.
The seam construction of the present case provides a connection between two separate pieces and 12, each of which has an edge 14, 16 respectively, which are to be joined by the novel seam construction.
The seam itself comprises an elongated relatively narrow fabric which may be of any flexible material such as cloth, leather, synthetic, etc. and the pieces 10 and 12 may be of any material that it is desired to secure together, such as fabric, felt, leather, plastic, etc.
The seam is generally indicated at 13 and it has a longitudinal central portion 29 (see Fig. 3), the edges being folded in over the central portion at 22, 24 and then these folded-over edges meet centrally at 26, and are then reversely or re-entrantly folded at 28 and 30 so that the edges at 22 and 24 and the corresponding opposite portions thereof at 28, 30 are in superposed relation to the edges 14 and 16 of the pieces 10 and 12.
2,741,203 Patented Apr. 10, 1956 By this means, the edges 14 and 16 are completely covered and the pieces are joined together merely by two longitudinal strips of sewing at 32, which strips pass through the folded edges 22 and 24 and the extreme edge inter-folded portions 34, 34 which form a pair of folds at each side of the combined material. These folds appear from the exterior to be just alike but in reality they are dissimilar.
The construction is in the form of a hinge since it will bend or fold fairly easily along a central line of the central portion 29 but the material of the seam construction may be chosen from among those which are sufficiently stiif to provide that the fabric 10, 12 and seam are substantially of the same consistency and thus the material may be used as though it were continuous and in one piece.
By contrasting the seam material and color with those of the pieces 19 and 12, decidedly ornamental effects are produced and these efiects are different at the two sides of the combined material as is illustrated in Figs. 1 and 2. Scraps of material may be secured together in different designs or the seam may be used as a design medium without having particularly the effect of making a large piece of material from smaller scrap-pieces. The seam construction is useful in any place desired, but it is particularly desirable to millinery, and dress, coats and suits design. It may also be used with leather in shoe design.
The actual seam construction may not appear just as shown in Fig. 3 because fabrics used for the three parts 10, 12 and 29 will be more closely jammed together by the sewing seams 32 than appears in the drawing, and the entire seam may actually be made quite tight in spite of the looseness as indicated by the drawing in Fig. 3 which is made as shown in the interests of clarity of illustration.
Having thus described my invention and the advantages thereof, I do not wish to be limited to the details herein disclosed, otherwise than as set forth in the claim, but what I claim is:
A seam construction comprising an elongated strip of material folded on longitudinal lines generally parallel to the edges thereof inwardly over upon itself, the foldedover portions being reversely outwardly re-folded and forming longitudinal outwardly facing pockets, a piece of material included at its edge in each pocket, and stitching joining the pieces of material and the two side edges of the pockets, the seam strip appearing at both sides of the pieces.
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