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Publication numberUS2814116 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateNov 26, 1957
Filing dateFeb 9, 1956
Priority dateFeb 9, 1956
Publication numberUS 2814116 A, US 2814116A, US-A-2814116, US2814116 A, US2814116A
InventorsGoodman Lyle A
Original AssigneeGoodman Lyle A
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Hem gauging device
US 2814116 A
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Nov. 26, 1957 L. A. GOODMAN 2,814,116

HEM GAUGING DEVICE 1 -'Filed Feb. 9, 1956 INVENTORL' 1 LYLE A; Goon/MAM ATTOENE Y5.

United States Patent HEM GAUGING DEVICE Lyle A. Goodman, Detroit, Mich.

Application February 9, 1956, Serial No. 564,526

4 Claims. (Cl. 33-2) This invention relates to a device for use in forming folds of predetermined widths at the edges of flexible materials such as cloth.

The invention is especially adapted for use in the sewing and tailoring arts for providing hems, cufls, pleats, and the like. A hem, for example, is often formed by progressively folding the edge of a material upon itself to a predetermined width, temporarily tacking the folded layers together as the folding progresses and then permanently stitching the folded layers together.

An object of this invention is to provide a simple, inexpensive device facilitating rapid, convenient and accurate forming of hems of selected widths.

The invention generally contemplates a flat gauge or card having a straight edge over which a hem may be folded and a tacking port which opens through an edge of the card so that it can be removed after the hem has been tacked. The card has graduations to facilitate forming hems of various widths, One form of the invention is shown in the accompanying drawings.

Fig. 1 is an elevational view of a hem gauge according to this invention.

Fig. 2 is a sectional view on line 22 of Fig. 1.

Fig. 3 is a perspective view illustrating the hem gauge in use. I

The hem gauge shown in the drawings comprises a substantially fiat, preferably rectangular body 12 of a form retaining material such as sheet metal, cardboard or a plastic. The gauge has a straight edge 14 and a port 16 extending preferably perpendicularly thereto. Port 16 preferably opens at the middle of straight edge 14 and extends to an inner end 18 preferably somewhat beyond the center of body 12 for a reason to be described. Port 16 may have a peripheral reinforcing bead 20 as shown.

Body 12 is provided with a plurality of gauge lines 22, 24 and 26 extending parallel to straight edge 14 and being spaced apart by predetermined distances such as at inch intervals. The gauge lines are preferably formed by protrusions on the face of body 12 and for convenience may be numbered as illustrated according to their distances from straight edge 14. Edge 28 of the body opposite from straight edge 14 may he graduated as in inches as illustrated.

As to use of gauge 10, it may be assumed that a hem 30 two inches wide is to be formed at one edge of a piece of cloth 32. The gauge is placed flatly on cloth 32 generally adjacent one edge. The edge portion of the cloth, which is to form hem 30, is folded over straight edge 14 of the gauge. The gauge and material are manipulated so that edge 34 of the hem is aligned with gauge line 24, which is two inches from straight edge 14, and with the straight edge engaged snugly in fold 36 of the hem.

A pin 38 or the like is then passed through the layers of cloth flanking port 16 in the gauge. The gauge may then be .withdrawn from the hem by lifting it upwardly as Fig. 3 is viewed so that pin 38 and the tacked portions of the hem pass through the opening of port 16 at straight edge 14. The gauge is then moved a desired distance along the edge of cloth 32 and the process is repeated. Hem 30 may thus be formed accurately, conveniently and rapidly progressively along an edge of cloth 32.

To form hems of different widths, edge 34 is positioned at or between diiferent gauge lines 22-26. Port 16 preferably extends well into body 12 as described so that tacking pins 38 may be applied relatively near to the top of broader hems, such as four-inch hems. Gauge lines 2226 protrude from the face of the gauge body to facilitate positioning edge 34 of the hem by sense of touch. The graduations at upper edge 28 of the gauge facilitate spacing pins 38 evenly.

I claim:

1. A hem gauging device comprising: a generally fiat body, said body having a generally straight edge around which flexible material such as cloth may be folded, said body having a port therein, said port having a width dimension of such an extent that a pin or the like may be conveniently manipulated therein for tacking engagement with folds of material on opposite sides of said body, said port being elongate in a direction generally transverse to said straight edge, means on said body forming a plurality of gauge lines substantially parallel to said straight edge and extending generally from one end of said body to the other, said gauge lines being spaced from each other by predetermined distances, whereby hems having selective predetermined widths can be turned over said straight edge and tacked together, said port opening through said straight edge so that said device can be removed from between the folds of material after they have been tacked together.

2. A hem gauging device comprising: a generally flat rectangular body, said body having a generally straight edge around which flexible material such as cloth may be folded, said body having a port therein, said port having a width dimension of such an extent that a pin or the like may be conveniently manipulated therein for tacking engagement with folds of material on opposite sides of said body, said port being elongate in a direction generally perpendicular to said straight edge, means on said body forming a plurality of gauge lines substantially parallel to said straight edge and extending generally from one end of said body to the other, said gauge lines being spaced from each other by predetermined distances, whereby hems having selective predetermined widths can be turned over said straight edge and tacked together, saidport extending from at least the center portion of said body to said straight edge and opening at generally the middle portion of said straight edge, so that said device can be removed from between the folds of material after they have been tacked together.

3. The hem gauging device defined in claim 2 wherein said means forming said gauge lines comprise protrusions on said flat body to facilitate positioning the edge of a hem by sense of touch.

4. A hem gauging device comprising: a generally flat body, said body having a generally straight edge around which flexible material such as cloth may be folded, said body having a port therein, said port having a width dimension of such an extent that a pin or the like may be conveniently manipulated therein for tacking engagement with folds of material on opposite sides of said body, said port extending in a direction generally transverse to said straight edge, means on said body forming a plurality of gauge lines substantially parallel to said straight edge, said gauge lines being spaced from each w 3 5 other by predetermined distances, whereby hems having selective pretermined widths can be turned over said straight edge and tacked together, said port opening through said straight edge so that said device can be rehave been tacked together.

4 References Cited in the file of this patent UNITED STATES PATENTS 1,560,417 Dreschler Nov. 3, 1925 2,558,966 Lane July 3, 1951 2,711,587 Branman June 28, 1955 2,741,851 Berardinelli Apr. 17, 1956

Patent Citations
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Referenced by
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US2986817 *Aug 19, 1958Jun 6, 1961Nash Felix AHem setting tool
US3345748 *Mar 25, 1965Oct 10, 1967Pentapco IncSewing gauge
US3352466 *Dec 7, 1964Nov 14, 1967Mcallister Jack SShade edger
US3392691 *Oct 26, 1964Jul 16, 1968Pendleton Woolen MillsDart gauge
US3401459 *Jul 27, 1965Sep 17, 1968Burke Gomory MargaretPattern lay-out guide or instrument
US4232805 *May 5, 1977Nov 11, 1980Flick Sally JSewing form
US4418461 *Dec 2, 1981Dec 6, 1983Bautex Adolf Stover KgProcess for producing slats for a vertical slatted venetian blind
Classifications
U.S. Classification33/2.00H
International ClassificationA41H31/00
Cooperative ClassificationA41H31/00
European ClassificationA41H31/00