US 2835421 A
Description (OCR text may contain errors)
y 20, 1958 F. J. MARCHESE 2,835,421
WAISTBAND STRETCHER Filed March 23, 1956 IN V EN TOR. Fv/m/k- L7." NR7? c ms'sz' United States Patent This invention relates to a waistband stretcher and more particularly to a device for stretching the waistbands of garments such as trousers, skirts and the like.
An object of the present invention is to provide such a device which is inexpensive to manufacture and is particularly useful for preventing shrinkage of garments after they have been washed or cleaned.
A further object of the invention is to provide a stretching device for stretching waistbands of athletic garments such as football and baseball trousers and the like, and, particularly, for preventing shrinkage of such garments after they have been washed.
Further objects and advantages of this invention will be more clearly understood from the following description and from the accompanying drawings in which:
Fig. 1 is a plan view of a waistband stretching device embodying the present invention.
Fig. 2 is a front view of said device with central portions thereof broken away.
Fig. 3 is a similar view of the rear of the device.
Fig. 4 is a sectional end view on line 4-4 of Fig. 1.
Fig. 5 is a fragmentary front view of an end portion of one of the members of said device, partially in central vertical section. t
Fig. 6 is a fragmentary rear view of an end portion of the other member of the device, also shown in central vertical section.
As shown in the drawings, my improved stretching device is constructed of a pair of elongated bars 5 and 6 which are telescopically connected and are slidable with relation to each other to permit adjustment of the device to different desired lengths.
The cross-sectional shapes 'of the bars 5 and 6 are preferably formed so that they can be extruded of a suitable metal to reduce the cost of manufacture. The bar 5 is formed to provide a pair of opposed flanges 7-7 having ribs 8-8 upon their inner sidesextending inwardly towards each other. The bar 6 has a pair of opposed flanges 9-9 which have grooves 10-10 in.their outer sides to receive the ribs 8 8 and thereby slidably connect the said bars 5 and 6 together. i
The ends of said bars 5 and 6 are provided with abutment members 11 and 12, respectively, which are secured to the ends of their respective bars by suitable pins 13 and are preferably semicircular in cross-section and extend beyond the sides of their respective bars so as to overlap and cover the exposed end portion of the other bar when the device is in closed position.
The abutment member 12 has a hook 14 secured thereto, and a hook 15 is mounted adjacent the end portion of the bar 5 so that the said hooks may be grasped to slide the bars 5 and 6 relatively to each other when it is desired to lengthen or shorten the device for different waist sizes.
A locking screw 16 is threaded to the bar 6 adjacent the end portion thereof and extends through a flange 9 of said bar and is engageable with the inner side of the opposite bar 5 so as to secure the said bars together in adjusted positions.
v of flanges extending from one side thereof and disposed The upper edge of the bar 5 is provided with a series of graduations which are spaced and numbered to indicate sizes of garments, and the device is adjustable to the 'diflerent sizes indicated by aligning the free end 6-4 of the bar 6 with thegraduations indicating the size to which it is desired to stretch a particlar waistband.
In the use of my improved waistband stretching device, the garment, which usually has been previously washed, is first buttoned or otherwise fastened at the waist. My improved device is then inserted within the waist so that the abutment members 1112 will engage opposite sides thereof. The said device is then lengthened by sliding the bars 5 and 6 apart until the end of the bar 6 is aligned with the graduation indicating the size to which the waist is to be stretched. The screw 16 is then tightened to retain the said bars in adjusted position, and the said stretching device with the garment thereon is hung on a line by the hooks 14 and 15. The garment is left on the stretcher until dry to set the stretch in the waist, and the device may then be removed.
Where a considerable amount of stretch is desired, the device may be adjusted in steps until the garment is stretched to the desired size.
1. A waistband stretching device including a first elongated bar having a pair of opposed flanges extending therefrom along its opposite edges, a second elongated ber slidably connected to the first bar and having a pair between the said flanges of the first bar, the adjacent flanges of the said bars having a rib and groove connection therebetween slidably retaining the said bars together, abutment members upon the outer end of each of said bars overlapping the end portion of the opposite bar, a hook connected to each of said bars adjacent the outer end thereof, and a locking screw threaded to and extending through one of said bars and engaging the other bar for securing said device in different adjusted positions.
2. A waistband stretching device including a first elongated bar having a pair of opposed flanges extending from one side thereof along its opposite edges, a rib extending inwardly from each of said flanges, a second bar having a pair of flanges extending from one side thereof and each engaging the inner side of the adjacent flange of the first bar, the said flanges of the second bar each having a groove in its outer side to receive the rib of the adjacent flange of the first bar for slidably connecting said bars together, an abutment member secured to the outer end of each of said bars, indicia on one of said bars cooperating with the inner end of the opposite bar for indicating the different lengths to which the said device is adjustable, a hook mounted to the abutment member of the first bar, a separate hook mounted adjacent the outer end of the second bar, and a locking screw extending through one of the flanges of the second bar and engageable with the inner side of the opposite bar between the flanges thereof for securing the said bars in adjusted position.
3. A waistband stretching device as set forth in claim 2 wherein the abutment members are secured to their respective bars by fastening means extending into the free ends of the flanges thereof.
4. A waistband stretching device including a first elongated bar member having spaced flanges extending longitudinally thereof providing a channel therebetween, a second elongated bar member having portions fitting within said channel and extending adjacent said flanges, a rib extending longitudinally of each of said flanges, said ribs being received in grooves in the adjacent portions of said second bar member whereby said bar members are interconnected for relative longitudinal sliding Patented May 20, 1 958 3 movement, and means for locking said bars in difierent adjusted positions.
5. A waistband stretching device including a first elongated bar having a pair of opposed flanges extending substantially perpendicularly therefrom along its oppositeedges, a second elongated bar adjacent the edges of the flanges of the first bar and having a pair of flanges along one side thereof extending between the flanges on said first bar, one pair of said flanges having ribs extending lengthwise thereof and the other pair having grooves therein receiving said ribs whereby said bars are interconnected for relative longitudinal sliding movement, and a locking screw threaded to and extending through one of said bars and engageable with the other bar for locking said bars in difierent adjusted positions.
6. The subject matter set forth in claim 5 wherein said locking screw is threaded transversely through one of the flanges on the second bar whereby the inner end of said screw is engageable with the inner side of the first bar for securing said bars in different adjusted positions.
References Cited in the file of this patent UNITED STATES PATENTS 761,803 Wickelberg June 7, 1904 798,547 Walsh Aug. 29, l905 2,467,669 Harvey Apr. 19, 1949