US 3272464 A
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Sept 13, 1966 M. D. JACOBSON BUNDLE HOLDER FOR GARMENT PIECES 2 Sheets-Sheet 1 Filed Feb. 16, 1965 I NVEN TOR NW0 D. Jacobszw BY y MY W flfiwwgys Sept. 13, 1966 M. D. JACOBSON BUNDLE HOLDER FOR GARMENT PIECES 2 Sheets-Sheet 2;
Filed Feb. 16, 1965 INVENTOR- Mi/fw D. ,Jacabsm BY Ww/ Mad 4% fom g s United States Patent 3,272,464 BUNDLE HOLDER FOR GARMENT PIECES Milton D. Jacobson, 2301 1st Ave. N., Birmingham, Ala. Filed Feb. 16, 1965, Ser. No. 433,043 2 Claims. (Cl. 248125) This invention relates to a bundle holder for garment pieces and more particularly to apparatus for supporting garment pieces during the manufacture of garments whereby matching pieces of the garment are retained in spaced relation to each other for subsequent sewing operations.
Another object of my invention is to provide a bundle holder for garment pieces in which the individual pieces are positively held adjacent one end thereof whereby they depend from the holder in easy reach of the sewing machine operator, thus eliminating the necessity of the operator having to throw the garment pieces over and away from the supporting means therefor.
Another object of my invention is to provide a bundle holder for garment pieces which shall be movable from place to place and one in which the individual bundles may be readily installed and removed with a minimum of effort.
Another object of my invention is to provide a bundle holder for garment pieces which shall be adapted for accommodating garment pieces of various lengths and sizes and one in which a uniform pressure is exerted against the portion of the garment being secured in place.
A still further object of my invention is to provide a bundle holder for garment pieces which shall be simple of construction, economical of manufacture and one which prevents separation of matching bundles of garment pieces.
Heretofore in the art to which my invention relates, various devices have been proposed for supporting bundles of garment pieces whereby matching halves of a plurality of pieces are assembled and sewn to each other during subsequent openations. Such devices usually comprise complicated lever mechanisms and complicated clamping means whereby it is difficult to impart a uniform pressure to the portion of the garments being clamped. Also, such bundle holders usually hold the garments in a fixed position whereby the operator must throw the garment over the supporting means after the sewing operation is completed. This not only consumes a substantial amount of time but requires the operator to exert a considerable amount of effort in the process of moving the pieces into sewing position and then throwing the pieces over the supporting means.
To overcome the above and other difiiculties, I provide a bundle holder for garment pieces in which the individual bundles are supported adjacent opposite sides of a rotatable frame which in turn is supported by a translatable frame. The rotatable frame is adjustable relative to the supporting frame whereby the apparatus is adapted to accommodate garments of various lengths and sizes. Supporting bars are carried by the rotatable frame in spaced relation to each other in position to support the garment pieces and clamping means cooperate with the supporting bars to detachably clamp the garment pieces therebetween. Accordingly, each bundle of garment pieces may be readily installed and removed from the rotatable frame with a minimum of effort.
Apparatus embodying features of my invention is illustrated in the accompanying drawings, forming a part of this application, in which:
FIG. 1 is a perspective view showing my improved bundle holder in use;
FIG. 2 is an enlarged fragmental View showing the means for adjustably connecting the rotatable frame to the supporting frame;
FIG. 3 is an enlarged, detailed view showing the means 3,272,464 Patented Sept. 13, 1966 for clamping the garment pieces to each other and the manner in which the clamping means is supported by the rotatable frame;
FIG. 4 is a detail view corresponding to FIG. 3 but showing one element of the clamping device pivoted to- Ward open position for receiving the garment pieces; and
FIG. 5 is a fragmental, sectional view taken generally along the line 55 of FIG. 3.
Referring now to the drawings for a better understanding of my invention, I show a supporting frame 10 which is translatably supported by a plurality of casters 11 whereby the frame may be moved from place to place. Preferably, the supporting frame 10 comprises side members 12 and 13 connected to each other by a transverse member 14. Extending upwardly from the central portion of the transverse member 14 is an upstanding column or tubular member 16.
Telescoping into the upper end of the tubular member 16 is a second tubular member 17, as shown in FIGS. 1 and 2.. Secured to the upper tubular member 17 intermediate the ends thereof is a collar 18 which is disposed to engage and rotate relative to the upper end of tubular member 16. A threaded opening 19 is provided through the collar for receiving a threaded member 21 which locks the collar 18 to the tubular member 17. An operating handle 22 is provided adjacent the outer end of the threaded member 21. The inner end of the threaded member 21 thus engages the exterior surface of the tubular member 17 whereby the collar 18 is held at selected positions relative thereto. Accordingly, the axial position of the upper tubular member 17 relative to the lower tubular member 16 is determined by the position of the collar 18. It will thus be seen that the elevation of the upper tubular member 17 may be readily varied and then locked in a selected position by the member 21.
Secured to the upper end of the tubular member 17 is an elongated transverse member 23 of a rotatable frame indicated generally at 24. Extending outwardly from one end of the elongated member 23 are a pair of parallel arms 26 and 27 which are spaced from each other, as shown in FIG. 1. In like manner, a pair of parallel arms 28 and 29 extend outwardly from the other end of the elongated member 23, and are spaced from each other, as shown.
Upwardly and inwardly extending slots 31 are provided in each of the arm members 26, 27, 28 and 29 for receiv ing supporting bars 32 which extend between adjacent pairs of parallel arms, as shown. Threaded openings 33 are provided adjacent opposite ends of each supporting bar 32, as shown in FIG. 5 for receiving a threaded member 34. Extending parallel to each supporting bar 32 is a second bar 36 which is provided with suitable openings 37 therethrough for receiving the threaded member 34. An annular abutment or collar 38 is provided on each of the theaded members 34 in position to engage the outer surface of the bar 36, as shown in FIG. 5. Also, an operating handle 39 is provided adjacent the outer end of each of the threaded members 34 for rotating the threaded members to thus move the outermost bar 36 toward the innermost supporting bar 32, which is held in place by the upwardly and inwardly extending slots 31. The transverse bars 32 and 36 are thus adapted to clamp a plurality of garment pieces therebetween, as shown in FIG. 1, the garment pieces being indicated generally at G. To facilitate removal of the bundle of garment pieces G from between the bars 32 and 36, an outwardly opening slot 41 communicates with one of the openings 37, as shown in FIG. 4 whereby the outermost bar 36 is adapted to pivot to the position shown in FIG. 4. That is, one end of the bar 36 pivots about a threaded member 34 while the opposite end thereof moves out of engagement with the threaded member 34 associated therewith due to the fact that the down- .porting frame.
the size of the bundle G may be varied considerably.
With the bundles G positioned between the bars 32 and 36, the outermost bar 36 is pivoted to a position 'whereby it is parallel to the bar 32 and the slot 41 moves downwardly into engagement with the threaded member 34 and the collar 38 carried by the threaded member 34. The handles 39 are then rotated in a direction to move the bar 36 toward the supporting bar 32 whereupon the bundle of garment pieces G is clamped firmly therebetween. By providing parallel bars 32 and 36, a uniform pressure is exerted against the entire portion of the garment pieces being clamped in place. The
rotatable frame 24 is adapted to rotate relative to the supporting frame due to the pivotal connection between the tubular members 17 and 16. By adjusting the position of the collar 18 relative to the tubular member 17, the elevation of the uppermost tubular member 17 may be readily varied whereby the rotatable frame 24 is held at selected elevations to accommodate garments of various lengths. That is, for mens pants, the tubular member 17 would be moved axially outwardly of the lower tubular member 16 and the threaded mem- -ber 21 would then be moved inwardly to lock the collar 18 at the adjusted position. On the other hand, for boys pants, the threaded member 21 would be released whereupon the upper tubular member 17 would move downwardly through the collar 18 and the lower tubular member 16 to a lowered position. The threaded member 21 would then be rotated in a direction to lock the collar 18 to the upper tubular member 17 to thus support the garment pieces at a lower elevation. -It will thus be seen that the rotatable frame 24 may be rotated to any selected angular position relative to the supporting frame and at the same time the elevation of the rotatable frame 24 may be varied relative to the sup- By providing casters 11 on the supporting frame 10, the entire apparatus may be moved to any desired position.
From the foregoing, it will be seen that I have devised -an improved bundle holder for supporting garment pieces during the manufacture of garments. By providing means for detachably supporting right and left- 'hand bundles G at opposite sides of the rotatable frame '24, the individual pieces of the garments G depend move the individual garment bundles to selected positions, as desired. Also, by providing clamping means which exerts a uniform and positive pressure against the entire surface of the garments being clamped, the garment pieces are held in fixed and correct positions for subsequent sewing operations. Furthermore, by providing a translatable supporting frame which supports the entire apparatus, my apparatus may be moved to any desired location with a minimum of effort.
While I have shown my invention in but one form, it will be obvious to those skilled in the art that it is not so limited but is susceptible of various changes and modifications without departing from the spirit thereof, and I desire, therefore, that only such limitations shall be placed thereupon as are specifically set forth in the appended claims.
What I claim is:
1. In a bundle holder for supporting garment pieces during the manufacture of garments,
(a) a translatable frame,
(b) a first upstanding tubular member carried by said translatable frame,
(c) a second tubular member telescopically engaging said upstanding tubular member and adapted for rotation relative thereto,
(d) means limiting movement of the tubular members relative to each other, whereby said tubular members are held at selected positions relative to each other to vary the elevation of said second tubular member,
(e) an elongated member extending in a horizontal plane and connected intermediate its ends to the upper end of said second tubular member and disposed to rotate therewith,
(f) a first pair of parallel arms extending outwardly from one end of said elongated member in spaced relation to each other,
(g) a second pair of parallel arms extending outwardly from the other end of said elongated member in spaced relation to each other,
(h) supporting bars carried by said parallel arms in spaced relation to each other in position to support garment pieces,
(i) there being upwardly opening slots adjacent the outer ends of said parallel arms in position to receive said supporting bars whereby a supporting bar is adapted to be supported between each pair of parallel arms, and
(j) clamping means cooperating with said supporting bars to detachably clamp garment pieces therebetween.
2. In a bundle holder for supporting garment pieces as defined in claim 1 in which the upwardly opening slots extend upwardly and inwardly toward said elongated member.
References Cited by the Examiner UNITED STATES PATENTS 969,698 9/1910 Hughes 21l166 1,374,595 4/1921 McDonald 211-6 2,842,268 7/1958 Gumple 211-45 3,111,297 11/1963 Conner 108-144 CLAUDE A. LE ROY, Primary Examiner.
J. F. FOSS, Assistant Examiner.