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Publication numberUS3537194 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateNov 3, 1970
Filing dateNov 30, 1967
Priority dateNov 30, 1967
Publication numberUS 3537194 A, US 3537194A, US-A-3537194, US3537194 A, US3537194A
InventorsMilton A Engle
Original AssigneeMilton A Engle
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Clothing label
US 3537194 A
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M. A. ENGLE CLOTHING LABEL FiledNov. 50, 1967 Nov. 3, 1970 FIG-.2

INVENTOR M//v/t/ ,4. A/GAE LE QE/CKana 505.50% LQZ V United States Patent Ofice 3,537,194 Patented Nov. 3, 1970 3,537,194 CLOTHING LABEL Milton A. Engle, 4907 Alcove, North Hollywood, Calif. 91607 Filed Nov. 30, 1967, Ser. No. 686,859 Int. Cl. A44c 3/00 U.S. Cl. 402 3 Claims ABSTRACT OF THE DISCLOSURE The label is afiixed to textile materials, such as clothing for example, by means of an adhesive layer on folded tabs of the label. Simulated stitching is provided on margins of the label giving the appearance that the label has been sewn onto the material.

The present invention pertains generally to labels, and, more particularly, to labels that are applied to textile materials.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION It is customary practice to apply labels to textile articles of various kinds indicating the manufacturer, distributor, or otherwise identifying the clothing by a tradename or trademark. It has also been standard practice to sew labels onto clothing and such sewn labels have been, particularly, for example, in the case of mens suits, an indication of quality. To apply labels by means of an adhesive or cementitious material has been found to be less expensive than sewing; however, adhesive labels are generally considered indicative of lesser quality than the sewn labels.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION Briefly, according to the practice of the present invention there is provided a label having portions that are adhesively secured to the cloth article. In addition, during its manufacture the label is provided with stitching in the margins so that when the label is secured onto the material, it will give the appearance of being sewn rather than adhesively retained.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS FIG. 1 is a perspective view of a label made in accordance with the present invention showing connective tabs extended.

FIG. 2 is a view similar to that of FIG. 1 with the connective tabs in retracted position and the label applied to a textile item.

FIG. 3 is a sectional view taken along line 33 in FIG. 2.

With reference now particularly to FIG. 1, there is shown a label made in accordance with the practice of this invention. As illustrated it is seen to be of generally rectangular construction, having a central body portion 11 and a pair of end connective tabs 12 and 13. In manufacture such labels are usually woven in a continuous long strip or ribbon and then cut into separate labels. The central body portion 11 includes designations such as trade name of the manufacturer or distributor, or the like. Since this type of information can take many forms and is conventional in the art, no specific depiction thereof has been made and, as such, it forms no part of the present invention.

Adjacent the two tab ends of the label there are provided rows of stitching 14 and 15, arranged generally parallel to the tabs and spaced slightly inwardly from tab fold lines 16 and 17. As is best seen in FIG. 2, the stitching1 being visible when the label is secured to the materia 18.

The tabs are provided on the surface that is facing outwardly with a layer 19 of suitable cementitious material (FIG. 1). Accordingtly, when the tabs are folded back along lines 16 and 17 the label can be directly applied to the material 18 and the label design and stitching rows 14 and 15 are visible. A number of different kinds of cements or adhesives are commercially available, either pressure sensitive or temperature sensitive, depending upon the particular use to which the material will be put, which are fully satisfactory for use with the invention. For this reason no particular adhesive is described here.

After the label has been adhered to the material 18, an observer would be given the general impression that the label is secured to the material by the rows of stitching, that is, that the label is a sewn-in label.

Although in the particular form of this label invention described herein is shown attached along two opposite sides by a single pair of simulated lines of stitching, it is contemplated that other label shapes and further configurations of simulated stitching on the label can be accomplished and still be within the broad spirit and contemplation of the invention. For example, the stitching can be provided around the entire periphery thereof, either at the edge or spaced inwardly therefrom with the label being secured to the material via a layer of cementitious material on the entire back side of the label or just select portions thereof. It is also contemplated that various styles of stitching may be woven into the label so as to simultaneously simulate a sewn-in label and also be part of the label design.

There is provided therefore in accordance with the practice of this invention a label particularly for application to textile materials which is particularly adapted for being adhered to the material by means other than sewing, which label includes woven stitching or lines of sewing to give the appearance that the label has been sewn to the material.

Although but one specific embodiment of the present invention has been described and illustrated herein, many changes and modifications will suggest themselves to those skilled in the art. This single embodiment has been selected for the purpose of illustration only and, therefore, the invention should not be limited to the embodiment so selected, the true scope of the invention being defined only in the appended claims.

I claim:

1. In a label to be applied to textile materials including at least one portion having adhesive material thereon to secure the label to the material, the improvement comprising:

simulated stitching on the outwardly facing portion of the label providing the appearance when the label is adhered to the material that the label is sewn thereto.

2. In a label as in claim 1, in which the label is of generally elongated rectangular geometry, the ends of which are formed into tabs including the adhesive material -on placed in contact with the cloth fabric, the label apthe outermost margins thereof, and the stitching is located pears to be secured thereto by the simulated stitching. inwardly of the tabs whereby when the label is applied to the textile material the tabs are folded with the adhesive REfefellceS Cited material securing the label to the material.

3. A label for application to cloth fabrics comprising: 5 UNITED STATES PATENTS a strip-like portion having a display side and a plain 2,531,631 11/1950 Jordan 40-2 side; 2,948,648 8/1960 Douchet 156220 X margins of said strip-like portion formed into tabs 3,010,866 11/ 1961 Douchet 156-219 and provided with an adhesive material, said tabs 10 being formed under the display side with the ad- EUGENE CAPOZIQPflmal'Y Examiner hesive facing away from the plain side; and LCONTRERAS Assistant Examiner simulated stitching provided at the display side of said strip-like portion in registry with the adhesive on 1 the tabs, whereby, when the adhesive on the tabs is 15 1 1 147

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U.S. Classification40/638, 493/961, 428/103, 428/126, 156/91, 493/375, 40/672, 428/79, 493/393, 428/194
International ClassificationG09F3/02, G09F3/10
Cooperative ClassificationG09F3/10, Y10S493/961, G09F2003/0282, G09F2003/023, G09F2003/0241
European ClassificationG09F3/10