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Publication numberUS3652143 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateMar 28, 1972
Filing dateJul 27, 1970
Priority dateJul 27, 1970
Publication numberUS 3652143 A, US 3652143A, US-A-3652143, US3652143 A, US3652143A
InventorsWener Harry
Original AssigneeInt Education Sewing Manual In
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Multiple sewing machine table
US 3652143 A
Abstract
A sewing machine table employing an overhanging top arranged to support a series of sewing machines outside the periphery of the top in easily accessible position while leaving the table top completely unobstructed for laying out work and providing drophead supports for the individual machines so that they may be lowered and laterally moved into the support to concealed positions under the table top when not in use.
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ilnited States Patent Weller [4 1 Mar. 20, W72

[54] MULTIPLE SEWING MACHINE TABLE [72] Inventor: Harry Wener, Phoenix, Ariz.

[73] Assignee: International Education Sewing Manual,

Inc., Phoenix, Ariz.

[22] Filed: July 27, 1970 21 Appl. No.: 58,307

[52] US. Cl. ..3l2/27, 312/208 [51] Int. Cl. ..A47b 81/00 [58] Field ofSearch ..3l2/27, 28, 30, 194, 198, 208

[56] References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS 2,654,650 10/1953 Stanton ..312/30 2,746,825 5/1956 Lee ..312/28 2,541,075 2/1951 Koch ..312/28 2,577,934 12/1951 Tubacki ..312/208 UX 3,306,690 2/ 1967 Gibson et a] ..312/208 3,524,689 8/1970 Wener ..3 12/208 Primary Examiner-James C. Mitchell Altorneywarren F. B. Lindsley [57] ABSTRACT A sewing machine table employing an overhanging top arranged to support a series of sewing machines outside the periphery of the top in easily accessible position while leaving the table top completely unobstructed for laying out work and providing drophead supports for the individual machines so that they may be lowered and laterally moved into the support to concealed positions under the table top when not in use.

3 Claims, 4 Drawing Figures BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION This invention relates to the field of furniture and more particularly to furniture structures for mounting a plurality of operator controlled machines for use in schools, manufacturing plants and the like. Power operated machines, such as sewing machines, clothes pressers and similar power operated devices handle large quantities of material and thereby require large work tables in close association with the machines.

Heretofore, multiple support structures for sewing machines and the like lacked the capability of using the structure as a layout table or desk, whether or not the machines were out in working position.

Further, the support structures formerly used were unsightly at all times and could not be used as a regular piece of furniture when the machines were not in use.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION One of the objects of this invention is to provide an overhanging table top structure for mounting a plurality of sewing machines and the like in which the machines are so positioned that they are easily accessible on all sides outside of the periphery of the table top.

Another object of this invention is to provide an improved multiple sewing machine table in which the machines are telescopically moved to and from storage spaces under an overhanging table top to provide normal unobstructed use of the table top.

A further object of this invention is to provide a combined storage space and drophead sewing machine telescopic support under an overhanging table top which does not in any way interfere with the unobstructed use of the table top.

A still further object of this invention is to provide multiple sewing machine support structures employing overhanging table tops having clean and pleasing appearance both with the machines in operating position and when stored away under the table top.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWING FIG. .1 is' a perspective view showing the multiple sewing machine table incorporating the features of this invention;

, FIG. 2 is a plan view of the structure shown in FIG. 1; FIG. 3 is an enlarged fragmentary cross sectional view taken along the line 3-3 of FIG. 2; and

FIG. 4 is an enlarged cross sectional view of FIG. 2 taken along the line 4-4.

DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENT Referring more particularly to the drawing by characters of reference, FIGS. 1-4 illustrate a multiple head sewing machine desk or table 9 having a base 10, a pair of upstanding ends 11 and 12, secured to the base, and an upstanding intermediate partitions 13 on the top edges of which are supported an overhanging table top 14.

Partition l3 divides the space between the upstanding ends 11 and 12 into two compartments 15 and 16 each of which is large enough to house two or more sewing machines.

Suitable drophead machine support members 17 each carrying a sewing machine 18 are located offset to one side of the compartments 15 and 16 so as to provide an operators position 19. Each position 19 is provided with a suitable swivel chain 20 so that an operator has convenient access to the machines 18 and the table top 14 at all times.

Since it is desirable to provide an overhang of suitable dimensions such that an operator may use the table as a work surface when facing the desk, the drophead machine support comprise the lever and spring mechanism (well known in the art) suitably supporting a horizontally movable rack or platen 21. Platen 21 is pulled horizontally outwardly from its compartment storage position A shown in FIG. 3 to position 8.

Slidably mounted on platen 21 is a box like support 22 for supporting sewing machine 18. Support 22 is provided with a horizontal track formed as wood grooves 23 in each of the side walls 24 and 25 of support 22. Platen 21 has a pair of steel rails 23a fastened to its edges 26 one on each side of box like support 22 which fit into the wood grooves 23.

As the platen 21 is pulled horizontally outwardly of the table 9 by grasping the side walls 24 and 25 of support 22, the weight of sewing machine 18 on platen 21 and the friction pf the rails 23a in grooves 23 keep the platen 21 and support 22 in their relative position shown in position B (FIG. 3).

When further pull is exerted on suppol 't 22 when in position B and the drophead machine support member 17 is lifted upwardly, support 22 will slide along rails 23a another predetermined distance equal to or slightly more than the table top overhang so that support 22 assumes the position C shown in FIG. 3. Stops 27 mounted on platen 21 limited the horizontal movement of support 22 relative to platen 21.

In accordance with the invention claimed a larger overhead may be provided on table 9 by means of the telescopic arrangement of the platen and machine support so that table 9 may be more conveniently used by the operator as a desk whether the sewing machine 18 is in usable position or stored in its compartment.

As shown in the figures of the drawing, each compartment in table 9 may be provided with a door 28 which closes the compartment when the drophead machine support member 17 and the associated machine 18 are stored within it.

Although but one embodiment of the present invention has been illustrated and described it will be apparent to those skilled in the art that various changes and modifications may be made therein without departing from the spirit of the invention or from the scope of the appended claims.

What is claimed is:

1. A multiple sewing machine table comprising in combination:

a base,

a pair of spaced upstanding ends on said base,

an upstanding intermediate partition on said base located between the upstanding ends forming compartments between the intermediate partition and the upstanding ends so as to provide operation positions at the table,

an overhanging table top supported on the top edges of the ends and intermediate partition,

and a plurality of drophead machine support members supported on the table structure located offset to one side of the compartments between the ends and intermediate partition, each of said drophead machine support members comprising a platen and a sewing machine support telescopically arranged for relative movement longitudinally of each other.

2. A multiple sewing machine table as in claim 1 wherein said sewing machine support moves relative to said platen a predetermined amount.

3. A multiple sewing machine table as in claim 1 wherein said sewing machine support is mounted for movement on said platen a distance substantially equal to the overhang of said table top.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification312/27, 312/208.5
International ClassificationA47B29/00
Cooperative ClassificationA47B29/00
European ClassificationA47B29/00