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July 22, 1952
W. l. THOMAS
2,604,239
LACING DEVICE
Filed Aug. 1, 1949
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INVENTOR.
Patented July 22, 1952
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LACING
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WillianrI. Thomas, Montrose, Pa:
Application August-1, 1949., Serial No.- 107,988
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respectivelyatozthelbearingears 24 and 22 and are
joinedat their outerends by means of a pin 32.
This invention relates. to novel. and useiul iim+
provements in devices for lacingrslotted ‘material
with'strips.
which'is passed therethrough.
An object of this invention is to lace strips
through slotted material by‘ ?rst passing the
slotted material over needle guides, interweaving
the. material on theguides, andthen operate. a
cooperate- to form a crank.
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Hence, the arms .
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An operatingrod34 is ?xed tothe pin 32 at one
’ endandtoafoot pedalBG-at the other. end.
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horizontal arm .38 having-a partial eye. 40 at one
crank so as to push the needles from the needle
guides and then thread the eyes of the needles
end thereof is ?xed to the operating bar or arm
34 and has a spring 42 ?xed therein. This spring
with the strip material, and then release the 10 is disposed within the partial eye 46 and is ?xed
crank so as to allow springs to pull the eyes of
the needles within the guides and then pull the
to the bottom surface of the table [0 by means
of a screw eye 44 or the like. This spring opposes
slotted material from the guides thereby lacing
the operation of the pedal 35 and constantly
the material with the strips.
tends to return it.
Ancillary objects and features of novelty will 15
A needle bar 50 is provided with trunnions 52
become apparent to those skilled in the art, in
and 54 which pass through the ends of the two
following the description of the preferred form
L-shaped members 28 and 30 which form the
of the invention, illustrated in the accompanying
crank. Hence, the needle bar 50 is pivotally dis
drawings, wherein:
posed in the crank. Bores (unnumbered) are
Figure 1 is a perspective view of the preferred 20 formed in the needle bar for accommodation of
form of the device, showing the same set up for
use;
Figure 2 is a plan view of a part of the device,
showing the initial stage in the operation;
Figure 3 is a plan view similar to that shown 25
in Figure 2 and showing a second sequential step
of operation;
Figure 4. is a plan view similar to that shown in
Figure 2 but showing the ?nal step of the oper
ation thereof;
30
Figure 5 is a sectional view taken on the line
5-5 of Figure 4 and in enlarged scale;
Figure '6 is a view taken substantially on the
line 6--6 of Figure 1 and in the direction of the
35
arrows;
Figure '7 is a sectional view taken substantially
on the line 1-1 of Figure 1 and in the direction
of the arrows;
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a pair of needles 56 and 58 respectively. Any
numberof guides may be employed. Set screws
60 and 62 hold the needles in adjusted ?xed posi
tion. Suitable pins 64 and 66 fasten the trun
nions within the ends of the L-shaped members
28 and 3:: allowing pivotal movement of the
needle bar when the crank is oscillated or recipro
cated.
A pair of guides '68 and 10 respectively are‘
?xed to the top of the support 20 by means of a
clamp 12. These guides are substantially hori
zontal and have slots 14 at the outer ends thereof.
At the inner ends there are limiting collars 16
which form abutments for the springs 18 and 80
respectively which react thereon and also on the
needle bar 50.
The needles 56 and 58 are provided with en
larged ?at eyes 82, each eye having a sharp pro
jection 84 therein which is adapted to ?x itself
within the strip 86 when it is being passed
Figure 8 is a perspective view of one of the
guides for the needles;
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Figure 9 is a perspective view of one of the
through the slot in the slotted material 88.
needles which is reciprocable in the guides.
In operation the slotted material 88 is ?rst
For illustrative purposes a part of a table I0
passed on the guides 68 and 10 by interweaving
is shown. Any type of table or support which
them through the slots in the desired pattern.
is adaptable to the present invention may be 45 Then the pedal 38 is operated thereby pushing
used. A frame generally indicated at 12 is shown
the needles outwardly of the guides. this opera—
as being ?xed to the top or the table 10. This
tion being opposed by the springs 42 and ‘I8 and
frame consists of feet l6 which are ?xed by
80 respectively.
means of screws or the like to the table ID to
The foot pedal 36 may be provided with a
gether with two cross members. One cross mem 50 locking pawl to hold it in proper position until
ber I8 is rather shallow, while the other cross
the eyes of the needles have been threaded.
member 20 which is a support, is slightly higher.
Then the foot pedal 36 is released allowing the
The device could be made with legs and contain
spring to pull the eyes ?rmly back in the slots 14
its own table.
of the guides 68 and 10. At this time the material
In substantially the center of the cross mem 65 88 is simply pulled from the guides at the same '
ber l8 there is a bracket with bearing ears 22 and
time interweaving the strips 86 in the material 88.‘
24 respectively. This bearing bracket is held in
The device may be motor driven, if found de
place by any suitable means such as spot welding,
sirable. It would be especially desirable when
screwing or the like. A pair or more of sub
the device is to be used primarily for heavy ma
stantially L-shaped arms 28 and 30 are pivotedv 60 terial operation. In the motor operation, con
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ventional machine drive mechanism would be
employed in lieu of the foot pedal.
Having described the invention, what is claimed
slotted ends of the guides so that the material
may be passed on said guides.
WILLIAM I. THOMAS.
as new is:
REFERENCES CITED
In a lacing device, a frame having an upper
and a lower cross member, a crank pivoted‘ to
The following references are of record in the
the lower member of said frame intermediate the
?le of this patent:
ends of said crank, one end of said crank being
UNITED STATES PATENTS
bifurcated, a foot operator secured to the opposite
Number
Name
Date
10
end of said crank to oscillate the crank, a needle
bar pivoted to said crank and located between
the furcations of said crank, guides ?xed to the
upper member of said frame with needles dis-l
posed therein and ?xed to said pivoted needle
bar, said guides adapted to accommodate a piece 15
of material, springs positioned between said
needle bar and said frame opposing the opera
tion of said crank, said guides having slotted
ends and the needles having enlarged eyes dis
posed in the slotted ends of said guides, and the 20
springs constantly pulling the needles inwardly
of the guides and ?rmly seating said eyes in the
1,057,280
Roseman ________ __ Mar. 25, 1913
1,376,324
2,157,593
2,279,099
2,296,783
2,341,684
Embra __________ __ Apr. 26,
Conklin __________ __ May 9,
West ____________ __ Apr. 7,
Golden __________ __ Sept. 22,
Baker ___________ __ Feb. 15,
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West ____________ __ Jan. 23, 1945
2,477,053
1921
1939
1942
1942
1944
Ewer ____________ __ July 26, 1949
FOREIGN PATENTS
Number
181,524
Country
Date
Great Britain ____ __ June 22, 1922
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