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Feb. 22, 1938.
M |_|¢|-|TER
2,109,318
MINIATURE MENDING KIT
Filed June 18, 1935
2 Sheets-Sheet l
INVENTOR
Mo‘vin Lichier'
ATTORNEYS
Feb. 22, 1938.
M_ |_|¢HTER
2,109,318
MINIATURE MENDING KIT
Filed June 18, 1935
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2 Sheets-Sheet 2
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INVENTOR
Malvin Llch’er
BY
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ATTORNEYS
2,109,318
Patented Feb. 22, 1938
UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE
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MINIATURE MENDING KIT
‘Malvin Lichter, New Rochelle, N. Y., assignor to
The Stickleas Corporation. New York, N. ‘1., a
corporation of New York
Application June 18, 1935, Serial No. 27,168
13 Claims. (Cl. 206-84)
points in generally parallel relation, as is clearly
'This invention relates to mending kits, and evident
from Fig. 2 of the drawings. Thread
more particularly to a miniature mending kit
containing a needle and a plurality of differently card I! is secured to a cover 22 preferably by
of a suitable fastener or staple 24 lo
colored threads’and if desired, further accessories means
cated near one edge of the thread card. The 5
such as pins, buttons and the like.
The primary and general object of my invention ends of the thread are disposed in back of the
resides in the‘ provision of a thin, ?at, miniature thread card and are normally held in place by
the pressure between the thread card and the
mending kit which ‘is pocketable; which is in
expensive and discardable; and which forms an cover. Because the thread card is secured at 10
attractive and useful novelty which may be given one edge only as shown, it is readily lifted at
away by stores for advertising purposes or left its opposite edge away from the cover, thus mak
in hotel rooms for the convenience of hotel ing the threads-accessible.
The cover 22 is preferably formed of heavy
guests, and which lslconveniently carried when paper
or light-weight cardboard and in the pres
traveling, for mending or repair purposes‘.
Other objects of my invention center about ent instance, is creased to fold on the lines 28
and 28, thereby forming top and bottom ?aps l0
a convenient and inexpensive method for manu
facturing the mending kit rapidly under quantity and 32. The cover is normally held in closed
condition by appropriate means, here exempli?ed
production conditions.
To the accomplishment of the foregoing and by a tongue 34 formed at the end of ?ap 30 and a
mating slot 18 cut through the bottom flap 3!.
other more partici?arized objects which will here
The cover is closed by inserting tongue 84 in slot
inafter appear, my invention consists in the 38, as is clearly evident from inspection of Fig. 1.
mending kit elements and their relation one to
The kit is completed by a needle 38 which is
the other as hereinafter are more particularly
on thread card I! in any desired fashion,
described in the speci?cation and sought to be secured
as by inserting the point in the thread card at 2
25 de?ned in the claims.
The specification is ac
companied by drawings in which:
Fig. l is a perspective view of one form of
mending kit embodying features of .my invention;
Fig. 2 shows the same in opened condition;
Fig. 3 is a section taken in the plane of the
30
line 3-8 of Fig. 2;
Fig. 4 is a rear view of the kit in closed con
dition;
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Fig. 5 is a front elevation of a portion of an
as elongated thread strip and is explanatory of the
method of my invention;
Fig. 6 is a rear elevation of the same;
Fig. 'I shows the application of the thread strip
to a cover strip;
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Fig. 8 shows a modi?ed form of the invention
in partially opened condition;
Fig. 9 is a section taken in the plane of the line
0-9 of F18. 81:
Fig. 10 shows another modi?cation of the in
45 vention in partially open condition: and
Fig. 11 shows the same fully opened.
Referring to the drawings, and more particu
larly to Figs. 1 through 4, the mending kit, which
may also be called a thread book or a needle
50 and-thread case, or similar designation, com
prises a relatively rigid thread card I! on which
are wound a plurality of preferably di?'erently
colored threads ll, it, It and 20. The thread
card is preferably rectangular, or square as
so shown, and the threads are wound at spaced
ll! while holding the eye end l2 beneath one or
more of the skeins or spools of thread. The front
face of the thread card may be surfaced with
metallic foil simulating silver, gold or the like,
thereby imparting an exceedingly attractive ap 30
pearance to the kit. The outer, and if desired,
the exposed inner surfaces of the cover may be
printed with any suitable advertisement or illus
tration as well as instructions for use of the kit.
The assembly is small, thin and ?at; is readily
carried in pocket or purse; is so inexpensive that
it may be given away free for advertising pur
poses and is so useful and attractive that it may
be sold to travelers, and when given away, forms
an excellent and long retained advertising 40
medium.
The kit is preferably manufactured under
quantity production conditions in accordance
with the following method. Large sheets of
cardboard are surfaced with metal fell as afore
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said, and are then cut into long strips 50 indi
cated in Figs. 5 and 6. These strips are as wide
as the thread card i2 in Fig. 2 is high, and are
given any desired length. say suf?cient for 12
thread cards. The different threads are prefer—
ably wound simultaneously. For this purpose
the threads are led from large reels or spools and
are guided through appropriate guides at a
spacing equal to the spacing 52 between the
threads on the thread card. The ends of the 55
threads are preliminarily anchored in a slit Bl
near one end of strip 88 and the threads and strip
are then relatively rotated until the specified or
desired length of thread has been wound at the
?rst station. When four threads are used, as is
here the case, there will then be formed the
four spools of thread I‘, it, I8 and 28. At this
time the thread guides are advanced relative to
the strip (or vice yersa) by an amount aequai to
10 the desired‘ width of one thread card, whereupon
a second set of threads is wound on the strip.
During the shifting from the ?rst to the second
set of threads the threads run diagonally as
indicated at 88 in Fig. 8. ‘This operation is re
peated until the entire strip is ?lled with suc
cessive sets of thread. In each case the thread
guides are advanced while the threads are on the
rear side of the strip, and it is the resulting
diagonalLv disposed threads that are subsequently
20 located between the thread card and the cover
of the thread book.
When using the thread book the diagonal ends
of thread lying beneath the spools of thread are
left in place while the diagonal thread ends lying
26 outside the spools of thread are readily accessible
for unwinding the desired thread. The auto
matic retention of the thread ‘ends in orderly ar
rangement between the thread card and the cover
after the threads are severedwhen forming the
individual units is of great convenience because
otherwise the individual thread ends would have
to be fastened in some manner to prevent un
winding or escape. The thread book is complete
ly spoiled in appearance if substantial loose ends
of thread project therefrom. With the present
construction, the threads are always under con
trol and are retained in desired position without
any increase in labor during manufacture.
The wound thread strip 88 is next placed on an
elongated cover strip 88 which preferably has
already been printed as desired and cut to form
the tongue 88, slits 88 and fold lines 88 and 28.
The strips 88 and 88 are-stapled between the
successive sets of thread as is indicated by staples
28. The assembly is then slit or severed trans
versely as indicated by the dotted line 82 to form
the individual units or thread kits. The needle
may be inserted in the individual kits and the
cover folded and closed by manual operation.
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The mending kit and manufacturing method
has so far been described in simplest form. The
kit may be modi?ed in numerous parts. A some
what more elaborate kit is illustrated in Figs. 8
and 9. The main di?erence between this kit and
that heretofore described resides in the provision
of a backing card 88 between the thread card I2
and the cover 22. This construction is used when
it is desired to give the exterior of the book a
smooth unmarred ?nish.
With the simple arrangement heretofore de
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scribed the staple 24 is visible from outside the
cover as is clearly shown in Fig. 4. With the
present improved arrangement the staple 88
passes through the thread card I! and the back
65 ing ‘card 84, but does not pass through the cover
22. Instead, the backing card 84 is cemented to
the cover 22 as is indicated at 88 in Fig. 9.
‘The
described construction possesses the advantage
that the thread card is secured at one edge only
70 so that it may be lifted to remove the thread.
To attempt to cement the thread card a one edge
only of the cover would be di?lcult, would compli
cate the manufacturing process, would result in
glue spreading to the thread, and ?nally, a glued
75 connection thus limited in area would lack
strength. With the present construction the
strength and advantages of the stapiedconnec
tion are retained and the backing 8| is readily
cemented to the cover over any desired area or
extent.
To make this form of thread book the process
above outlined is modified as follows. The thread
strip when wound is placed over an elongated
backing strip instead of being placed over the
cover. The thread strip and backing strip are 10
then stapled at spaced points, one staple being
used for each unit. The assembly of thread strip
and backing strip is then cemented to the cover
strip and the cement may, if desired, be applied
continuously beneath substantially the entire 15
area of the backingfstrip. The complete assem
bly of threadstrip,-backlng strip and cover strip
is then severed or ‘out into individual units just
as previously described.
The modi?cation of Figs. 8 and 9 also di?'ers 20
from that already described in being provided
with small safety pins ‘l8. These are carried in
pockets formed by small slits 12 in the bottom
iiap 28. The pins are inserted through slits ‘l2
and the closure slit 8'. When the book is closed, 25
the pins as well as the needle and thread are all
concealed from view.
Another form of my invention is illustrated in
Figs. 10 and 11. In this form of the invention the
thread card 88 is secured to the cover 82 by an 30
eyelet 88 rather than a staple, the eyelet prefer
ably being located at one corner of the thread
card. This permits the thread card to be swung
outwardly away from the cover, as is clearly
shown in Fig. 11. thus facilitating removal of the
thread. This incidentally exposes the area 88 of
the cover, which may if desired be employed as
additional advertising space.
It will be understood that the process of manu
facture of this form of kit is not substantially 40
different from that previously described, for the
eyelets 88 may be inserted automatically at the
desired spacing Just as was the case in using sta
ples. It will also be understood that if a- more
?nished product is desired, in which the eyelet is 45
not exposed at the back of the kit, the thread
card may be eyeleted to a backing card instead
oi’ the cover. and the backing card may in turn
be cemented to the cover just as was described in
connection with Figs. 8 and 9.
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The present form of the invention also illus
trates the provision of buttons 88 as a part of the
kit. As will be evident from examination of Figs.
10 and 11 of the drawings, the bottom ?ap 80 of
the cover is enlarged somewhat and is slit at 92
to form pockets which receive and hold the but
tons 88 in place. The ?ap 88 is also slit at 88
to form a pocket in which a small safety pin 88
is inserted,thereby providing the user with a
variety of accessories which may be needed for 60
emergency mending.
It is believed that the mode of constructing and
using as well as the many advantages of my im
proved mending kit will be apparent from the
foregoing detailed description thereof. It will 65
also be apparent that while I have shown and de
scribed my invention in several forms, many
changes and modi?cations may be made in the
particular structures which I have herein dis
closed without departing from the spirit of the
invention sought to be de?ned in the following
claims.
In the claims the statement calling for means
securing the thnead card to the cover near one
extremity of the thread card is intended to in 75
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clude the arrangement of Fig. 11, as'well asv that
of the other ?gures, the intent of the limitation
being that the fastening means is so localized as
to permit movement of the remainder of the
thread card.
I claim:
1. In the manufacture of mending kits, the
method which includes simultaneously winding
a plurality of differently colored threads at spaced
points near one end of a long strip of cardboard
or like support to form a ?rst set of threads, in
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termittently relatively moving the threads and
the strip longitudinally of thestripby a substan
tial amount in order to-wlnd succeeding sets of
15 the threads on said strip, the distance of ‘said
movement exceeding‘ the space occupied by the
first set of threads, and slitting the strip between
each of the sets of threads.
2. In the manufacture of mending kits, the
20 method which includes simultaneously winding
a, plurality of differently colored threads at spaced
points near one end of a long strip of thin, stiff
material such as cardboardyintemiittently rela
tively moving the threads and the strip longi
tudinally
of the strip by a substantial amount in
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order to wind succeeding sets of the threads on
‘said strip, fastening the strip to an elongated
cover strip between the successive sets of threads.
and thereafter slitting the assembly of thread
30 card and cover strip between each of the sets of
threads in order to form single mending kit units.
3. In the manufacture of mending kits, the
method which includes winding a plurality of
sets of differently colored threads at spaced
points about a long strip of cardboard, fastening
‘ said strip to an elongated cover strip at the suc
cessive sets of threads, and thereafter slitting the
assembly of thread card and cover strip between
each of the sets of threads in order to form single
40 mending kit units.
4. In the manufacture of mending kits, the
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ing in the direction of the aforesaid thread wind
ings and said cover'being folded on lines trans
verse to the thread windings,‘ fastening means
for suitably securing said thread card to the
cover near one of the side edges of the thread
card extending in the direction of the thread
windings, the side edges of the thread card and
the side edges of the cover being cut flush with
one another, and means to ‘releasably hold the
cover in closed condition about the thread card. 10
'1. A miniature pocket mending kit comprising
a plain rectangular thread card made of rela
tively thick cardboard
wound at a plurality
of spaced points with a plurality of differently
colored threads, a folded paper or thin cardboard
cover for protectively housing said thread card.
the side edges of said cover extending in the di
rection of the aforesaid thread windings and said
cover being folded on lines transverse to the
thread windings, fastening means for suitably
securing said thread card to the cover near one
of the side edges of the thread card extending
in the direction of the thread windings, the side
edges of the thread card and the side edges of
the cover being cut flush with one another, said
cover being folded around the thread card with
the ends of the cover in overlapping’ relation, one
of said ends being shaped to form a tongue and
the other of said ends‘ being incised to receive
said tongue and to thereby releasably hold the 30
cover in closed condition about the thread card.
8. A miniatureopocket mending kit comprising
a plain rectangular thread card wound at a plu—
rality of spaced points with a plurality of differ
ently-colored threads, a backing card disposed
immediately in back of said thread card, fasten
ing means suitably securing said thread card to
said backing card at one of the side edges of the
thread card extending in the direction of the
thread windings, a folded paper or thin card
method which includes simultaneously winding
board cover for protectively housing said thread
card, means cementing the backing card to the
a plurality of differently colored threads at
spaced points near one end of a long strip of
the direction of the aforesaid thread windings
cardboard, intermittently relatively moving the
threads and the strip longitudinally of the strip
by a substantial amount in order to wind suc
ceeding sets of the threads on said strip, placing
said strip over a commensurately long backing
strip, stapling the strips together at the succes
50 sive sets of threads, cementing the backing strip
to an elongated cover strip, and thereafter slit
ting the assembly of thread card, backing strip
and cover strip between each of the sets of
threads
in order to form single mending kit units.
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5. In the manufacture of mending kits, the
method which includes simultaneously winding
a plurality of differently colored threads‘ at
spaced points near one end of a long strip of
60 thin sti?' material such as cardboard, intermit
tently relatively moving the threads and the strip
longitudinally of the strip by a substantial
amount in order to wind succeeding sets of the
threads on said strip, fastening the strip to an
elongated cover strip at each of the successive
65
sets of threads, and thereafter slitting the as
sembly of ‘thread card and cover strip between
each of the sets of threads in order to form angle
mending kit units.
6. A miniature pocket mending kit comprising
70 a plain rectangular thread card wound at a plu
rality of spaced points with a plurality of differ
ently colored threads, a folded paper or thin
cardboard cover for protectively housing said
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thread card, the side edges of said cover extend
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cover, the side edges of said cover extending in
and said cover being folded on lines transverse 45
to the thread windings, the side edges of the
thread card and backing card and cover all being
cut, ?ush with one another and means to releas
ably hold the cover in closed condition about the
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thread card.
9. A miniature pocket mending kit comprising
a plain rectangular thread card made of relatively
thick cardboard and wound at a plurality of spaced
points with a vplurality of differently-colored
threads, a backing card disposed immediately in 55
back of said thread card, fastening means suit
ably securing said thread card to said backing
card at one of the side edges of the thread card
extending in the direction of the thread windings,
a folded paper or thin cardboard cover for pro
60
tectively housing said thread card, means ce
menting the backing card to the cover, the side
edges of said cover extending in the direction of
the aforesaid thread windings and said cover be
ing folded on lines transverse to the thread wind 65
ings, the side edges of the thread card and back
ing card and cover all being cut flush with one
another said cover being folded around the thread
card with the ends thereof in overlapping rela
tion, one of said ends being shaped to form a 70
tongue and the other of said ends being incised
to receive said tongue and to thereby releasably
hold the cover in closed condition about the
thread card.
10. A miniature pocket mending kit compris 75
4
ing a thread card wound at a plurality of spaced
points with a plurality o! diil'erently colored
threads, the inner ends of said threads extend
ing diagonally beneath the windings toward one
' side edge of the card, and the outer ends of said
threads extending diagonally on top of the wind
ings toward the opposite side edge of the card,
the inner and outer ends of the thread being dis
posed on the same face of the card, and a folded
10 paper or thin cardboard cover for protectively
housing said thread card.
11. A miniature pocket mending kit compris
ing a thread card wound at a plurality oi’ spaced
points with a plurality of di?erently colored
15 threads, the inner ends of said threads extend
ing diagonally beneath the windings toward one
side edge oi’ the card, and the outer ends of said
threads extending diagonally on top of the wind
ings toward the opposite side edge of the card.
20 the inner and outer ends of the thread being
disposed on the same face of the card, a folded
paper or thin cardboard cover for protectively
housing said thread card, the side edges of said
cover extending in the direction of the aforesaid
25 thread windings, a‘ 1d said cover being folded
on lines transverse to the thread windings, fas
tening means for suitably securing said thread
card to the cover near one oi’ the side edges of the
thread card extending in the direction of the
30 thread windings, the side edges of the thread
card and the side edges oi’ the cover being cut
?ush with one another, and means to releasably
hold the cover in closed condition about the
thread card.
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12. A miniature pocket mending kit compris
ing a thread card wound at a plurality of spaced
points with a plurality oi’ differently colored
threads, the inner ends of said threads extend
ing diagonally beneath the windings toward one
side edge of the thread card, the outer ends or
said threads extending diagonally outside the
windings toward the opposite side edge 01' the
thread card, a backing card disposed immediate
ly in back 01' the thread card on the ‘side having
the thread ends, iastening means suitably se
curing said thread card to said backing card near
one or the side edges 01' the thread card extend
ing in the direction of the thread windings, and 10
a folded paper or thin cardboard cover for pro- I
tectively housing said thread card.
13. A miniature pocket mending kit compris
ing a thread card wound at a plurality oi spaced
points with a plurality of di?erently colored
threads, the inner ends of said threads extending
diagonally beneath the windings toward one side
edge of the thread card. the outer ends of said
threads extending diagonally outside the wind
ings toward the opposite side edge of the thread 20
card, a backing card disposed immediately in
back 01' the thread card on the side having the
thread ends, fastening means suitably securing
said thread card to said backing card near one
of the‘ side edges oi’ the thread card extending 25
in the direction of the thread windings, a folded
paper or thin cardboard cover for protectively
housing said ‘thread card, means securing the
backing card to the cover, the side edges of said
cover extending in the direction of the thread 30
windings, and said cover being folded on lines
transverse to the thread windings, the said edges
of the thread card and backing card and cover
all being cut ?ush with one anotherfand means
to releasably hold the cover in closed condition
about the thread card.
MALVIN LIGHTER.
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