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Патент USA US2110666

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March 8,1938.
Filed June 15, 11936
Jar/j .D. H054/;
Patented Mar. 8, 1938
' Jerry D. Hogan, Beaumont, Tex.
Application June 15, 1936, Serial No. 85,206
3 Claims. (01. 223-69)
This invention relates to a garment stretcher
of a class embodying a plurality of frame mem
bers over which a garment is placed and held in
a desired stretched position, particularly after
5 cleaning and during drying thereof. The in
vention is particularly adapted to drying of
women’s skirts of crocheted or knitted fabric
and will be described as embodied in such device.
The invention contemplates and therefore has
ends of the members are slotted as shown at 5.
The slot at the lower end, 6, terminates short
of the end of the member and is provided with
suitable graduation 9 whereby proper adjustment
is facilitated.
The ends of the member 3 are centrally grooved
to a depth shown by dotted line H to receive the
reduced end ‘E of the side member. The. lower
edge !2 is conto-ured'to be suitable for stretching
a garment of a given type. For example, if a
skirt is to be stretched, a suitable arcuate con
tour is given edge l2, as shown, to conform with
that after removing the garment it will have the the waistband when the garment is. in a ?at
stretched condition. Slots G3, which are general
desired shape.
A further object of the invention is the pro ' ly parallel with edge l2, are provided to facilitate
vision of a simple and inexpensive device that is adjustment.
End member 4, similar to end member 3, has
foldable into a small space when not in use and
adapted for use by the average woman in the its ends centrally grooved as shown at I9 in
Fig. 3, the grooves terminating as shown by
lines I4 in Fig. 1. This end member is
The objects of the invention are obtained by
providing suitably contoured side bars to apply also provided with a suitable contoured upper
transverse tension on the garment to be blocked. edge i5 to conform with the desired shape of
End bars are suitably secured to the side bars to the edge of the garment to be stretched. Again,
hold such side bars in spaced relation and to if the article to be stretched is a skirt, a suit
provide means for longitudinally tensioning the able arcuate curve is provided. The radius of
garment being blocked. The desirable contour curvature in such instance would approximate
of a garment, for example a skirt, is not obtained that of edge I2 but would provide a concave
edge, whereas the edge of the member 3 is con
when placed upon a blocker that holds the gar
vex. The ends of the member 4 are also slotted
ment edges in a straight line. I therefore pro
vide suitable contour of the end members to as shown at 26, the slots being generally parallel
conform with the contour of the article being to edge l5.
Edges I2 and i5 are provided with fasteners
stretched. Fasteners are then provided upon
56. Any suitable fasteners may be used instead
the end members so that the garment may be
easily attached to maintain the desired shape. A of hooks 56 as shown. Two rows of fasteners
construction within the purview of the invention are provided in order that attachment to the
is hereafter more fully described and illustrated garment may be made at frequent intervals
throughout its circumference. These fasteners
in the drawing, in which:
Fig. 1 is a plan view of an embodiment of my are located at regularly spaced intervals and
10 as an object a skirt blocker for stretching a gar
ment longitudinally and transversely and holding
the stretched garment in such blocked condition
Fig. 2 is a sideview 0f the embodiment shown
in Fig. 1.
Fig. 3 is a sectional view taken on line 3-3 of
Fig. 1.
Fig. 4 is a sectional view taken on line (‘P-1S of
45 Fig. 2.
i, 2 are side members and 3, 4 are end mem
here which are assembled to form a generally
rectangular device.
The upper and lower ends
of the side members are reduced in sections as
shown at l and 8 in Fig. 2. The outer edges of
said side members are, however, rounded, as
shown at H) in Fig. 4, and this contour is main
tained throughout the reduced sections 1, 8.
The ends of these members are slotted to fa~
55 cilitate adjustment and assembly. The upper
also serve as a scale for suitable transverse ad
justment of the blocker.
The stretcher members are secured together
by any suitable means such as bolts 1‘! provided
with wing nuts 18. By merely loosening the
wing nuts on the bolts H the blocker may be
readily adjusted, measurements being marked
along the hooks it from the center to the ends
of the top and bottom bars to correspond with
the graduations 9 on the side bars. Or, member
3 may readily be removed by virtue of the open
slots 5. Member 4 may be readily detached 50
from side members 3, 4 by removing the bolts
from slots 6. The device can be thus readily
stored in a small space when not in use.
The construction employed is capable of a cer
tain range of change and modi?cation without 55
a material departure from the spirit of the in
vention, and I do not limit myself to the speci?c
structure disclosed except as hereinafter claimed.
What is claimed is as follows:
1. A garment form comprising a pair of side
members having slots in their opposite ends, a
pair of end members having their ends bifur
cated to receive and adjustably connect said side
members in variously spaced relation, said end
10 members having their opposed edges arcuate and
means for securing the garment edges to the
arcuate faces of the end members.
2. A garment form comprising a pair of side
bars adapted to receive a garment to be
15 stretched, an upper end member adjustably con
nected to the upper ends of said side bars, said
member having its lower edge convex, a lower
end member adjustably connected to the lower
ends of said side members and having its upper
edge concave and means on the opposed curved
edges of said members and adjacent the oppo~
site faces thereof for securing a garment thereto
with the opposite sides of the garment in parallel
3. A skirt stretcher including a pair of side
members, and a pair of end members, means to
connect the end members and said side members 10
together for adjustment both laterally and 1on
gitudinally, the adjacent sides of said end mem
bers being curved downwardly, and means on
said curved sides of said end members to secure
the upper and lower ends of a skirt thereto.
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