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April 5, 1933-»
2,113,032 ,
Filed, Nov, 27, 1956
Hilda~ EMueH'er‘
Patented Apr. 5, 1938
GARMENT s'ritncrcnnn
Hilda November
E. Mueller,27,Schenectady,
1936, SerialNo.
N. Y.112,957"
4 Claims.
(Cl. 223-69)
respective other ends of the'members are joined
My invention relates to garment stretchers and
more particularly to stretchers for knitted gar
ments, comprising skirt and blouse either in one
or separate pieces.
One object of my invention is to- provide a
stretcher which is adjustable to the size of the
garment to be stretched and will retain its shape
through each adjustment.
to form the sides of the frame by a slotted sheet
metal strip 20.
When it is desired to adjust the skirt frame,
as to width it is only necessary to move the lower
side members [4 and 7. 15 away from each other
until the correct width is obtained. The members
_ are held in the desired relation by two strips 20
Another object of my invention is to provide a
10 stretcher for skirts which will hold the top and
bottom ends of the skirt in straight lines at each
of several adjustments of the stretcher.
For a better understanding of my invention
together with other and further objects thereof,
reference is had to- the following description,
taken in connection with the accompanying
drawing, and its scope will be pointed out in the
appended claims.
This application is a continuation in part of
my application Serial Number 13,220 ?led March
2'7, 1935.
one on each side of the members l4 and I5 and
held by bolts 2| which project through the mem
bers l4 and i5 and terminate in wing nuts 22.
An additional means of holding the two parts of
a side in alinement is disclosed in connection with
the adjustment of the two sides of'the frame.
The parts l2 and I3 as well as the members It
and I‘! are provided with dowel pins 23 which are
respectively placed into the ends of the members
and project into holes in the adjacent end of the
other member. When it is desired to lengthen
the frame it is only necessary to insert a mem 20
ber such as the member 24 which has the proper
length and whose ends are provided with the nec
In the accompanying drawing, Fig. l is a front
elevation of my garment stretcher; Fig. 2 is an essary holes to accommodate the dowel pins. A
end view of the stretcher; Fig. 3 is an enlarged strip 20 and bolts 2| with wing nuts 22 are pro
view of one of the flexible connections between vided to lock the members to each other. The 25
two side members, and Fig. 4 is an enlarged view ' left side of the frame, made up of the parts l6
of one of the adjustable connections between two and H are fastened to each other in the same
side members.
It is necessary in frames of this type to allow
Referring to the drawing in detail, Fig. 1 illus
for the alinement of parts for each separate ad 30
30 trates a stretcher frame consisting essentially justment of the frame. It is necessary to provide
of a skirt frame and a sweater frame. The skirt
for a certain ?exibility between parts and this
frame comprises members III, II, l2, I3, l4, [5, ?exibility
must not interfere with the garment
IS, and [1. The members l0 and II comprise
that is to be placed upon the frame. The ?ex
the top horizontal side; members l2 and I3 com
‘ prise the right vertical side; members l4 and I5 ible connection between the‘ parts II and I2 and 35
I0 and I1 provides a ?exibility which permits
comprise the bottom side and members 16 and 11
of the parts relatively ‘to each other
comprise the right vertical side. The vertical
sides are slightly curved and tapered toward the only in the plane of the frame.
The connection provides for su?icient move~
top to give the necessary shape to a skirt,~ and
of the connected parts to permit an aline
the top and bottom members are straight so that
the ends of the skirt may be attached thereto and ment of the parts It] and I l at each adjustment of
correspondingly held in a straight line. The the skirt frame permitting the parts to form a
frame is made of wood, having a necessary width straight side which is parallel to the bottom of
the frame.
as illustrated in Fig. 2.
In order to adapt the frame for garments in 45
The members [3 and M are rigidly connected
to each other and the members l5 and I6 are cluding a sweater, a second section is added to
rigidly connected to each other. The members l4 the skirt frame. This section we may term the
and I5 comprise the bottom straight side of the sweater frame. This frame includes parts 25 and
skirt frame which is parallel to the top side made 26 which comprise the bottom side; the parts
21 and 30 comprising respectively the right and 50
50 of the members Ill and H. The members I0 and left sides of the frame and parts 28 and 29 com
I1 and the members H and 12 are connected in
accordance with my invention by a leaf spring prise the upper side of this frame. The bottom
member 18 attached, respectively, to the inner members are illustrated as being attached to the
surface of the members 11 and I2, and to the upper side of the skirt frame by bolts 2| which
55 ends of the members l0 and II respectively. The
extend through the members 25 and I0, and 55
through 26 and II. If the upper frame is to be
used independently the parts 25 and 26 may be
held together by strips 20 attached as illustrated
on the bottom side of the skirt frame.
In order to provide the necessary ?exibility for
this frame ?exible connections are provided be
tween the parts 26 and 21 and also between parts
25 and 30. The connections are brought about
by connecting leaf spring members 3| which are,
10 in this application bent to follow the inner con
tour of the frame. The ends of the members 21
and 30 are spaced from the members 26 and. 25
respectively so that a movement in either direc
tion from normal may be obtained.
In the sweater section of the frame the side
members are whole and a different extension joint
is provided at this end of the frame. The con
nection here used is better illustrated in Fig. 4.
The connection comprises a strip member 20 bent
20 and permanently attached by screws to the hor
izontal members and a bolt 2| with wing nut 22
is used on the side members to lock the upper
‘side to the side members in the desired position.
The upper side being made of the two members
25 28 and 29 may be separated in the manner of
the parts l4 and I5 or H! and H.
The shape of the frame is‘such as to approxi
mate that of a sweater. The parts 28 and 29
project upwardly at the center to form the collar
30 portion. The upright sides are tapered inwardly
toward the waist line and have attached thereto,
sleeve members 33 and 34 which are wire mem
bers simply hooked into the upper members 28
and 29 and braced in suitable holes in the sides
35 of the members 2'! and 30.
The advantage of my frame over frames hith
erto made for this purpose is that the necessary
?exibility was not provided for, and if ?exibility
was provided it was not su?iciently rigid to give
40 the drying and shrinking garment the necessary
shape. With my improved adjustment and ?exi
ble connections, I have provided a frame of con
siderable value in the drying of knitted or
crocheted garments.
such members as 38 to the side of the skirt frame
by means of a bolt 2|’ projecting through the
member 38 and adapted to project through the
members I6 and I3 respectively.
What I claim is:
1. In a garment stretcher the combination of
a skirt and sweater frame, a common rigid mem
ber at the juncture of said frames, side mem
bers, a ?exible joint between each side member
and said center member and end members rigidly
connected to said side members substantially
parallel to said center member.
2. A garment stretcher comprising a frame
having parallel upper and lower horizontal sides
and a pair of vertical sides all of said sides being 15
joined to comprise a frame having the shape of
the garment which is to be shaped, means for
adjusting the lengths of these sides, and means
for maintaining the parallel relation between
said horizontal sides including a pair of rigid 20
connections between one of said horizontal sides
and the said vertical sides and a pair of ?exible
connections between the other of said horizontal
sides and said vertical sides comprising leaf
springs attached respectively to the adjacent 25
3. A garment stretcher comprising a frame
having a pair of horizontal sides and a pair of
vertical sides, said horizontal sides being parallel,
means for adjusting the lengths of said sides and 30
a ?exible joint between one of said horizontal
sides and said vertical sides respectively said
joint comprising a flexible spring member at
tached to the end of a said horizontal side and
to a said vertical side whereby the horizontal 35
side may move with respect to said vertical side
during different adjustments of the frame sides.
4. In a garment stretcher the combination of
a sweater frame and a skirt frame, means for
attaching said frames to each other including
a common rigid center member, rigid side mem
bers projecting from each end of said center
member, means for adjusting the lengths of said
side members, cross members rigidly connected
In order to make my frame usable for jackets _ to each pair of said side members to complete
and coats, I provide a cross arm 35 made up of said sweater and skirt frames, and ?exible joints 45
a number of strips 20 and hooked to the inner
surface of the skirt frame by eye-bolts 36. To
this cross arm 35 I attached a piece of cloth 3'!
50 which I stretch from the upper horizontal side
Ill-ll to this bar. The jacket or coat may be
pinned to this cloth while it is drying on the
between said center member and said side mem
bers whereby the shape of said frames is main—
tained for each adjustment of said side members
and su?icient ?exibility is obtained to allow for 50
maintaining a substantially parallel relation
between said cross and center members.
In order to provide for ?ares in skirts, I attach
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