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May 3, 1938.
Filed Feb. 12, 1937
2 Sheets-‘Sheet l
May 3, 1938.
Filed Feb. 12, 1937
2 Sheets-Sheet 2
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Patented May 3, 1938
Bessie A. Hulshizer, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Application February '12, 1937, Serial No. 125,506
1 Claim. (Cl. 28—-16)
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This invention is a device to facilitate the splic
ing of the strips of material from which carpet other suitable fastening elements lithe shield
or socket member is secured to, the base 5.
rag rugs are made.
As it is well known, rag rugs or carpets are
5 made from strips of carpet or other suitable ma
terial spliced together. To facilitate the splicing
of these strips I have provided an improved needle
and supporting means therefor whereby the nee
dle may be used with facility for forming slits in
10 the ends of the strips and for holding the slit
ends of the strips in position to facilitate the
drawing of a free end of a strip through the slit
of the lapped end of the one strip and the lapping
end of the other strip for splicing the two strips
The invention together with its objects and
advantages will be best understood from a study
of the following description taken in connection
with the accompanying drawings wherein:-—
Figure 1 is an elevational view of the splicing
Figure 2 is a sectional view taken at right
angles to Figure l.
Figure 3 is a fragmentary detail sectional View
showing the manner in which a clip forming part
2 of the device engages the shank of the needle.
Figure 4 is a top plan view.
Figures 5, 6, and 7, illustrate the several steps
. in the splicing operation and
Figure 8 is a transverse sectional through the
needle with a strip engaged therewith.
Referring to the drawings by reference nu
merals it will be seen that the device comprises
a base 5 which consists of a rectangular block
of wood or other suitable material.
Secured by screws or other fastening elements
6 to the top of the block 5 at about the center
thereof is a plate 'I which latter is shown as being
circular. The plate l is preferably metal but
40 may be of any suitable material and is provided
at the center thereof with a threaded opening 8
to receive the threaded end 9 of the shank of a
splicing needle “I.
In accordance with the present invention the
splicing needle it has a substantially diamond
shaped head or eye H the upper inclined edges
of which are sharpened to knife edges l2 as will
be clear from a study of Figure 2. The hole in
the eye of the needle is preferably elongated
vertically as best shown in Figures 1, 5 and '7.
Also in accordance with the present invention
there is suitably secured to the, base 5 a shield
or socket member I3 formed of metal or other
suitable material and provided along two side
edges and one end edge with an attaching ?ange
‘Also a spring clip it formed of spring metal
or other suitable material has a ?at end portion
secured to the base 5 through the medium of
screws or similar fastening elements I‘! and the
jaw portion of theclip i6 is disposed in align
ment with the socket‘ l3. Thus it will be seen
that when the needle I 0 is not in use the eye end 10
thereof is inserted in the socket or'shield 13
while the free end portion of the shank of the
needle is engaged by the jaw of the clamp 16 in
a manner as clearly suggested in Figure 3 for
securing the needle in horizontal position on the
base 5 with the eye ll of the needle secured
within the shield or socket l3.'
The manner of using the needle for splicing the
strips from which the rag rugs or carpets are
formed will be understood from the following de 20
scription and with reference more in detail to
Figures 5 to 7 inclusive.
In using the needle the strips l8 from which
the carpet or rug is to be formed are successively
split at one end by forcing one end of each strip 25
over the point of the needle, the strips as they
are thus slit at one end being fed downwardly
along the shank of the needle to be placed one
upon the other and to extend lengthwise of the
base 5 at about the longitudinal center of the 30
After a predetermined number of strips have '
been thus slit at one end and placed in superim~
posed relation the next to the uppermost strip
is rotated 180° and the free end of this strip is 35
then trained through the opening in the eye of '
the needle as shown in Figure 5.
Next, the lap
ping and overlapped end of the uppermost and
next to the uppermost strip are raised as shown
in dotted lines in Figure 5, and then the strips 40
are passed over the eye of the needle so that an
end of the strip b is passed through the slit in an
end of the strip a, as well as the slit in the op“
posite end of the strip b, as shown in Figure 6,
whereby the strips a and b are spliced together. 45
After strips a and b have been spliced together
in this manner the free end of strip b is then
forced over the pointed end of the needle for
forming a slit in said end of the strip 1) so that
in substantially the same manner as just de
scribed a third strip is spliced to said free end of
the strip b.
\This operation is repeated in splicing the suc
cessive strips until the desired number of strips
have been spliced together.
When the needle is not to be used threaded end
9 is unscrewed from the aperture of the plate ‘I
and the needle 10 is placed in horizontal position
on the base 5 with the point of the needle en
gaged in the socket I 3 and the free end of the
shank of the needle engaged under the clip I6.
It is thought that a clear understanding of the
construction, utility and advantages of a splicing
needle of this character will be had without a
10 more detailed description.
Having thus described, the invention, what is
claimed as new is:
In a device of the character described, a ?at
base having a plate thereon provided with a
threaded socket, a needle, having a shank pro—
vided with a threaded end for engaging the socket
for supporting the needle perpendicularly to the
base when in use, a shield secured to the top
face of the base for accommodating the eye of
the needle when the needle is not in use, and a
clip secured at one end to the base and having a
jaw member arranged in substantial alignment
with said shield for engaging the shank of the
needle to secure the needle in position on the
base with the eye thereof arranged within the
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