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Aug. 23, 1938.
J. H. I_EEF
2,128,003
' GARMENT SLEEVE IRoNER
’ Filed May s, 1957
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Aug. 23, 1938.
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J. H. LEEF ~
Filed May 8, 19557
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2,128,003
GARMENT SLEEVE IRONER
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Patented Aug. 23, 1938
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UNITED STATES PATENT oFFicE
2,128,003
GARMENT SLEEVE IRONER
John H. Leef, Minneapolis, Minn., assignor to
Leef Bros., Inc., Minneapolis, Minn., a corpora
tion of Minnesota
Application May.8, 1937, Serial No. 141,465
4 Claims. (C1. 223-73)
My present invention relates to improvements
in ironing machines of the type employed for
ironing the tubular portions of garments such
as legs and sleeves and, in the particular form
5 herein illustrated and described, is particularly
adapted for the ironing of garment sleeves.
Otherwise stated, the invention relates to im
provements in ironing devices of the type dis
closed in prior Patents Nos. 1,937,656 and 2,022,
210, the former of which was issued jointly to
myself and George H. Leef on December 5, 1933
under the title of “Garment leg ironer,” and
the letter of which was issued jointly to myself
and George H. Leef on November 26, 1935 under
the title of “Garment sleeve ironer.”
Among the important objects of the invention
is the provision of a machine of the kind described
that can be more quickly and easily manipulated
than similar machines of this character. The
90> above and several other important objects of the
invention will be made apparent in the following
speciñcation and claims.
In the accompanying drawings like characters
indicate like parts throughout the several views.
Referring to the drawings:
25
Fig. 1 is a transverse vertical sectional view
with some parts shown in full and some parts
broken away, taken on the line I-I of Fig. 2,
looking from the right toward the left;
30
Fig. 2 is a vertical sectional view with some
parts shown in full, taken on the line 2_2 of
Fig. 1 and looking from the left toward the right
in respect to Fig. 1;
` Fig. 3 is a fragmentary sectional view similar
to Fig. 1 but being taken on the line 3-3 of Fig. 2
ating relatively movable boots Ill are connected
`to and supported from their respective co-oper 10
ating fixed boots 9 by links I2, which links are
pivotally connected at their lower ends to the base
portions of the ñxed boots at I3 and to the upper
intermediate portions of the movable boots II) by
pivot hinge pins I4. The `co-operating boots 9
and I Il thus mounted, one with respect to the
other, will automatically adapt themselves to rel~
ative positions necessary to accommodate different
sizes and shapes of garment sleeves; and since
it is desired to permit the boots 9 and I8 to be
brought'into face-to-face Contact when neces
sary, the opposed inner faces of the boots 9 and
I0 are preferably provided with recesses I5 and
I6 for reception of the connecting links I2.
Under the action of gravity the movable boots
I0 will normally tend to move away from their
respective co-operating boots 9 on the arc of a
circle struck from the points of pivotal connection
between the links I2 and ñXed boots 9, and the
tendency will be for the movable boots I0 to 30
move on this movable arc until the lower ends of
the boots I0 come to rest upon the table top 1.
However, in practice the resilient steam connec
tions to the movable boots, which will hereinafter
be described in detail, usually exert suiñcient re-l 35
and looking from the left toward the right with
sistance to suchl extreme movement as is neces
respect to Fig. 2; -
sary to keep the movable boots normally posi»
tioned substantially as illustrated in Figs. l, 2
and 3, wherein said boots I0 are positioned
slightly above the table top. Nevertheless, it will
be obvious that in the absence of sufficient resist#
Fig. 4 is an enlarged detailview with some partsI
broken away and some parts shown in section;
40
of boots consists of a fixed or rigidly mounted
boot 9 and a co-operating relatively movable boot
I0. The boots 9 and I0 are in the nature of
elongated hollow shells` preferably cast of iron or
other suitable metal of high conductivity. The 5
rigidly mounted or fixed boots 9 are securely
anchored to the table top or supporting base 'I
by suitable bolts or the like II, and the co-oper
and
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Fig. 5 is a composite illustrating the inlet and
outlet connections to the steam chambers of the
several boots, and the series hook-up of the sev
eral thereof is indicated by direction arrows, the
45 several parts of this view being enclosed in
broken lines.
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ance to gravitation set up by the steam connec
tions the movable boots Iii, when released, will
normally come to rest against the top of the
table.
The boots I0 are concave from top to
bottom at their front faces, indicated by Il, and
Mounted on a common supporting table 6,
which consists of a top 'I and a frame-like leg
these concave portions I'I are spanned by resilient
structure 8, are two pairs of co-operating pressing
boots, one of which pairs of boots is indicated
as an entirety by A, and the other of which pairs
of boots is indicated as an entirety by B. Each
pair of boots is` identical in character and is
rods I8 are loosely seated in suitable sockets I9
formed in the base portions of the boots IIl, andl 50
the upper ends of the resilient forming rods I8
are turned inwardly at 20 and work slidably in
grooves or notches 2I in the upper end portions
mounted in laterally spaced parallel relation on
Each pair
of their respective'boots ID. The inturned end
portions of the forming rods I8 are retained 55
55 the‘ table top or supporting base 'I.
forming rods I8, the lower ends of which forming
2.
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against upward movements out of the notches 2|
by retaining pins or the like 22. By reference
particularly to Fig. 4 it will be seen that the
the opposite pairs of pressing boots A and B
are spaced so that both sleeves of a shirt may
intermediate portions of the inturned upper ends
be pressed in a single operation.
I-Iitherto in machines of this character the
20 of the forming rods !8 are vertically offset at
23, and the notches 2| areV similarly offset to
boots have been drawn together to an extent nec
essary to accommodate a sleeve by the contract
provide stop shoulders 24 which co-operate with
the opposite portions 23 of the forming rods-to
ing action produced under first application of the
sleeve. This practice, however, is objectionable,
limit outward movements of the forming rods i8
Interposed over
the extreme inner ends of the forming rods |8
and extending between the opposite portions 23
firstly, in that it retards the operationl‘of insert
ing the sleeve, and secondly; in that it is apt to
place undue and sometimes damaging strain upon
the sleeve. It is therefore an object of this in
vention to provide a unique mechanism for forc
ing the boots together and into minimum diam
eter condition during the sleeve application and 15
removal operations. In the preferred embodi
10 with respect to the boots i9.
thereof and the rear wall of the notches 2| are
compression springs 25 which normally keep the
ends of the pressing rods i3 pressed outward to
the maximum extent permitted by the stop shoul
ders 24, but which springs 25 will yield readily
under contracting pressure exerted by a garment
sleeve and will permit the upper ends of the
forming rods i8 to be drawn up tight against the
faces of their respective boots il! or to any inter
mediate positions.
ment of the invention herein illustrated this re
tracting mechanism is foot-operated and com
prises an intermediately pivoted operating lever
26 and a forked push rod 2l, opposite upper ends »
2B of which engage the bottom portions of oppo
site boots l0. These forked upper ends 28 of
The sleeves of the shirts of various different
push rod 21 work freely through guide apertures
grades and makes vary greatly in shape. Some,
25 namely, the lower quality work shirts, taper
straight down from the shoulder to the cuff diam
eter at the cuffs; whereas, sleeves of higher qual
ity shirts such as dress shirts, usually have much
less taper and at their points of attachment to
the cuffs are of considerably larger diameter than
the cuffs themselves. Still other shirts have
sleeves which are substantially of uniform diam
29 provided therefor in the table top 1, see par
ticularly Fig. 1. The lower end of push rod 21
is pivotally anchored to the inwardly projecting
end of the lever 26 at 30. The intermediate por
eter throughout; and still other shirts are found
pedal plate 33 which is conveniently positioned
to be provided with sleeves which are concave
adjacent the seam. It will be obvious that it
for manipulation by one of the operators.
Under foot pressure applied by the operator to
would be practically impossible to select any
shape pressing boots which would be capable of
conforming to the shape of all the different sizes
and styles of short sleeves encountered in gen
40 eral laundry practice, but such difficulty is largely
done away with in the preferred embodiment of
this invention herein illustrated and described by
the combined automatic shifting actions of mov
able boots Ill with respect to their co-operating
45 boots 9 and the yielding action of the forming
rods I8.
In this connection it Will, of course, be under
stood that when a sleeve is pulled over a pair of
co-operating boots S and I9, shoulder end first
and seam adjacent the forming rods I8, the mov
able boots IU, after being shifted toward their
co-operating fixed boots 9 to permit free appli
cation of the sleeve, will move outwardly under
the action of gravity until they tightly engage the
sleeve and maintain the same under expanding
pressure against the surfaces of the boots, and
the upper ends of the forming rods will compress
their co-operating springs 25 and recede into the
tion of the lever 26 is pívoted on a cross rod 3|
that extends at opposite sides of the frame-like
structure 8 and is held axially centered on said 30
rod 3| by opposed spacing tubes 32.
Preferably
the lever 26 is provided at its outer end with a
to the pedal-equipped end of the lever 2E, lifting
pressure will be applied to the movable boots l0
through the forked push rod 21, and under this
upward lifting pressure the movable boots I0
will tend to move upwardly and toward their 40
respective co-operating fixed boots 9 on the arcs
of circles struck from the pivot points I3 until
the upper ends of the co-operating boots come
into engagement, at which time application of
the sleeve will be very quickly accomplished.
After the sleeve has been applied and the foot
pressure released, the parts will then assume
positions necessary for complete smoothing out
of all the sleeve surface. Since the upper ends
28 of the push> rod engage the base portions of
the movable boots lil onlyl with frictional surface
engagement, movements of the lower ends of
the boots l0 will be permitted even when lifting
pressure is applied to the boots and lever 26 of
the push rod.
Ui Ui
The steam chambers’within the hollow shell
like boots 9 and ID of boot pairs A and B are
supplied with suitable heating medium, which
heads of the boots H3 as far as is necessary to ac
will usually be live steam in the manner pres
commodate sleeves of any particular cuff dimen
ently to be described. These steam chambers 60
of the several boots are each provided with con
centric steam inlet and outlet ducts, and the
sion; and the intermediate and lower portions
of the forming rods i8 will shape themselves to
conform to the shape of the seam edge of any
seam shape. The net result of the above is the
F uniform stretching or shaping of substantially
any sleeve shape all the way from cuff to shoul
der without leaving any ruffled or loose portions,
so that the finished product is substantially free
from imperfections usually considered as a nec
essary result of machine work.
Preferably the rear sides of the ñxed 1boots S,
which engage the sleeve diametrically opposite
the seam edge thereof, are straight or substan
steam chambers of the several boots are con
nected in series. For this purpose each of the
tially so from top to bottom, but, of course, this
at its lower end with a conventional T-coupling
34. The outlet pipe sections |0a and Iûb of the
form may be varied.
In the machine illustrated
several boots 9 and I0 has projecting downwardly
from the screw threaded into its bottom portion
a pipe-like section. For the purpose of identiñ
cation the said outlet pipe sections for boots 9
and I0 of boot pair A are respectively indicated
by 9a` and lila and said pipe outlet sections for
boots 9 and I0 of boot pair B are respectively in
dicated by 9b and lûb‘. Each of the several out
let pipe sections 9a, |0a, 9h and |0b is provided
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movable boots I0 work through slots 35 provided
in the table top 1, so that the said pipe sections
Willnot interfere with free oscillatory movements
of the movable boots.
Steam> is introduced through the serially con
nected series of boots through a primary inlet
pipe 36 which is screw threaded into the lower
vertical opening of the T-coupling 34 that is car
ried by the outlet or discharge pipe 9a of fixed
boot 9 of pair A. Projecting concentrically from
the upper end of the primary inlet con-duit 36
and through the associated coupling 34 and out
let duct 9a and into the upper portion of the
steam chamber of boot 9 of pair A is a relatively
15 small diameter conduit 31 in the nature of a
drawn copper tubing. This conduit 31 is secured
in the end of the conduit 36 by a conventional
_ compression type fitting 38 which tightly seals
the space between the small diameter conduit 31
20 and the larger internal diameter of the primary
inlet pipe 36. Steam delivered through the pri
mary inlet pipe 36 passes upwardly through the
small diameter conduit 31 to the upper extremity
of boot 9 of pair A and then passes downwardly
through the steam chamber of said boot around
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the outside of said conduit 31 and discharges
from the boot 9 of pair A through outlet conduit
9a into the intermediate portion of the asso
ciated T-coupling 34. The horizontal opening
30 of this last noted T-coupling 34 is connected
through the medium of a compression type ñtting
39 to a small diameter conduit 40, which ex
tends through the bottom of coupling 34 of con
duit 10a through the center of conduit Iûa and
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to the upper extremity of the steam chamber of
boot pair A. This pipe coupling 40 is secured in
the coupling 34 of conduit 10a by a compression
type fitting 4l. By means of this connection
steam discharged from the boot 9 of pair A is
delivered to the boot I0 of pair A, and steam
40
discharged from boot ID of pair A through cou
pling lila is delivered to the upper extremity of
boot I9 of pair B by a small diameter tubing or
conduit 42, which tubing is made fast in T-cou
pling 34 in conduit loa by a compression fitting
45 43 and is made fast in the T-coupling 34 of con
duit lllb by a compression ñtting 44. Steam
delivered into the boot IBI)` through the conduit
42 will be discharged through the conduit Illb
into the associated coupling 34, from where it
50 will be delivered through a small conduit 45 to
the upper extreme portion of the steam cham
ber of boot 9 of pair B. Conduit 45 is made fast
in the associated couplings 34 by compression
fittings 46 and 41. Steam thus delivered into the
55 steam chamber of boot 9 of pair B will be dis
charged through pipe 9b~ into the associated
coupling 34 and from thence will be discharged
through a suitable ñnal outlet pipe 48.
As previously indicated, the conduits 40, 4Z
60 and 45 are preferably of drawn copper tubing
which is quite ñexible, and in order to increase
to a maximum the flexing action of the portions
of these conduits which connect to either of the
movable boots I0, these portions of the conduits
65 40, 42 and 45 are coiled, as indicated in Figs.
1, 2 and 3. Interposed in the ñnal outlet pipe
48 is a steam-control valve 49.
In the preferred embodiment of the invention
illustrated the table top 1 is provided with a
70 pair of stop lugs 50, one thereof being located
back of the base portion of each of the boots
I D and so positioned as to be engaged by the
lower portions of the boots l0 under maximum
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desired outward oscillating movements thereof
and to prevent excessive outward oscillation of
the lower portions of said boots.
With the structure above described, it is evi
dent that while the movable boots will be simul
taneously lifted and caused to approach the co
operating fixed boots, under the action of the
lifting device afforded by the push rod 21--28,
nevertheless, that the independent supporting
links i2 and the loose or slip connection between
the rod prongs` 28 and the bottoms of the mov
able boots I0 permit the latter, when manually
pressed by the application of a garment leg,
sleeve, or the like, to approach the co-operating
fixed boots and thus adapt themselves to legs
or sleeve structures that differ in cross-section
and taper.
What I claim is:
l. In a device of the kind described, the com
bination with a table-like supporting structure,
of a pair of co-operating upright pressing boots,
one of which boots is relatively fixed to said sup
porting structure and the other of which boots is
movable toward and from the fixed boot, a link
connected at its lower end to the base portion of 25
said fixed boot and at its upper end to an upper
portion of said movable boot and supporting the
latter for rocking movements and for movements
toward and from said fixed boot, and a lifting
device movable vertically through said support
30
ing structure and having sliding or slipping en
gagement with the lower end of said movable
boot.
2. In a device of the kind described, the com
bination with a table-like supporting structure, 35
of two pairs of co-operating upright pressing
boots, each pair including one boot fixed to said
supporting structure and one boot movable to
ward~ and from the ñxed boot, independently
movable links connected at their lower ends to 40
the base portions of the fixed boots and at their
upper ends to upper portions of the co-'operating
movable boots and supporting the latter for in
dependent rocking movements and for independ
ent bodily movements toward and from the co
operating flxed boots, and a lifting device mov
45
able vertically through said supporting struc
ture and having independent sliding or slipping
engagement with the lower ends of the respec
tive movable boots.
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3. In a device of the kind described, the com
bination with a table-like supporting structure,
of two pairs of co-operating upright presser
boots, each pair including one boot fixed to said
supporting structure and one boot movable to
55
ward and from the ñxed boot, independently
movable connections supporting said movable
boots for independent rocking movements and
for independent bodily movements toward and
from the co-operating ñxed boots, and a com 60
mon lifting device mounted on said supporting
structure and having simultaneous lifting move
ments on said movable boots but permitting said
movable boots to be independently moved toward
the co-operating ñxed boots under force applied 65
thereto by means other than said common lifting
device.
4. The structure defined in claim 2 in which
said independent supporting links are so dis
posed that the movable boots will tend to move 70
away from the co-operating fixed boots under the
action of gravity.
JOI-IN I-I. LEEF.
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