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Nov. 8, 1938.
‘ Filed May 19, 1937
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Patented Nov. 8, 1938
John Faber, Jr., :Haledon, N. 3., assignor to The
Prosperity Company, Inc., Syracuse, N. Y., a
corporation May
of New
19, York
1937, Serial No.’ 143,432‘
,1 Claim;
For pressing the gusset vof a shirt, to wit, the
portion of the sleeve between the elbow and cuff,
there is provided a machine including what is
termed a buck on which the gusset is arranged
by the operator in as smooth condition as pos
sible and adepressiblehead‘having a heated por
tion or iron which coacts with the buck to effect
the pressing, the iron being usually formed to
straddle'the buck. Usually, in order to press both
10 gussets of a shirt at one pressing the bucks and
clamp the sleeve, as at the cuff, so that the oper
ator can effectively remove and hold removed all
wrinkles‘till the head descends to press, and when 01
the pressing is completed and the head rises said
member will be elevated with it. The latching
devicejis preferably on the machine, as the head
thereof, rather than on said member, and this
permits resort tosimple means for effecting re
ironsare duplicated. Incidentally, only one lon-‘
lease of the latching device by the operator’s foot
gitudinal half of a gusset at a time is pressed;
that is,ihaving arranged a gusset on its buck so
that one such half will be pressed the head is
so that both hands remain free forgmanipulating
the gusset on the buck. Where the bucks and
headsare duplicated the-latching devices for both
1 caused to descend to‘ press that half and when,
the buck being raised, the gusset is arranged for
the pressing of its-other longitudinal half the
head is caused again to descend to press that
half. The cuffs, it may be remarked, are pressed
20 in another machine, usually previously. In press
(01. 33-42) I
on releasing said member before the head de
scends said member will coact with the buck to
said sleeve-holding members thus provided may 15
be released, as will appear, ?rst one and then the
other from a common control element, as a treadle,
thus permitting the operator to clamp and adjust
?rst one and then the other gusset.
In the drawings,
Fig. 1 is a side elevation of a standard type of
ing the gussets the cuffs are placed so as not to
be between the bucks and irons of the head; that
is, they are placed beyond the actual gusset press
with the present improvement;
ing means relatively to the operator.
- Fig. 2 is a section on line 2-2, Fig. 1;
As these machines have heretofore been con
structed the gussets were very likely to be left
wrinkled so that they would be pressed with unde
sirable creases therein, especially when the ma
chine was designed to press the gussets of both
30 sleeves at once, because the operator was unable
manually to maintain the gussets in such state
until the head descended as to eliminate wrinkles
or undulations in the gussets.
According to this invention I have equipped a
35 gusset-pressing machine with means whereby the
sleeve of a shirt may be held at its free or cuff
end prior to the descent of the head and at least
up to the instant when the head descends and
begins its pressing action; with the sleeve thus
40 held the operator, having smoothed the gusset on
the buck, can maintain it without wrinkles, as by
holding the sleeve forward of where the pressing
is done and s0 stretching the gusset over the
Given a machine of the class referred to, the
invention includes a member coactive with a
portion of the buck remote from its free or for
ward end to: form therewith a clamp and being
movable from and toward the same. Preferably
50 said member is normally urged toward the buck
in any way, as by gravity, and there is releasable
means in the machine by which it is held re
tracted. This means may take the form of a
latching device and it may act to latch said mem
55 ber to the actual head of the machine, whereby
gusset pressing machine, here duplex, equipped
Fig. 3 is an isometric view of the latching as
sembly; and
Fig. 4 is a fragmentary plan, showing one of
the sleeve~holding members coacting with the
buck to clamp a sleeve at the cuff.
I denotes the bucks arranged on the table 2
of the frame 3 of the machine, the right-hand end
of each buck, as shown in Fig. 1, being here taken
as its forward end. The portion la of each buck
forward of the section line 2—2 forms the rest
with which the head member (to be referred to) 35
coacts to press the gusset, and the portion lb back
of said line forms a rest for the free end portion,
as the cuff, of the sleeve, being the portion of the
buck with which the head member is non-coactive
to press. Both portions are usually covered with 40
fabric and the former portion padded. A stand~
ard 4 of the frame upstands at the back and on a
horizontal shaft 5 therein is pivoted the head
member or head 6, usually bifurcated, as shown,
and provided with a brace 6a; the head carries 45
the usual pressing irons 1 formed to straddle the
respective bucks and steam-heated, as through
pipes 8. It is not material how the head is low
ered and raised; usually, however, this is effected
automatically, as by pneumatic means controlled 50
by the manually operated devices a: and y. So
much is a sufficient description of a standard du
plex gusset pressing machine.
For each buck according to the present inven
tion there is a holding member normally urged, 55
here by gravity, against the rearward portion lb
forked to, straddle the buck when said member is
fulcrum on the latch ?rst retracted-to its limit)
the other latching device is caused to release the
other holding member, which also falls to clamp
the corresponding cuff, whereupon the operator
smooths, the corresponding gusset. Then, using’
allowed to fall from its retracted position above
the hands to hold the sleeves at a point forward
of the buck and retractive therefrom. In the ex
ample this consists of an arm l0 pivoted on the
machine, as on shaft 5, and having a head ll
the buck. One of these is arranged on either side
of .the bucks and hence the gussets in their
of the standard 4.
smooth state, the device a: is» pressed to cause the
head member to descend. When the head de
scends' the latches are cammed back by the hooks 10
Each holding member may be latched'in re
10 tracted position in any way, but preferably as
follows, thus to simplify the construction-and obe
i la and thereupon return to dog the hooks and
tain certain obvious advantagesin reference to_ thus cause thehol-ding members to become re
the operation of such holding member.
coupled thereto so that when the head member
The head of each holdingvmember has an up
next rises (by actuating the device 1/) it elevates
15 standing hook Ila. A bracket vl2 is a?‘ixed by - said holding members with it. Fig.2 shows one 15
bolts It to brace 6a and to this are secured hous- ~ holding member in coactive, relation to the cor
ings M of the latching devices. The latches l5 responding buck', and the other. still elevated. "
Of course the invention is conceivably ap-' I
of, these devices are by springs 16 in ‘the hous
ings normally urged to protrude forwardly into plicable to other machines than for the pressing
of the gussetsof shirts.
' 20
20 the respective arcuate paths of movement of the
hooks Ha, their beveled faces facing downward
Having thus fully described my invention what
ly. Their rear ends also protrude from the hous
I claim is:
ings and to these is connected a ?oating lever H.
The combination, with a machine for the pur
A flexible connection, as a cable [8, is connected pose described having a pair'of bucks ‘on which
to lay the respective garment parts to be treated, 25
25 to this lever nearer one latch than the other and,
being suitably guided as shown, extends to a of members con?ned by the'machine to move re
treadle l9 pivoted on the frame.
spectively in de?nite paths towardand normally
Assume the parts to be in the positions shown urged into coactive clamping relation with the
in Fig. 1. The operator places the sleeves of the respective bucks, a pair’ of latches arranged on
shirt on the bucks with their gussets a and cuffs the machine and opposing movement of the re
b respectively on their portions la and lb‘. The spective members into coactive clamping relation
treadle I9 is then depressed sufficiently to cause with the bucks and retractable to release said
one latching device, as the near one in Fig. 1, to members, a lever connecting and movable to re
release the corresponding holding member, which tract the latches, and means to effect such move
ment of the lever connected therewith nearer'to 35
35 then falls on the cuff to clamp the same. The
gusset is then smoothed. The treadle is now one latch than the other.
pressed further and (the lever I‘! now having a
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