Nov. 26, 1946. ' M_,mGwER' ET AL 2,411,686 NEEDLE THREADER Filed Ailg. 14, 1945 2 Sheeis-Sheet 1 e“ ' 'N6v;26,1946. ' MINGMR ETAL NEEDLE THREADER _ 2,411,686 Filed Aug. 14, 1945 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 BY . - u 47.702116‘? ‘ 2,411,686 Patented Nov. 26, ‘1946 umreo stares eATENr _ OFFlCEyV 2,411,686 NEEDLE 'rimnanna ‘ Max Ingwer, New York, and Werner W. Schwartz, 1 Jackson Heights, ‘N. Y., vassignors to Con solidated Sewing Machine & Supply 00., Inc._, New York, N.,Y., acor'poration of New York Application August 14, 1945, Serial No. 610,702 (Cl. 223—99) 7 Claims. The invention herein disclosed relates to de- ‘ vices for threading needles. _ with the needle and the. prongs 10, H and I2 into position to, straddle the needle. ' ‘ 4 ' The offsetting portion. 13 of the intermediate Objects of the invention are to provide a nee prong is shown‘ as having an opening Hi there dle threader of simple," inexpensive construction 5 through. This is for passage of the thread en and which can be easily used to quickly thread the needle. ' ' gaging hook IS. The latter is shown as made of thin, flat sheet metal with anenlarged base por tion I‘! secured over the side of the blade by a . Other objects of the invention are to provide a needle threader ‘of a one-piece or integral type of v‘construction, with ‘no loose or movable parts screw‘lB. This disposition and arrangementof the parts causes the hook to project through the ‘opening l5 into the central portion of ‘the needle and 'of a character which-can be stamped ‘out of sheet 'metaland'be thin and flat", vtakingl'up but receiving channel. The hole l5 servesalso' as a guide and brace for the hook, locating it in a small space and adapted to be used either asa separate tool or to be combined with other im downwardly inclined position. with :thetop'of the plements, for. example to be mounted as a fold hook projecting below, the, edgeof the interme ing blade in a handle carrying a seam ripper or 15 diate prong sufficiently to catchthe thread when _ the like. ; .the latter is' brought'up , over the lower edge of Other desirable objects and the ‘novel features the intermediate prong. by which the purposes of the invention are at tained are set forth or. will appear in the course vof the following speci?cation. inafter de?ned and claimed. v f- v. , . Fig. 11 in the drawings is a side elevation‘ of one ofthe needle threaders; V » ~ Fig. 2 is an edge view of the same; - I I Figs. 3 and 4 are side views illustrating use of the implement in effecting the threading of a needle; I H _- _ _ 7 1 7 ' ward indentation l9 inclined 0r vcurvedtoward "the‘tip of the hook so ‘as to slide the thread there of the speci?cation illustrate present ‘practical the immediate disclosure, all within the true in tent and broad scope of the invention as here - mediate prong is shown as formed with an up The drawings accompanying and forming part embodiments of theinvention. 7 Structure, how ever, may be modi?ed. and changed as regards ' To assist in guiding the thread into engage "ment with the hook, the lower edge of the inter over into the bite of the hook. 25 . » ,In Fig. 3 the device is shown as. having been engaged over the needle and the downwardly in clined hook extended through the eye of the nee dle. Also in this view the thread 20 has been entered in the slot 9 between the intermediate and lower prongs and been slid up over the curved _or inclined guiding edge I9 into engagement in the hook. I . Fig. 4 shows how, with the hook passed through the eye of the needle and the thread caught by Fig. 5 is an enlarged cross sectional view as the hook, it is then only necessary to back the on substantially the plane of line 5-5 of Fig. 3.,’ 35 implement away from‘ the needle, the hook then Fig. 6 is a plan view of a blank for another drawing a loop of the thread through the needle. form of the invention; The body of the blade may be made long Fig. '7 is a side view of the completed article; enough to serve as a convenient handle for using Fig. 8 is a plan or edge view of the same; and 40 the implement. Being thin sheet material, this Fig. 9 is a plan view of a blank for a further blade may be hingedly mounted in a holder, after modi?ed form of the invention. the manner of a blade in a pocket knife. As ?rst shown, Figs. 1 to 5, the body of the The device consists of only two parts, the body device consists of a strip of sheet material, in or blade structure and the hook and these, when‘ the nature of a straight, ?at blade ‘I. 45 put together as shown, constitute a unitary, prac This blade is split longitudinally at one end at tically one-piece article. The blade may be of 8 and '9- to form upper, lower and intermediate thin sheet metal or other suitable sheet mate ?ngers or prongs l0, l1 and I2, respectively. rial, The complete article can be produced at The intermediate prong is longer than the other low cost. The action is simple and practically two and the root portion of the same at I3 is 50 automatic, since the prongs guide the hook over extended angularly from the body of the blade the handle into position to pass through the eye, to offset this prong from the other two and thus vand the edge of the intermediate prong guides to provide a channel M for reception of the the thread up into engagement with the hook, needle. The longer, intermediate prong may be ready to be drawn back through the needle as used, in effect, as a '“feeler” to engage the rback 55 the tool is removed from the needle. of the needle, thus to bring the channel into line 3 2,411,686 4 In the forms of the invention illustrated in Figs. 6 to 9, the device is made up by folding and bending a blank to constitute the handle and needle receiving portions of the device. 3. A needle threader comprising a blade hav ing laterally o?set ?ngers to straddle a needle, one of said ?ngers having a hole therethrough opening into the needle receiving space between said ?ngers and a thread catching hook extend Fig 6 shows a blank 26 which is folded along a ‘longitudinal center line 2! to form a doubled handle portion 1a. One end of the blank is split ing from said blade through said hole into said .needle receiving space. > or slotted at 22 in line with the fold line so that 4. A needle threader comprising a blade split in folding, the separated portions will form the longitudinally in one end into upper, lower and ?exible sides 23 of a needle receiving channel. 10' intermediate prongs, the intermediate prong be These separated portions are oifset from the. ing offset laterally from the other prongs and main handle forming portions by bends 24 and forming therewith a needle receiving channel and one of the sides has an opening I511 therethrough ' for the thread hook it. The other folded por? tion of the blade has a seat 25 for the screw Hiv . which secures the thread hook. This screw then serves the additional function of positively se the offsetting portion of said intermediate prong ' having ‘a hole therethrough opening into said channel and a thread catching hook extending from the side of the blade, through said hole into said channel and of a size to pass through the eye of a needle to be threaded, said oil'set inter ed relation. mediate prong being longer and extending be The thread guiding groove 19a is provided in 20 yond the end of the other prongs to guide the this instance by the formation of similarly in threader laterally over a needle and to serve as clined notches in the outer edges of the chan a guide for directing the thread to the hook. nel forming portions of the blank. 5. A needle threader comprising a blade hav curing the handle portions in their closely fold Instead of a longitudinally foldable blank, the ing laterally offset ?ngers spaced to straddle blank may be made up as in Fig. 9 with dupli cate handle portions in end-to-end relation and arranged to be folded on a transverse line 2| a the needle, one of said ?ngers having a hole therethrough opening into the needle receiving space between the ?ngers and a thread catch to bring the parts together into closely overlying doubled handle and channel forming portions, ing hook extending from the blade through said hole into said needle receiving space, the lower substantially after the manner indicated in Figs. 30 edge'of one of said ?ngers being indented up '7 and 8. wardly toward said thread catching hook to guide What is claimed is: a thread engaged with said lower edge into the 1. A needle threader comprising a blade split grip of said hook. ' longitudinally in one end into upper, lower and ' 6. A needle threader comprisinga blade split intermediate prongs, the intermediate prong be longitudinally at one end into upper, lower and ing offset laterally from the other prongs and intermediate prongs, the intermediate prong be forming therewith a needle receiving channel ing spaced above the lower prong a distance pro and the offsetting portion of said intermediate viding easy entrance for a thread and said in prong having a hole therethrough opening into termediate prong being offset laterally from'the said channel and a thread catching hook extend- ’ other prongs and having ‘an opening through the ing from the side of the blade, through said hole offsetting portion of the same, and a thread into said channel and of a size to pass through catching hook extending from the side of the the eye of a needle to be threaded. blade through said opening on a downward in 2. A needle threader comprising a blade split‘ ‘ cline toward said wide thread receiving throat. longitudinally in one end into upper, lower and 7. A needle threader comprising a handle hav intermediate prongs, the intermediate prong be ing ?exible, substantially parallel spaced ?ngers ing offset laterally from the other prongs and providing a needle guiding and receiving chan forming therewith a needle receiving channel nel at one end, one of said spaced portions hav and the offsetting portion of said intermediatev ing an opening therethrough, a thread catching prong having a hole therethrough opening into 50 hook secured to one side of the handle and pro said channel and a thread catching hook extend j'jecting through said opening and one edge of said ing from the side of the blade, through said hole _ channel forming portions having a notch therein into said channel and of a size to pass through leading to the projecting end of said hook for the eye of a needle to be threaded, the lower edge of said intermediate prong being indented to form with the lower prong a thread receiving throat and curved toward the end of the hook to guide the thread thereto. ‘guiding a thread thereto. ' ' 55, MAX INGWER. WERNER W. SCHWARTZ.