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April 10, 1962
A. E. HOLLISTER ETAL
3,028,822
SEWING GUIDE ATTACHMENT FOR A SEWING MACHINE
Filed May 27. 1960
INVENTORS
ALICE E. HOLLISTER
WILLIAM E. HOLLISTEIR
Unie
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3,023,822‘
Patented Apr. 10, 1962
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lationship with respect to a flat surface portion of a sew
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3,028,822
SEWING GUIDE ATTACHMENT FOR A
SEWING MACHINE
Alice E. Hollister and William E. Hollister, both of 1503
S. Atlantic Drive, Compton, Calif., assignors of one
tenth to Gadget-Of-The-Month Club, Inc., North Holly
wood, Cali?, a corporation of California
Filed May 27, 1960, Ser. No. 32,212
1 Claim. (Cl. 112-—153)
ing machine (shown fragmentarily and in broken lines)
and with respect to a sewing machine needle and presser
foot of the sewing machine (also shown fragmentarily
and in broken lines). This view also shows in fragmen
tary, broken-line form a piece of lace, or the like, which
is to be gathered or ru?led with a desired degree of sew
ing line offset as determined by the device of the present
invention.
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FIG. 2 is a staggered longitudinal sectional View taken
The present invention consists of a sewing guide and
in the direction of the arrows 2-2 of FIG. 1.
means for removably attaching it to a ?at surface portion
FIG. 3 is a fragmentary sectional view taken in the
of a sewing machine in a selected oifset relationship with
direction of the arrows 3-—'3 of FIG. '1 illustrating one
respect to a sewing machine needle and presser foot of the
form of the attachment means for removably attaching
sewing machine in a manner such that the sewing guide 15 the device of the present invention to the ?at surface por
attachment acts as a seam gauge or as a stitching guide
tion of a sewing machine in a transversely offset relation
for gathering lace or for rui?ing material (which is us
ship with respect to the sewing machine needle, as shown
ually accomplished by a suitable auxiliary ‘attachment for
in FIG. 1.
the sewing machine), and to do so in a manner providing
H6. 4 is an enlarged fragmentary oblique exploded
a desired degree of transverse offset of the longitudinal 20 view of the attachment means shown in FIGS. 1 and 3.
sewing line, which can be effectively measured by trans
verse measuring scale means carried by the sewing guide
attachment of the present invention. In one speci?c form
FIG. 5 is a fragmentary oblique view, sowewhat simi-,
lar to FIG. 1, illustrating the device being used primarily
as a seam allowance gauge, with the longitudinal member
of the present invention, the sewing guide attachment
removed and the transverse member directly fastened or
means includes a longitudinal member fastened to the flat 25 attached by a modi?ed type of attachment means to the
surface portion of the sewing machine transversely offset
flat surface portion of the sewing machine.
from the sewing machine needle and slidably carrying
FIG. 6 is a fragmentary exploded oblique view of the
perpendicular thereto a transverse member carrying a
modi?ed type of attachmentrmeans shown in FIG. 5.
slide member thereon provided with a longitudinal mark
Referring to FIGS. 1-4 for exemplary purposes, one
ing edge on means cooperable with a transverse measur 30 illustrative embodiment of the invention takes the form of
ing scale carried by the transverse member for the offset
a longitudinal ?at planar member, indicated generally at
sewing-line-determining purposes referred to above, and
with the longitudinal member also bearing visibly ob
it), bearing visibly observable longitudinal measuring
scale means 11 on the upper surface thereof and being
provided at a ?rst end 12 with attachment means, indi
servable measuring scale means to determine the distance
of the transverse member from the sewing machine needle. 35 cated generally at 13, adapted for removable and horizon
Under certain circumstances of use, in this form of the
tal attachment of the entire device immediately above a
invention, the longitudinal member may be removed and
flat horizontal surface portion of a sewing machine and
the transverse member may be directly attached by at
in a laterally offset relationship with respect to a sewing
tachment and/ or fastener means to the ?at surface por
machine needle and presser foot of the sewing machine.
tion of the sewing machine, with the transverse member
In the speci?c example illustrated, the ?at surface portion
carrying the slide member for transverse movement with
of the sewing machine is shown fragmentarily and in
respect to a longitudinal sewing line longitudinally aligned
with the sewing machine needle whereby to provide any
broken lines at 14, the sewing machine needle is shown
Further objects are implicit in the detailed description
22 of the transverse member 17 acting as a transverse
fragmentarily and in broken lines at 15, and the presser
desired degree of transverse offset of the sewing line on 45 foot is shown fragmentarily and in broken lines at 16.
the material being sewn, gathered, or ruffled. Also, in
The ?rst embodiment of the invention also includes a
some versions of this form of use of the invention, the
transverse member of ‘generally ?at planar con?guration,
slide member may ‘also be removed, if desired. This use
as indicated generally at 17. The transverse member 17
of the invention is particularly desirable for providing a
has a ?rst end thereof 18, which is provided with a
desired seam allowance-in other words, for use as a 50 through longitudinal slot means 19, which slidably encom
seam allowance gauge.
passes and receives the longitudinal member 10 there
t is an object of the preent invention to provide a
through whereby =to longitudinally slidably mount the
sewing guide attachment for a sewing machine of the
transverse member 17 for manually controlled longitu
character referred to above, which is of extremely sim
dinal movement along the length of the, longitudinal mem
ple, cheap, foolproof construction such as to be con 55 ber 10 between the ?rst end 12 thereof and a stop means
ducive to widespread use thereof.
20 at a second end 21 thereof, and with the straight edge
which follows and will be apparent to persons skilled in
marking edge visibly cooperable with the longitudinal
the art after a careful study thereof.
measuring scale 11 for visibly indicating any desired de
For the purpose of clarifying the nature of the present 60 gree of longitudinal offset or of distance from the sewing
invention, one exemplary embodiment of the complete
machine needle 15. It should also be noted that the
sewing guide attachment for a sewing machine is illus
other straight edge 23 of the transverse member may also
trated in the hereinbelow~described ?gures of the accom
act as a transverse marking edge, if desired, as may any
panying single drawing sheet and is described in detail
marking line or portion carried by the transparent upper
hereinafter. However, it should be noted that two dis 65 planar member of the transverse member 17;
tinct modes of use of the invention are illustrated in the
?gures and several distinct types of attachment means for
attaching the invention to the ?at surface portion of a
sewing machine in a desired relationship with respect to
a. sewing machine needle, are shown in the drawing.
PEG. 1 is an oblique view of one illustrative embodi
ment of the present invention in mounted operative re
in the speci?c example illustrated, the transverse mem
ber, indicated generally at 17, takes a speci?c structural
form wherein it comprises a lower ?at planar member 24
and‘ an upper flat planar member 25 of transparent mate
70 rial (usually transparent plastic »such as an acrylic resin,
or the like, although not speci?cally so limited) vertically
. spaced apart by two intermediate spacer members 26 car
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fastener means, indicated generally at 46 as best shown
in FIGS. 3 and 4, may also be employed in this modi
?cation of the invention. However, the modi?ed type of
fastener means 46', shown in FIGS. 5 and 6, includes two
ried therebetween at the ?rst end 18 of the transverse
member 17 and spaced therefrom whereby to de?ne there
between the slot 19 slidably carrying the longitudinal
member 10 and also whereby to de?ne an additional re
corresponding downwardly directed elements 47, each hav
ceiving slot 27, which slidably carries a slide member,
ing an insertion portion or tip covered with elastomeric
material, as indicated at 48, and each having an inwardly
indicated generally at 28, for transverse slidable move
rxent between opposite ends of the transverse member 17.
In the speci?c example illustrated, the slide member
offset, ?at, vertically directed top portion 49 adapted to
three of the members 29, 30, and 31 being joined together
at opposite ends thereof, as indicated at $2, and de?ning
apertures 42 and 45 (such as shown in FIG. 3) of the
?at surface portion 14 of the sewing machine. This will
transverse recess means 33 between intermediate por
provide a very effective type of fastening or attachment
be resiliently engaged and clamped by resilient spring
28 consists of an upper member 29, which is preferably
transparent, although not speci?cally so limited, a lower 10 clamp means 50 after the insertion tips 48 are inserted
downwardly through the apertures 39' and through the
member 30, and 'an intermediate member 31, with all
tions of the members 29, 30, and 31, which slidably re
ceive the upper and lower planar members 25 and 24 of
the transverse member 17, whereby to frictionally slidably
mount the slide member 28 thereon. It should be noted
that the upper surface of the transverse member 17 car
ries transverse measuring scale means 34, with which the
means adapted for quick engagement and disengagement
with respect to the sewing machine. It should also be
noted that the modi?ed fastening means 46’, shown in
FIGS. 5 and 6, may be employed for fastening the longi
tudinal member ‘10, shown in FIGS. 1-4, to the sewing
20 machine surface portion 14, if desired.
straight edge 35 of the slide member 28 is adapted to
FIG. 5 is shown in use acting as a sewing line offset
visibly cooperate for visibly indicating any desired degree
guide or seam allowance gauge for the piece of material
indicated fragmentarily in broken lines at 38’.
It should be noted that either the complete form of
the invention shown in FIGS. l-4 or the subcombina
tion form shown in FIGS. 5 and 6 may cooperate with
material which is to be sewn in several different ways.
of transverse offset from a sewing line region longitu~
dinally aligned with the sewing machine needle 15 and
indicated in broken lines at 36. It should be noted that ‘
the straight edge 35 effectively comprises a longitudinal
marking edge for the slide member 28, although the other
straight edge thereof or marks carried by the top of the
slide member may be used for indicating purposes under
For example, the material may be positioned between
longitudinal alignment with the sewing machine needle
ci?cally illustrated in the ?gures, and will be apparent
the upper and lower portions of the transverse member
certain conditions of use. It should be noted that the 30 or may be positioned thereunder. Various modes of use
of the complete and/or subcombination forms of the
left end of the measuring scale 34 carries a marking line
invention are contemplated, in addition to those spe
37, which indicates the position of the sewing line 36 in
to those skilled in the art after a careful study hereof.
15, whereby any desired degree of offset for the lace or
It should be understood that the ?gures and the spe
other piece of fabric which is to be sewn, gathered, or 35
ci?c description thereof set forth in this application are
ruffled can be produced. This is true even though various
for the purpose of illustrating the present invention and
types of attachments (not shown) are employed for the
are not to be construed as limiting the present invention
purpose of ruf?ing or gathering the lace. In FIG. 1 the
to the precise and detailed speci?c structure shown in
lace is indicated in broken lines at 33.
The attachment means, indicated generally at 13 and 40 the ?gures and speci?cally described hereinbefore.
Rather, the real invention is intended to include substan
brie?y referred to in the speci?c exemplary form of the
invention shown in FIGS. 1-4, comprises aperture-de?n
tially equivalent constructions embodying the basic teach
ing means 39 carried by the longitudinal member 19 ad
jacent the ?rst end 12 thereof, and fastener means, indi
ings and inventive concept of the present invention.
We claim:
A sewing guide attachment for a sewing machine, com
prising: a longitudinal member of flat planar con?gura
cated generally at 46, including a substantially L-shaped
element 40 having a downwardly directed portion 41,
which is insertible downwardly through one of the aper
tures 39 into a corresponding aperture 42 in the ?at sur
tion bearing visibly observable longitudinal measuring
scale means on the upper surface thereof and being pro
vided at a ?rst end with attachment means for removable
face portion 14 of the sewing machine, with the L-shaped
element 40 being provided with a downwardly-apertured 50 and horizontal attachment to a ?at horizontal surface
portion of a sewing machine laterally offset from a sew
washer-shaped portion 43 adapted to receive downwardly
ing machine needle and being provided at a second end
therethrough a threaded screw fastener 44, which is in
thereof with stop means; a transverse member having a
sertible downwardly through the other of the apertures 39
?rst end thereof provided with through longitudinal
and into removable threaded engagement with another
aperture 45 of the ?at surface portion 14 of the sewing 55 recess-slot means slidably horizontally mounted on said
longitudinal member for manually controlled movement
machine, whereby to ?rmly mount the entire device in the
along the length of said longitudinal member between
position shown in FIG. 1 and in the manner shown in
said ?rst end and said stop means carried by said second
greater details in FIGS. 3 and 4.
end thereof, and being provided with a transverse mark
FIGS. 5 and 6 illustrate a slight modi?cation of both
the use of the invention and of the speci?c type of at 60 ing edge visibly coperable with said longitudinal measur
ing scale means for visibly indicating any desired degree
tachment means thereof. In this version, identical parts
of longitudinal offset from the sewing machine needle,
are indicated by identical reference numerals, and sim
said transverse member being of ?at planar con?guration
ilar parts are indicated by similar reference numerals,
substantially co-planar with the ?at planar longitudinal
primed, however. It will be noted that the transverse
member and being transversely directed therefrom so as
member ‘17 of FIGS. 5 and 6 is identical to the transverse
to extend to a sewing line region perpendicular thereto
member 17 shown in FIG. 1. However, it will also be
and aligned with a sewing machine needle and parallel
noted that the longitudinal member 10 of FIG. 1 and the
to said longitudinal member, said transverse member hear
slide member 28 of FIG. 1 have been removed from the
ing visibly observable transverse measuring scale means
transverse member 17, thus leaving only the transverse
on the upper surface thereof; and a slide member pro
member 17 in FIGS. 5 and 6. Therefore, vertical aligned
vided with through transverse recess means transversely
pairs of apertures 39' now receive the modi?ed form of
slidably mounted on said transverse member for slidable
movement therealong and being provided with a longi
fastener means, indicated generally at 46', for fastening
tudinal marking edge movably cooperable with the trans
the transverse member 17 to the flat surface portion 14 of
the sewing machine. It should be noted that the ?rst type 75 verse measuring scale to visibly indicate any desired de
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gree of transverse otfset from the sewing line region longitudinally aligned with the sewing machine needle; said
verse offset from the sewing line region longitudinally
aligned with the sewing machine needle.
transverse member comprising a lower that planar member
and an upper ?at planar member of transparent material
,
References Cited in the
adapted to receive therebetween the-edge of a niece of 5
material in transverse abutment with the longitudinal
marking edge of the slide member slidably carried by said
transverse member, whereby to effectively position and
guide the material for movement longitudinally toward
the sewing machine needle with a desired degree of trans- 10
0f this patent
UNITED STATES PATENTS
620,413
691,705
2,646,626
2,948,036
'Chat?eld ------------ -~ F?b- 23,
Lewis -------------- -- Jan- 21,
P‘alin -------------- -- July 28,
Heller ______________ __ Aug. 9,
1899
1902'
1953
1960
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