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Aug. 28, 1962 M. COHN 3,050,806 GARMENT FASTENING EYE Filed Oct. 7, 1960 INVENTOR. M?UR/CA? C’OH/V ATTORNEYS 3,05%,806 Patented Aug. 28, 1962 2 3,059,396 GARMENT FASTENING EYE Maurice Cohn, South St, South Coventry, Conn. Filed Oct. 7, 1960, Ser. No. 61,125 2 Claims. (Cl. 24-226) This invention relates to a garment fastening hook and eye device and, more particularly, to an improved eye of the type that is usually stitched to the garment fabric. Garment fastening eyes of the type which are stitched to the garment are generally made as a sheet metal stamp ing of rectangular con?guration having an elongated cen As will be observed in FIG. 1, the garment fastening eye provided in accordance with the present invention is still generally rectangular or D-shaped. The body of the eye 10 is preferably formed as a sheet metal stamping having a generally rectangular longitudinally extending opening 12 which is preferably centrally located in the lbody of the eye. This opening is provided in su?icient longitudinal extent to receive a companion hook, and by providing the opening a pair of longitudinal bars 14 and 16 are de?ned in the sheet metal body 10. One of these bars, for example the bar 14, may be re ferred to as an engaging bar over which the companion tral opening. An eye of this type is secured to the gar hook is passed as it is extended through the opening 12. ment fabric ‘by stitching over one of the longitudinal bars The other of these bars, for example the bar 16, is the adjacent the central opening. When such an eye is tightly 15 anchoring bar over which threads are extended in securing stitched to a relatively sti?f fabric, some difficulty is en— the eye member to a garment fabric or the like. countered in engaging or connecting the hook because As thus far described, the eye member 10 may be con the eye tends to lie ?at against the fabric. sidered to be conventional. However, in the conventional It is the‘ general object of the present invention to pro stitched eye, the hook-receiving opening is considerably vide a garment fastening eye of the aforesaid type which wider than the opening 12 and the engaging and anchor is particularly adapted to facilitate connection with an ing bars 14 and 16 are substantially more narrow. In associated hook. . accordance with the present invention, more metal stock The drawing shows preferred embodiments of the in is left on the eye member 1h, but in the stamping process, vention and such embodiments will be described, but it the anchoring bar 16 is struck transversely in cuts 13, will be understood that various changes may be made 25 18 extending from the central opening 12 at the ends from the constructions disclosed, and that the drawing thereof toward but nonetheless spaced from the outside and description are not to be construed as de?ning or limit ing the scope of the invention, the claims forming a part of this speci?cation being relied upon for that purpose. Of the drawing: > FIG. 1 is a greatly enlarged plan view of a garment fastening eye constructed in accordance with the present invention; FIG. 2 is an end view of the said eye showing it stitched longitudinal ego of the said anchoring bar. By being so formed, the anchoring bar 16 is provided with a tongue 2%. In further accord with the present invention, the said tongue 2% is bent along a longtiudinal bend line 22 and projected downwardly from the plane of the eye member or body 19. This bending of the tongue 20 enlarges the effective opening which receives the hook, and by bending to a fabric; 35 the tongue downwardly when the eye member is laid on FIG. 3 is a view similar to FIG. 2 but showing a hook fabric as illustrated in FIG. 2, the body portion of the connected with the eye; and eye and its opening 12 will project away from the fabric. FIG. 4 is a view similar to FIG. 1 of an alternative This provides greater accessibility of the eye for connec construction in accordance with the present invention. As is well known, garment fastening hook and eye de vices are widely used to close and secure the waistbands of men’s trousers and women’s skirts and other garments. Most hooks and eyes are secured to the fabrics by being clinched therein. That is, the hook is generally provided with a base having clinching prongs extending at a right angle from the plane of the base so that they can be extended through the fabric and through suitable aper tures in a backing plate on the ‘opposite side of the fabric and then bent or clinched over the backing plate to secure tion with the hook and it facilitates entry of the hook into the eye opening. ' A less apparent advantage in providing the bent tongue 29 is that the eye can be more ?rmly secured by stitch ing'to the garment fabric. That is, the bent tongue 20 increases the overall width of the anchoring bar 16 over ' which the threads T are passed in securing the eye to the fabric. The wider dimension of the anchoring bar and the bend or hump therein along the bend line 22 tend to prevent longitudinal movement of the eye mem ber within the looped threads. the hook in place. Similarly, the eyes are usually pro Hook and eye connection is further facilitated in vided in C-shape, the ends of the eye members providing accordance with the present invention by bending the the prongs which are extended through the fabric and engaging bar 14 downwardly as shown in FIG. 2 along clinched over a companion ‘backing plate. The backing a longitudinal bend line 24 which is coincident with the plates of the hooks and eyes are then covered by another adjacent edge of the opening 12. This permits the en layer of fabric, and this makes it di?icult to unclinch the 55 gaging bar 14 to be relatively wide without blocking securing prongs of the hooks and eyes to remove such movement of the hook into the eye opening, and the members from the fabric. It is often desirable to re move and relocate either a hook or an eye on a garment downwardly bent engagaing bar 14 frictionally engages after its initial fabrication to better fit the garment of the both inner surfaces '26 and 28 of an associated hook wearer. H as shown in FIG. 3 to make the hook and eye con In order to provide easy adjustability for relocation of the fastening devices, it has become a practice in pro inadvertent disengagement. viding the hook and eye devices for some garments to pro vide an eye which is capable of being stitched to the gar if desired, the eye of this invention can be pro vided in the alternative form shown in FIG. 4. The said nection more ?rm and to diminish the possibility of ment and which does not use prongs and an associated 65 alternative form differs from that described only in the provision of one or more thread notches 30, 30 over which the stitches can be passed to provide even greater metal stampings having a central opening through which _ assurance that the eye will not shift or move longitu~ backing plate. Such garment fastening eyes are generally provided in the form of rectangular or D-shaped sheet the associated hook is extended in effecting connection. dinally within the thread loops. As shown, the thread As previously mentioned, such eyes lie ?at on or against 70 notches 36, 30 are preferably located on the tongue 20 the fabric, and di?iculty is often encountered in thrusting of the anchoring bar in the edge adjacent the hook re the hook through the eye opening to effect connection. ceiving opening 12. However, the said notches can be ' 3,050,806 3 provided in the outside longitudinal edge of the anchor ing bar. _ The invention claimed is: a 1. An improved eye for association with a hook in a hook and eye garment fastening device, the said eye comprising a generally rectangular sheet member hav ing a generally rectangular centrally located longitu dinally extending opening to receive the hook and which 4 comprising a generally rectangular sheet member hav ing a generally rectangular centrally located opening extending longitudinally therein to receive the hook and which de?nes a pair of longitudinal bars on opposite sides or" the said opening, one being an engaging bar which is bent downwardly along a bend line coincident with the adjacent longitudinal edge of the central open-. ing and over which the hook is passed through the open ing to effect fastening engagement, and the other being de?nes a pair of longitudinal bars on opposite sides of the said opening, one being an engaging bar which is 16 an anchoring bar over which threads are extended in stitching the eye in place on the garment fabric, a‘ sub- ' bent downwardly along a longitudinal bend line coin cident with the adjacent longitudinal edge of the said central opening and over which the hook is passed through the opening to e?ect fastening engagement, and the other being an anchoring bar over which threads are extended" in stitching the eye in place on the garment fabric, a stantial portion of the said anchoring bar being struck transversely in cuts extending from the ends of the said opening and being bent along a longitudinal bend' line ' from the plane of the eye member to de?ne a tongue ' engageable with the fabric to project the engaging bar substantial portion of the said anchoring bar being struck transversely in cuts extending from the said opening and being bent downwardly along a longitudinal bend line and eye opening away from the fabric for easy engage ment and disengagement of the hook, and the said an choring bar being provided with at least one notch in. I engageable with the fabric to project the engaging bar when the eye is stitched to thefabric. from the plane of the eye member to de?ne a tongue 20 one of its longitudinal edges to receive looped thread and eye opening away from the fabric for easy engage ment and disengagement of the hook. 2. An improved eye for association with a hook in a hook and eye garment fastening device, the said eye ' References Qited in the ?le of this patent‘ UNITED STATES PATENTS’ 95 3,927 Smith ________________ __ Apr. 5, 19107 '