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Jul! 23, 1963
c. c. LANGSTON
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3,098,373
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Filed May a, 1961
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Patented July 23, 1963
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3,098,373
AD DYEING DE‘VME
Claude (J. Langston, 1701 W. Berry, Fort Worth, Tex.
Filed May 8, 1961, Ser. No. 108,637
5 Claims. (Cl. 68-47)
extends upwards and is formed to include two notches
25 and 26 which can engage the ?ange 23 on the marker
19. A stop 27 is also included on the end of the clip 24
to prevent the marker 19 from being unintentionally re
moved from the barrel 18. The lower end of the barrel
18 is provided with a spring loaded hinged cover 23,
shown in detail in FIGURE 5, which keeps the dye from
In a shoe repair shop handling a volume of ladies’
shoes in different colors, a time consuming operation is
evaporating from the tip of the marker when the latter
changing the thread ‘on the sewing machine to match the
is not in use. A felt pad 29 is ?xed to the lower ?ange
color of the shoe being repaired. Just a few stitches of 10 12 of the chassis 10 directly under each marker 19.
one color may be needed for one repair job, then a few
To operate the thread dyeing device, the marker con
stitches of another color for the next job. Even with a
taining the desired color is depressed to where the ?ange
battery of spools mounted on the machine, changing
23 snaps into the notch 25 in the spring clip 24. This
the thread can take longer than the sewing.
opens the hinged cover 28 which swings down allowing
This invention relates to a means of eliminating this 15 the tip 22 of the marker to bear against the felt pad 29.
costly operation and consists of a device whereby the
thread from a single spool can be selectively dyed any
of several colors as it is fed into the sewing machine;
the change from one color to another being almost in
A notch 30 in the edge of the cover 28 guides the thread
16 between the felt tip 22 and the felt pad 29 so that
it can pick up the dye as it moves along into the sewing
machine. To change colors, the operator releases the
stantaneous.
20 catch 24 with his index ?nger and raises the marker 19
There is on the market a marking tool consisting of a
with his thumb and second ?nger to where it bears
dye ?lled cartridge, used as a handle, with 2. depending
against stop 27 and is held in place by notch 26 in the
ferrule ending in a saturated felt tip which feeds the rapid
clip 24. Thus changing colors on the thread becomes a
ly drying dye onto the surface to be marked. An ex
convenient one handed operation. The operator can
emplary tool of this type is manufactured by Carter’s 25 then depress any other marker into operating position,
Ink Co. It is the intent of this invention to utilize this
and after pulling enough thread through his sewing ma
item in a new way to accomplish the selective dyeing of
chine to eliminate the previous color, can proceed to
sewing thread by mounting ‘a series of these markers in
sew with the new color.
an apparatus whereby the thread is caused to travel in
An ‘alternate type of cover 31 to prevent the dye marker
contact beneath the tip of any one marker selected at
from drying out consists of a ?exible rubber nipple which
will and thus to pick up the desired color as it moves
?ts over the lower end of barrel l8 and has in its de
toward the sewing operation.
pending constricted portion 32 a cross shaped incision 33
The means whereby this is ‘accomplished are herein
which is normally tightly closed, but which ‘allows the
after described in detail and illustrated in the accom
tip of the dye marker to spread the end of the nipple
panying drawing, wherein:
35 and extend through same when it is depressed to bear
FIGURE 1 is an elevational view of one embodiment
against the felt pad 29. When the rubber nipple 31 is
of the described invention.
used instead of the hinged cover 28 it is necessary to
FIGURE 2 is a perspective view of the proprietary
provide intermediate thread guides 34 in lieu of the
marking tool utilized in the invention.
notch 30' in the cover 28.
FIGURE 3 is a cross section taken on FIGURE 1
There may be an occasional special color called for
showing ‘one dye marker in operation.
which is not available in the dye markers, so the spool
FIGURE 4 is a longitudinal section showing two mark
rack 13 is provided with an extra peg 14a on which an
ers mounted in a different embodiment of the invention.
extna spool 15a with thread of the required color can
FIGURE 5 is a detail from below of the protective
be placed, and the thread 16a runs directly into the sew
cover used in the embodiment shown in FIGURE 1.
45 ing machine in place of the dyed thread 16. It is gen
FIGURE 6 is a detail from below of the protective
eral practice to use a neutral colored thread in the bobbin
cover used in the embodiment shown in FIGURE 4.
of the sewing machine as it shows only on the under side
FIGURE 7 is a cross section taken on FIGURE 1
of the material sewed and can be used with all the
showing the spool and the thread guide common to both
colors. Should it be desired, however, to use colored
embodiments.
50 thread on both sides, the reel of the bobbin can be
FIGURE 8 is a cross section taken on FIGURE 4.
wound with thread pulled through the thread dyeing ap
The device herein described and illustrated consists of
paratus and colored in exactly the same way as de
a channel shaped chassis It) with its open side facing the
scribed above.
operator and having upper ?ange l1 and lower ?ange 12..
The invention is not limited to the exemplary construc
This is mounted in a convenient manner to replace the
tion herein shown and described, but may be made in
standard thread rack on any sewing machine, not shown.
various ways within the scope of the appended claims.
An extension 13 of the web of the chassis it} holds pegs
What is claimed is:
14 and 14a‘ to receive spools 15 and 15a. The thread 16
l. A thread dyeing device comprising a chassis having
which is to be dyed travels towards the left through
a horizontal base and a parallel ?ange thereabove, at
guides 17 and from there is threaded into the sewing
least two open end barrels in vertical side-by-side rela
machine in the regular way. The upper ?ange 11 of the
tion supported by said ?ange, cylindrical dye markers
chassis It} has disposed thereon a row of holes in which
slidably received in said barrels, said dye markers having
are a?ixed uniform cylindrical barrels 18 of a diameter
to receive the dye markers 19. These markers, obtained
depending marker tips, a resilient pad supported by said
chassis beneath each said marker tip, and means movably
on the open market, consist of a cylindrical reservoir 20, 65 supporting a thread beneath said marker tips and above
a ferrule 21, and a dye impregnated felt tip 22. The
said pads.
top of the reservoir 20 is provided with a hexagonal
2. A thread dyeing device comprising a cylindrical
?ange 23 designed to make the marker stand (tip end up)
fountain type marker containing a coloring agent and
on a table, or to prevent its rolling while lying on its
having a dispensing tip on one end thereof, a cylindrical
side. This ?ange serves a useful purpose in the present 70 barrel surrounding said marker and open at each end,
invention as hereinafter described.
clip means engaging said marker in an extended and
A spring clip 24 attached to the back of each barrel I8
a retracted position relative .to said barrel, a ‘spring loaded
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cover hinged to the end of said barrel from which the
tip of said marker extends, support means attached to
said barrel, a felt pad attached to said support means
disposed to contact said tip of said marker in its extended
position, and guides to lead a thread between said felt
of said marker when same are in contact with each other.
4. A thread dyeing device as described in claim 2 in
which more than one such assemblies are combined in
aligned series to be selectively engaged with a thread run
ning parallel to said series.
5. A thread dyeing device as described in claim 3 in
pad and the tip of said marker when the same are in con
tact with each other.
which more than one such assemblies are combined in
3. A thread dyeing device comprising a cylindrical
fountain type marker containing a coloring agent and
a series to be selectively engaged with a thread running
parallel to said series.
having a dispensing tip ‘on one end thereof, a cylindrical
barrel surrounding said marker and open at each end,
clip means engaging said marker in an extended and a
retracted position relative to said barrel, a ?exible nip
ple containing a normally closed incision attached to the
end of said barrel through which the top of said marker 15
can be extended, support means attached to said barrel,
a felt pad attached to said support means disposed to con
tact said tip of said marker in its extended position, and
guides to lead a thread between said felt pad and the tip
References Cited in the ?le of this patent
UNITED STATES PATENTS
1,820,583
Switzer ______________ __ Aug. 25, 1931
2,310,764
Denhof ______________ __ Feb. 9, 1943
2,712,297
McGrew _____________ __ July 5, 1955
2,811,732
Okamoto ____________ __ Nov. 5, 1957
FOREIGN PATENTS
Germany, printed application 145138, June 14, 1956.
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