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US5129341: Retaining device for a cover of a sewing machine

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Filing Information

Inventor(s) Shui-Nu Wang ·
Assignee(s) WANG SHUI NU ·
Primary Examiner Werner H. Schroeder ·
Assistant Examiner Paul C. Lewis ·
Application Number US7676309
Filing date 03/28/1991
Issue date 07/14/1992
Predicted expiration date 03/28/2011
U.S. Classifications 112/260  · 292/228  ·
International Classifications D05B 7506  ·
Kind CodeA
International Classifications 112258;259;260 ·
6 Claims, No Drawings


Abstract

A retaining device for coupling a cover to a sewing machine. A stop is fixed in the base. A lever has a middle portion pivotally supported on a support which is fixed on a bottom of the cover. A handle is formed on one end of the lever and is reachable from outside of the cover. A pawl is formed on the other end of the lever. A spring is provided to bias the pawl to engage with the stop so that the cover can be retained in a closed position. When the handle is pulled upward, the pawl can be separated from the stop so that the cover can be opened.

Independent Claims | See all claims (6)

  1. 1. A retaining device comprising a cover having a lower portion pivotally coupled to a base of a sewing machine, a stop fixed in said base of said sewing machine, a bracket fixed on a bottom of said cover and including a seat fixed on said bottom of said cover and a U-shaped portion formed above said seat, said U-shaped portion including a pair of legs, a lever having a middle portion pivotally supported between said legs of said bracket by a pin so that said lever is rotatable about said pin, a handle portion formed on a first end of said lever, said handle portion extending outward of said cover and reachable from outside of said cover, a pawl being formed on a second end of said lever, and a spring engaged on said pin for biasing said pawl, said spring having a first end engaged on said U-shaped portion and having a second end engaged on said pawl so that said pawl is biased by said spring, a notch formed in one side of said U-shaped portion, said first end of said spring being engaged in said notch so that movement of said first end of said spring can be limited, said pawl being biased by said spring to engage with said stop of said base so that said cover can be retained in a closed position, and when said handle portion is moved, said lever is rotated against said spring, and said pawl is separated from said stop so that said cover can be opened.
  2. 2. A retaining device comprising a cover having a lower portion pivotally coupled to a base of a sewing machine, a stop fixed in said base of said sewing machine, a bracket fixed on a bottom of said cover and including a seat fixed on said bottom of said cover and a U-shaped portion formed above said seat, said U-shaped portion including a pair of legs, a lever having a middle portion pivotally supported between said legs of said bracket by a pin, a cylinder formed on said middle portion of said lever and rotatably supported on said pin so that said lever is rotatable about said pin, a handle portion formed on a first end of said lever, said handle portion extending outward of said cover and reachable from outside of said cover, a pawl being formed on a second end of said lever, and a spring engaged on said pin for biasing said pawl, said spring having a first end engaged on said U-shaped portion and having a second end engaged on said pawl so that said pawl is biased by said spring, said pawl being biased by said spring to engage with said stop of said base so that said cover can be retained in a closed position, and when said handle portion is moved, said lever is rotated against said spring, and said pawl is separated from said stop so that said cover can be opened.
  3. 3. A retaining device comprising a cover having a lower portion pivotally coupled to a base of a sewing machine, a stop fixed in said base of said sewing machine, a bracket fixed on a bottom of said cover and including a seat fixed on said bottom of said cover and a U-shaped portion formed above said seat, a pair of protrusions formed on said bottom of said cover, said seat of said bracket being fixed on said protrusions, said U-shaped portion including a pair of legs, a lever having a middle portion pivotally supported between said legs of said bracket by a pin so that said lever is rotatable about said pin, a handle portion formed on a first end of said lever, said handle portion extending outward of said cover and reachable from outside of said cover, a pawl being formed on a second end of said lever, and a spring engaged on said pin for biasing said pawl, said spring having a first end engaged on said U-shaped portion and having a second end engaged on said pawl so that said pawl is biased by said spring, said pawl being biased by said spring to engage with said stop of said base so that said cover can be retained in a closed position, and when said handle portion is moved, said lever is rotated against said spring, and said pawl is separated from said stop so that said cover can be opened.
  4. 4. A retaining device comprising a cover having a lower portion pivotally coupled to a base of a sewing machine, a stop fixed in said base of said sewing machine, a bracket fixed on a bottom of said cover, a lever having a middle portion pivotally supported on said bracket by a pin, a handle portion being formed on a first end of said lever, said cover including an upper casing and a lower casing connectable with each other, a recess formed in one side of said lower casing, a gap formed in said lower casing and communicating said recess to an interior of said lower casing, said first end of said lever extending through said gap so that said handle portion substantially extends in said recess of said lower casing and so that said handle portion is reachable from outside of said cover, a pawl being formed on a second end of said lever, and a spring engaged on said pin for biasing said pawl, said pawl being biased by said spring to engage with said stop of said base so that said cover can be retained in a closed position, and when said handle portion is caused to rotate against said spring, said pawl can be caused to be separated from said stop so that said cover can be opened.

References Cited

U.S. Patent Documents

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US363655 Littlejohn May 1887
US2197195 WILLIAM SCHEMERS Schemers Apr 1940
US2394395 Morand Feb 1946
US2634997 GALLOWITZ WILLIAM R Gallowitz Apr 1953
US2945461 SINGER MFG CO Perla Jul 1960
US4057272 The Singer Company Vahle et al. Nov 1977
US5066055 Kabushiki Kaisha Toyoda Jidoshokki Seisakusho Saitoh et al. Nov 1991

Foreign Patent Documents

Document NumberAssigneesInventorsIssue/Pub Date
NL7604269MEFINA AApr 1976
CH271628GEGAUF FRITZ AGNov 1950

Referenced By

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US8038234 Anton Schneider GmbH & Co. KG Heimo Weber Oct 2011

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