Title:
Glove having back with improved direct embroidery
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
A sports glove has a front tab for securing the glove on the hand of the user, a slit to facilitate direct embroidery and a direct embroidered design on the back thereof. Also discussed is a method for the direct embroidery of a log or design directly to the back of a glove.



Inventors:
Peil, John F. (Browns Summit, NC, US)
Application Number:
10/456937
Publication Date:
12/09/2004
Filing Date:
06/06/2003
Assignee:
PEIL JOHN F.
Primary Class:
International Classes:
A41D19/00; A41D19/04; A41D27/08; A63B71/14; (IPC1-7): A41D19/00; A63B71/14
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Primary Examiner:
WELCH, GARY L
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
Clements Bernard Walker (Charlotte, NC, US)
Claims:

What is claimed is:



1. A glove having a front tab for securing the glove on the hand of the user and further having: a side slit to facilitate positioning of the glove onto a hooping frame for the direct embroidery of a logo or design to the back of the glove; and a logo or design greater than 1.25 square inches directly embroidered to the back of the glove.

2. A glove as in claim 1, wherein said side slit extends below said front tab.

3. A glove as in claim 2, wherein said design extends greater than one third the width of the back of said glove.

4. A glove as in claim 3, wherein said design extends greater than two thirds the width of the back of said glove.

5. A glove as in claim 4, wherein said design extends greater than three fourths width of the back of said glove

6. A glove as in claim 1 wherein said glove is comprised of synthetic leather.

7. A glove as in claim 1 wherein said glove is comprised of goat skin

8. A glove as in claim 1 wherein said glove is comprised of lamb skin.

9. The method of making a direct embroidered glove comprising the steps of providing a glove with a front tab for securing the glove on a hand of a user, a slit, and an open back; placing the glove on an embroidery hooping frame; the direct embroidering a design directly to the open back of the glove.

10. A glove as in claim 10, wherein said side slit extends below said front tab.

11. A glove as in claim 11, wherein said design extends greater than one third the width of the back of said glove.

12. A glove as in claim 12, wherein said design extends greater than two thirds the width of the back of said glove.

13. A glove as in claim 13, wherein said design extends greater than three fourths width of the back of said glove.

14. A glove as in claim 10 wherein said glove is comprised of synthetic leather.

15. A glove as in claim 15 wherein said glove is comprised of goat skin

16. A glove as in claim 15 wherein said glove is comprised of lamb skin.

Description:

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

[0001] This invention relates generally to gloves, and more specifically to sports gloves such as golf gloves having an improved design that allows the direct embroidery of a logo or design directly to the back of the glove to improve the appearance of the glove.

[0002] Gloves, which are particularly adapted for use in sports such as golf, baseball, tennis, bicycling, rowing, soccer or motor sports are well known and have been popular for years. It is also known to customize or place a design such as a team or company logo on such gloves. These designs are commonly embroidered onto a separate patch, which is then sewed onto the glove's hook and loop closure tab. This approach, however, has the disadvantage of adding a layer of textile material to the glove, which tends to decrease the flexibility of the glove and detracts from the overall appearance of the glove.

[0003] A separate patch could be avoided by direct embroidering a logo or design onto the back of the glove, but direct embroidering is not suitable for gloves which have a traditional closure tab on the back of the glove. Traditional closure tabs contain a hook and loop fastener and direct embroidery onto a hook and loop fastener interferes with its intended function by making the loop portion of the closure non-functional. Furthermore, there is a very limited amount of space available, generally less than 1.25 square inches in size, on the back of gloves having this design. Thus, it is common for a glove manufacturer to make many “generic” blank gloves which are shipped to an intermediate who then adds a desired design or logo by sewing a previously embroidered patch to the glove or adhesively securing a plastic or laminated emblem to the glove or by using a magnetic logo attachment

[0004] On the other hand, it would be desirable to have a sports glove with a logo or design embroidered directly on the back thereof and the present invention provides such a glove. In a sense this invention is in the nature of an improvement of the design shown in U.S. Design Pat. No. D445,964 S which issued Jul. 31, 2001 to Gambordella for Golf Glove with Hook-and-Loop Enclosure. By improving upon the design of the Gambordella patent, it has been found that a much larger company logo or design can be embroidered directly to the back of a golf or sports glove with a minimum of effect on the flexibility of the glove, a significant improvement in the visual appeal of the custom logo glove and with improved manufacturing processing efficiency.

[0005] These and other advantages will be appreciated from the following disclosure taken in conjunction with the attached drawings and appended claims.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

[0006] In accordance with the present invention, a sports glove is disclosed having a front tab for securing the glove on the hand of the user, a slit to facilitate the direct embroidery of a logo or design utilizing currently available embroidery technology, and a method for the direct embroidery of a logo or design directly to the back of the glove. In accordance with the method of this invention, a direct embroidered sports glove is made by the steps of:

[0007] providing a sports glove with a front tab for securing the glove on a hand of a user, a slit to accommodate a conventional embroidery hooping frame, and an open back;

[0008] placing the hooped glove on a conventional embroidery machine;

[0009] Embroidering a logo or design directly onto the back of the glove.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

[0010] The foregoing and other objects will become more readily apparent by referring to the following detailed description and the appended drawings in which:

[0011] FIG. 1 is a top plan elevation of a preferred embodiment of a glove of this invention showing the tab in open position and a modified slit; and

[0012] FIG. 2 is a bottom elevational view of the preferred embodiment of FIG. 1 showing the direct embroidery of a logo or design on the open back thereof; and

[0013] FIG. 3 is an elevational view showing the glove of FIG. 1 mounted on an embroidery hoop.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

[0014] Referring to FIGS. 1-3 of the drawings, a preferred embodiment of an improved sports glove of the present invention is shown and indicated generally by the numeral 10. Glove 10 has a palm portion 12, thumb 14, and individual fingers 16, 18, 20 and 22. Glove 10 is intended to be secured on the hand of a user by a hook and loop type securement such as Velcro or the like. Thus, as shown in FIG. 1 a hook covered tab 24 is shown in open configuration, it being understood that in use, tab 24 will be secured to cooperating loop patch 26 in a conventional manner and, of course, that in the alternative, tab 24 can be a loop covered tab and patch 26 can be a cooperating hook covered patch.

[0015] Glove 10 can be constructed of any suitable flexible fabric. Preferable glove 10 is made of soft leather, synthetic leather, or similar material.

[0016] As shown in FIG. 1, a slit 28 extends from the open end 30 of glove 10 below tab 24 and patch 26. The length of slit 28 is great enough that the open end 30 of glove 10 can be stretched over a conventional embroiderying device, for example either a tubular, oval sock, or rotary frame, for the direct embroidery step of this invention. It will be appreciated by those skilled in the art that the combination of a palm side tab 24 and extended slit 28 allows glove 10 to be stretched over a conventional hoop and directly embroidered in accordance with this invention.

[0017] Referring now to FIG. 2 and FIG. 3 glove 10 has a back 32 with a design 34, which has been directly embroidered onto back 32. FIG. 3 shows glove 10 mounted on a conventional embroidery frame 36 which has an annular projection 38 over which is glove 10 and hooping ring 40 which holds glove 10 in position. As viewed is FIG. 3 glove 10 is “opened” with the backside 42 of logo 34 facing upwardly.

[0018] Hooping ring 40 is inserted inside glove 10 and then applied over projection 38 of frame 36. It will be appreciated by those skilled in the art that the directly embroidery of a logo or design is not limited to the size of the conventional tab but is only limited by the size of hoop over which glove 10 is stretched for the direct embroidery step. The available area on the back of the modified glove area is much larger than the customization area that is available on a conventionally designed glove with the hook and loop closure on the back of the glove) Thus, while a conventional glove is limited to a relatively small design, less than 1.25 square inches area for logo or design placement is typical, the present invention allows designs as large as 2.50 inches in diameter (up to 4.9 square inches area for placement of a logo or design) using a conventional 9 cm tubular embroidery hoop. A logo or design area as large as 2.25″×3.25″ (up to 7.3 square inches of area for the direct embroidery of a logo or design) can be achieved with the use of a conventional tubular, oval sock, or rotary hooping device. The additional customization area made available for direct embroidery of a logo or design by this invention offers a substantial marketing advantage because of the available size and direct embroidery verses the conventional customization methods).

[0019] If desired, for example where it is desired to direct embroider a soft natural leather glove, an insert sheet of synthetic material can be secured inside glove 10 to providing support where the logo is to be embroidered.

[0020] Glove 10 is suitable for use in a broad range of sports gloves. For example, glove 10 may be a driving glove, roping glove, horse riding glove, shooting glove, baseball glove, racquetball glove, soccer glove, football glove, casual, dress or leisure glove, motorcycle glove, truck driving glove, bicycle glove, police glove, weightlifting glove, or tennis or similar glove. Even further uses for glove 10 will be within the broad scope of the present invention.

[0021] While a preferred embodiment of the present invention has been described herein, it will be appreciated that the invention is subject to variation and modification and it is intended to be limited only by the following claims.