Title:
STABILIZER DISPENSER AND CONTAINER
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
An apparatus for dispensing stabilizer material is provided. The apparatus includes one or more spools and stabilizer material. The stabilizer material is disposed around at least one of the one or more spools. The apparatus also includes a dispenser containing the one or more spools and the stabilizer material.



Inventors:
Hammer, Daniel (Prairie Village, KS, US)
Hammer, Steve (Overland Park, KS, US)
Application Number:
11/741419
Publication Date:
10/30/2008
Filing Date:
04/27/2007
Primary Class:
International Classes:
B65H16/02
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Primary Examiner:
CAMPOS, JR, JUAN J
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
DUKE W. YEE (MCKINNEY, TX, US)
Claims:
What is claimed is:

1. An apparatus for dispensing a stabilizer material, the apparatus comprising: one or more spools; the stabilizer material, wherein the stabilizer material is disposed around at least one of the one or more spools; and a dispenser containing the one or more spools and the stabilizer material.

2. The apparatus of claim 1, wherein the dispenser further comprises a plurality of walls.

3. The apparatus of claim 2, wherein the one or more spools is mounted in the dispenser between two of the plurality of walls.

4. The apparatus of claim 2, wherein at least one of the plurality of walls has an opening to facilitate removal of the stabilizer material.

5. The apparatus of claim 4, further comprising cutting means adjacent to the opening for cutting the stabilizer material.

6. The apparatus of claim 2, wherein at least one of the plurality of walls is slidably coupled or hingeably coupled to the dispenser.

7. The apparatus of claim 4, wherein at least one of the plurality of walls comprise a plurality of openings, and wherein a total number of the plurality of openings is equal to a total number of the one or more spools.

8. The apparatus of claim 1, wherein the one or more spools are coupled to a rotating means for rotating the one or more spools.

9. The apparatus of claim 1, wherein the stabilizer material comprises a plurality of stabilizer rolls.

10. The apparatus of claim 9, further comprising one or more guiding rods to provide support to stabilizer material extending from one of the plurality of stabilizer rolls to an opening in the dispenser.

11. The apparatus of claim 9, further comprising viewing means for viewing an amount of stabilizer material on one of the plurality of stabilizer rolls.

12. The apparatus of claim 9, wherein each of the plurality of stabilizer rolls has two ends and a width, wherein the width is defined by a distance measured along a line parallel to one of the one or more spools, wherein the width is a shortest distance between the two ends, and wherein at least two of the plurality of stabilizer rolls have different widths.

13. The apparatus of claim 9, wherein at least two of the plurality of stabilizer rolls are composed of different stabilizer materials.

14. The apparatus of claim 9, wherein at least two of the plurality of stabilizer rolls have stabilizer material with different thicknesses.

15. The apparatus of claim 9, wherein a total number of the plurality of stabilizer rolls is equal to a total number of the one or more spools.

16. The apparatus of claim 9, wherein the one or more spools comprise a plurality of spools, and wherein each of the plurality of stabilizer rolls is disposed on one of the plurality of spools.

17. The apparatus of claim 9, further comprising a plurality of locking rings, wherein the plurality of locking rings are disposed around at least one of the one or more spools, and wherein the plurality of locking rings hinder movement of at least one of the plurality of stabilizer rolls relative to at least one of the one or more spools.

18. The apparatus of claim 1, wherein the dispenser is composed of at least one of the following: paper, cardboard, plastic, wood, wood products, corrugated box material, and metal.

19. The apparatus of claim 1, wherein the stabilizer material comprises one of a tear-away stabilizer material, a cut-away stabilizer material, a heat-away stabilizer material, and a wash-away stabilizer material.

20. An apparatus for dispensing a stabilizer material, the apparatus comprising: a plurality of spools; the stabilizer material, wherein the stabilizer material comprises a plurality of stabilizer rolls; and a dispenser containing the plurality of spools and the plurality of stabilizer rolls, wherein each of the plurality of stabilizer rolls is disposed on one of the plurality of spools, wherein the dispenser comprises a plurality of walls, wherein at least one of the plurality of walls has a plurality of openings to facilitate removal of the stabilizer material, and wherein a total number of the plurality of spools is equal to a total number of the plurality of openings.

Description:

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

1. Technical Field

The illustrative embodiments described herein are directed generally toward dispensing and storing stabilizer and fabric material for use in embroidery and sewing.

2. Description of Related Art

Embroidery is generally used in quilting and crafting to create a decorative design or pattern on a piece of fabric or other item by either hand-sewing or machine needlework. Stabilizers are generally used during the embroidery process to assist in stabilizing and/or providing support to fabric or other items being embroidered. Stabilizer material supports fabric under the stress of dense and multi-directional stitching. Stabilizers are typically used in conjunction with an embroidery hoop to hold fabric as flat and inflexibly as possible. Upon completion of the sewing/embroidery process, stabilizer material may be removed from the fabric using either a cut-away, tear-away, heat-away, or wash-away method.

Stabilizer material is currently available on rolls that are not encased in any dispensing apparatus. The width of these rolls is made to accommodate the various embroidery hoop sizes. To use the stabilizer material for a particular hoop, one must cut a piece of stabilizer directly from the roll by manually holding the roll such that a piece of stabilizer may be extracted from the roll.

The stabilizer cutting process requires a work space of sufficient size to accommodate the cutting process because of the size of the stabilizer rolls, and because a piece of stabilizer must be cut directly from the roll. Because a stabilizer roll must be manually held to extract a piece of stabilizer, the cutting process includes an unnecessary and inconvenient extra step. When using multiple rolls of stabilizer, an even larger work space and time expenditure is necessary because of the need to maintain multiple stabilizer rolls in one's immediate workspace and because stabilizer rolls must be switched to and from the cutting area so that the appropriate stabilizer roll may be cut.

Due to stabilizer rolls' cylindrical shape and ability to unravel, unnecessary storage space may be wasted when stabilizer rolls are stored. Also, confusion may arise as to the identity of a particular stabilizer roll because of a lack of any organized method for storing the stabilizer rolls. For example, many types of stabilizer, including tear-away, cut-away, heat-away, and wash-away stabilizer, look similar when viewed in the form of stabilizer rolls, and may be confused with one another when stored in a haphazard manner.

Therefore, it would be advantageous to have an apparatus for containing, organizing, and dispensing stabilizer rolls to save space, time, and unnecessary labor.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

An apparatus for dispensing stabilizer material is provided. The apparatus includes one or more spools and stabilizer material. The stabilizer material is disposed around at least one of the one or more spools. The apparatus also includes a dispenser containing the one or more spools and the stabilizer material.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

The novel features believed characteristic of the invention are set forth in the appended claims. The invention itself, however, as well as a preferred mode of use, further objectives and advantages thereof, will best be understood by reference to the following detailed description of an illustrative embodiment when read in conjunction with the accompanying drawings, wherein:

FIG. 1 is a perspective view showing a dispenser for dispensing stabilizer rolls in accordance with an illustrative embodiment;

FIG. 2 is another perspective view showing a dispenser for dispensing stabilizer rolls in accordance with an illustrative embodiment;

FIG. 3 is a frontal perspective view showing the front wall of a dispenser for dispensing stabilizer rolls in accordance with an illustrative embodiment;

FIG. 4 is a perspective view showing a dispenser for dispensing stabilizer rolls in accordance with an illustrative embodiment;

FIG. 5 is a frontal perspective view showing the front wall of a dispenser for dispensing stabilizer rolls in accordance with an illustrative embodiment; and

FIG. 6 is a perspective view showing a dispenser for dispensing stabilizer rolls in accordance with an illustrative embodiment.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENT

The illustrative embodiments described herein are directed toward dispensing and storing stabilizer material for use with sewing/embroidery machines. The stabilizer material may be dispensed, organized, and stored in the form of stabilizer rolls. The stabilizer material on the stabilizer rolls may be any variety of widths and thicknesses. The amount of stabilizer material on the stabilizer rolls may be varied according to need. A variety of types of stabilizer materials may be included on the stabilizer rolls, including, but not limited to, tear-away, wash-away, heat-away, or cut-away stabilizer material.

With reference now to the figures, FIG. 1 depicts perspective view showing a dispenser for dispensing stabilizer rolls in accordance with the illustrative embodiments. The body of the dispenser is formed by a front wall 160a back wall 160d, side walls 160b and 160c, and bottom wall 160e. Side walls 160b and 160c contain slide grooves 161a and 161b, respectively. The top wall of the dispenser is not shown in FIG. 1. Spool mounts 145a and 145b adjoin to side walls 160b and 160c, respectively. Each spool mount 145a and 145b includes three spool mount grooves 140a, 140b, 140c, 140d, 140e, and 140f. Specifically, spool mount 145a includes spool mount grooves 140a, 140b, and 140c, which are spaced approximately equidistant from one another. Similarly, spool mount 145b includes spool mount grooves 140d, 140e, and 140f, which are spaced such that spool mount grooves 140a, 140b, and 140c and spool mount grooves 140d, 140e, and 140f directly oppose one another.

Three spools 110a, 110b, and 110c are shown as mounted on spool mount grooves 140a, 140b, 140c, 140d, 140e, and 140f between side walls 160b and 160c. Specifically, spool 110a mounts in spool mount grooves 140a and 140d. Spool 110b mounts in spool mount grooves 140b and 140e. Spool 110c mounts in spool mount grooves 140c and 140f. Spools 110a, 110b, and 110c are mounted on spool mount grooves 140a, 140b, 140c, 140d, 140e, and 140f such that spools 110a, 110b, and 110c may rotate about an axis parallel to the length of spools 110a, 110b, and 110c.

Spools 110a, 110b, and 110c pass through the hollow center axis of stabilizer rolls 120a, 120b, and 120c. Specifically, spool 110a passes through stabilizer roll 120a. Spool 110b passes through stabilizer roll 120b. Spool 110c passes through stabilizer roll 120c. Spools 110a, 110b, and 110c pass through stabilizer rolls 120a, 120b, and 120c such that stabilizer rolls 120a, 120b, and 120c may rotate relative to spools 110a, 110b, and 110c around an axis parallel to the length of spools 110a, 110b, and 110c. In FIG. 1, the number of stabilizer rolls 120a, 120b, and 120c is equal to the number of spools 110a, 110b, and 110c. Also, each stabilizer rolls 120a, 120b, and 120c is disposed on one of the spools 110a, 110b, and 110c.

Locking rings 150a, 150b, 150c, 150d, 150e, and 150f are attached to spools 110a, 110b, and 110c to prevent the side-to-side motion of stabilizer rolls 120a, 120b, and 120c along the length of spools 110a, 110b, and 110c. Specifically, locking rings 150a and 150d are disposed around spool 110a such that stabilizer roll 120a is located in between locking rings 150a and 150d. Locking rings 150b and 150e are disposed around spool 110b such that stabilizer roll 120b is located in between locking rings 150b and 150e. Locking rings 150c and 150f are disposed around spool 110c such that stabilizer roll 120c is located in between locking rings 150c and 150f. Locking rings 150a, 150b, 150c, 150d, 150e, and 150f are disposed around spools 110a, 110b, and 110c securely so as to hinder lateral movement of stabilizer rolls 120a, 120b, and 120c relative to spools 110a, 110b, and 110c.

Openings 130a, 130b, and 130c provide a passage through which the stabilizer material on stabilizer rolls 120a, 120b, and 120c may be removed from the dispenser. Openings 130a, 130b, and 130c are shown as slits on front wall 160a, with each slit sized to allow the passage of stabilizer material. Each stabilizer roll 120a, 120b, and 120c may correspond to one of the openings 130a, 130b, and 130c such that each opening dispenses stabilizer material for a different stabilizer roll 120a, 120b, and 120c. In FIG. 1, the stabilizer material on stabilizer roll 120a passes through opening 130a. The stabilizer material on stabilizer roll 120b passes through opening 130b. The stabilizer material on stabilizer roll 120c passes through opening 130c. Also, the number of openings 130a, 130b, and 130c is equal to the number of spools 110a, 110b, and 110c.

Access to the stabilizer material on stabilizer rolls 120a, 120b, and 120c is provided by the dispenser. As stated above, stabilizer material from stabilizer rolls 120a, 120b, and 120c may protrude from openings 130a, 130b, and 130c such that one may access a desired amount of stabilizer material by pulling a portion of stabilizer material protruding from openings 130a, 130b, and 130c. When a piece of stabilizer material of desired size is pulled, the piece of stabilizer material may be cut using scissors, a knife, or any other special tool for cutting. Stabilizer material may be easily pulled from openings 130a, 130b, and 130c because spool mounts 145a and 145b, spool mount grooves 140a, 140b, 140c, 140d, 140e, and 140f, and spools 110a, 110b, and 110c are adjoined such that spools 110a, 110b, and 110c may revolve around an axis parallel to the length of the spool. Additionally, stabilizer rolls 120a, 120b, and 120c may be disposed around spools 110a, 110b, and 110c such that stabilizer rolls 120a, 120b, and 120c may revolve around spools 110a, 110b, and 110c. Stabilizer rolls 120a, 120b, and 120c may also be fixedly disposed around spools 110a, 110b, and 110c such that stabilizer rolls 120a, 120b, and 120c cannot revolve relative to spools 110a, 110b, and 110c. Locking rings 150a, 150b, 150c, 150d, 150e, and 150f may be placed onto spools 110a, 110b, and 110c by sliding locking rings 150a, 150b, 150c, 150d, 150e, and 150f onto the ends of spools 110a, 110b, and 110c.

The dispenser may be constructed using a wide variety of materials depending on many factors such as need, cost, weight, sturdiness, and other considerations. For example, the dispenser and its constituent parts may be constructed of paper, cardboard, plastic, card stock, wood, wood products, corrugated box material and/or any combination thereof.

The stabilizer material on each of the stabilizer rolls 120a, 120b, and 120c may be composed of a different material such that access is provided to a variety of stabilizer material compositions using a single dispenser. For example, the stabilizer material on stabilizer rolls 120a and 120b may each be composed of a different material such that the stabilizer material that protrudes from opening 130a may be composed of a different material than the stabilizer material protruding from opening 130b. Stabilizer material may be composed of nylon, cotton, nylon blend, polyvinyl alcohol (PVA), polyvinyl alcohol blend, polyolefin, polyolefin blend, polyester, polyester blend, cellulosic, cellulosic blend, natural fibers, man-made fibers, or any combination thereof.

The stabilizer material on each of the stabilizer rolls 120a, 120b, and 120c may each have a different thickness such that access is provided to stabilizer materials having different thicknesses using a single dispenser. For example, the stabilizer material on stabilizer rolls 120a and 120b may each have different thicknesses such that the stabilizer material that protrudes from opening 130a has a different thickness than the stabilizer material protruding from opening 130b. For example, the stabilizer material that protrudes from opening 130a may be one-fourth, one-third, one-half, or three-fourths as thick as the stabilizer material protruding from opening 130b.

The stabilizer material on each of the stabilizer rolls 120a, 120b, and 120c may each be a different type such that access is provided to a variety of stabilizer material types using a single dispenser. For example, the stabilizer material on stabilizer rolls 120a and 120b may be different types of material such that the stabilizer material that protrudes from opening 130a is a different type of stabilizer material than the stabilizer material protruding from opening 130b. The different types of stabilizer material include, but are not limited to, tear-away, wash-away, heat-away, or cut-away stabilizer material

Although FIG. 1 shows three spools 110a, 110b, and 110c, three stabilizer rolls 120a, 120b, and 120c, and three openings 130a, 130b, and 130c, the number of spools, stabilizer rolls, and openings may vary depending on need, cost, and other factors. For example, in an alternative embodiment, only one spool, one stabilizer roll, and one opening is provided in the dispenser.

Although FIG. 1 shows that the number of spools 110a, 110b, and 110c, stabilizer rolls 120a, 120b, and 120c, and openings 130a, 130b, and 130c are equal to one another, in an alternative embodiment, the number of spools, stabilizer rolls, and openings are not equal to one another. For example, the dispenser may include one opening, five spools, and two stabilizer rolls.

Locking rings 150a, 150b, 150c, 150d, 150e, and 150f may be composed of different materials depending on a variety of factors such as cost, durability, and ability to hinder the movement of stabilizer rolls 120a, 120b, and 120c. For example, locking rings 150a, 150b, 150c, 150d, 150e, and 150f may be composed of rubber, plastic, metal, wood, or any combination thereof. Locking rings 150a, 150b, 150c, 150d, 150e, and 150f may also be a variety of shapes, such as square, triangular, spherical, cubical, or a clamp-like shape, among others.

With reference now to FIG. 2, another perspective view shows a dispenser for dispensing stabilizer rolls in accordance with another illustrative embodiment. Top wall 260f is slidably coupled to the dispenser. Specifically, top wall 260f is in slidable contact with side walls 260b and 260c such that top wall 260f may slide either toward or away from back wall 260d. Top wall 260f slides along slide grooves 261a and 261b, which are located on side walls 260b and 260c, respectively. FIG. 2 shows top wall 260f in a half-open state. When top wall 260f is in the closed position, the walls of the dispenser approximately form a cuboid or rectangular prism shape. FIG. 1 shows the dispenser in a state in which the top wall of the dispenser is removed.

Arms 270a, 270b, and 270c are shown connected to the dispenser such that each arm 270a, 270b, and 270c corresponds to a spool. Arms 270a, 270b, and 270c are connected to the spools through side wall 260b. For example, arm 270a connects to spool 210a through side wall 260b. Stabilizer roll 220a, which is held into place, in part, by locking ring 250d, is disposed around spool 210a. Arms 270a, 270b, and 270c have a ‘Z’ or crank-like shape so that arms 270a, 270b, and 270c may be easily rotated when a force is applied to them.

Arms 270a, 270b, and 270c are used to rotate the spools and stabilizer rolls. Hence, the amount of stabilizer material protruding from the openings may be increased or decreased by applying a force to one of arms 270a, 270b, and 270c. For example, if one desires less stabilizer material to protrude from opening 230c, one may apply a force to arm 270c to decrease the amount of stabilizer material protruding from opening 230c.

Although arms 270a, 270b, and 270c are shown in FIG. 2 as having a ‘Z’ or crank-like shape, arms 270a, 270b, and 270c may have different shapes depending upon various factors such as cost, weight, and ability to rotate the spools. For example, arms 270a, 270b, and 270c may have a knob shape, an ‘L’ shape, or a straight rod shape. Arms 270a, 270b, and 270c may also have a handle to increase gripping friction. Also, arms 270a, 270b, and 270c may be composed of a variety of materials, such as rubber, plastic, metal, wood, or any combination thereof. Although arms 270a, 270b, and 270c are shown as being responsive to a manual force, arms 270a, 270b, and 270c may also be rotated using a force originating from a mechanical device, such as an electrical motor.

Although top wall 260f is shown as being slidably connected to the dispenser, top wall 260f may be removably connected to the dispenser in a variety of ways. For example, any of walls 260a, 260b, 260c, and 260d may have one or more hinges that hingably connect top wall 260f to the dispenser. Also, top wall 260f may be divided into two pieces such that each piece is hingably connected to two different walls by one or more hinges. For example, the first piece of top wall 260f may be hingably connected to side wall 260b, while the second piece of top wall 260f may be hingably connected to side wall 260c. Also, top wall 260f may simply rest on the dispenser without the aid of any connectors at all.

With reference now to FIG. 3, a frontal perspective view shows the front wall of a dispenser for dispensing stabilizer rolls in accordance with an illustrative embodiment. Specifically, FIG. 3 shows stabilizer material protruding from openings 330a, 330b, and 330c. Openings 330a, 330b, and 330c are located on front wall 360a of the dispenser. FIG. 3 also shows side wall 360b and top wall 360f, each of which form part of the dispenser. Although the stabilizer rolls, such as stabilizer rolls 120a, 120b, and 120c from FIG. 1, are not shown in FIG. 3, each of the protruding portions of stabilizer material originates from a different stabilizer roll. The protruding portions of stabilizer material may be pulled to increase the amount of stabilizer material protruding from openings 330a, 330b, and 330c.

With reference now to FIG. 4, a perspective view shows a dispenser 401 for dispensing stabilizer rolls in accordance with an illustrative embodiment. Specifically, FIG. 4 shows a dispenser having stabilizer rolls 420a, 420b, and 420c of varied widths 480a, 480b, and 480c. Widths 480a, 480b, and 480c of stabilizer rolls 420a, 420b, and 420c equal the shortest distance between ends 435a, 435b, 435c, 435d, 435e, and 435f for each stabilizer roll 420a, 420b, and 420c. For example, the width 480a of stabilizer roll 420a is equal to the shortest distance between ends 435a and 435b. The width 480b of stabilizer roll 420b is equal to the shortest distance between ends 435c and 435d. The width 480c of stabilizer roll 420c is equal to the shortest distance between ends 435e and 435f.

As shown in FIG. 4, each stabilizer roll 420a, 420b, and 420c has a different width 480a, 480b, and 480c. Stabilizer roll 420b has the largest width 480b, stabilizer roll 420c has the second largest width 480c, and stabilizer roll 420a has the smallest width 480a. Stabilizer material of different widths protrude from each of openings 430a, 430b, and 430c on front wall 460a, thus allowing one to access stabilizer material of different widths using a single dispenser. For example, stabilizer material from stabilizer roll 420a protrudes from opening 430a. Stabilizer material from stabilizer roll 420b protrudes from opening 430b. Stabilizer material from stabilizer roll 420c protrudes from opening 430c.

In addition, FIG. 4 shows locking rings 450a, 450b, 450c, 450d, 450e, and 450f disposed around spools 410a, 410b, and 410c. In contrast to FIG. 1, the positions of locking rings 450a, 450b, 450c, 450d, 450e, and 450f has changed to accommodate the different widths of stabilizer rolls 420a, 420b, and 420c. Locking rings 450a, 450b, 450c, 450d, 450e, and 450f are located adjacent to the ends 435a, 435b, 435c, 435d, 435e, and 435f of stabilizer rolls 420a, 420b, and 420c to hinder the movement of stabilizer rolls 420a, 420b, and 420c relative to spools 410a, 410b, and 410c.

With reference now to FIG. 5, a frontal perspective view shows the front wall of a dispenser for dispensing stabilizer rolls in accordance with an illustrative embodiment. Specifically, FIG. 5 shows openings 530a, 530b, and 530c located on front wall 560a. FIG. 5 also shows side wall 560b and top wall 560f, each of which form part of the dispenser openings 530a, 530b, and 530c have cutting teeth 580a, 580b, and 580c, respectively.

Cutting teeth 580a, 580b, and 580c may be used to cut portions of stabilizer material protruding from openings 530a, 530b, and 530c. For example, a piece of stabilizer material protruding from opening 530a may be severed by pressing the stabilizer material against cutting teeth 580a. Cutting teeth 580a, 580b, and 580c eliminate the need for using an outside cutting tool to cut the stabilizer material.

Cutting teeth 580a, 580b, and 580c may be composed of different materials depending on a variety of factors, such as cost and ability to cut stabilizer material. For example, cutting teeth 580a, 580b, and 580c may be composed of metal, plastic, or a combination thereof. Although FIG. 5 shows that cutting teeth 580a, 580b, and 580c are used to cut stabilizer material from the dispenser, other cutting devices may be used to perform the same function. For example, a blade mechanism may be adjacently connected to openings 530a, 530b, and 530c such that stabilizer material may be sliced from the dispenser.

With reference now to FIG. 6, a perspective view shows a dispenser for dispensing stabilizer rolls in accordance with an illustrative embodiment. Specifically, FIG. 6 shows view notches 695a, 695b, and 695c in side wall 660c. Each view notch 695a, 695b, and 695c corresponds to a stabilizer roll 620a, 620b, and 620c and a spool 610a, 610b, and 610c. In FIG. 6, view notch 695a allows a user to view the amount of stabilizer material in stabilizer roll 620a, view notch 695b allows a user to view the amount of stabilizer material in stabilizer roll 620b, and view notch 695c allows a user to view the amount of stabilizer material in stabilizer roll 620c. Although FIG. 6 depicts view notches 695a, 695b, and 695c as U-shaped notches in side wall 660c, view notches 695a, 695b, and 695c may alternatively be shaped as circular holes, elliptical holes, polygonal holes, narrow slits, or any other shape that allows a user to view the amount of stabilizer material on a spool. View notches 695a, 695b, and 695c may be placed on any of the walls of the dispenser. Also, any number of view notches may be provided. For example, one or two view notches may be provided for a dispenser that has three spools.

As shown in FIG. 6, spools 610a, 610b, and 610c protrude from side wall 660c through view notches 695a, 695b, and 695c. Specifically, spool 610a protrudes from view notch 695a, spool 610b protrudes from view notch 695b, and spool 610c protrudes from view notch 695c. The portion of each spool 610a, 610b, and 610c that protrudes out of the dispenser through view notches 695a, 695b, and 695c may be used to rotate the spools 610a, 610b, and 610c around an axis parallel to the length of the spools 610a, 610b, and 610c. Hence, the extended spools 610a, 610b, and 610c serve as an alternate winding mechanism that allows a user to adjust the amount of stabilizer material protruding from openings 630a, 630b, and 630c. Although FIG. 6 depicts spools 610a, 610b, and 610c as protruding from side wall 660c, spools 610a, 610b, and 610c may protrude from either or both of side walls 660b and 660c. In addition, the portion of spools 610a, 610b, and 610c that protrudes from side wall 660c may include a gripping surface to allow for easy gripping, such as a handle, high-friction coating, or indentations in the spool itself.

Also shown in FIG. 6 are guiding rods 690a, 690b, and 690c. Guiding rods 690a, 690b, and 690c provide support for the stabilizer material that extends from stabilizer rolls 620a, 620b, and 620c to openings 630a, 630b, and 630c. In FIG. 6, guiding rods 690a and 690c support the stabilizer material extending from stabilizer roll 620a to opening 630a. Guiding rod 690b supports the stabilizer material extending from stabilizer roll 620b to opening 630b. Each of guiding rods 690a, 690b, and 690c are mounted onto side walls 660b and 660c. Although guiding rods 690a, 690b, and 690c are depicted as elongated cylinders, guiding rods 690a, 690b, and 690c may also have a polygonal cross-section, such as a square, rectangle, or hexagon. Also, the stabilizer material originating from any particular stabilizer roll may be supported by any number of guiding rods.

The description of the embodiments has been presented for purposes of illustration and description, but is not intended to be exhaustive or limited to the embodiments in the form disclosed. Many modifications and variations will be apparent to those of ordinary skill in the art. The embodiments were chosen and described in order to best explain the principles of the embodiments, the practical application, and to enable others of ordinary skill in the art to understand the embodiments with various modifications as are suited to the particular use contemplated.