Title:
Glove and lining for a piece of equipment
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
The invention relates to a glove, in particular a pilot's glove, having a lining comprising at least one outer layer made up of several material blanks with a glove outer surface, and the outer layer of the lining has no joining point on at least a volar zone and preferably a distal zone in the finger tip region of one or more glove finger(s). The material blanks comprise at least an inner hand part, a top hand part, several finger side parts and optionally a thumb part, and the inner hand part is joined to the other material blanks along a single continuously extending join line 5 to form the at least one glove finger. The invention further relates to a lining comprising material blanks joined to one another and an intermediate element is stitched into the join formed by a seam.



Inventors:
Loos, Paul (Thalheim bei Wels, AT)
Application Number:
11/661904
Publication Date:
12/03/2009
Filing Date:
08/23/2005
Assignee:
ESKA Lederhandschuhfabrik (Thalheim bei Wels, AT)
Primary Class:
Other Classes:
2/164, 2/167, 2/169, 2/272, 112/475.09
International Classes:
A41D19/00; A41D19/015; A41D19/02; A41D27/02; A41D31/00; A41H43/00; D05B23/00
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Primary Examiner:
MORAN, KATHERINE M
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
LERNER, DAVID, LITTENBERG, (CRANFORD, NJ, US)
Claims:
What is claimed is:

1. A glove having a lining comprising at least one outer layer made up of several material blanks with a glove outer surface, which outer layer of the lining has no joining point at least on a volar zone and preferably a distal zone in the finger tip region of one or more glove finger(s), wherein the material blanks are made up of at least an inner hand part, a top hand part, several finger side parts and optionally a thumb part and the inner hand part is joined to the other material blanks to form the at least one glove finger along an individual, continuously extending join line.

2. The glove as claimed in claim 1, wherein the glove comprises a pilot's glove.

3. The glove as claimed in claim 1, wherein the join line in the finger tip region extends in an arc between two finger side regions of a glove finger and the inner hand part is tensed in an arcuate shape towards the top hand part across the seam-free finger tip region.

4. The glove as claimed in claim 1, wherein the join line in the finger tip region extends at least above the volar zone, in particular above the distal zone, preferably in a dorsal zone, between the two finger side regions of a finger.

5. The glove as claimed in claim 1, wherein the inner hand part in the finger tip region is of an arcuate shape, for example approximately semi-circular, and is preferably cut free of edges and notches.

6. The glove as claimed in claim 1, wherein the inner hand part in the finger tip region is folded over or pulled round from a glove inner face in the direction of a glove top face forming the seam-free finger tip or distal zone.

7. The glove as claimed in claim 1, wherein the join line of the inner hand part in the finger tip region follows a contour free of undercuts and intersections.

8. The glove as claimed in claim 1, wherein the inner hand part in the finger tip region forms an essentially shell-type or cup-type shape, which covers a finger tip of a user's hand free of seams.

9. The glove as claimed in claim 1, wherein at least one finger blank or a thumb blank of the inner hand part in the finger tip region is cut to a longer length than a finger blank of the top hand part or another thumb blank co-operating with it by a dimension.

10. The glove as claimed in claim 1, wherein the inner hand part covering a hand surface of a user's hand comprises the thumb blank and four finger blanks.

11. The glove as claimed in claim 1, wherein the top hand part covering the back of a user's hand comprises four finger blanks.

12. The glove as claimed in claim 1, wherein the finger side parts are respectively disposed between two oppositely lying inner finger side regions of two adjacent fingers, in particular between an index and middle finger, between a middle and ring finger, between a ring finger and a little finger, and a finger side part is disposed on a glove side face surrounding the little finger.

13. The glove as claimed in claim 1, wherein seams for joining two material blanks are formed by a stitching yarn serving as a joining element.

14. The glove as claimed in claim 1, wherein the inner hand part is made from a material selected from the group comprising leather materials or textile materials, in particular leather, preferably kid.

15. A method of producing a glove as claimed in claim 1, comprising applying a seam along the join line in a single work sequence comprising a stitching operation or a continuous production step.

16. A method of producing a glove as claimed in claim 15, wherein the material blanks are stitched by machine using a quilting machine.

17. A lining for an item of equipment comprising several material blanks comprising a textile, leather or plastic material, and a join extending along a join line formed between two material blanks by a stitched seam, wherein at least one intermediate element is stitched into the join between two material blanks at the same time.

18. The lining as claimed in claim 17, which comprises an item of clothing.

19. The lining as claimed in claim 18, wherein the item of clothing comprises a glove.

20. The lining as claimed in claim 17, wherein the intermediate element is of a tape or strip-shaped design.

21. The lining as claimed in claim 17, wherein the intermediate element is made from a flexible or deformable material.

22. The lining as claimed in claim 18, wherein the intermediate element is made from a material comprising textile, leather, plastic or rubber materials.

23. The lining as claimed in claim 17, wherein the intermediate element comprises one or several layers.

24. The lining as claimed in claim 17, wherein the material blanks are bent round in the region of the join and the material blanks respectively form legs with inner edge surfaces in this region and the intermediate element is disposed between the edge surfaces.

25. The lining as claimed in claim 17, wherein a terminal edge of the intermediate element lies in a same plane with an external face of the material blanks or the terminal edge projects beyond the external face of the material blanks by a dimension.

Description:

CROSS-REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATIONS

This is a national phase application of PCT Patent Application No. PCT/AT2005/000333, filed Aug. 23, 2005 which claims priority from Austrian Application No. A 1476/2004, filed Sep. 3, 2004. The disclosure of each such application is hereby incorporated by reference in its entirety where appropriate for teachings of additional or alternative details, features, and/or technical background, and priority is asserted from each.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

The invention relates to a glove and a method of producing a glove, as well as a lining for an item of equipment.

Gloves are known from the prior art which are made up of several material blanks in the region of the fingers and these material blanks are joined to one another by seams. As a rule, one of these seams extends distally on a glove finger at the finger tip between a glove bottom face and a glove top face. With gloves of this type, the sense of touch and feeling in the region of the finger tips of a user's hand is detrimentally limited due to the distal seam joint, and these gloves have a shorter service life because the seams are exposed to constant additional and increased stress in the region of the finger tips caused by continuous direct contact with different objects, in particular abrasion, tensile stress, aggressive substances, or sharp and pointed objects.

Gloves are also known from the prior art which have no seams in the region directly adjacent to the finger tips, such as those described in DE 200 08 047 U1, for example. This glove is made up of an inner hand part (A) and a top hand part (B), and the material of the inner hand extends upwards beyond a finger tip and there are no seams in the distal region close to a finger tip.

Since this glove is made from only two blank pieces (part A and part B), it is necessary to provide a tab-type projection on the inner hand part A in the finger tip region, which is trapezoidal in shape and extends across the top of the finger. The finger of the inner hand part is cut to a width which enables it to be folded in side regions and it can be joined to the top hand part in the region of the finger top face. The projection is cut out from the pulling-on region and is provided with an undercut so that it can be stitched to folded side edges of the inner hand part A.

The problem encountered with a glove of this type is that a lot of complex work is involved in joining the two material blanks to one another because the process of joining the tab-type projection of A-part to the finger end regions of the A-part in the finger tip region and joining the A-part to the B-part each have to be performed in separate work sequences. There is no uninterrupted and continuous joining line between the A-part and the B-part and instead, several joining lines with seams are provided in the region of the finger tips, and two seams disposed perpendicular to the distal finger tip region are laterally offset. It has proved very difficult to make such a glove by machining, for example by means of a glove quilting machine, and in most cases it is not possible at all, which means that the effort involved in producing such a glove manually is enormous. Another disadvantage of this type of glove is that the finger tip region is only free of seams in the immediate distal region and two seams are provided in the side finger tip regions, which are also exposed to stress when a user is employing the glove. The service of life of such a glove is also limited due to the stress to which the seam joint is exposed.

Another glove which has no seams in the region of the finger tips is disclosed in patent specification DE 697 16 928 T2. Designed for sporting activities, the glove has seams or joining points on one or more glove fingers but only on the lateral sides and the dorsal and volar side of the glove finger, and, this being the case, the finger or several fingers have seams only on those surfaces corresponding to the volar, dorsal and distal surfaces on the outer phalanges. The seam or the joins disposed on the dorsal and volar side of the fingers are at least 30 to 40 mm away from the outermost end of the fingers and extend between the lateral sides of the glove fingers.

The disadvantage of this type of glove is again the fact that producing the finger tip regions without seams is very complex and is very difficult to carry out by machine because a separate part or blank has to be stitched or secured to the finger tips in the finger tip region and to this end it is necessary to provide seams at several intersecting join lines. This glove is therefore very uneconomical to produce because an inner hand blank, a top hand blank and the blanks in the region of the finger tips can not be assembled with one another in a single work operation and instead, each finger with the finger tip part provided in each case has to be produced in a separate work step. This is necessarily the case because individual seams or joins are provided respectively on the volar side and the dorsal side of the fingers. The described glove therefore has an additional disadvantage in that a seam is provided on the internal face or volar side of the glove at the bottom end of the fingers, the purpose of which is to join the finger tip part and the inner hand part. This seam therefore lies in the contact and gripping surface of the glove, as a result of which the seam provided there very rapidly becomes worn or damaged due to the stress to which the glove is exposed during use and the service life of this type of glove is severely limited.

Also known from the prior art are linings for items of equipment, for example items of clothing such as gloves, which are joined to one another by stitching using a stitching yarn. In the case of clothing which is often and directly exposed to mechanical stress and other external influences and regularly comes into contact with objects, as is always the case with gloves for example, the seams are not capable of withstanding the stress in the long term and the stitched joins break open relatively rapidly. This being the case, the items of equipment can no longer be used or have to be repaired involving high costs and it is often not possible to repair the original item of equipment and achieve the same results. It is therefore necessary to provide stitched joins with a higher strength and wear resistance.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

The objective of the present invention is to eliminate the problems and disadvantages outlined above encountered with gloves and/or linings, and to this end proposes a glove or a lining for the item of equipment, which has a higher resistance to external influences and stress. Another partial objective of the invention is to reduce the complex processing involved in producing a glove and simultaneously improve its resistance and tactile properties, in particular in the region of the finger tips. Another partial objective of the invention is to propose a lining for an item of equipment, which has better wear properties and resistance to external influences and stress in order to increase the service life of the item of equipment.

The objective of the invention is achieved on the basis of the features defined by at least one outer layer made up of several material blanks with a glove outer surface, which outer layer of the lining has no joining point at least on a volar zone and preferably a distal zone in the finger tip region of one or more glove finger(s). The advantage achieved as a result primarily resides in the fact that the glove can be made in a very simple and economic way because the inner hand part which forms a glove finger is joined to the other material blanks by means of a single, continuous join line, which means that the inner hand part can be joined to the other material blanks in a single work sequence. Due to the continuous course of the join line, in addition to being manually made and hand-crafted, the glove can also be made by mechanical devices, in particular a glove quilting machine, thereby enabling the manufacturing work involved to be reduced and organized more economically. Another advantage of the design proposed by the invention resides in the fact that no seams are provided on the glove inner face and the finger tips due to the integral inner hand part, which means that there are no weak points that might be destroyed and come apart in a short time due to stress and external influences, thereby increasing the service life of the glove.

An embodiment based on the characterizing features, wherein the join line in the finger tip region extends in an arc between two finger side regions of a glove finger and the inner hand part is tensed in an arcuate shape towards the top hand part across the seam-free finger tip region, is of advantage because the arcuate contour of the joining line between the two finger side regions of a glove finger means that the material blanks to be joined in this region can be stitched in a simple and time-saving production sequence and there are no seam intersections and seam ends, thereby avoiding any particularly sensitive or susceptible weak points in the seam join along the joining line.

The advantageous embodiment, wherein the join line in the finger tip region extends at least above the volar zone, increases the service life and resistance of the glove because the joining elements lie outside the susceptible surfaces lying on the glove inner face which are constantly in direct contact with objects held by a user and are susceptible to damaging influences such as substances, contact heat or cold, etc., and the joining elements are therefore subjected to only a slight amount of stress.

Advantageous embodiments are described, whereby the inner hand part requires no awkward seams in the volar or distal region due to a special contour of the material blank in the region of the finger tips of the glove fingers, which means that the sense of touch and feeling in the region of the finger tips of a user's hand is not restricted by joining points. With a glove of this type, therefore, a user is able to carry out sensitive and precision jobs which require particularly fine sensitivity in order to perceive the external environment. This is necessary for the work of aircraft pilots, for example, in order to operate control elements in the cockpit safely and accurately. The specified shape of the inner hand part also simplifies manufacture of the glove and improves the resistance of the glove.

As a result of the features wherein the inner hand part covering a hand surface of a user's hand comprises the thumb blank and four finger blanks, or the top hand part covering the back of a user's hand comprises four finger blanks, as tried and tested material blanks known from the prior art for producing a glove of a design familiar to the user can be used to produce a particularly resistant and tactile glove.

A particularly cost-effective and practical design of the joining points is described wherein seams for joining two material blanks are formed by a stitching yarn serving as a joining element.

Using leather materials for the inner hand part wherein the inner hand part is made from a material selected from the group comprising leather materials or textile materials, in particular leather, preferably kid, imparts a pleasant feeling during wearing and a sensitive sense of touch for the user.

The objective of the invention is independently achieved by the method applying a seam along the join line in a single work sequence comprising a stitching operation or a continuous production step, the advantage of which is that a glove can be manufactured more economically and more efficiently.

Using a glove quilting machine, wherein the material blanks are stitched by machine, makes glove production even more economic due to the option of using a machine for manufacturing purposes. The use of a quilting machine to manufacture the glove is made possible by the continuous and arcuate contour of the single join line in the region of the finger tips because there is no need for undercuts or seam intersections which have to be processed in separate work operations.

The objective of the invention is also independently achieved on the basis that several material blanks comprising a textile, leather or plastic material, and a join extending along a join line formed between two material blanks by a stitched seam, wherein at least one intermediate element is stitched into the join between two material blanks at the same time, the advantage of which is that the resistance and durability of the join between two material blanks to be joined to one another can be significantly increased due to the intermediate element incorporated and stitched at the same time. Providing the intermediate element means that the stitching yarn does not lie exposed on an external face of the lining and instead, the stitching yarn runs between the material blanks through the body of the intermediate element and is thus fully covered and protected from external influences. Effects on the external face of the lining in the region of the join, for example in the form of mechanical abrasion, due to contact with sharp-edged objects, due to contact with substances such liquids, etc., for example, are primarily in contact with the intermediate element and not the stitching yarn of the seam, which means that the seam formed by the stitching yarn is able to withstand stress and influences acting on it for a significantly longer time, thereby significantly increasing the join strength and durability of the stitched join. The service life of items of equipment formed by the lining proposed by the invention can likewise be increased because the seams, which are usually the first points to fail in the lining, are considerably stronger and last longer.

A strip-shaped or tape-type design of the intermediate element is of advantage because the join between the material blanks can be kept very compact and the deformability and flexibility of the glove is barely impaired at all if an intermediate element of this design is used.

Other advantageous embodiments are directed to a lining which is very flexible and thus sufficiently functional in the join regions can be produced due to the materials used. A high degree of comfort during wearing can be achieved as a result, if the lining is used for items of clothing in particular.

As a result of the embodiment, wherein the intermediate element is made from a flexible or deformable material, the join strength and resistance of the join between the material blanks can be increased.

The embodiment wherein the intermediate element is made from a material comprising textile, leather, plastic or rubber materials is of advantage due to the fact that that the material blanks are bent round to form legs or edges, which means that the seam joining the two legs, with the intermediate element disposed in it, can be positioned further towards the interior of the lining, thereby protecting the stitching yarn from stress and influences acting on the external surface of the lining.

A further improvement to the join strength between the material blanks is achieved as result of the embodiment wherein the intermediate element comprises one or several layers because the intermediate element migrates in the direction of the internal face of the lining during continuous use of the glove and the seam is protected from external influences for a long time by an intermediate element extending along the external face of the material blanks.

The invention will be described in more detail below with reference to examples of embodiments schematically illustrated in the appended drawings.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

Of these:

FIG. 1 is a plan view of one possible embodiment of a glove proposed by the invention illustrating an inner hand part of the glove;

FIG. 2 shows the glove illustrated in FIG. 1 in a plan view of a top hand part of the glove;

FIG. 3 is a diagram showing part of the glove illustrated in FIGS. 1 and 2 with a view of a finger region from an angle;

FIG. 4 shows the individual material blanks, one of which forms an outer layer of a lining of the glove illustrated in FIGS. 1 to 3;

FIG. 5a shows a detailed view of the material blanks in two finger regions prior to joining the material blanks in order to produce the glove proposed by the invention;

FIG. 5b is a diagram showing part of a finger of the glove proposed by the invention with the material blanks illustrated in FIG. 5a joined;

FIG. 6 is a highly schematic diagram showing a join region of a lining proposed by the invention;

FIG. 7 is a highly schematic illustration of another embodiment of a join region of a lining proposed by the invention;

FIG. 8 is another highly schematic diagram showing an embodiment of a join region of a lining proposed by the invention;

FIG. 9 is a plan view showing the join region of an embodiment of the lining proposed by the invention.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

Firstly, it should be pointed out that the disclosures made throughout the description can be transposed in terms of meaning to same parts bearing the same reference numbers or same component names. Furthermore, the positions chosen for the purposes of the description, such as top, bottom, side, etc,. relate to the drawing specifically being described and can be transposed in terms of meaning to a new position when another position is being described. Individual features or combinations of features from the different embodiments illustrated and described may be construed as independent inventive solutions or solutions proposed by the invention in their own right.

FIGS. 1 to 3 illustrate one possible embodiment of a glove 1 proposed by the invention. In the embodiment illustrated as an example, the glove 1 is of the type with five fingers, although it would also be possible to opt for a design with three fingers or a mitten format. The glove 1 has a lining which may comprise one or more layer(s). The lining 2 comprises at least an outer layer 3, made up of or formed by several material blanks 4.

In order to form the outer layer 3 of the lining 2, the material blanks 4 are joined to one another at joining points, which extend at least partially in the form of join lines 5. Disposed along the join lines 5 are seams 6 joining the two material blanks 4 to one another. The seams 6 are preferably stitched seams, although they might also be bonded seams, welded seams, clamped joins or similar.

The material from which the outer layer 3 or the other layers of the lining 2 is made may be selected from the group comprising leather, textile or plastic materials, for example. Furthermore, one or more layers of the lining 2 may be provided in the form of functional layers fulfilling a special purpose. For example, a liquid-proof functional layer may be provided in the lining 2, in particular a semi-permeable membrane or foil.

The material blanks 4 of the outer layer 3 comprise at least one inner hand part 7 which covers a hand surface or palm of a user's hand, a top hand part 8 which covers the back of the hand or finger top faces of a user's hand, several finger side parts 9 which cover the respective finger side regions 10 of a user's hand and optionally a thumb part 11 which covers at least the back of the thumb of the user's hand.

The inner hand part 7 is preferably made from a flexible and soft material, which has very good tactile properties so that the sense of touch or feeling of a user's hand is not or is hardly limited in the region of the inner hand part 7. The material of the inner hand part 7 is preferably natural leather, in particular soft kid, or artificial leather. The inner hand part 7 and other material blanks 4 are also subjected to a treatment process, for example to render them hydrophobic.

Further details of the exact design and structure of the lining of the glove 1, in particular the one or more layers incorporated in it, the materials used or the combination of materials, etc., will not be given at this point because these are issues with which the person skilled in this field is familiar.

In the embodiment illustrated as an example, the glove 1 has five glove fingers 12 to 16, glove finger 12 being provided for the thumb. The finger tip region 17 of the glove fingers 12 to 16 has a distal zone 18 which extends in the outer immediate region of the tip of the glove fingers 12 to 16 and is disposed the farthest away from a user's body, a dorsal zone 19, which extends on the tip of the glove fingers 12 to 16 from the distal zone 18 on a glove top face 21 as far as the top hand part 8 of the glove 1, and a volar zone 20, which extends from the distal zone 18 to an inner face 22 on the inner hand part 7. Lateral zones 23, 24 in the finger tip region 17 extend at finger side regions 10 from the distal zone 18 in the direction of a knuckle region 25.

For the purpose of the invention, the inner hand part 7 is joined to the other material blanks 4 to form the at least one glove finger 12 to 16 along a joining point in the form of a single, continuously extending join line 5. The join line 5 preferable extends in an arcuate shape in the finger tip region 17 between two finger side regions 10 of a glove finger 12 to 16. In the finger tip region 17, the join line 5 simultaneously extends in a convexly curved arrangement in the direction of the dorsal zone 19. To this end, the inner hand part 7 may be tensed in an essentially arcuate shape across the seam-free finger tip region 17 in the direction of the top hand part 8.

The join line 5 in the finger tip region 17 extends at least above the volar zone 20, in particular above the distal zone 18, preferably in the dorsal zone 19, between the two finger side regions 10 of the glove fingers 12 to 16. Accordingly, no awkward seams 6 are provided in the finger tip region 17 in those volar zones, preferably also the distal and optionally dorsal zones 18 to 20, where a finger of a user's hand interacts with the environment in terms of his sense of touch and feeling. Accordingly, a user's hand has a very sensitive perception of the external environment when wearing the glove 1 proposed by the invention.

In one advantageous embodiment, the inner hand part 7 may be cut so that it is essentially free of notches and edges in the finger tip region 17. The inner hand part 7 in the finger tip region 17 is preferably folded back or turned over from a glove inner face 22 forming the seam-free finger tip in the direction of a glove top face 21 and joined to the other material blanks 4 in this region. Accordingly, the join line 5 extending between the inner hand part 7 and the other material blanks 4 in at least the finger tip region 17 follows a course that is free of undercuts and intersections, cut-outs or similar. With a continuous join line 5 of this type, the inner hand part 7 can easily be joined to the other material blanks 4 in a simple manner in only one cohesive work sequence, in particular with the aid of mechanical devices.

In the finger tip region 17, the inner hand part 7 may form an essentially half-shell or pot shape which covers a fingertip of a user's hand.

As a result of the described design of the glove 1 in the finger tip region 17, a very resistant and tactile glove is obtained because no joining points or seams 6 are needed in the region of an inner hand and finger tips of a user—the finger tips also incorporating the lateral zones 23, 24 in some regions—which means that there are no weak points susceptible to damage or breakage. The tactility of the glove across the entire inner hand and finger tips of a user is advantageously also not impaired by joining points or seams 6.

FIG. 4 illustrates the individual material blanks 4 of the outer layer of the lining 2 for the glove 1 illustrated in FIGS. 1 to 3.

The inner hand part 7 comprises a thumb blank 26 and four finger blanks 27, each of which has arcuately shaped, in particular semi-circular finger tip regions 17, adjoined by preferably rectangular main extension regions. As described above, the inner hand part 7 may be made from a particularly thin leather material, such as kid for example. Generally speaking, the blanks 4 may be produced by any device and method known from the prior art and the contour shape of the material blank 4 and the blanks 26, 27 is determined along a cutting line 28.

The top hand part 8 has four finger blanks 29, again with arcuately shaped, in particular approximately semi-circular finger tip regions 17 and preferably rectangular main extension regions adjoining them.

At least one finger blank 27 or a thumb blank 26 of the inner hand part 7 in the finger tip region 17 is cut to a dimension 41 longer than a finger blank 29 of the top hand part 8 or another thumb blank 35 co-operating with it, for example 1 mm to 50 mm, in particular 2 mm to 10 mm. Accordingly, the inner hand part 7 may be pulled or bent to form a seam-free finger tip region 17 over a finger tip of a user's hand and joined to the top hand part 8 and two finger side parts 9 at a join line 5 extending in the region of the dorsal zone 19.

The material blanks 4 also comprise four finger side parts 9 and the thumb part 11. The finger side parts 9 are wedge- or tape-shaped or strip-shaped and, as illustrated, partly curved, and are cut so that they taper in the direction from the terminal end narrow faces. A first, second and third side part blank 30, 31, 32 of the finger side parts 9 is provided in each case for positioning between two adjacent fingers, in particular between the index and middle fingers 13, 14; between the middle finger and ring finger 14, 15; between a ring finger and a little finger 15, 16. Another side part blank 33 is disposed on a side face 34 of the glove 1 surrounding the little finger 16. The thumb part 11 is cut in the shape of what is referred to as an English thumb for example, which is joined to the thumb blank 26 of the inner hand part 7 to form the thumb 12, and the thumb blank 35 has a portion 36 which, in conjunction with end regions 37 of the top hand part 8 and inner hand part 7, forms a shaft 38 extending from a finger region in a tubular shape in the direction of an end region 40 and an orifice for slipping the glove 1 on and off.

FIGS. 5a and 5b illustrate individual glove fingers 14, 15 of the glove 1 opened out, where FIG. 5a depicts the individual material blanks 4 placed one against the other prior to joining and FIG. 5b shows the glove finger 14 after joining the material blanks 4.

FIG. 5a respectively shows a part-region of the inner hand part 7, the top hand part 8 and three finger side parts 9. As illustrated, the inner hand part 7 is cut with a contour shape which may essentially correspond to a contour shape of the top hand part 8, and on the inner hand part 7, one or more finger tip regions 17 may be cut longer than the top hand part 8 by the dimension 41.

The respective finger side parts 9 are designed to be positioned at finger side regions 10 and—as indicated by the side part blank 31 shown by way of example between the middle finger 12 and the ring finger 13—they are bent in a direction extending transversely to the width side and the finger side parts 9 extend in the lining 2 between finger tip regions 17 of two adjacent fingers along the finger side regions 10 across a curved finger channel 42. The arrow shown in FIG. 5a is intended to indicate that the finger side parts 9 stand upright or transversely, in particular perpendicular to their end face, on a main extension plane 43 of the inner hand part 7 and top hand part 8 and are joined to the latter.

Due to the fact that the inner hand part 7 is cut longer than the top hand part 8 in the region of the finger tips 17 by a dimension 41, the inner hand part 7 can be folded over in the region of the finger tips 17 to form the seam-free finger tip regions 17 so that the external contour or cutting line 28 along which the join line 5 extends is disposed on the glove top face 21 or dorsal sides 19 of the glove 1.

With material blanks 4 of this design, which are secured along a continuous join line 5, as illustrated in FIGS. 5a and 5b, the seam 6 can be applied along the join line 5 in a single work sequence or associated production step. In particular, the material blanks 4 can be stitched by means of a glove quilting machine, although this is not illustrated.

Use of such a glove 1 has proved to be of particular advantage for pilots due to the fact that it offers a good sense of touch and feeling for a user's hand.

FIGS. 6 to 9 illustrate another, independent solution proposed by the invention, and depict a lining 44 for an item of equipment 45, in particular an item of clothing such as a glove 1—at least some parts of which may be of the same design as that described in connection with FIGS. 1 to 5—made up of several material blanks 46, 47. The material blanks 46, 47 are made from a textile material, leather material or flexible plastic material in particular.

The lining 44 is preferably designed as an item of external clothing with an external surface 48 which is in contact with the external environment. The lining 44 comprises at least one outer layer 49 of the item of equipment 45, for example. Naturally, the lining 44 may also have an inner layer or inner lining or an intermediate layer or intermediate lining in an item of equipment 45.

The material blanks 46, 47 of the lining 44 are joined in a join region 50 along a join line 51, on which a join 53 is provided by means of a stitched seam 52.

For the purpose of the invention, the join 53 between the material blanks 46, 47 is stitched so as to incorporate at least one intermediate element 54. By preference, the intermediate element is of a tape or strip-shaped design and is perforated on the width or flat sides by the stitched seam 52 or stitching yarn 56. The intermediate element 54 is preferably made from a flexible or deformable material which can be stitched. This being the case, the material of the intermediate element 54 may be selected from the group comprising textile materials, leather materials or flexible plastic or rubber materials.

The intermediate element 54 may comprise a single layer, as in the embodiment illustrated as an example in FIG. 6, or several layers, as in the embodiment illustrated as an example in FIG. 7. If the intermediate element 54 comprises several layers, they may be of identical or different materials. Several layers may also be laminated or joined to form a composite part or a pack of layers.

In the embodiments illustrated as examples, the material blanks 46, 47 are joined to one another by a butt joint so as to form an essentially flat external face in the join region 50, for which purpose the material blanks 46, 47 are bent round in terminal end regions 57, 58 in the direction of an inner face 59 of the lining 44. The resultant edges or webs 60, 61 have mutually facing edge surfaces 62, 63, between which the intermediate element 54 is disposed. The stitched seam 52 extends from the inner face 59 of the webs 60 respectively 61 via the intermediate element perforated by the stitching yarn 56 through to the other web 60 respectively 61.

The stitched seam 52 is therefore not accessible from the external face 48 because it is surrounded and protected by the intermediate element 54.

In FIGS. 6 and 7, the intermediate element 54 is disposed in the join 53 between the material blanks 46, 47 in such a way that a terminal end 64 projects beyond the external face 48 of the material blanks 46, 47 by a dimension 65. This has proved to be of advantage because the intermediate element 54 migrates in the direction of the inner face 59 of the lining 44 during use of the lining 44 due to abrasion, stress, natural stretching of the seam etc., and is not fixed in its position until the lining 44 has been in continuous use.

FIG. 8 illustrates another embodiment of the lining 44 in which the terminal end 64 of the intermediate element 54 lies in a common plane 66 with the surrounding external surface 48 of the lining 4.

FIG. 9 is a plan view illustrating a part-region of the lining 44 and depicts the linear contour of the seam 52 along the join line 51. As may be seen, only the terminal end 64 of the intermediate element 54 on the external surface 48 of the lining 44 is exposed and the stitching yarn of the stitched seam 52 does not enter into direct contact with influences acting on the external surface 48.

The embodiments illustrated as examples represent possible design variants of the glove 1 and the lining 44 and it should be pointed out at this stage that the invention is not specifically limited to the design variants specifically illustrated, and instead the individual design variants may be used in different combinations with one another and these possible variations lie within the reach of the person skilled in this technical field given the disclosed technical teaching. Accordingly, all conceivable design variants which can be obtained by combining individual details of the design variants described and illustrated are possible and fall within the scope of the invention.

For the sake of good order, finally, it should be pointed out that, in order to provide a clearer understanding of the structure of the glove 1 and the lining 44, they and their constituent parts are illustrated to a certain extent out of scale and/or on an enlarged scale and/or on a reduced scale.

The objectives underlying the independent inventive solutions may be found in the description.

Above all, the individual embodiments of the subject matter illustrated in FIGS. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5; 6; 7; 8; 9 constitute independent solutions proposed by the invention in their own right. The objectives and associated solutions proposed by the invention may be found in the detailed descriptions of these drawings.

LIST OF REFERENCE NUMBERS

  • 1 Glove 27 Finger blank
  • 2 Lining 28 Cutting line
  • 3 Outer layer 29 Finger blank
  • 4 Material blank 30 Side part blank
  • 5 Join line
  • 31 Side part blank
  • 6 Seam 32 Side part blank
  • 7 Inner hand part 33 Side part blank
  • 8 Top hand part 34 Glove side face
  • 9 Finger side part 35 Thumb blank
  • 10 Finger side region
  • 36 Portion
  • 11 Thumb part 37 End region
  • 12 Finger 38 Shaft
  • 13 Finger 39 Finger region
  • 14 Finger 40 End region
  • 15 Finger
  • 41 Dimension
  • 16 Finger 42 Finger channel
  • 17 Finger tip region 43 Extension plane
  • 18 Distal zone 44 Lining
  • 19 Dorsal zone 45 Item of equipment
  • 20 Volar zone
  • 46 Material blank
  • 21 Glove top face 47 Material blank
  • 22 Glove inner face 48 External surface
  • 23 Lateral zone 49 Outer layer
  • 24 Lateral zone 50 Join region
  • 25 Knuckle region
  • 51 Join line
  • 52 Stitched seam
  • 26 Thumb blank
  • 53 Join
  • 54 Intermediate element
  • 55 Width or flat face
  • 56 Stitching yarn
  • 57 Terminal end region
  • 58 Terminal end region
  • 59 Inner face
  • 60 Leg
  • 60 Leg
  • 62 Edge surface
  • 63 Edge surface
  • 64 Terminal edge
  • 65 Dimension
  • 66 Plane