Title:
Sewn glove having flexible finger parts and manufacturing method thereof
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
A flexible sewn glove and a manufacturing method thereof are provided. The sewn glove includes upsides of the finger parts composed of an elastic material and palm-sides of the finger parts composed of non-elastic material, the palm-sides of the finger parts having folds such that finger parts of the glove are flexible in a length direction, thereby maintaining sensation in the wearer's fingertips, improving the workability and functionality of the glove, absorbing shocks occurring in the work, and improving the wearing experience of the glove.



Inventors:
Park, Chan-moon (Seoul, KR)
Application Number:
12/292418
Publication Date:
01/14/2010
Filing Date:
11/19/2008
Primary Class:
Other Classes:
2/167, 2/169, 112/475.09
International Classes:
A41D19/00; A41D19/02; D05B23/00
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Primary Examiner:
MORAN, KATHERINE M
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
CANTOR COLBURN LLP (Hartford, CT, US)
Claims:
What is claimed is:

1. A method of manufacturing a flexible sewn glove, the method comprising the steps of: cutting upsides of the finger parts composed of an elastic material and having the smaller length than that of palm-sides of the finger parts composed of non-elastic material, and sewing the upsides of the finger parts on the palm-sides of the finger parts while elastically expanding the upsides of the finger parts so as to have the same lengths as those of the palm-sides of the finger parts, such that upon elastic contracting of the upside of the finger part, folds are formed on the palm-sides of the finger parts.

2. The method according to claim 1, wherein a length of the elastic upside of the finger part corresponds to 2.5 to 50% of a length of the non-elastic palm-side of the finger part.

3. A flexible sewn glove comprising upsides of the finger parts composed of an elastic material and palm-sides of the finger parts composed of non-elastic material, the palm-sides of the finger parts having folds such that finger parts of the glove are flexible in a length direction.

Description:

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

1. Field of the Invention

The present invention relates, in general, to a sewn glove having flexible finger parts and a manufacturing method thereof and, more particularly, to a sewn glove having finger parts, which are flexible in a length direction depending upon the length of the wearer's fingers, and a manufacturing method thereof.

2. Description of the Related Art

Generally, gloves are classified into sewn and knit types according to the manufacturing method. Sewn gloves are manufactured by sewing the palm-side plate and the back-side plate together along their edge lines, whereas the knit gloves are integrally manufactured without forming a separate sewing line.

Here, while the knit gloves have reduced merchantability because of limitations in the use, material, and design thereof, the sewn gloves put emphasis on the experience of wearing the gloves, the protective capabilities, the mobility available when being worn or the like and can be made from a wide variety of material as compared to the knit gloves.

Particularly, unlikely knit gloves, the sewn gloves are composed of a material having a relatively high strength and low elasticity, such as leather, composition leather (artificial suede), synthetic resin, rubber, or the like.

Thus, if the wearer's hand is larger or smaller than the sewn gloves, the workability and functionality of the gloves inevitably deteriorate greatly. Specifically, if the finger parts of the gloves are shorter than the wearer's fingers, the wearer is inconvenienced, whereas if they are longer than the wearer's fingers, a gap is created between the fingertips and the tips of the finger parts of the gloves to thereby dull a sensitive sensation of the fingertips, finally reducing the workability and functionality of the gloves.

FIG. 1 illustrates a palm part and a back part of sewn gloves according to the prior art, wherein the palm part 1 shown in the first FIG. (1) and the back part 2 shown in the second FIG. (2) are composed of a low elasticity and high strength material, such as composition leather, leather, artificial suede or the like, in order to provide for excellent adherence of the gloves.

However, in the case of the sewn gloves shown in FIG. 1, palm-sides 1-1 of the finger parts are barely flexible in a length direction depending upon the length of a wearer's fingers because of the composition material thereof, whereas upsides 2-1 of the finger parts are flexible in a length direction depending upon the length of wearer's fingers by virtue of having separate folds.

As a result, despite having the folds on the upside 2-1 of the finger part, the sewn gloves of FIG. 1 are not flexible in a length direction owing to the palm-sides 1-1 of the finger parts, but only are flexible in the fingers owing to the folds of the upside 2-1 of the finger part when the wearer flexes his fingers.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

Accordingly, the present invention has been made keeping in mind the above problems occurring in the related art, and the present invention is intended to provide a flexible sewn glove in which upsides of the finger parts thereof are composed of an elastic material and palm-sides of the finger parts thereof are composed of non-elastic material having folds so that finger parts of the glove are flexible in a length direction depending upon the length of the wearer's fingers, and a manufacturing method thereof.

In order to achieve the above object, according to one aspect of the present invention, there is provided a method of manufacturing a flexible sewn glove, the method including the steps of cutting upsides of the finger parts composed of an elastic material and having the length smaller than that of palm-sides of the finger parts composed of non-elastic material, and sewing the upsides of the finger parts on the palm-sides of the finger parts while elastically expanding the upsides of the finger parts so as to have the same lengths as those of the palm-sides of the finger parts, such that upon elastic contracting of the upsides of the finger parts, folds are formed on the palm-sides of the finger parts.

In accordance with another aspect of the present invention, there is provided a flexible sewn glove in which upsides of the finger parts thereof are composed of an elastic material and palm-sides of the finger parts thereof are composed of non-elastic material having folds so that finger parts of a glove are flexible in a length direction.

According to the flexible sewn glove of the present invention, the finger parts of the glove are flexible in a length direction depending upon the length of the wearer's fingers so that the wearer's fingertips elastically come close to the inner leading ends of the finger parts of the glove, thereby maintaining a sensation of the wearer's fingertips and improving the workability and functionality of the glove, which enables possible precise work such as holding a small object. Further, the formation of the folds on the palm-sides of the finger parts makes it possible to absorb shocks occurring in the work, and since the upside of the finger part is composed of an elastic material, upon flexing of the wearer's fingers, the upsides of the finger parts come close to the fingers, thereby improving the experience of wearing the glove.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

The patent or application file contains at least one drawing executed in color. Copies of this patent or patent application publication with color drawings will be provided by the office upon request and payment of the necessary fee.

The above and other objects, features and advantages of the present invention will be more clearly understood from the following detailed description when taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings, in which:

FIG. 1 is a photograph illustrating sewn gloves according to the prior art;

FIG. 2 is a photograph illustrating sewn gloves having lengthwise flexible finger parts according to the present invention;

FIG. 3 is a process view illustrating a method of manufacturing the flexible sewn glove according to the present invention; and

FIG. 4 is a photograph illustrating the state of using the flexible sewn glove according to the present invention.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

Reference will now be made in greater detail to a preferred embodiment of the invention, an example of which is illustrated in the accompanying drawings.

FIG. 2 is a photograph illustrating a sewn glove having lengthwise flexible finger parts according to the present invention, FIG. 3 is a process view illustrating a method of manufacturing the flexible sewn glove according to the present invention, and FIG. 4 is a photograph illustrating the state of using the flexible sewn glove according to the present invention.

Generally, a palm part of a sewn glove is essentially composed of a high strength and non-elastic material such as composition leather, leather, artificial suede, in order to protect the palm of the wearer's hand.

Thus, as shown in FIG. 2, the sewn glove of the invention include upsides 20 of the finger parts composed of an elastic material and palm-sides 10 of the finger parts composed of non- or low-elastic material.

That is, the upside 20 of the finger part is composed of a raw fabric piece consisting of fine yarns, such as lycra, spandex, spanmesh or the like, and the palm-side 10 of the finger part is composed of low- or non-elastic material such as composition leather, leather, artificial suede or the like. Here, the non-elastic material should be interpreted to include low-elastic material.

As shown in FIG. 3, the elastic upside 20 of the finger part is cut to have a length smaller than that of the non-elastic palm-side 10 of the finger part.

Here, the length of the elastic upside 20 of the finger part corresponds to 2.5 to 50% of the length of the non-elastic palm-side 10 of the finger part. This is because the commonly used elastic material constituting the upside of the finger part is extensible from two to forty times the original length thereof.

Thus, the cutting of the upside 20 of the finger part to have 2.5 to 50% of the length of the palm-side 10 of the finger part enables the formation of the folds in proper size, which effectuates shock-absorption and lengthwise expansion and contraction, while maintaining the workability and functionality of the glove.

In manufacturing the glove, the elastic upside 20 of the finger part having 2.5 to 50% of the length of the non-elastic palm-side 10 of the finger part is first expanded to have the length fitting to the length of the non-elastic palm-side 10 of the finger part.

Then, the upside 20 of the finger part and the palm-side 10 of the finger part are sewn together along a sewing line. Here, when the force of pulling the upside of the finger part in a length direction is released, the elastic upside of the finger part returns to its original state.

Here, the non-elastic palm-side 10 of the finger part becomes shortened together with the elastic upside 20 of the finger part, naturally forming folds.

Like this, according to the sewn glove manufactured by the above process, while the elastic upside 20 of the finger part elastically expands and contracts in a length direction depending upon the length of the wearer's fingers, the folds are formed on the non-elastic palm-side 10 of the finger part, so that the finger parts of the glove expand in the lengthwise direction and contract as a whole.

Furthermore, the folds formed on the non-elastic palm-side 10 of the finger part as shown in FIG. 4 absorb shocks transmitted from electric tools 100 or the like, and upon flexing the wearer's fingers, allow the wearer's fingers to elastically come close to the elastic upside 20 of the finger part, thereby improving the experience of wearing the glove.

Although preferred embodiments of the present invention have been described for illustrative purposes, those skilled in the art will appreciate that various modifications, additions and substitutions are possible, without departing from the scope and spirit of the invention as disclosed in the accompanying claims.