Pucker free garment seam and method of manufacture

  • US 5,568,779 A
  • Filed: 05/17/1994
  • Issued: 10/29/1996
  • Est. Priority Date: 05/17/1994
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A method of manufacturing a smooth garment seam between first and second garment components comprising the steps:

  • (a) placing the first garment component in an adjacent relationship to the second garment component so as to define a seam;

    (b) placing a bonding element having at least a thermal adhesive component along the seam such that a lower surface of the bonding element abuts an upper surface of the first garment component;

    (c) sewing the first and second garment components and the bonding element together by a first set stitch running along the seam;

    (d) folding the first garment component over the bonding element such that the upper surface of the first garment component is folded over and abuts an upper surface of the bonding element;

    (e) folding a portion of the second garment component such that a lower surface of the second garment component abuts the lower surface of the bonding element;

    (f) sewing the first and second garment components and the bonding element together by a second stitch running along said seam; and

    (g) applying sufficient heat and pressure to said bonding element to cause said thermal adhesive to melt such that said adhesive flows onto said surfaces of the first and second garment components to provide a bond along the seam such that the bonded components will effectively reduce a tendency of the seam to pucker during laundering.

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