Attachment gusset with ruffled corners and system for automated manufacture of same

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  • US 6,834,603 B1
  • Filed: 08/15/2002
  • Issued: 12/28/2004
  • Est. Priority Date: 03/05/2002
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. An apparatus for attaching a gusset to a panel, comprising:

  • a. a gusset folder that receives and folds a gusset material to form the gusset for attachment to the panel;

    b. a sewing table on which the panel is received and supported for sewing;

    c. a sewing machine positioned relative to the sewing table so as to be able to sew the gusset to the panel;

    d. a gusset guide for guiding the gusset fed to the sewing machine toward a selected edge of the panel so that the gusset is held in substantial alignment with the edge of the panel;

    e. an edge detector that detects when a next edge of the panel is approaching the sewing machine;

    f. a pleat generator that selectively forms a pleat in a portion of a gusset as the gusset is being sewn to the panel by the sewing machine; and

    g. a turning mechanism positioned along the sewing table and moveable into engagement with the panel to turn the panel relative to the sewing the when the edge detector detects the next edge of the panel is approaching the sewing machine.

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