Delta Sewing Repair

Don’t let the name fool you, Delta is a full shop, with more than just repairs going on. There are a fair amount of machines in the shop and plenty of small parts to pick from. Delta is a good place for some of the more random requests. Often you can find really great table tops there – large ones. A typical industrial sewing machine table top measures at 20″ in depth and 48″ in length, at Delta you can find some that are close to 30″+ in depth and slightly longer- around 54″ in length. While this is certainly a luxury for most people, if you even have the space, it makes life a lot easier when working on larger projects like bags, jackets, or pants. Consider that although materials are flexible, having them pulled at in directions you do not want the seam to go can cause major problems. In the case of a pair of jeans which require some finesse it can be very aggravating when the material is falling off the back of your table and pulling the seam at an accelerated rate in an undesirable direction.

Table tops aside, Delta has been an educational experience in seeing and learning how a servo motor works for machines with automatically programmed stitching preferences. An exceptionally mind-boggling thing was seeing how a servo motor and computer aided head could be taken advantage of with a normal treadle-style pedal. With the Brother DB2-B791-015’s servo motor there was a very specific electronic pedal that was used to take advantage of the various functions by having a separate pedal for each. Depending on which pedal you hit, the machine then does whatever corresponds. However, on the machine at Delta this was clearly unnecessary, you could use the back tack, or the thread trimmer, or whatever other features were available by using different combinations of tapping the pedal a certain number of times, depending on when the foot-lift was up or down, or the reverse mechanism was held up or down. They way it looked seemed to easy, but the salesman there had the machine doing a lot of tricks. It was pretty amazing to see and also put rhyme to reason why at some of clothing fabrication shops when you listen it is not just the buzz of sewing but the sound of lots of locks and mechanisms stopping and starting and clicking and firing.

PostScript: Delta also has one of – if not thee – most amazing wood floor anyone could ever dream of.

Bega Sewing Machine Company

Here is some further information about the shops in the Los Angeles Fashion District. Beginning with Bega, which has been mentioned in earlier posts, accompanied by some images of the inside, and also a couple machines which were found on the sales floor (the Taiko green machine, and the very thickly sewn yellow material with the indeterminable bar-tacker).

Bega is a no nonsense kind of industrial sewing shop. What you need can probably be found there, as long as you know what your asking for. During visits to Bega you have to consider that they cater towards a very industrious crowd that has the terms and linguistics down. Do take time to look first at all the machines they have in stock, which apparently are all used. It is rare – if ever – that they carry new machines, unless it is on a special order. Otherwise they have at least one of every type of industrial machine you could think of, including some plastic models (compact/transportable “home” machines). But once you have looked around, if you haven’t been intimidated yet, then go ahead and ask for yourself. If you can at least bring in your old parts, or have an uncanny ability to explain things, it is a sure bet that they will be able to drum up just about anything you need. In the sweet case they have every kind of small part available, plus lots of folders and even some very old and rare machines behind the counter. If there were one credibility to their name, it would probably be that they have consistently the least expensive and largest selection of presser feet on hand, however, unfortunately they are not the best presser feet (if you want a Linko brand presser foot, be specific about it).

Above is a random pull of a Nakajima Cylinder Bed. A few notes show it’s shorter bed length, and stout stance. It does have a couple of threaded ports for attaching guides, or bias tape/folding mechanisms, which may mean that this machine is suited for making purses, or other types of handbags. A longer cylinder arm would be for larger projects, and, a slightly more svelte cylinder would lend itself to making shoes, and possibly boots, which do not normally call for any kind of place to attach extra guides because the work itself is usually too detail oriented for long runs of predetermined seams.