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        1. Commentary.VS.Commentary.VS.Commentary

          Keeping with the idea of cutting devices here are a couple more images. One is an image of the tools that aid the projects made on the Brother DB2-B791-015. And one of an image found via the Internet of someone cutting a large bulk of denim, it is hard to say how much but you can look and see for yourself. The tool this person is using is clearly similar to the Blue Streak II but on steroids.


          The following is a recently received comment which is quite intriguing –

          >>“Can we get a moment of silence for this small chronic break?…..”

          >>”(During which time I’ll quickly interject some thoughts on the DeWalt 12″ Double-Bevel Compound Miter Saw. Is it appropriate in this forum to speak of this machine? It would seem so, or “seam” so, insomuch as the miter saw is divisive at separating material into two pieces, or creating a seam. I suppose its equivalent here would be the “seam ripper” or a pair of shears or scissors. The efficiency this particular saw exhibits, in my limited experience, I find fascinating. The torque coming up from the spinning blade, the tears a soft wood lets out as the blade turns its solid into particles, the smooth dimensional prison this tool captures trees in [by the way, did you know they are growing square ones now?]. The operational function is very simple, or at least in terms of the user’s involvement: just pull down, “chop,” and multiples abound. What are your thoughts on a machine like the Dewalt 12″ Double-Bevel Compound Miter Saw? It creates the pieces and parts to be brought together into some-thing that your machine in a way fulfills – although in a different area and with different material. What sort of relationship do these two monsters have?)”<<

          Very interesting indeed. The only way to get into this question would be to propose the industrial sewing equipment equivalent – the Blue Streak II –

          with a reciprocating (also called oscillating) vertical blade that does the cutting, much like a jigsaw. In the picture you see the blade is about 6″ tall and sits atop a base that has small wheels at each corner so that the Blue Streak II can be pushed around a pattern which is layed flat on the floor or table. These types of industrial fabric cutters are capable of cutting fabric up to 5″ thick, which means that you can cut out many patterns at once. Typically these are only used in large production houses such as a sail making shop, where there will be cuts as long as 10 meters, which for obvious reasons would require this kind of tool. A chain-mail glove is worn as the user walks around the pattern which is weighted to the floor with bricks or other weighting devices so that the multiple layers of fabric do not slide or shift while cutting, causing irregularities in their carefully planned patterns. When all of your cutting is done, it is time to re-sharpen the blade. This is accomplished by two bands of fine tooth sandpaper or emery cloth, which come in contact to the blade at about a 15-20 degree angle. In the picture you can locate these just under the main body of the cutter, they look like rubber bands and are perpendicular to the blade. With the flick of a switch they are driven like a chain on a bike and simultaneously slide down the blade and back up again. It is not something to lose a finger in.

          Perhaps the most interesting relationship between these two cutting/dividing devices is that they both split nearly millions of fibers within seconds. Whether it is wood or fabric, both are composed of grain, warp, weft, fibers, structural patterns – human made and organic, which are most of all – naked to the eye.

          A Few Random Images

          So here are a couple of images taken of a few interesting things in the Los Angeles Fashion District. They are of a double-needle overlock (serger) kind of machine – or at least what appears to be, a miscellaneous (what appears to be probably a walking foot machine, although the walking feet are not there) extra heavy duty machine for extra super thick materials, and a view of Bega’s (only about half of it, probably only a third really).

          The Taiko, was peculiar only because of it’s cool green graphics, but after looking at it for a few minutes it became clear that this was no everyday machine. It is hard to say what exactly it is for, but as you can see in the picture it is a double needle machine, it does not use a bobbin(s) but instead relies on a similar thread feeding system to the conventional serger, and lastly it has a very unique bed with two diagonally opposed sliding mechanisms.

          The next picture is incredibly thick materials which have been sewn together by who-knows-what. The part that is mystifying is that it has the small loop section on the presser foot, which does not seem to tell us that it is a directional foot. As in – it is probably some kind of tacking system. So what that means is that it has a round (presser) foot, or hoop style because it has a programmed or pre-set range of motions to make a particular type of stitching pattern. Like a bar-tacker does an across and then zig-zag stitch, back over the first large stitch. It was hard to tell however what the pattern of the stitch was on the yellow material. it could be assumed that it was a rectangular pattern with some kind of diagonal crossing in the middle of it, much like you may see on hiking gear – where there is a common square with an X to re-inforce areas that will see extra stress. Although there should still be two small feet ont he side that are generally used to hold the fabric steady, with the mechanism below as the driving force for the given pattern.

          The last picture is of Bega’s. It was taken from the front of the shop as you are walking in, and then looking a bit south and east. Just to give you an idea of how much industrial sewing is going on in that area of the country, this is only about a third of Bega’s – and Bega’s is only one in very very many industrial sewing dealers in the Los Angeles fashion district. A truly fun way to spend the afternoon.