Steven Heller had a nice profile of Hecht Sewing Machine & Motor Co., a collection of "all things mechanical" located in New York City's Garment District.
The proprietor Steven Hecht is the proud collector of all things mechanical (his 94 year old father is the skilled repairer of all things machine) and the shop, the high walls and narrow 1920s-era space is filled with everything from mannequins to vintage sewing apparatus, with lights, lamps, buffers and stainless Mack Truck dogs sprinkled all around (and on two floors too.)
"What's your favorite piece?," Steve asked me. Thinking it was a trick question, I responded "the miniature chair pin cushions." Then I paused, and added "and the row of vintage flash light (torches)." He pointed above my head to a canvas belt of 30 caliber bullets that once fed a Browning machine gun in World War I. "See that," he said with a knowing smile, "that's were the term 'given 'em the whole 9 yards' comes from." Every piece in the shop had a story, and Steve knew them all.
Read the full piece and see more images of Hecht's here!