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Thread: Should We Put Restoration/Repair Labels in Saved Machines?

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    Should We Put Restoration/Repair Labels in Saved Machines?

    I've been thinking about this for a while now. I've had very old furniture with the name of the maker inscribed inside, and sometimes with an addendum of date and name when honest repairs were made. One was an old Grandfather's clock, another was stained glass repairs to an old hutch. Steve Heeter proposed engraving the slide plate on an amazing Howe resurrection on his thread. Quilts should certainly be labeled. What do you think about putting some sort of label inside a case and under a machine, since they may be separated someday?

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    I found one such label inside the 401A I resurrected this weekend. It was nice to see "some" information about it. I knew by the label that it worked in 1977 and which shop had cared for it. It was a repair tag, not a service tag,.. assuming they're different.

    The only thing that makes me wonder about this is our litigation happy society. If I do an honest repair, then Joe Avg gets it after me, botches something, then something happens, it's my name on the machine, not his. Quilts, Furniture, etc are not likely to burn your house down or jump stop your pacemaker.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ArchaicArcane View Post

    The only thing that makes me wonder about this is our litigation happy society. If I do an honest repair, then Joe Avg gets it after me, botches something, then something happens, it's my name on the machine, not his. Quilts, Furniture, etc are not likely to burn your house down or jump stop your pacemaker.
    Yikes, you're probably right:< Once in a while I'll get a machine that has a sticker from the last repair shop that on it. But, they were looking to advertise.

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    I think that tagging an item with "serviced by" or "restored by" is cool, but you bring up a good point.

    Lucky for me I have access to a final semester student at Hasting Law School.. (my eldest daughter)

    i'll ask.

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    Cool! I'd love to know if it's a risk. Of course, your law vs ours, it may be different too. I know a few of the basics: You can't limit your liability. Negligence is un-insurable. You can't sell something you know is unsafe... (which doesn't stop a lot of people OR businesses around here. Some of the unsafe machines I've seen with nothing stating that they should be checked out by an electrician, etc are unreal.)

    Then the burden of proof would be on <whom> to prove it was or wasn't my work or was someone else's that did it? <- this is the big one for me.
    Tammi - I've found that many baby steps tend to get you further than a huge leap in followed by a huge leap out - http://www.archaicarcane.com
    Singer 411G, 301A, 2x 221 (featherweight), 222k - the holy grail, 99-, 15-90 Centennial, 27, VS2, 28 hc, 128 knee bar, 201-2, Pfaff 130-6. Non-Vintage - Pfaff 6122, Kenmore (Janome) 385.81595 serger, Kenmore (Janome) 385.81155, 2013 APQS Lucey

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    Never thought about this idiocy. Seems there's always a way to ruin good deeds.

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    Sorry to bring up the ugly side of these things.
    It really has become a CYA society. I hate it, but in this society, I'd hate to see people hang their butts out there by doing a good thing. A couple times a month I hear about people "wanting to sue" over the stupidest things. I remember a time when you never heard that word and I'm not that old.
    Tammi - I've found that many baby steps tend to get you further than a huge leap in followed by a huge leap out - http://www.archaicarcane.com
    Singer 411G, 301A, 2x 221 (featherweight), 222k - the holy grail, 99-, 15-90 Centennial, 27, VS2, 28 hc, 128 knee bar, 201-2, Pfaff 130-6. Non-Vintage - Pfaff 6122, Kenmore (Janome) 385.81595 serger, Kenmore (Janome) 385.81155, 2013 APQS Lucey

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    I was a Nurse Practitioner and became very paranoid about everything. Spent more time documenting an interaction than seeing patients. Just never thought about it with sewing machines since my preference is hoarding treadles for "fixing someday".

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    I've heard that happens in the medical system. I'm immersed in it as well. I work in IT, and people will take you to the cleaners if you even temporarily lose access to data, you don't even have to lose the data. Most insurance companies won't cover an IT person, and if they do, it's 4 to 5 figures a year for the coverage.

    Treadles are probably a fair bit "Safer" than the electrical machines, but I'd sure like to hear what SteveH's daughter says.
    Tammi - I've found that many baby steps tend to get you further than a huge leap in followed by a huge leap out - http://www.archaicarcane.com
    Singer 411G, 301A, 2x 221 (featherweight), 222k - the holy grail, 99-, 15-90 Centennial, 27, VS2, 28 hc, 128 knee bar, 201-2, Pfaff 130-6. Non-Vintage - Pfaff 6122, Kenmore (Janome) 385.81595 serger, Kenmore (Janome) 385.81155, 2013 APQS Lucey

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    I think it is a great idea...similar to maintaining records on your automobile

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