I hope everyone read Debbi's thread about her missing foot pedal at her SM
dealer's shop. Did all of you stop what you were doing and go write your
name on your SM, its case, little flat thing they call a table, foot control
and any feet you're likely to carry anywhere? Probably not but do let me
urge you to do it. If you have privacy concerns or your picture is on the
bulletin board at the post office as "wanted", then write something else on
I lost a foot control to a dealer one time and it scarred my trusting
little soul forever. We won't presume that this will hinder any professional
SM robber but it will at least prevent honest mistakes. This will probably
be a little harder for those who own lovely old treasures that are black and
have the snazzy embellishments - but I'll bet they can figure out a way. I
will be checking on you and non-compliance will result in a hefty fine. You
have been warned. Polly
I'm just paranoid and already did it just in case. This goes back to
having a dealer you trust and enjoy doing business with. Not always
possible but worth a little extra effort in the long run.
I have at least my initials on most of my stuff I take to classes.
I doubt we have a lot of thieves among the group but stuff gets moved
around and shared sometimes and it is just nice to know where it belongs.
Jot down your machine serial numbers too.
Well, but, er . . . ummm... you see, I quite accidentally was part of a sort
of theft. I went into an office. Sat down. Laid my stack of files on the
desk, asked my questions, got my answers, picked up the stack and headed
back to my desk. Many days later when I was putting the last of the files
away, oh my golly! Eek. The bottom file was not mine. I know first-hand
that accidents will happen. I only have 27 more years to serve with good
YOu better watch it Polly. I always tease the grocery clerks about the
bag of potatoes on the bottom of the cart. I remind them to charge me
cause if I go to hell I don't want it to be for a sack of potatoes!
SO was the file stamped 'top secret' or something scandalous? Did you
work at the White House during the Clinton presidency (remember those
The 27 years will fly by.
(Polly, I'm up to my ears in little sleeves btw ; )
Tee Hee.....I used those wonderful vinyl name labels you get made up for the
kids when they are at school. They stick on anything. Ours are a variety
of colours and have a heart on one side, an angel on the other and "M.
Harper" in the middle. Fine when your name is Madeline or Mikayla. Well I
guess I could be Mum or Madame? Mistress? Mademoiselle? Minkeee? The
list is endless.....
That's a really great idea Polly, Thank you for the suggestion.
I will start to think what I could use as a label - not all that easy to
get ready-made things to stick onto plastic feet.
In message , Polly
I so agree with you about group activities, Taria. For me it wouldn't
be the other people I would worry about, it would be my memory -
remembering what I had taken with me! So I have put a little name label
on the books that I have taken to classes etc.
In message , Taria
>I'm just paranoid and already did it just in case. This goes back to
>having a dealer you trust and enjoy doing business with. Not always
>possible but worth a little extra effort in the long run.
>I have at least my initials on most of my stuff I take to classes.
>I doubt we have a lot of thieves among the group but stuff gets moved
>around and shared sometimes and it is just nice to know where it belongs. >
>Jot down your machine serial numbers too.
I use a small engraver to mark all my "stuff". Sometimes
with a name or even initials, but if not with a triangle.
This can be put on the handle of a cutter, on a SM foot, on
rulers, etc. That way I know what is mine - and what is not
I have my name on every piece that I take to the shop, including the
machine! I used a black sharpie marker and marked the case, the machine and
the foot pedal and the power cord. I even take off my 1/4" foot and use a
plastic foot. Plus I remove the built-in tray of feet and bobbins. Not
that I am paranoid or anything. I'm not........ really.........
As a former auto dealership employee, I know that trade in values can
go down quickly with any "customized" stuff. Your sm dealer isn't
going to be happy about a sm trade in with sharpie lettering on it.
Stick with labels rather than permanent markings- a label could be
pulled off. I have a cheap label maker that produces a plastic ribbon
with lettering. I'm going to use that. I won't come off easily, but
the person who buys my well cared for trade in will appreciate not
having to explain why she's claiming a sm with my name written on it.
Think about that before you stick on a seam ripper holder or anything
else that the next owner might not care for.....
Leslie & The Furbabies in MO.
We have seen radios (old wood sets and transistor) that have
a DLN engraved on them. Ruins the value for collectors.
Any of my good machines are probably not going to be traded in.
They always slap one of their store labels somewhere so maybe they
could slap it over any left over markings?
If all you're concerned about is being able to identify a machine part
as yours, you could put an identifying mark (not necessarily your name)
in an inconspicuous place. My dealer writes on the work order slip
exactly what parts I left with the machine (for example, case, foot
pedal, cord). If I do bring in the case with the attachments, they give
them to me to take back home. You can ask your repairperson to do the same.
Julia in MN
My dealer/repair shop puts a sticker with the invoice number on all the
bits I leave with him, from the carrying bag to any stray spools of
thread! :) He's never lost anything in the 20 or so years I've been
Thanks for the warning, but I'm already ahead of you all. I put my
name on all of the pieces the day after I brought my Bernina home,
also painted (nail polish) all of my feet (toenails too). Also marked
my featherweights, and their attachments.
I took a class with L. Lehman and she had all of her feet painted
dayglo orange because she loans them to students to try.
Bonnie, in Middletown, VA
Day-Glo orange? What a delightful idea. Now that you mention it, I think
I've seen some electrical tape in really loud colors. A 'tastefully
applied' stripe of that stuff on a foot control ought to be very helpful.
Yesssss! Thank you, Polly