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From: SammyeGail
Date: 11-07-2006, 12:12 PM (1 of 23)
It finally happened, I got the needle thru the finger. I can't believe it went all the way thru. Its right in the crease of my finger nail and cutical, the worst place!

It at least feels better. By this happening, does it mean I am no longer a beginner? Have I passed to a new phase?

I personally don't think so, I think it means I had the needle go thru my finger and I need to be more careful.

Funny, the first thing that went thru my mind was 'darn, I bent my needle...'

User: SammyeGail
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From: Magot
Date: 11-07-2006, 12:45 PM (2 of 23)
"darn, I bent my needle" is the indicator - not the sewing of the finger! Mind it doesn't go septic - once you have got blood on it I'd say you're there.
love and kisses, Jan
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From: plrlegal
Date: 11-07-2006, 12:57 PM (3 of 23)
Been there and done that!!! Right through my nail on the right hand index finger, just narrowly missed the end of the bone. I had a really ugly finger and nail for quite a while. :sick:

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From: Patty22
Date: 11-07-2006, 01:02 PM (4 of 23)
Ouch..........something all of us fear....

Just in case you are a bleeder............... to get the blood off your fabric (if it is washable) spit on it. Your saliva has enzymes that will dissolve the protein in your blood. Something important to remember....

Or, if your fabric can be washed and you have some blood on it that you didn't see (and you don't have enough spit to go around) hydrogen pyroxide works. Just be sure to test on an inside seam or scrap of fabric.

Hey, it is always the boo boos that don't look bad that hurt the worst. I would probably go to the corner of the room and cry for about 5 minutes and then feel better after my pity party. :shock:
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From: lendube
Date: 11-07-2006, 01:05 PM (5 of 23)
Dang! That must have hurt! I've gotten my finger stuck under the needle and had to stick myself to get it out but I've never completely driven it through! Yikes!

Oh, I do remember once (back in the Stone Ages) while flirting with a guy over the phone at work stapling my thumb. The staple went all the way in. That hurt terribly!

Some women use an "awl" type instrument to push the fabric through the machine. Don't know what it's called. (This is just in case you tend to do this often! ;)

take care of it, Lennie
User: lendube
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From: DorothyL
Date: 11-07-2006, 01:41 PM (6 of 23)
Ouch --
I don't think I've ever made anything that didn't have a little blood on it by the time I finished.
then there was the time I drove a tiny crochet hook through my arm.
Who says you don't have to be tough to do needlework?
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From: SammyeGail
Date: 11-07-2006, 02:22 PM (7 of 23)
Thank you all for posting! I honestly felt like such an idiot. Sewing is in my family blood (not a pun) and I remember my mom telling us the story when she sewed right thru the middle of her nail. I always wondered if the stitch 'went in the finger' (I was a kid, lol) but now I know it doesn't : ).

I don't think I got blood on the fabric, I'll have to go look. I think I snatched my hand back in shock fast enough : ). I've avoided looking at the machine so far, our relationship is still too awkard right now, LOL!

I was trying to make some flannel blankets for my twin boys, like a larger receiving blanket. I was doing the tight zig-zag for the edging, I guess that long straight stitch got alittle boring. I swear that needle jumped over and got my finger though.

I'm going to really watch the finger, its not swollen or anything right now.

I sort of wish I could sent this post the way I am really typing right now, I have to go back and fix each word!

User: SammyeGail
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From: Patty22
Date: 11-07-2006, 02:34 PM (8 of 23)
I've avoided looking at the machine so far, our relationship is still too awkard right now, LOL!

You are just too funny!
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From: lendube
Date: 11-07-2006, 02:46 PM (9 of 23)
Dorothy, how'd you manage the crochet hook through the arm???

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From: DorothyL
Date: 11-07-2006, 03:09 PM (10 of 23)
I was making lace in what was supposed to be a moving car and it stopped moving with a jerk.
It didn't hurt but when I saw the hook going right through the arm I got a little sick.
The guy I was with had to kind of twist the hook around -- like you do through a ball of yarn to get it back out.
It was a very small size hook.
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From: plrlegal
Date: 11-07-2006, 04:20 PM (11 of 23)
Actually my finger didn't hurt until I had to turn the hand wheel again to get the needle to come back up through and out of my finger. Then, I thought I was going to pass out. It was like a lightning bolt went up my arm the second the needle was out of my finger. I was at home by myself when I did that and I sat there in stunned disbelief for a couple of minutes before I actually had the courage to turn the wheel to get the needle out of my finger. However, I knew I couldn't walk around with a sewing machine head and cabinet on my hand. LOL

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From: HeyJudee
Date: 11-07-2006, 04:39 PM (12 of 23)
Eeeeyuuu...I'm in pain just listening to your stories. I haven't done that yet & don't want to either!!!

The only thing that I've had was a pencil driven into my arm...and my little brother was on the other end of that. :bg: Got a nice blue mark just below my vaccination.
TTFN from
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From: SammyeGail
Date: 11-07-2006, 05:17 PM (13 of 23)
OMG Patsy! I think I would have been mentally scarred if I had to do that. I admire you for the strength you had to do that : ).

Dorothy, I shuttered at your story, wow. Good thing the guy was able to help you. By the way, what ever happed with him? Was that the end of the relationship :wink:?
User: SammyeGail
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Total posts: 19
From: paroper
Date: 11-08-2006, 08:01 AM (14 of 23)
When I was in college taking the teaching methods course for home ec, this was one of the first things the teacher to remove a needle from the finger of a hysterical student with 25 others looking on.... I had been sewing 35 years before I put the needle in my finger and that was doing embroidery (never too experienced).

The first thing you need to learn is that there is seldom a reason to put your finger that close to the machine when it is sewing. If something becomes tangled, you need to stop the machine and correct the problem. You do not need to "help" anything go through the machine. Your machine does it all. Keep your right hand in front of the machine and hold the fabric between your thumb and forefinger. let it gently slip through while steering the fabric even with the seam guide. If you are doing elastic, hold the fabric straight between your third and fourth fingers to make sure that it feeds correctly at seam guide. This method leaves your thumb and forefinger available to place tension on the elastic. Place your left hand flat on the left side of the fabric and use it just to make sure that the body of the garment keeps up with the fabric feeding through the machine. A large percentage of seamstresses treat the machine as though they are the one doing all the work when in fact, a well-adjusted machine does just let it perform as it was designed, keeping the fabric and the body of the project, even and smooth.

Relax the shoulders and let the feed dogs do their work. The result will be smooth, even stitches and straight seams and you will find sewing relaxing and fun, even when you are under a deadline.

Bernina 200e, Artista V5 Designer Plus, Explorations, Magic Box, Bernina 2000DE & 335 Bernette Serger, Bernina 1530 Sewing Machine, Bernina 1300 DC Overlock (with coverstitch)
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From: esrun3
Date: 11-08-2006, 09:35 PM (15 of 23)
I watched my mom do that one time-made me a firm believer in keeping my fingers away from the needle! LOL-I still find I creep in there sometimes but have been lucky enough not to sew my finger. I'm sure that hurts like crazy. Hope you are doing better soon!!
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From: mommydionne
Date: 11-09-2006, 06:59 PM (16 of 23)
I did that a few years ago heming a dress for my daughter at high speed. The needle shattered in my left index finger, pieces of steel were coming out for weeks, :cool: I'm not easily grossed out so no biggie, the kids were though:shock:
My husband was impressed that the machine had enough power to do that!
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From: kmccrea
Date: 11-12-2006, 06:00 PM (17 of 23)
Hi, SammyGail!
That hurt like the dickens, didn't it? Clean it up and make sure you keep the wounds clean and clear. Go to the doctor at the first sign of infection.
I put a needle through my finger while putting in a zipper because I was more concerned that this zipper stayed put than where my finger was. I cried. Not only did it hurt, but I got blood on the white denim I was working on. Fortunately, the blood rinsed out and my finger did not suffer an infection.
Now, I know I can always rip the zipper out and do it again if I am not happy with it. I am more concerned about where my finger is and now that I've discovered that double sided tacky web, zippers and other things don't stray.
You're no longer a newbie.
Katherine McCrea
Designer At Large
User: kmccrea
Member since: 05-07-2006
Total posts: 173
From: Mom of Six
Date: 11-12-2006, 07:16 PM (18 of 23)
I did it once making doll clothes for christmas. I had to go to redi-care & have it removed. It broke into 3 pieces. We took out the flat end & the point was still there so DH took tweezers to that & there was a thread sticking out of my finger that we couldn't move. They had to slit my finger to get it out then put in 4 stitches to close it back up. Lucky for me I had my tetnus update just a few months before.
My sister did the same fixing a zipper in a coat last spring. she went to emergency just to find out she could have pulled it out but she was their with her 10 yo DGS who was very worried so she went in to make him happy.
Ladies keep your fingers back when sewing!! It does hurt BAD!!!!
Happiness is having time to sew!!
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From: snipnstitch
Date: 11-12-2006, 08:57 PM (19 of 23)
I've done that too a few times.. guess I should learn from my mistakes.. The first time I did it I was in Home Ec class in High school.. I felt the needle hit the fat part of my middle finger and on instinct I pulled my hand away.. ripping the tip of my finger open so the needle could get out.. I didn't dare let the teacher know !! So I wrapped my finger in scraps and prayed for the class to end.. I saw stars before my eyes.. and sure hurt!! It's never happened that bad again.. but I have sewed thru my finger at least one other time since.. OUCH!!

Carolyn in Louisiana
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From: stephi
Date: 11-14-2006, 09:50 AM (20 of 23)
Welcome to the "you really ought to pay more attention" Club...We are working on jackets!! I sewed through my pinky when I was younger, no litterally there was thread through my finger and connected on the other side. It cracked my nail up and I still have a ripple in it. My sewing teacher freaked out and made my mom take me to the emergency room ( I think it was all the blood). They pulled out the thread and said "well she already did stiches what do you want us to do??!!"

Yes we have all done it at some point :yawn:

"No body knows what it is that I do until I dont do it"

"if you do what you have always done you will get what you have always gotten"
User: stephi
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From: weezyrider
Date: 11-14-2006, 10:37 AM (21 of 23)
I did it once. That was enough as I was using a 120 wing needle at the time.

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From: misspeach
Date: 11-15-2006, 03:51 PM (22 of 23)
:bang: :sick: i stepped on a needle, ignored the discomfort for 2-3 hours until it became hard to walk.... and i had to have surgery:cry: .. i had no idea it was so serious, but was told by my doctor that the circulation to the foot was not as good as the rest of the body and because of that within 2-3 hours an infection set in, he had to open up the wound with a 1inch xi inch cut in 4 directions and prescribed levaquan,, so whenever i stick myself not, i make sure that i make the area bleed and soak it in epson salt to avoid massive infections, as i get older, i seem more vulnerable
User: misspeach
Member since: 11-14-2006
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From: Bama
Date: 11-15-2006, 07:28 PM (23 of 23)
I did that once. It really really hurt.
I think my worst sewing accident was when I was sewing a button onto one of hubby's shirts while sitting on the edge of the bed. I put the scissors beside me and without thinking jumped up quickly. The scissors fell (opened) and one blade stuck right into the top of my foot. I had to pull them out. :sick: I felt really stupid until the next day when I was telling the mom of one of my daughter's friends about it. She said don't feel bad. One time she was sewing while watching TV, got up to get something, and then SAT DOWN on her scissors. Got her right in the buttocks (as Forrest Gump would say:shock: )
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