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Anyone Else Tried to Sew Their Finger??
I can't believe I did this.
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Date: 9/8/10 9:54 PM

I am embarrassed to admit I just put the needle through my finger. I didn't think it would be that easy to do. Needle didn't even break - that Juki TL98Q sure is powerful.

Anyway, all is good - no blood on my fabric.

Oh, my finger is okay too. No needle pieces in my finger and the bone was not harmed. Going to lose some fingernail though. Got a tetanus shot to boot.

Though for the 3 hours I spent sitting in Emergency clinic, all I kept thinking was how much time I was wasting waiting when instead I could be sewing.

I hope I am not the only person to ever let this happen. Everyone, please be careful. I was sewing fast and daydreaming about my next project when....



Also - another lesson I want to share. Everyone take 15 minutes now to contact your medical insurance provider and get the names/addresses of 2-3 approved urgent care facilities near your home/work. Trust me, you don't want to be making this call when you are holding your needle-damaged finger wrapped in an ice pack and stuck on a call queue. This is not very good for one's patience.

Patty
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Date: 9/8/10 10:07 PM

Oh Patty, I'm so sorry this happened to you. I've never done it but it's a fear I had when I was teaching my niece to sew. I'm glad you got it taken care of.

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Date: 9/8/10 10:57 PM

Sewpatty, I'm sorry you did this. I hope it heals quickly. I am always afraid I'll do this when I sew. When I hand sew, I prick my fingers all the time, but with less force than the machine.
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Date: 9/8/10 11:07 PM

That sounds terrible. I am so sorry. Glad you're going to be okay. I haven't done it, yet. I'm pretty scared of that kind of thing happening, so I've been very watchful, especially since I'm a novice. Get well soon !

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Date: 9/8/10 11:19 PM

Ouch! I'm so sorry.

My mother sewed through a finger when she worked at a garment factory 40+ years ago. She still brings it up occasionally, so I think it was a big deal for her.

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Date: 9/8/10 11:26 PM

Been there and done that, and boy did I feel stupid! It didn't really hurt that much as I remember, but then it was in the 80's, so maybe I don't really remember. I do know I couldn't pull the needle out, it took a Dr. with a good pair of plyers! I've never done it again that's for sure! Hope you aren't in pain, I bet you never do it again, either!

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Date: 9/9/10 0:01 AM

I saw someone just after they'd done it in a workshop I was in once. It went right through the nail and everything. She also had to go off to Emergency to get it removed.

I didn't think it could happen to me (Ha Ha!) and then a couple of weeks ago I was sewing in a zip using a one-sided zipper foot, and I got a bit too keen about guiding everything through carefully. One finger got a bit too close to the needle and I managed to sew through the edge of it. Just through the skin, really, but I was so stunned I'd done it!

I also was glad I managed to keep the blood off my sewing.

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Date: 9/9/10 0:03 AM

You're not the only person. I find the hardest thing about it is getting the tension right.

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Date: 9/9/10 0:08 AM

Sewng through your finger is a right of passage! I sewed through my finger/nail once using an industrial machine with a 16 gauge needle. The needle didn't break-it was stuck in my finger/nail. The mechanic took the needle out-with my finger still attached and pulled the needle out of my finger with pliers. (I had just had a tetanus shot a few months before). What fun!
Needless to say I never got my finger that close to the "busines end" of the machine again!

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Date: 9/9/10 0:21 AM

I have learned to keep my foot away from the pedal when changing presser feet At least mine only went through flesh and not nail. And there's something nice to be said about carpal tunnel destroying those formerly sensitive nerves!

Glad you are OK.

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