27 February 2011

Work in progress... and my first sewing accident




Today is not my day. I've got the sore throat from hell. Honestly, I never knew sore throats could be this painful. I've been mainlining linctus and frantically squirting anaesthetic into my mouth in an effort to breathe. I was in no fit state to attempt to attach the lining to my third (yes, third!) Beignet skirt, but attempt I did, and this was the result:


"Where's the needle gone?" you may be asking yourself. Well, half of it went AWOL and the other half landed in my cheek. That's right, I was using the zigzag foot with the straight stitch. Luckily it's only a little scratch. I'm so thankful it didn't go in my eye! I have learnt my lesson. No more sewing until I am well. Boo.

Go on then, cheer me up - what's the worst sewing accident you've ever had?

[Soundtrack: 'Hero' by Regina Spektor]

52 comments:

  1. Straight into your cheek? Wowzers! Hope you're okay. I've broken countless needles, and dropped my iron on the floor. Um, can't think of anything more dangerous than that, but am sure there've been hair-raising moments. Get well soon.

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  2. Man that's scary. Recently, I broke a needle that bounced off my glasses. It totally freaked me out. Never made me so glad to need glasses.

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  3. Oh my goodness Tilly! Glad you're ok, that's scary. I have to admit that has crossed my mind as a possibility before and I do tend to wear my glasses when sewing just in case - I feel like it's worth it now! I haven't been sewing long enough to have had a sewing accident, but my friend's mum sewed through her finger once.

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  4. When I was in middle school I had to sew some pillows and boxer shorts in Home Ec, but everytime I sat at the machine and stepped on the peddle the needle would get stuck/or break off. It happened so many times that my teacher just told me to stay off the machines and let someone else do the sewing for me and I still passed the class.

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  5. I've jammed a pin far far behind my fingernail, ouch!

    On a side note, we had to wear glasses in our sewing class, I guess there was a purpose for it afterall.

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  6. Sounds like a (sort of) lucky escape! I've sewn right through my finger before - very painful and not to be repeated... x

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  7. Oh no, hope you feel better soon! I did something very similar to you and snapped my needle...which only just missed my eye! I also dropped the iron on my foot...that hurt a lot...and bruised!

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  8. I gasped out loud when I read about the needle breaking off and going in your cheek. Almost makes me want to wear my safety glasses that they encourage us to bring home from work.

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  9. I sewed straight over my finger once. I'm not even sure how I did it, but I did. The needle broke off with half embedded in the nail of my right index finger. My husband helped me pull it out, we washed off my finger, bandaged it up and although it bled a bit for a few hours, it ended up being fine and I didn't need to go to the hospital to be stitched up (ha ha). I didn't even lose the nail. Gross and weird, but not that bad in the end. Hope your cheek is better soon.

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  10. Ditto on wanting to wear my safety goggles while I sew this afternoon. So glad you are not hurt badly and hope you are well again soon.

    My worst sewing accident happened about a month ago...was easing a sleeve and got my left pointer finger too close to the needle--sewed straight through it, in the nail and out the pad. Man did it hurt, but no lasting harm done. Could have been worse.

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  11. You poor thing!! Ice Pops and loads of creamy vanilla ice cream, and I swear by anaesthetic throat spray too. (But sounds like you have that in hand already!. Oh,and the needle? Talk about someone up there having a laugh at your expense and adding insult to injury. Stay in, lock the doors. Definately don'tgo anywhere. Take the phone off the hook. Get a tub of ice cream, a cosy blanket and a stack of good movies.
    Dr P said.
    x

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  12. What an insane accident! I've broken many needles, but they have never ended up embedded in my skin! I have pushed many a pin behind my nails though, and burnt myself on the upper thigh ironing in short shorts. And ruined fabric in the process.

    I think some nice ice-cream and soothing honey lemon drinks are in order, and sewing for later in the week.

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  13. Once in home ec I was trying to help another student thread her machine, and she stepped on the peddle; the needle went right through my thumbnail. That's how I learned no to help people who are nasty conniving bullies.

    It's good that you aren't hurt too badly. Be careful, and feel better soon :).

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  14. Oh dear! Glad you survived unscathed! Hope you feel better really soon and can get back to sewing soon. I can't wait to see your latest Beignet. I really want to get that pattern!

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  15. I'm glad it ended up not being serious. Needles and sewing machines scare me. *Stopping to knock on wood.*

    I impaled my wrist with a cheap wrist pincushion. Normally, I try to buy really good supplies, but I saw this $3 notion and decided to be sensible and thrifty for once.

    I stabbed a pin deep into the cushion and ended up stabbing myself very painfully, the way you do when you think you're piercing an inanimate object like a piece of corkboard.

    Ouch. There was blood.

    As for other precautions, I'm very careful with rotary cutters. The minute I put one down, I lock it. I don't care if I have to do 80 times a session, it's worth it.

    1) Don't sew when you're tired.

    2) Don't sew with cheap, unreliable tools.

    New York Sewist

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  16. The pointy bit of a seam ripper snapped off under my fingernail once. Awful. Feel better, I will forever more be wearing goggles while sewing!

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  17. Oh my goodness! That does sound scary - I'm glad it was your cheek and not your eye. Hope your throat and cheek are both feeling better soon!

    Mine wasn't a spectacular accident, but it left me with a pretty sickening feeling - I was hand sewing without a thimble and pushed at the needle, which didn't want to give ... when it finally moved, it wasn't the pointy end going through the fabric, but the blunt end going into my finger.

    I use a thimble now!

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  18. Not exactly sure how I did it but somehow got my left idex finger caught between the presser foot and the automatic threader. It looked like a tiny bite had been taken out of my finger, broke the skin on both sides. And did it ever bleed! That was over a year ago, it still hurts at times and I still have a scar. I learned to keep my fingers away from the moving parts when I guide the fabric through.

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  19. ouch! that sounds nasty. I once sewed my index finger, I was threading the needle with my foot on the peddle... you get the picture. The only thing I learnt there was that i'm an idiot!
    Hope you feel better soon, drink lots of tea! x

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  20. Yikes! If it's any consolation, last summer I sliced off a corner of my left ring finger with the rotary cutter. It was pretty gruesome (I even found a little piece of my finger on the mat...yuck). I was sure I'd be scarred for life, but amazingly it healed so well that you would now be hard-pressed to spot the slightly sharp angle on that fingertip. Sewing can be dangerous!! Feel better soon.

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  21. THE SAME THING HAPPENED TO ME LAST NIGHT!!!

    Well, the needle didn't end up in my cheek. I actually don't know where the tip of the needle went, but the machine timing got thrown way off, and I was almost in tears b/c I thought I was gonna have to take my machine to the shop. The needle wouldn't even go down into the bobbin b/c the thing that spins (don't know what it's called) just kept hitting the needle b/c it was going down too early.

    I'm guessing that's where the tip of the needle went--into the bobbin--to throw off the timing. Still haven't found it, but I ran the machine for a while without a needle or foot, and it's working again.

    I don't have any big sewing accidents to share, but I was excited that I had almost the same experience last night (next time I finish the edge of something, I'll make sure I change the stitch BEFORE changing the presser foot!).

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  22. I have broken a needle a couple of times and thought to myself 'atleast it didn't hit me'.
    When I was little, about 4 i think, I was 'helping' my mum sew and put my finger under the needle and ofcourse got stabbed through my nail.
    I don't remember it but mum never let me near the maching until I was 15. lol

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  23. ouuch that wasn't fun, I hope you and your machine recover soon. My worst accident is when i sewed lady grey, broke a few needles because the layers were thick and ended up having a jagged plate, which had to be replaced. not bad but it thought me a valuable lessons to be extra careful when sewing thick layer.

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  24. How scary! I wear my glasses when sewing (even tho I can do without)becasue I am terrified of getting a broken needle in my eye.

    My worst sewing incident? I sewed thru the end of my pinky once. It was over before I knew it.

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  25. Whilst pressing some darts I have gone to pick my iron up from the wrong side (i.e. the hot side!)

    Note to self, pay more attention!

    And I wasnt remotely ill...

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  26. Broke many many needles on zipper ends. And I sew through my finger like some other ladies here. I screamed because it looked horrific as my finger was stuck under the machine. It toook a few moments to release that seemed ages. The needle broke in three places, but the pieces wer not inside my finger, so some bleeding but no real harm done.

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  27. Cripes! I am glad it wasn't more serious! I definitely wouldn't sew anymore when you're sick. Feel better soon, Tilly!

    I tend to stick myself with pins a lot. I'm building up callouses on all my fingers and I hardly even bleed anymore when I poke myself!

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  28. Oh God that sounds awful, and even worse because you're ill. I've had lots of broken needles but no accidents yet. Have you tried Dequadin or Dequacaine for your sore throat? Absolute miracle workers. Get well soon. x

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  29. Ouch! You poor thing. Hope you feel better soon, and watch out for flying needles! x

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  30. hope you ok.
    I recently was unpicking some stitches, with a new seam ripper, like yourself sewing whilst under the weather, and it slipped went straight into my finger quite deeply. Didn't realise how sharp they are when new!!!
    Decided to leave my work for a few days.

    {Dab and a dash.}

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  31. Hi Tilly..I hope you (and your machine!) feel better soon! I saw you over at the Sewing Directory and thought I'd come and say hi - I only started sewing THIS January and I'm having so much fun - your blog looks like it will be a massive source of inspiration for me!!

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  32. Crikey, that's scary, but what is more scary is some of the accidents by these comments above ^^^^ argh! It makes me want to go and buy some faux glasses, or perhaps a shield for my next sewing project :)

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  33. Ouch! Hope you're feeling better soon - the accident was probably 'cos you were tired & run down from your cold so your senses weren't as sharp as normal to spot it before it happened. Rest-up & get well soon :)

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  34. YIKES! I've had needles break off violently like that before... I swear sometimes I think I need to wear protective goggle when I sew to to protect my eyes. ;) lol. Glad it was only your cheek though that it hit!

    Here's hoping you'll feel loads better soon (I had a nasty sore throat a few weeks ago, so my sympathies are with you!) and can get back to drama-free sewing. :)

    ♥ Casey

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  35. Ouch! The same thing happened to me last night, although thankfully the end just kind of dangled there on the thread rather than going into my cheek! I was more concerned about the dreadful throes of death noises my sewing machine was making but thankfully the old 'turn off and back on' trick worked. Phew.
    The only other thing I have done is step on one of those tiny fine pins which drop out of projects and are invisible on the floor - ouch.
    Looking forward to seeing yet another gorgeous Beignet - love the colourway!

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  36. I sewed a needle into my finger on Saturday night when I was sewing far too late. God knows how I actually managed to do it, but it went clear through missing the nail luckily at which point (hah!) I pulled my finger away in shock and broke the needle of the machine...yuk x

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  37. I don't know if you remember my post about sewing into my finger and then having to go to the emergency room, but I was sick then too! It is definitely a bad idea to sew when you are sick. Fell better!

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  38. Oh gosh, ow! Glad your eyes are okay!

    My worst so far has been being bitten by my rotary cutter, and I wasn't even cutting with it! I put it down on the table without putting the guard over the blade. Then I was smoothing the fabric down and just brushed against it, and the next thing I know, there's blood everywhere (although not on my fabric, thank goodness - I have my priorities ;)). It was deep enough not to hurt too much, but I've been paranoid about it ever since.

    Hope you heal up soon!

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  39. Ouch! Poor you Tilly. That could be really frightening. Like some of the other comments, when I was learning to sew as a teenager, I machined over my finger. It hurt ... alot... Because of my increasing age, I have to wear reading glasses while I sew, maybe there's a hidden benefit now. Plenty of hot lemon and honey drinks for your throat. My grandmother always recommended gargling salt water but I could never bring myself to try that one. Get well soon xx

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  40. Oh no, poor you! Although this now makes me feel slightly less freaky for keeping a pair of sunglasses in my sewing drawer specifically for Dangerous Sewing (no, one can't always tell when it's about to happen...but they're useful for those times when you know that you're doing something a little risky).

    x

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  41. For your first sewing accident, you had a doozy! Mine usually consist of the bobbin getting completely tangled. Glad you're ok though, but definitely a sign to take a break until you're well!

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  42. Oh, that's my worst nightmare when it comes to sewing! And why I try to remember my reading glasses when I sew... luckily I haven't had any accidents yet - knock on wood!

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  43. Oh no!!!!! Sorry to hear about that Tilly! Your cheek? Wow.

    A couple of times at University I was using industrial sewing machines and concentrating really hard (our witch of a Manufacture tutor was making us stitch a collar onto a shirt all in one go or we had to unpick it and start again, which we all had to do tons of times before we got it right) and looking really closely at what I was sewing, and the moving bit at the front (I think on domestic machines they are usually hidden inside) hit me on the forehead. It only left a small bruise but it was a shock! My mum has stitched through the top of her finger on an inductrial sewing machine before too!

    Thanks so much for your supportive message re: MMMar '11. Much appreciated indeed.

    I really hope you have a very speedy recovery and are able to get back to sewing and everything else quick smart!

    Zoe xxx

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  44. Oh no! You are definitely lucky you didn't get your eye! My worst accident was when the needle went throught my thumb, luckily missing the bone. Needless to say, I don't sew in a hurry any more!

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  45. Get well soon, Tilly!

    I'm another who always wear glasses when sewing just in case of needle breakage and I tell my students to wear glasses at the machine too.

    I am surprised to read how common sewing mishaps are, touch wood I have not seriously hurt myself although the number of times I've had my fingers rapped by the bar that holds the needle in is sufficient to teach me to keep my fingers well out of the way, boy does that hurt. My grandma did manage to sew through her finger on at least one occasion.

    It does remind me of my favourite trick when I was little, I used to take needle and thread and sew through just the very top, loose layer of skin of each finger tip, then find an unsuspecting younger sister and freak her out that I'd sewn my fingers together! Sometimes I stitched a bit of fabric on there to stage an "accident". Yes, evil but the horror on their faces was priceless, mwuahahaha!

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  46. Oh no! That's a pretty scary accident. I hope you're ok!
    The worst I ever did was burned my finger on my sewing machine lightbulb over Christmas. I was rushing and lifted the machine by the lightbulb-hole, sticking my finger on the hot bulb. I couldn't sew for a few days but compared to your injury, mine seems quite ridiculous!

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  47. Ouch! The worst I had, so far, was pinning a dress to make it smaller while on me and asking my husband to gently pull it off. His idea of gently was yanking it which made me end up with 4 pins in my arm. Bad idea.

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  48. hi, i just sewn my pointy finger recently (got my finger too close to the presser foot)and kind of being traumatized by the accident. I'm glad to come across this blog post. Not that I'm glad over your accident but glad that it doesn't only happen to me (make me less feeling as an idiot). By the way, I'm a beginer in sewing so I was thinking to quit it or go forward, but now i know that i'm not alone and i can move on with precaution while sewing. Thanks for sharing, i hope you're being better by now.

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  49. Kristiana, I have been sewing for years and a month ago I managed to sew through the tip of my finger for the first time, sewing in haste. I was actually quite proud to have encountered my first proper machine injury after reading all these stories. I no longer feel left out!

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  50. I was sewing some hats for a school play, and I made a huge mistake by looking away from the sewing machine for a second. Then I a heard the sound "spoing" and then I had half of the sewing needle stuck in my finger, the other half was still in the machine. Luckily the needle was easy to pull out of my finger and it didn't hit the bone. I learned my lesson, always keep an eye on the sewing machine! :)

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  51. i just broke a needle and it hit my eye!!!! :( i got so scared! that's why i'm reading all these stories!!

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  52. I have broken many needles on my first sewing machine. It was a cheap one and since I have upgraded they stopped breaking. So I think it was the machine. Never had the pieces go flying thought. They usually stayed embedded in the fabric.

    My worst sewing accident was when I somehow got my small but sharp scissors, that I use for cutting threads, embedded in my foot. It bled a lot but eventually stopped and I didn't have to go to the hospital.

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