2 March 2011

Sewing Emergency Room!

Cripes! Sewing is a hazardous hobby! The comments left on my last post about all the sewing accidents you've had made me stop and think about all those sharp things and hot things and moving parts we fiddle around with as we're making our pretty dresses. (Mum, if you're reading this, stop now!) Stepping on pins with bare feet, seam rippers jammed under fingernails, burning legs with the iron... A few special mentions are in order:

K.Line had a near miss when a NEEDLE BOUNCED OFF HER GLASSES. Phew!


Too many of you to list admitted you'd MACHINE STITCHED THROUGH YOUR FINGER. Yikes!


Nat Sews PICKED UP THE HOT SIDE OF THE IRON. What? How?! That's just ridiculous.

Thanks guys, I feel much less stupid now, heh heh! Lessons learnt? Firstly, wear glasses while sewing. Secondly, those instructions on the back of flu medicine that warn against operating machinery don't just apply to fork lift trucks.

You have been warned.

[Soundtrack: 'All I Could Do Was Cry' by Etta James]


  1. Oooooh, Tilly! I have never thought about how creepy dangerous sewing is! Now I am especially afraid of that needle jumping into my eye! O.O Definitely going to wear my glasses more often now! :)

  2. I fear breaking a needle too, and I use my handwheel around dodgy places just in case.
    My main sewing injury is getting my fringe caught in the tension dial...

  3. I actually felt ill after reading the comments on your last blog post!

  4. Tilly my dear, I have something for you! I love your blog, so now I am passing the Versatile Blogger Award onto you! I blogged about it here http://stitchybritt.blogspot.com/2011/03/award.html


  5. Yeah... when you sit and consider all the hazardous and dastardly tools we keep in our sewing work baskets... yikes! lol. I have definitely had my fair share of run-ins with needles being driven into fingers and burning myself with my iron. You'd think that I'd learn... but obviously I haven't. lol.

    ♥ Casey

  6. Haha,

    I started my blog all of 5 days ago, and my first mention is about how I picked up the wrong side of the iron!! How hilarious.

    In my defence (who am i kidding) I had turned the iron on, was looking at my sewing and went to pick up the iron without actually looking at it!! But still it hurt...

  7. I didn't post on the last entry but I have definitely done some bad (preventable) things! Like when I was sitting on the floor and decided to press some pieces that were on the carpet between my knees...and put the iron down on the floor and it tipped over and the hot part landed on the inside of my thigh. yikes!! it's a scar i'm embarrassed to admit the cause of :)

  8. I'm a little afraid to continue my crafting project after reading this, especially since I'm rather clumsy with machinery! I'll have to be extra careful...
    From Carys of La Ville Inconnue

  9. Wondering if you are afraid of your serger? Noticed that you didn't use it on the lining of the skirt.

  10. I forgot that I almost sliced the tip of my thumb off with an X-acto knife until you posted Prof.S's act (I wasn't sewing, but cutting paper). Eek! Dangerous hobbies, indeed.

  11. Reminds me of an incident I had years ago, sewing outside in the garden with extension cables. When I picked up the pedal (all metal) from the grass I felt a power surge passing through me from my hand to the earth. Now that was scary!

  12. Ooh! I am glad I didn't read some of the comments from yesterday. I thought of another one...I was showing my sister how to iron something and while the iron was standing up she bumped my arm into it and I got a nasty burn. I get steam burns all the time, but this was scar material.

  13. A little danger makes a hobby more exciting doesn't it?
    Anyways, this didn't happen to me, but I wanted to share it: when I was taking Fashion Design, our instructor warned us NOT to use the iron if we were also using our Ipods (or other MP3 player), since a past student had done exactly that and got a bad enough shock that she lost her hearing. Oh, and in high school sewing, the teacher didn't like us putting pins in our mouth since she apparently had a friend that used to do that until someone made her laugh about something and she swallowed the pins... I have no idea if it's true, but it sounds pretty unpleasant. I still put pins in my mouth though...

  14. Well, I see no good to furious to a seamstress in her workplace, what danger!! LOL

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