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Thread: First time at free motion quilting and the needle bit me

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    a regular here Donna Mare's Avatar
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    I guess I was doing something wrong.. Started out fine as I was doing a runner and bingo. All of a sudden I had my finger bitten by the needle and I pulled back quick, broke the needle off and got a really neat rip in my forefinger. Hmm.. should I find something to put on my finger? Thimble or what? I feel like such a DUH right now and I can't finish the runner for Christmas. Already explained it to the person who was getting it. I Owe , I owe LOL...

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    OUCH!!! I've never tried FMQ, but I have been bitten by the needle and you never forget it!

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    LOL , I can see where you wouldn't forget.. great lesson for me...

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    You'll catch one. I once had a needle through my finger and I wasn't quilting, just sewing. Learned a lesson that day.

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    I've done that before. Really puts a cramp in things you want to do.

    I happened to land my longarm needle into my finger once. Instead of lifting the needle I did like all insane people and jerked my hand back. Yep, ripped the finger BUT did not get one drop of blood on the quilt. YIPPEE!

    Bandaged the finger and went back to work on the quilt. First Responder friend dropped by for coffee. Seeing the bandage work he wanted to see the injury. He got a bit upset because it was still bleeding and I had injuried it a few hours earlier. Dang it I don't have time to go to the hospital! But, I complied considering my husband went and took up with our friend. I'm not sure if the hospital just wasn't busy or if my friend told the ER doc that he'd better hurry up or I would escape but 1 tetnus shot and 8 stitches in 1 1/2 hours and I was back home!

    I was told by the ER doc that since I work with needles, blades and the like I really need to pay attention to keep the tetnus shot up to date.

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    I like to use gloves that are designed for FMQ quilting - I think they are called MagicFingers or something like that...they are light weight and have grippers on the fingertips - protects those fingers and helps grip the fabric better.

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    Thanks for the tip! Needles can bite!

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    OUCH!!! I believe I was around 6 or 7 the first time I ran a needle through my finger. No ripping it out, it was right down through the middle of the nail. Dad had to remove the needle and my finger from the machine. Then he held my hand down with one hand and pulled the needle out with a pair of pliers. I guess it was a good thing that I trusted Dad completely. I remember it and the pain to this day but I don't remember be scared of having Dad "fix" it for me. My finger was sore for a long time but there was no permenant damage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raptureready
    OUCH!!! I believe I was around 6 or 7 the first time I ran a needle through my finger. No ripping it out, it was right down through the middle of the nail. Dad had to remove the needle and my finger from the machine. Then he held my hand down with one hand and pulled the needle out with a pair of pliers. I guess it was a good thing that I trusted Dad completely. I remember it and the pain to this day but I don't remember be scared of having Dad "fix" it for me. My finger was sore for a long time but there was no permenant damage.
    Well, then I'm not the only one! A few years ago, regular sewing, got the needle right in the middle of my middle finger fingernail - didn't yank it, had to get the needle out of the machine. Then couldn't just pull it out, had to wait for DH to get home to get it out with pliers. Amazing, it didn't hurt THAT much, but I hope that now I've had the experience, I'll never have to repeat it. I have a pic around here somewhere....nah, won't post it...lol.

    Hope you heal up quick, OP! Ouch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by katyquilter
    You'll catch one. I once had a needle through my finger and I wasn't quilting, just sewing. Learned a lesson that day.
    Ouchie!!!

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