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Thread: Watch out for Needles!

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    I have been sewing for over 40 years and have endured many complaints from my family over dropped needles and pins that they have found on the carpet with their feet - it was my turn on Weds. nite. Unfortunately I thought it was just a "poke" and walked around on my foot on Thursday, unknowingly forcing the needle deeper into the bottom of my foot. After an x-ray on Friday afternoon revealed the needle deeply imbedded, I spent the next few hours in the emergency room while they determined the best course of action. A surgeon with a flouoroscope-sp? was called in to remove the needle and two minutes after he made the incision he found it! Needless to say after a weekend with my foot up and no sewing I have learned my lesson - slippers on at all times and pick up those needles (and pins) whenever they are dropped!

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    OMG! {{{{{HUGS}}}}} I hope you're all right. Please be careful.

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    ouch, take care of yourself!

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    Hurts me to even think about it!

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    Ouch, makes my stomach turn, take care.

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    sorry to hear that you did this...I have done it, too. Broke one off in the foot.
    I highly recommend a light/magnet that is an extension magnet
    that looks like a pen. You can pick one up from Newark Dressmaking supplies. They have a catalog online...it was only about $4, but I have bought them for gifts for several relatives.

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    OMG, that same thing happened to me about 20 years ago! A darning needle broke off in my foot, and I went to the emergency room, and they scheduled surgery for a few days later. The best part was they sent me home to wait til the scheduled surgery -- with a set of crutches and a prescription for MASSIVE amounts of painkillers because they assumed I was in so much pain, but really, it never even hurt. (THESE days if you go to the doctor doubled over in pain, they tell you to take a tylenol.)

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    ouch.......that makes my foot hurt. I always wear shoes but my family is at risk.

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    Thank goodness I have hardwood floors and it is easy to find the pins. This is one to the thing my hubby and I are at odds now, he wanted to carpet the shop. I want to use wood floors. Not hardwood I can't afford it. I just want to poly the plywood. :roll:

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    I have a 30 lb pin finder. My dog Bella finds them and takes them in the livingroom for me to find. 1 at a time. I think the cats jump up and knock the pins down to wear Bella can reach them. I haved warned Bella that I think it's a plot against her.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Abuelita
    I have been sewing for over 40 years and have endured many complaints from my family over dropped needles and pins that they have found on the carpet with their feet - it was my turn on Weds. nite. Unfortunately I thought it was just a "poke" and walked around on my foot on Thursday, unknowingly forcing the needle deeper into the bottom of my foot. After an x-ray on Friday afternoon revealed the needle deeply imbedded, I spent the next few hours in the emergency room while they determined the best course of action. A surgeon with a flouoroscope-sp? was called in to remove the needle and two minutes after he made the incision he found it! Needless to say after a weekend with my foot up and no sewing I have learned my lesson - slippers on at all times and pick up those needles (and pins) whenever they are dropped!
    That's why there is no carpet in my sewing studio. Ouch!!!!

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    I hope your foot is better soon! We only have hardwood floors in our home. We got rid of all the carpet 5 years ago. Yeah!!! I now have to sweep constantly to keep the dust bunnies at bay and it helps with keeping needles away from feet also.

    And having hardwood means cold floors, so my feet are constantly in slippers. I have diabetes and don't want any extra complications.

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    oh shoot i thought they could get a huge magnet to get that needle out.
    i tend to remove my shoes in my sewing room. so far, so good though.

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    this is why i wanted tile in the room i sew in, when we moved here i had the choice, it's a small room but the only one without a covering when we bought here, i hope someday you have the option to take the carpet out..

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    ouch that hurts!!!! I know from experience... when I was like7 I stepped ona needle. my mother pulled it out . but the dog jumped on her arm when she was doing it. Thinking she got it all I went to bed. The next morning I fell out of bed. the needle had hit a nerve and deadened my foot. they took a 6 inch slab of meat out to get the needle out of my foot. SHOES AT ALL TIMES IN MY SEWING ROOM..

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    Been there, done that as well. Why don't the darn things fall heads up vs. point up - like stepping on a bee with it's fanny up in the air!

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    Yes the extension magnet is great...like an antannae..I get mine at the dollar store for $1.00 and last time I went they had one ..same extension type that has a tiny little bulb on it...works great...

    Hope you are feeling better...

    Quote Originally Posted by Tink's Mom
    sorry to hear that you did this...I have done it, too. Broke one off in the foot.
    I highly recommend a light/magnet that is an extension magnet
    that looks like a pen. You can pick one up from Newark Dressmaking supplies. They have a catalog online...it was only about $4, but I have bought them for gifts for several relatives.

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    OUCH!! I can't believe you walked around with that in your foot. Glad doc was able to get it out ok. Sometimes we have to learn our lessons the hard way. lol

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    Oh you poor thing!!! I'm so sorry for you and hope you are better soon. Here's a HUG :)

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    I think the dog sometimes picks them up in his fur and transports them around the house. ;-) That's my excuse.

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    Hope you feel better soon.

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