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

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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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    Quote Originally Posted by crashnquilt
    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.
    Yikes 8 stitches..wow.. Sorry to hear that. Mine bled good so I just did it up nice after. I actually squeezed it to clean it. I am overdue for my tetnus shot. Had my flu shot Wednesday at my Dr...wasnt doing 2 at a time..woosy.. Yes.. I agree on the tetnus up to date..you never know.. I prob should call his office and see if I can just get one drive by ... shooting lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Midwestmary
    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.
    I will look those up. Thank you !!! Nice to not slide around on the fabric too.

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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.
    OUCHIE...... through the nail...guess I was lucky I bite my nails..was just barely above it. Not nice being in it..Sounds worse! Aww.. Dad's can be wonderful!!!

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    I recall when I was in a sewing class in High School, I got the needle caught in my finger. (It is too bad that schools do not offer sewing as a class anymore) Needless to say, the teacher was not very happy. Thank goodness the needle did not go all the way through. I hope your finger feels better soon.

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    Owowowowow!!!! That's why I'm afraid to show my 6yo how to sew!

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    I'm a bit queasy just reading this thread. Funny thing is, I have run a needle through my finger twice (once was through the fingernail), and it really didn't bother me at the time. Just bandaged it up, changed the broken needle, and kept on going. But for some reason, reading about this happening to other people is ICKY!

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    That is really good advice, we all need to be up to date on the tetnus shots. I never thought of that before. Thanks!
    Quote Originally Posted by crashnquilt
    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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    After fifty years of sewing without hitting my finger with the needle, when I started FMQ I got my finger! LOL

    A lady at the LSQ got her finger with her embroidery machine and part of the needle is still in her finger. It hurts like the dickens she says when the finger is touched - so after twice the doctor digging around trying to get it out, she is scheduled for surgery on it next week. Hopefully this time they can get it out for her.

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    Concur with the tetanus shots. Mine is due the first of the year and will have to do that. Good idea for anyone who gardens too. Had a friend who was cut on a thorn and it got infected. So keep the shots up to date.

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    I am so sorry that you had a battle with the needle and you lost, but time will heal the injury. Now as for FMQ, I have tried several times and I thought I was a coordinated person, but just can't seem to get the rounded points, they all resemble ice cicles. I know lots of practice and lots of patience. Do you think you will try again? My wish for the new year is to make a stack of quilting sandwiches and each day, sit down and practice for 15 min. Merry Christmas and a wonderful new year.

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    I tried my hand at FMQ the other day, I couldn't concentrate on the design for having to watch my hands. It's going to take a lot of practice and patients. But I won't give up!! Merry Christmas to you!!

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    ok I'm getting whooozey! LOL
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    OH IT PAINS ME JUST READING ABOUT IT! I never connected tetanus shots with sewing. I just assumed because it's clean metal, not like in the garden, it's not a concern. See how much we learn on this site?

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    I too have 'nailed' my finger while sewing this month. I counted my lucky stars that the needle went through the side of the fingernail and not through the fingernail.

    I found the broken pieces of the needle, made sure the puncture wound bled plenty, applied Neosporin, slapped a plaster over it and continued sewing.

    I can't imagine 8 stitches for a needle puncture....ouch!

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    I was also doing FM when I got too close to the hopping foot & bam! the needle went thru the middle of my index finger nail.Didn't come out the bottom.....so I turned the wheel & brought needle up & out. Then it started hurting.Used antibiotic cream & by eve, it was barely hurting.Next day I washed it,cream, then wrapped it good.
    It healed fine, but made me respect that hopping foot! :-(

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