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Thread: Need ideas!! How can I start quilting in this condition

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    Can you pinch your needle with your thumb and index finger of your right hand, keeping the other three fingers extended and pull the needle through with your left hand?

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    So sorry to hear about your finger. Follow the doctors orders and don't stress out.

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    So sorry to hear about your accident. Wishing you a very speedy and full recovery. Go sit with the ladies and enjoy the evening.

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    What a shame. You must be so disappointed. If there is a lesson here, I'll bet it's that you will really appreciate the blessings of quilting ability, quilting time and quilting friends.

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    I hope you get better soon.

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    Oh no! So sorry. I gave up on electric openers and bought a nice big hand crank one. I love it. Take care of that hand!

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    Ouch, not a good place to cut yourself, your quilting finger. I too got a bad cut on same finger, other hand so not as bad if you're right handed. Patience is your best friend right now as you want it to heal properly and no pain after the healing is done. Please take care of your injury so you have lots of quilting ahead of you.

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    Sit back and watch everyone else quilt and enjoy the conversations. If you are concerned this cut finger will take away from finishing your quilt on time then ask your quilt friends to help with the hand quilting if they can.

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    Oooo, that makes me cringe. I am so sorry that happened but certainly glad you didn't cut your finger off!

    Teach DH to hand quilt and he can take over until you can. :lol:

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    Ditch the can opener....and take it easy with that finger. If your friends can't help, try using another finger as some others suggested, but don't put any stress on the injured one. Get better soon.

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    My sister cut her toe open on the morning of her mil's funeral and had to go get stiches in her big toe before going to the funeral home. She was doing a dumb and mashing the can with her foot to make it flat and guess what she cut it on the can lid. Guess my Mom didn't tell her to watch out for her toes. LOL LOL
    So sorry to hear about your accident! Hope you heal soon!

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    sorry to hear about your mishap that happened to me a year agoo i cut 3 fingers on a crisco can that said it didnt have sharp edges!!! i wrote to them and told them about it and they paid my medical bill (my copay) my fingers were wrapped for at least a week i hope you dont have any nerve damage

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    oy! mp! so sorry!
    You got a lot of good suggestions about the quilting...as for the can opener...how about: ditch it and put the family on a diet, lol!
    I know that would never go over at my house.
    Your quilt is just wonderful. I love to make things that have meaning to them.
    I'm wondering how I can make blocks for my hubby under his nose.
    I will probably do one and then something else and then another...etc., etc., etc. and he won't know it's his.
    No hand quilting for me though. (fibro.)
    It would take me a month of Sundays and more. :-D

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    Try the finger on the right hand using the finger between the cut one and your pinkie. I think you may need to wait a few days because I know that your other one is very sore. Sorry for your accident. Also use a smaller thimble.

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    awwe, sorry this happened to you, I pray you have a quick recovery

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    Oh my looks like sething I would do! I am so sorry, hopefully you will mend quickly! But caution you to let it heal completely before you pick that quilting back up to avoid any possible permanent damage. Also, suggest a Pampered Chef can openned! Once you figure them out they are wonderful (manual, easy, and no rough or sharp edges!). And no I don't sell Pampered Chef just like their can openner. Good luck! I'm site your quilting buddies will be more than glad to help you out if they can.

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    My DH retired 19 years ago from the P.O. I said I would make his favorite cakes for his retirement party. Figured about Four, 1/2 sheets cakes would be just about right but
    old frosty brain, me did not unplug her immersable blender and while washing it to get ready for cake two, the blade jumped started it and cut my index finger up. It took 8 hours in surgery and 7 days to clear up the gangerine I got
    No One Told me how dangerous those thing are but to make a
    long story shorter, my finger is great but a little smaller
    and I can use it like before. Angeline

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    Quote Originally Posted by Threadedneedle
    This is one of those things that proves Mom knew what she was talking about. And look into a Swing-a-Way can opener. Best at opening any type of can, IMHO. And green energy wise.
    I agree - I haven't owned an electric can opening. When we inherited Grandma's stuff, that was one of the first things to go. Besides, how would my kitties know when I'm opening tuna if it wasn't for the can opener? LOL. So sorry you hurt your finger; maybe your guild can get started for you until you are totally mended!?! Don't you think it a bit funny you are "in stitches" but can't whip a stitch? :oops: Sorry, couldn't help but try to spread a little humor there. Best wishes for a speedy and total recovery.

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    First, buy a can opener from Pampered Chef! Actually you should have done this long ago. No sharp edges with this opener.
    Sorry about the big ouch! Can you cover your finger with something hard (thinking molded plastic here) like a whole finger thimble?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GrannyW5
    So sorry that happened. Wish I was closer, I would help.
    Me too!

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    OUCHIE!!!! That hurts just thinking about it. Hope you heal soon. We never realize what we have till we don't have it. We take so many things for granted. You can count your blessings that muscles were not cut, we can always find the silver lining in every cloud.

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    So sorry to hear of that, you will be in my prayers.

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    I can't add any suggestions that haven't already been given. Just try to behave and get that finger well. It will be a bit stiff after the stitches come out, just bear with it and you'll be stitching in no time.

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    I use both hands for basting or hand quilting and suggest you use a strip of fabric and stabilize the injured finger to the last two of your hand to keep them together. Then use your thumb and first finger to hold a needle and use this hand under the quilt to push up the needle for basting or stitching. The left hand is not as agile but you can see where to put it, catch it with your right thumb and finger and push it back up. Might be slow at first but you will find it works.
    Carol J.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eimay
    Can you pinch your needle with your thumb and index finger of your right hand, keeping the other three fingers extended and pull the needle through with your left hand?
    This something I was considering. My SIL quilts with her ring finger. I'm open to both ideas. I'll have my hand kit ready to go this week, within the next couple days. I'm going to try them and if the two other fingers don't work for me, I'll wait until the stitches come out. I know my finger will be stiff afterwards, but as long as I can quilt again someday (SOON I HOPE!!!) I'll be alright.

    Hubby went and picked me out a new opener yesterday. I'm still learning how to use it, but it likes all can sizes equally.

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