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    If the needle is still usable, REPLACE IT. That one has TASTED BLOOD!!!
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    My stomach is queasy thinking (and picturing) this. Not long after I started quilting, my quilt teacher's teenage daughter had the needle go through her finger through the nail. Years later, every time I think of that it gives me the heeby jeebies and makes my stomach flip. If that ever happens to me (please God, no!) I hope I keep a level head. I'm sorry this happened to you. Too late now, but I wonder if soaking it in Epsom salts or something would have helped with the throbbing.

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    One note on tetanus shots...yes, it's 10 years between boosters, but that's only if you're wound free for that period. If your last shot was over 5 years ago, you'll need a booster to be fully covered.

    Any puncture wound can be extremely dangerous for anyone. They heal from the outside in and seal bacteria inside the wound. Get to a doctor even if you think you're fine.
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    OUCH this hurts to read about! Sorry it happened to you

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    My advice, "don't bleed on the cutwork"--my son and I quote this every time we load up the quilting machine--those ten penny nails (our quilting pins) will get you every time.....

    Your injury made my tummy turn over--I've only witnessed a bad rotary cutter finger slicing once in my quilting career (it was awful, they almost had to hospitalize me, not the injured lady); most of the needle and pin pricks have been pretty minor. DH would have had to take me to the hospital if I had been there helping you....hope you're doing better now.
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    Sorry to hear about your "owie". Hope you and your finger are feeling better today.

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    The queasiness is the worst! An operator at a garment factory where I worked did just what you did but asked me to raise the needle because she just couldn't. I did it for her and then we were BOTH queasy. My own blood doesn't bother me but another person's sure does.

    Please take care of yourself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quiltngolfer View Post
    Adults need a tetanus shot every 10 years! Sorry you are injured. Be safe.
    And if it's been more than two years, with an puncture wound like yours, its a good idea to just get another booster! Keep your eye on your wound over the next few days!! (and so sorry, too!!)
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    Sorry, just read all the responses and saw Ghostrider's post... didn't mean to duplicate messages, but she explained it perfectly!!
    "... let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us."

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    Quote Originally Posted by mhollifiel View Post
    If the needle is still usable, REPLACE IT. That one has TASTED BLOOD!!!
    My feelings too....Sorry for the injury and hope you will be back to quilting soon.

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    Thanks everyone. The finger is still sore today and I'm finding out how hard it is to type with a missing digit. :/ The best part? Tomorrow is my birthday. I'm leaving my twenties behind and what a wonderful way to start my thirties. On the phone with the doctor, now, about getting in for a tetanus booster.
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    I use a long quilting pin to pull the threads out from under the foot. smile. never put a needle through a finger, but I have done the cutter bit and took off a good slice of my left index finger. sigh... Found blood spots on a quilt top i made by DGD. Plain cold water took it out. Used a q- tip to scrub it.

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    Pennif is correct. Puncture wounds need to be looked at. SIL told me they make a gas or something.

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    I have done this more than once. The first time I was working on my Mother's old treadle machine and stuck the needle through my thumb right in the middle of the nail. Did it again more recently and just missed the nail of my thumb. Now, I use a pin or something to grab that thread because don't want a repeat!
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    Ouch! I hope your finger feels better soon. Have you had a tetanus shot in the last 5 years?

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    Glad it is better today! I did the same thing about 6 months ago and I couldn't get the needle out of my nail for a few seconds.....seemed longer at the time!!!! I had to have a tetnus booster too. My arm was more sore from the shot than my finger from the needle.

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    Ps 150..I think we should all print this thread , and hang above our machines to peruse once in awhile, just to keep us reminded of all the pitfalls of this great sewing hobby/career...we can get careless..although that does not seem the case with your injuiry...When a member of QB took pictures of a sliced finger with rotary blade, I immediatly ordered the Gypsy for my ruler.. I shudder at the thought of a needle thru my finger, although I have read the same accident has been happening for years.. I wish all the best for your healing..I'm sure you will come out better for it.. when it becomes a memory...

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    My doctor's nurse is calling me in the morning to see about a tetanus booster. The receptionist looked in my file and couldn't even find when my last tetanus shot was. :/ So, I'll most likely be heading for a shot in the morning.
    "Love is not love which alters when it alteration finds, or bends with the remover to remove."

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    BIG OUCH! So sorry for you. Hang in there.
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    Been there done that (my sister actually did it to my finger while I was helping her) didn't get the T-shirt. I don't believe lint can start your machine. I believe it has a short in it somewhere. I had a FW that was doing this and there was an issue with the foot pedal. I think I would call another dealer and ask them. I think there would be a better chance of ghosts starting your machine than lint. What if it started while you were not home and burnt the motor up or started a fire. I am so sorry about your finger...I know it hurt. Mine was not bad until I got the needle out then it was Owwwwwwww. All my sister could say was lesson over, that was my last needle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1screech View Post
    Been there done that (my sister actually did it to my finger while I was helping her) didn't get the T-shirt. I don't believe lint can start your machine. I believe it has a short in it somewhere. I had a FW that was doing this and there was an issue with the foot pedal. I think I would call another dealer and ask them. I think there would be a better chance of ghosts starting your machine than lint. What if it started while you were not home and burnt the motor up or started a fire. I am so sorry about your finger...I know it hurt. Mine was not bad until I got the needle out then it was Owwwwwwww. All my sister could say was lesson over, that was my last needle.
    I have a huge fire fear, so all of my machines are plugged into surge protectors that are shut off each time. I'm a bit of a freak about it. I've spoken to two dealers who feel that the lint may have been crowding the wires that operate the needle up/down button. I've switched out my foot pedal twice and the machine itself has been sent to the factory to be examined. This isn't the first time it's happened. :/ It's just the first time it happened when I wasn't already sewing. Usually, when I take my foot off of the pedal, the machine keeps sewing and I have to turn off the machine to get it to stop. Then, I clean out the base of my machine and it stops doing it. Weird, huh?
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    OOOwwiee OOOwwiee so sorry

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    OW! You have my sympathy as I once got a SM needle stuck in my fingernail. That hurt enough...can't imagine how you feel with it going all the way through. OWWWWW! Mend quickly and well.
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    I've been very, very, very careful when sewing on the machine. I've known too many who have done just what Ps150 did...and have used caution like crazy! I'm sorry you hurt yourself...hope you heal quickly!

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    You don't mention what kind of sewing machine you have, but I have a Kenmore and it went thru a period of sewing on it's own, too. I feel this is a safety issue and you should report it to the consumer safety commission. Especially since you were injured by this. Mine seems to have been caused by a build up of lint in the foot control pedal, but regardless of the cause, this is dangerous and should be reported!
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