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Thread: Warning! Pins and needles in your mouth

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    I brought this up on another thread and thought I would post it again. This topic may have been discussed before...if so, I missed it.

    About 15 years ago I was making a costume for my DD, my pincushion wasn't handy and as I removed the straight pins while I was sewing a seam I put the pins between my lip. I know we have all done this! Well -- I sneezed -- the pins went into my mouth and throat and I totally freaked out! I couldn't breath very well and I was home alone. Thankfully I got them out by myself with my fingers and tweezers. It really hurt and scared the you-know-what out of me. I have never put pins or needles in my mouth since. Please don't it -- I think I was lucky they didn't go further down my throat.

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    I try not to put them in my mouth, but every once in awhile I do and I think that it's probably not the best thing to do.

    Oh, that would have been scary. Good thing you were able to get it out and everything was ok.

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    Thank you for this reminder... I think many of us do this from time to time, even though we DO know better :roll:

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    wrist pincussions, sleeve, anything but mouth.

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    I used to do this!
    but solved the problem
    A few years ago I got bifocals, well I cant find my mouth with them on!! LOL I have to take off my glasses to eat!
    a friend of mine has the same problem and his wife is always yelling at him to not forget his glasses when we leave a restaurant.
    the first time I tried to stick a pin in my mouth (after the bifocals) I stuck my lip and bleed like a stuck pig!!
    never again!

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    That is a habit I have to break myself from. I know better and your story make me really work at it harder. I'm glad you were OK but that had to be scary.

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    Oy. I constantly have pins in my mouth when I'm sewing. This scenario has never even occurred to me. Thank you for the warning. I only hope I can break my habit.

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    I also did this. The solution is to use a magnet on your shirt. The soft craft kind. You cut two pieces, one under your shirt and the other on top to catch the pins. Works great.

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    I think I had an instinctual fear of swallowing a pin. I now have a habit of sticking pins in the front of my shirt/dress if I am not near the pin dish. Yes, I ocassionally forget to remove them & stick myself later.

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    This is always a good reminder. I know someone who actually inhaled the pin and ended up in the ER to have it removed...I try to always remember not to but once in awhile...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Boopers
    I also did this. The solution is to use a magnet on your shirt. The soft craft kind. You cut two pieces, one under your shirt and the other on top to catch the pins. Works great.
    That is a fabulous idea! thank you.
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    How frightening for you, Im glad your okay. Thanks for sharing your story to help save the rest of us.

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    eek. I do this ALL the time. I need to make myself a wrist pincushion I guess. I have allergies too. yikes. I do usually only put in a few at a time and grab them out if I think I'm going to sneeze but there have been times I sneezed without warning.

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    Thank you for this reminder!
    Glad you were ok.. I'm very guilty of this. :oops:
    Just last week I had a pin in my mouth and my DS snuck up behind me (as he always does to scare me), well, I almost swallowed it. :shock:
    Did I yell? Yep, better believe it. But I shouldn't have a pin in my mouth either. :roll: Bad me!!! :evil:

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    Quote Originally Posted by donnajean
    I think I had an instinctual fear of swallowing a pin. I now have a habit of sticking pins in the front of my shirt/dress if I am not near the pin dish. Yes, I ocassionally forget to remove them & stick myself later.
    Me, too.

    Better than down my throat, though.

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    I was taught when I learned to sew that you were never to put them in your mouth. I still did it, all the time. I didn't stop until I started teaching my granddaughter to sew. I didn't want her to learn from my bad example. Your story makes me glad I stopped doing it. Glad you were okay.

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    I too stick the pins in my blouse/shirt/dress front, as well as any trimmed threads. Just sew much easier than looking for a place to put threads or pincushion. MANY times I have gone out of a class or my home covered in "designer accessories" LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by Terryl
    I too stick the pins in my blouse/shirt/dress front, as well as any trimmed threads. Just sew much easier than looking for a place to put threads or pincushion. MANY times I have gone out of a class or my home covered in "designer accessories" LOL
    Ummm - me, too.

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    Thanks for the reminder.

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    Wow, thanks for the warning...I'm guilty of sometimes putting them in my mouth. I'm really going to try to remember not to from now on!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bottle Blonde
    I brought this up on another thread and thought I would post it again. This topic may have been discussed before...if so, I missed it.

    About 15 years ago I was making a costume for my DD, my pincushion wasn't handy and as I removed the straight pins while I was sewing a seam I put the pins between my lip. I know we have all done this! Well -- I sneezed -- the pins went into my mouth and throat and I totally freaked out! I couldn't breath very well and I was home alone. Thankfully I got them out by myself with my fingers and tweezers. It really hurt and scared the you-know-what out of me. I have never put pins or needles in my mouth since. Please don't it -- I think I was lucky they didn't go further down my throat.
    If that had not been such a frightening experience it would have been an excellent funniest home video. You must have been frightened! I would have been.
    When I was a child I swallowed an open saftey pin (small one). The xray showed it in my body. I remember getting lots of attention for awhile.
    I am glad you are okay. /Regards, Dorothy

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    I did the exact same thing many years ago...was pinning up a hem for someone and had a pin in my mouth. Must have breathed the wrong way or something and one went straight to the back of my mouth. I couldn't talk and was too scared to move. The lady I was pinning for had no idea what had happened as I wasn't game to try to tell her. Luckily I was able to reach it with my fingers and remove it. Never put a pin in my mouth since that day

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    I have never thought about this scenario. I am guilty of holding pins with my mouth too. From now on I am going to try to break myself from doing this! Thanks for the warning!

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    the pin habit is bad and also if you are biting threads to cut them, stop it. my dentist identified me as a seamstress years ago by the grooving i caused to my front teeth.

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    Try this: Pin in right hand, pin into blouse/top and bra - left boob. Opposite if you are left handed. Very easy to reach, very convenient - just hope to heaven you don't deflate. I have been known to go to the store with pins in my boob! It works! Edie

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