A few months ago I was testing an in-the-hoop design on my embroidery machine. In the interest of saving a bit of time, I ignored my own instructions and, instead of taping down fabric to my stabilizer, I held it in place with my fingers as my embroidery machine did the stitching. (Can you guess where I'm going with this story??) That's right...before I knew what was happening, my finger got caught under the presser foot and the needle stitched right through my finger! (If you have a weak stomach, stop reading now....) My finger was caught in there until the needle broke. The broken needle stayed in my finger and I even had a long length of thread in my finger, and it was still attached to the machine. Eek! I panicked and pulled it out by the needle point, not thinking to cut the thread first and pulled a couple of feet of thread through my finger before thinking to cut it off the spool. I still cringe thinking about that. I headed to the doctor for a tetanus shot and an x-ray which showed a piece of the needle stuck inside. Luckily they gave it a few days to work itself out before doing anything, and that did the trick. But ICK! As you can imagine, I'm much more careful these days (even though I still do take shortcuts sometimes...)
I'd love to hear your stories of sewing room mishaps and will give away a free design of your choice to the person with the best story! I also want to hear if anyone else has stitched through their finger to know I'm not the only one! Please post your stories here by Friday, August 6 for a chance to win!