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“Man down! Man down!” September 2, 2010

Posted by Judy in Sewing projects.

For the past two weeks, I have been working like crazy on a project .. . . making examination gowns for my midwife.  She happened to see a dress that I had made, liked it, and asked if I could modify it into an exam gown.  “Sure!”  I said, not realizing how long it ACTUALLY would take me.  The real killer was finishing all of the edges.  Since I don’t have a serger, I had to find a way to do it by either zigzagging the edges, or doing a flat-felled seam, or some other overlock seam.  I ended up zigzagging, as that was the fastest method and no less effective than the others.

I kept changing the pattern, too.  So of course, the last two gowns are the best=)  Anyway, I was sewing along today, getting ready to use the hemmer to hem an edge.  I’m basically a frugal seamstress, so I didn’t want to waste thread.  As such, I didn’t have much thread pulled through before starting the seam, and I realized that the thread was going to get sucked up (if you sew, you know what I mean!).  My usual trick is to hold onto the thread just above the needle to be sure this didn’t happen.  Somehow, my aim was off today – probably because I was wearing #3 on my front – and next thing I know “YEOUCH!!” the needle had punctured my finger.  Being that it’s me, it couldn’t be just a simple puncture . .. oh no!  When I got poked, I immediately pulled my finger back, but the machine was still going, so the needle kinda got dragged through my finger for a bit!  Yeah, I definitely yelped!  I pulled back so hard that I actually bent the needle!  As you can imagine, a giant bubble of blood formed immediately.  “Man down!  Man down!”

Note to self:  be MUCH more cautious in the future!


1. R - September 3, 2010

It’s the first Law of Sewing my mother ever taught me: keep your fingers away from the needle! The extra 3 inches of thread you might waste are MUCH cheaper than a trip to the emergency room! 🙂 Glad you’re all right, though. We’ll have to see pics of these exam dresses!

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