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