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Tip: If you want to play your cell, viola or violin, do not run over a finger on the left hand with a sewing machine!
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May 29, 2020 - 8:53 am
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Tip: If you want to play your cell, viola or violin, do not run over a finger on the left hand with a sewing machine!

So, yesterday I was working on one of my last two quilts, ever. I was going to call it quits for the day but wanted to finish up this one little section. All of a sudden my finger tugge and my machine stopped saying it had “Engine Overload” and had to rest. I pulled my hand back and then my needle broke. I still had not realized what happened.

I looked and noticed the tip of my finger was tangled in the thread. Sounds worse than it was. I, then, realized what happened. Sometimes it takes a brick for me to get it. The needle was broken in three places. One part was still where it connected into the machine, one piece (middle piece) was on my table in front of me, the third piece, the tip with the eye for the thread, I had no idea where it was.

I was sure it was in my finger. This ran through my head, “Of all times for this to happen, COVID-19. I do not want to go to the ER”. I looked at my fingertip, right where the nail ends, and could not see the tip of the needle. I pushed up from the underside of the finger. If the needle point was in there, I would definitely feel it, if it was in there, I did not want to push it down further, that is why I pushed up from the underside. No needle tip.

i was afraid it was in deep, requiring an ER visit, which I did NOT want to do. I followed the thread. I found the end of the thread and carefully picked it up. If the tip was still threaded in the eye, I wanted to make sure I knew it, so I did not want it falling off  the needle never to be found again. Phew, the needle tip was still attached to the thread. 

I did puncture my fingertip though, it is quite sore. It has developed a little black and blue spot on the underside. It is a little swollen this morning and still quite sore, especially when pressed. I can’t play my cello. I am to have a lesson today, I do not see it happening at this point. I will have to cancel later today. I hope he does not ask why. 😫

I have no idea how it happens. My machine is not like the old machines you see, or the commercial sewing machines where there is no guard to keep you from running over your fingers. I have no idea. I never did that before. Did not get that little section quilted. Will be my starting point when I start in again.

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May 29, 2020 - 10:18 am
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I hate it when that happens.

A couple of weeks back I had a split right thumb tip due to overzealous handwashing (and I consider myself one of the luckier ones); this made holding my bows very uncomfortable.

But you certainly do things thoroughly, @Mouse. Hopefully you'll heal quickly. Perhaps you can concentrate on bowing technique while you're recovering.



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May 29, 2020 - 10:50 am
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Good idea!

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May 29, 2020 - 11:49 am
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Something else worth avoiding is the kitchen mandolin.

Isn't it anti-American to sew a quilt by machine instead of by hand?


May 29, 2020 - 12:58 pm
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I have quilted by hand. Takes me forever! It is relaxing, though. I think most American quilters use a machine now. At the Amish shop I shopped at before COVID, they hand quilt on a real old frame. She is very good at it. People thought I was odd doing any quilting by hand when I was doing it.

As a matter of fact, most quilters I know just make the top and send it out to be long arm quilted. They don’t want to bother with the quilting part. I don’t know how you can be considered a quilter if you send it out to be quilted. That is the quilting, that is the hard part and requires planning. The rest is just sewing blocks or shapes together or appliquéing to make the too.

The very first quilt I did was mostly hand sewn. The individual block parts to make the blocks were mostly sewn together by hand. The blocks were then sewn together on my sewing machine to make the quilt top, then I hand quilted the top, batting, backing sandwich together (the actual quilting). I still have it. From back in 1996. 

This was my 7th Memory quilt. I have one more to quilt when I finish this one. Three of them, I did hand quilt. I have been working on them since 2014. It is also on hold until my finger heals. The finger is a little numb where it does not hurt. Don’t want to not feel a pin or needle in it.

I will have more time for my cello, violin and viola when I am done with the quilts. But, I have to wait for my finger to get back to normal.

The Bumblebee Flies!

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