And no, I am not a stripper with a belt sander act.
Okay. So, I wanted my very own tailor's ham for pressing and sewing. And after much research I determined that I wanted to stuff it with sawdust, since that was a) what old-school tailors used to do and b) sawdust is free.
Now, I approach my sewing as an extreme sport. I wrestle that fabric and that machine into submission. I usually get quite hot and sweaty doing so. Thus, I wear grubby, loose clothes when I go to work on a project. This particular day I also was experiencing moderate shoulder pain, so I decided to pass on wearing a bra.
I sewed up my ham and got to the stuffing point. Did you know that sawdust goes everywhere if you so much as look at it? It also loves to stick to anything damp, including skin if one has been sewing and sweating all afternoon. And it will work its way into any crevice or opening it can, including down the neck of your oversized tank top...
And after I had stuffed and sewn my ham, I realized that I was experiencing a new and strange and horrible pain that can only come from having microscopic splinters in your boob.
Fortunately a nice hot shower washed everything away and I didn't have to call in sick to the office because of a sewing-related nipple injury. But now I know why the hot carpenter guys on cable never use the sander with their shirts off. Live and learn.