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Topic: Sewing and Eye Safety, Yikes.  (Read 600 times)
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« on: March 27, 2006 12:58:52 PM »

I was sewing with my Singer today, not on a particularly thick piece of fabric, and the needle broke at the thread-hole and the tip shot up and struck me about 3/4" below my left eye.  It came with such force that it drew blood! Tiny, but scratched the surface nonetheless.

I am going to re-examine my tension, though I think it's fine.  I think it was a fluke or something (never happened before in my 25+ years of sewing - wow, hard to believe I've been a more-than-sentient being for that long...) but just wanted to put it out there. 

I am going to wear a pair of clear plastic glasses to sew from now on.  Like my son doesn't already think I'm a dork, but this incident really freaked me out and I feel lucky that it didn't fly any higher and get me in the eye.

Sew safely!!
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« Reply #1 on: March 27, 2006 01:50:31 PM »

I've had similar incidents (usually with heavier fabrics or multiple layers) and I can say I'm glad I wear glasses!  It isn't a frequent thing, no more than once or twice a year (and I sew 1,000+ hours a year for my various historical groups and then for whatever craftish stuff I feel like putting out)

You are not the only one this has happened to.  And looking like a "dork" is better than having to have eye surgery.


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« Reply #2 on: March 27, 2006 02:04:49 PM »

I've had this happen when hemming jeans - twice!  Now, I always wear my glasses when sewing.  It's probably better for me to wear them anyhow, since I can't see to thread the darned needle anymore.

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