It bites!


Literally! Well, almost…

You know how I’ve been all giddy about my new fancy hi-tech sewing machine? It threads the needle! It winds the bobbin! It cuts the thread with the tap on the pretty touch screen.

It bit me today!

I guess I got a little too relaxed – or too rushed, I should say – and I got my finger caught under the needle.

WARNING: Do NOT read this next graph if you get queasy at the description of injuries!

Imagine the look and sound of a staple piercing a sunflower seed. I saw the needle puncture my index fingernail. I saw the nail splinter and crack in a circular pattern.

OK, now you can read again…

I immediately stood up and announced the news so everyone in the house could hear: “HELP. I JUST SEWED TRHOUGH MY FINGERNAIL AND I AM GOING TO FAINT. PLEASE, SOMEBODY COME QUICK.”

Patrick, DeAngelo, and Maya all came to my rescue. They ran my finger under the water, poured some stuff on it and had me lie down on the bed. Ozzy, our Chihuahua, frantically licked my face while Maya put a bandage on my finger. I was so proud because I didn’t freak out, I didn’t shed one tear. I just stayed calm and took deep breaths. Patrick rubbed my arm and DeAngelo ran to get me Advil.

Yup. They know the drill, alright.

After a couple minutes, I stood up and proclaimed that I was heading back to the sewing room. I still have nine fabulous projects to make for my sewing book deadline, damn it, and I am not going to let the lack of an index fingernail stop me!

Did you know that in addition to today’s drama, I have crafty scars from:

A pencil stab in my thigh.
Two glue gun burns.
A hot knife cut in my thumb.
A cracked nail from the above mentioned hot knife, that still has not grown out.

On a happier note – my web site had 88,000 hits yesterday! Woo-hoo! Isn’t that crazy? You’ve all inspired me to post more projects! But not right at this moment because I’m returning to the trenches of the workshop for a few more hours. Please say a prayer for my remaining fingernails!

EDITED to add:
After I went back to the art room, I started thinking – I didn’t mean to sound so light and silly about this. Take it as a reminder that crafting – especially with any kind of tools – should always be treated with the utmost care, seriousness, and safety. In my case, I need to slow it down and pay close attention to what I’m doing. I have a bad habit of using my index finger to hold down the fabric while I sew. I’m lucky it didn’t happen sooner, or that the needle didn’t go all the way through my finger, or that it was not any worse! Yah, it is easy to think “Aw, I could do this in my sleep”, but truth is – NO. All it takes is a wake up call like today. So think of this as a happy precaution from your dear friend who cares about you.

A safe crafter is a happy crafter!

Author of Crafty Chica’s Art de la Soul: Glittery Ideas to Liven Up Your Life ($19.95, Rayo Books, an imprint of Harper Collins).

Love & light,

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