It's taken me a few weeks to get comfortable using my new Husquvarna Viking Tribute 140. I must say that I love it and it does everything I need it to do. I wanted the up/down feature - I got it. However, when in a hurry I MUST remember to wait for the needle to come down BEFORE going in to remove a pin. Ouch!
I realized too late, jerked my finger out of the way only to end up with a bent broken needle protruding at 90 deg angle from two points of my middle finger on my right hand. I felt so silly walking into the ER but I could'nt bring myself to pull it out and neither could my BFF. Turns out it had snapped in two inside my finger and the jury is still out if it fractured the bone
Expensive lesson learned. ER visit, xrays, tetanus shot and a course of antibiotics...
Lesson of the day..never take your eye off the needle! "Up/down" means up and DOWN.
JoanThis message has been edited. Last edited by: Quiltinana2,
Nov 12, 2012, 10:46 AM
OH MY GOODNESS!! Glad your hand is OK.
I want to be the kind of woman that when my feet hit the floor each morning the devil says: "Oh NO! She's UP!"
Nov 12, 2012, 11:37 AM
OHHHHHH, no!!!!!! Got my fingers crossed for you on not having a broken bone. hugs and good thoughts.
For what it is worth, my Mom worked in a commercial dress factory and a frequent injury there was needles in fingers. They do heal well, for what it's worth.This message has been edited. Last edited by: paus4quilts,
Nov 12, 2012, 11:40 AM
Ouch! Sorry this happened to you. Hope it heals quickly and no broken bones.
Nov 12, 2012, 12:13 PM
Thanks for all your good wishes. I hope it heals quickly too. I am going home to the UK for a visit my DS next week and I don't relish dragging luggage around with a bum hand.
I was sooo close to finishing a stack of scrap blocks for a "Sandy" quilt and wanted to finish in time to watch the Amazing Race. Didn't get to do either, lol!
Nov 12, 2012, 03:43 PM
Ouch and Yuck...thats gotta' hurt....I am surprised we don't hear about more injuries via that up & down button. I'm sure it would happen to me if I had it...Mine stay down....
May "In Michigan"
Nov 12, 2012, 04:03 PM
Oh MAN Joan! My fingers hurt just thinking about it! I hope it heals quickly! Have a good time in UK! Enjoy your visit with sis!
"People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within." Elizabeth Kubler-Ross
Nov 12, 2012, 04:19 PM
May, it was definitely "operator error". I like using that feature but I need to remember I have it turned on!
Thanks, Diane. Safe travels for you too!
Nov 12, 2012, 04:30 PM
Oh baby! I nearly get sick-to-my-stomach when hearing/reading/seeing things like this.
So sorry about your mishap! I hope you are still able to enjoy your vacation. Maybe by the time you get back it will be healed and you can get back behind that sewing machine!
Nov 13, 2012, 04:03 PM
Thanks for all your well wishes. I changed the dressing to a smaller less cumbersome one - just a large bandaid now and was able to get some sewing done this morning. But not before I took part of the ID bracelet from the ER and taped it to the front of my machine. I still can't quite figure out HOW I did it but I have a whole new respect for the power of the needle!
Nov 13, 2012, 06:05 PM
I'm so sorry to hear that you had to learn such a painful lesson. I hope there are no broken bones and the healing happens quickly.
"Never be afraid to try anything new. Remember, amateurs built the Ark. Professionals built the Titanic." Unknown.
Nov 15, 2012, 01:49 AM
Just stopped in to see how you were doing. No broken bone, I take it? You're sounding better, and wiser.
Have a fantastic trip and visit with DS!!!!!
Nov 15, 2012, 09:00 AM
Thanks, Paus. It's healing well. I'm lucky it missed the nail. My trip home is bittersweet as my older sis has lung cancer and her outlook is not good. The coming back will be tough. My 2 sisters and I are determined to have a few laughs though. Laughter is the best medicine, right? It will be the first ime in over 40 years that I will be spending my birthday with them so that will be very special.
Nov 15, 2012, 11:46 PM
awwww bless your heart!
I worked in an awning factory in Chicago. My job was to put the piping on the scallops. Yep-you guessed it-ran my finger right in with scallop and piping. It happens so fast! Needle broke off and wrapped around the bone of my middle finger (of course). Visit to ER-they had to take it out, got stitches,tetnus shot-whole nine yards. Finger was splinted and wrapped in the "international sign" if you know what I mean. My friends though it was a hoot-my Mom-not so much!! Now I keep my hands and fingers away from the needle-it only takes once!! My fingerprint on that finger shows a big line (scar).
At work they laugh caz you use your fingerprints to get into the med cart. Mine never work-I told them "yeah, ya know when I robbed that bank for the mob-they removed all my prints" They just die laughing. I'm the only one that has to type in a password!!
Have fun on your birthday and pr8yers for you sister and family.
PamThis message has been edited. Last edited by: NICUnurse,
Ouch, ouch ouch!!! I too got sick to my stomach reading this. Here's to a speedy recovery and hope it heals quickly and well. ( My finger got in a fight with a 15 pound frozen turkey last friday. Of course my finger lost. not broken but sure black and blue. Made it hard to play for ch ur ch on sunday)
"There are three kinds of people in the world. Those who can count, and those who can't."
Nov 16, 2012, 08:00 AM
Ooh I felt dizzy reading this! So sorry this happened.
You've reached middle age when all you exercise is caution.
Nov 16, 2012, 04:24 PM
NICUnurse: I worked in a backpack factory in college and the instructor told us not to worry if we ran over our fingers with the needles of the industrial machines because they were moving so fast they were sterile. "Needless" to say I kept my hands 8" apart all the time while sewing...you couldn't even see the needles..
In chemistry lab I picked up a hot crucible that fell on the floor (not thinking)...heard sizzling and realized I had just burned off 4 fingers of fingerprints. Actually didn't hurt..burned off the pain sensors too. Was fascinating to see my fingerprints come back...from the outside in...took 6 months.
So glad you're feeling better Quiltinana!!! Hugs for you and your sister.
"It's bad to supress laughter. It goes back down and spreads to your hips."
Nov 16, 2012, 04:28 PM
Ouch, Nancy, that must have hurt! Thanks for your kind words. Joan