This was the picture I posted to Instagram right before it happened. I had gotten all the patterns to work just right with the piecing. I was so excited, and so happy!
I was using a ruler, and had quilted all the way to the right in my design. I was moving back to the left, echoing the same lines. It was an awkward position. It was nearly 6 p.m., and I'd been working most of the day trying to finish. Dinner was in the refrigerator, and I was wondering if my husband would be mind if I skipped it to finish this quilt. I was SO close to being finished. (Can you hear yourself saying this stuff?) I knew what needed to go where, and some designs mirrored each other, and...
Some things happen so quickly you
don't see them coming.
Accidents happen in your sewing room and studio. We work with sharp blades, needles, pins, and power tools with moving parts, not to mention hot irons. We hurry, we multi-task, and we don't pay attention. I'm not here to point fingers at anyone--mine is much to sore to do that, but I am here to ask you what your emergency plan is. Do you have one?
Emergency Plan: 3 people I can call for help
Don't snicker at my finger thinking it will never happen to you. I have to honestly say this isn't the first time a finger got in the way. I've had multiple flesh wounds this year, but the longarm has increased my risk for serious injury. I had a plan in place after the last bad one, and I did follow it.
My cell phone is always nearby. It should be on your person, or easily accessible. You should not have to walk across the room to get it. Mine was on the table beside me.
Who will you call? If it is an emergency, call 911. I had a friend take off the end of her finger with a rotary cutter once. There was a lot of blood. It happens. I remember as a young child my mother sewed the needle through her finger. She was stuck at the machine, and I went for help. It happens.
If it is a minor accident, do you have a First Aid Kit in your studio? Is it up to date with enough Band Aids, chemical ice packs, etc.? I can't tell you the Band Aids I got through with longarm pins. (For those of you who are curious, thank Heaven I didn't bleed on that quilt!)
Do you know basic first aid?
Do you have a current Tetanus shot?
I didn't actually see my accident happen. What's that tell you? I was looking at the clock trying to make a decision, I felt the pain, and grabbed my finger to apply pressure. Seriously, I was too afraid to look at all, and immediately called family for help. Then I sat down so I didn't pass out. This turned into one of those sleep-in-the-chair-all-night-with-ice-packs-for-the-pain kind of night. It could have been much worse. I got off lucky.
Most of us care for other people, and we know what to do when someone else is hurt. We need to consider what we should do, and who we should call when we need help ourselves. Often we are the only one home. Be a good Scout, and Be Prepared. Think about what you need, and who will call if you do have an accident. And I hate to be the pessimist, but....it happens.
Come on, Doxie girls.
Let's go sew, and be more careful this time.