Keep Your Hand Out of the Hoop

Well it’s taken me 20+ years but I finally did it. I stitched on my finger. If you’ve been to any of my classes, I always caution students to keep their fingers out of the hoop. I encourage them to use the eraser end of a pencil, a chopstick, a dowel, anything other than their fingers.

And I usually take my own advice except when I’m in a hurry. And that’s when I don’t take my own advice. Recently, I was stitching a t-shirt when I noticed a portion of the garment was about to flop into the design area. And without thinking, I quickly reached into the hoop to retrieve the fabric. I must have I blinked at the same time. Then I yelped! And yanked my hand back. It hurt really bad, so bad that I was afraid to look at it.  My husband ran into the room (he was outside at the grill when it happened and heard me yelp) and we stared at each other. I told him I stitched on my finger. He asked if the needle was still in there. I didn’t have the nerve to look so he did. And it wasn’t in sight. We went back to the machine and were greeted with this safety message: Finger2BL

By then I was okay, it still hurt and was bleeding but everything was under control.  Upon closer inspection of the machine, I saw the needle was still in one piece in the machine but bent.  Really bent.   Look at the image below.Finger1BL

Wow – did I yank my finger away or what?  I was lucky the machine stopped and didn’t stitch my finger to the stabilizer, garment or foot.   Here’s my souvenir:FingerBL

Many thoughts ran through my head. I could hear myself telling my students to get their hand out of the hoop. I thought of my sister, Marie, who suffered a similar injury years ago that had to be treated surgically. And I was so thankful for the folks who designed my Brother Entrepreneur 10-needle and put that safety feature into the machine. Without that safety feature, my injury would have been so much worse.   Thank you Brother for looking out for all of us embroiderers!

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185 Comments on Keep Your Hand Out of the Hoop

  1. Jacque Lindsey
    November 18, 2015 at 3:16 pm (4 years ago)

    Yep stitched thru my finger on my single needle machine – thru the nail and out the side. It smarted and I cried and said a few choice words to myself and at myself for being so stupid and knowing better.

    • Julie Christoffel
      November 19, 2015 at 5:19 am (4 years ago)

      Yes, got lucky went through my pointer finger without hitting the nail. Never did it again, learned my lesson.

    • Thelma Brunk
      November 20, 2015 at 11:52 pm (4 years ago)

      Yes oh yes. Husband had been in the room and we were discussing something, he was leaving and I started the machine and woops!!!!l I screamed, STOP, I just sewed my finger. The needle went through the pointer finger, fleshy part, near the nail, but not throught it. The needle went all the way through and I was attached to the machine. Bleeding like mad, I said, I have to back up the stitch and get the needle out. Hand turned it out and now I have a stitch in my finer. We cut the thread and gently pulled the thread out. Cleaned up everything and changed the needle and things were fine.

  2. Sharon
    November 18, 2015 at 3:17 pm (4 years ago)


  3. Cindy Amend
    November 18, 2015 at 3:20 pm (4 years ago)

    Never. I can’t imagine the pain!

  4. Ruth Gregg
    November 18, 2015 at 3:26 pm (4 years ago)

    I was only 10 years old, on a treadle machine. Stitched right through my finger, and boy did it hurt! But I never told anyone, cause I knew my mom wouldn’tlet me use the machine any more if I did. Never have done it since! Once is enough.

  5. marie zinno
    November 18, 2015 at 3:26 pm (4 years ago)

    You know I did, on the multi-needle machine! I have the x-ray to prove it. I will never do it again.

  6. Kelly Wyatt
    November 18, 2015 at 3:27 pm (4 years ago)

    I have not stitched my finger with my embroidery machine but I have with my regular sewing machine. The needle went through my nail and the wheel locked, my husband wasn’t home and it took over ten minutes for me to get the needle out. I had to remain calm because my then 2 year old was watching. I have been careful ever since.

  7. Sue Brockus
    November 18, 2015 at 3:29 pm (4 years ago)

    Yes. Part of the needle broke off in my finger and required surgery to remove. Have to have my machine adjusted as well because the auto threaded became out of alignment when I jerked my hand away.

  8. Karina
    November 18, 2015 at 3:30 pm (4 years ago)

    Yes! Nail right through my thumb.

  9. Cynthia Wentworth
    November 18, 2015 at 3:30 pm (4 years ago)

    Yes, last week in fact. Needle went through the nail of my pointer finger and out the back. Fortunately, my finger was at an angle so it didn’t hit bone. I was not embroidering. I had moved my machine back into the table to do some regular sewing to complete my project. I had to hit the needle up to free my finger. My finger is still sore.

  10. Helen Bishop
    November 18, 2015 at 3:42 pm (4 years ago)

    Oh yes! With my Brother PR620. Once done never forgotten! I use a chop stick now.

  11. Belinda Germain
    November 18, 2015 at 3:45 pm (4 years ago)

    No, came close a few times, I now hit the stop button first or use a chopstick.
    Hope you are better! Makes my stomach churn just thinking how much it would hurt!

  12. Donna Fecteau
    November 18, 2015 at 3:46 pm (4 years ago)


  13. Lester Ann Jensen
    November 18, 2015 at 3:51 pm (4 years ago)

    In 60 plus years of sewing, I have never sewed my finger. (Knock on wood, throw salt over my shoulder and say a prayer for safety!). My sister who has sewed for probably 30 some years did sew hers and said it hurt like H – E – double toothpicks. My granddaughter (17 years old at the time) sewed right through her finger. She couldn’t get the needle out of the machine or her finger and had to wait for her mother’s boss (mom had gone to the post office from work and was unavailable.) to come, help her remove the needle from the machine and take her to emergency to have the needle removed from her finger. Thinking about it still makes me shudder. If I wasn’t careful before, these two stories make me way more cautious. Happy sewing friends, and keep those fingers away from moving needles!

  14. Barbara Stickle
    November 18, 2015 at 3:56 pm (4 years ago)

    Yes. Also cut into a finger with a rotary cutter. Always in a hurry.

  15. Karen
    November 18, 2015 at 3:57 pm (4 years ago)

    Not so far! I just purchased the 10 needle Brother and will start using it very very soon and I will take your advice though. Keep the fingers away! Happy Thanksgiving!

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  17. Carol
    November 18, 2015 at 4:20 pm (4 years ago)

    Yes! It happened at least 40 years ago, but I haven’t done it since, and obviously I’ve been sewing a long time.

  18. Shanon Davis
    November 18, 2015 at 4:57 pm (4 years ago)

    Yep. Through the pad of my finger. Then not thinking, I hit the needle up button and did it again! Hopefully lesson learned.

  19. Gail
    November 18, 2015 at 5:05 pm (4 years ago)

    Thankfully, no. Gives me the willies just considering how much it hurts. Hope your feeling better soon.

  20. Sue D
    November 18, 2015 at 5:10 pm (4 years ago)

    yes. Had to pull out the needle–still threaded!

  21. Erich Campbell
    November 18, 2015 at 5:11 pm (4 years ago)

    On but not through, many a time. I’ve felt the old presser foot hit the fingernail on our old multi-head multi needles and managed to yank my finger back every time. (Famous last words, right?)

  22. Jill Girton
    November 18, 2015 at 5:12 pm (4 years ago)

    I have not, but, years ago, when my daughter was just learning to walk, she put a very large needle right through her foot- always know where your needles are, and check the floor periodically!!

  23. Carolyn Ford
    November 18, 2015 at 5:14 pm (4 years ago)

    I taught jr. high sewing for over 20 years. I had two students stitch their finger, one in my first year of teaching and another 18 years later. But the worst injury in a sewing class was the young lady who accidentally swallowed a pin (even after many warnings to not put pins in the mouth!) No one would every believe sewing could be dangerous! Sorry for your mishap!

  24. Kristal
    November 18, 2015 at 5:18 pm (4 years ago)

    No, but I have come close.

  25. Alice
    November 18, 2015 at 5:27 pm (4 years ago)

    When I was about 10 yr old on an old white machine. And yes I have come close a few times since.

  26. Dennis Kyne
    November 18, 2015 at 5:31 pm (4 years ago)

    No, but I have only been sewing and embroidering for just about 1 1/2. Knock on wood.

  27. Valerie Gwara
    November 18, 2015 at 5:36 pm (4 years ago)

    I impaled my thumb nail sewing trim onto a karate uniform. Had to roll the needle up and pry my thumb off.

  28. Dottie
    November 18, 2015 at 5:36 pm (4 years ago)

    Sure did. When I was a lot younger, stitched my pointer finger through the middle of my nail. Fingernail had a dot/dent for years after. Ouch? Oh yes!

  29. sharon Blaylock
    November 18, 2015 at 5:57 pm (4 years ago)

    Yes, twice. Hopefully not any more.

  30. Karen Poole
    November 18, 2015 at 6:02 pm (4 years ago)

    No, never have, sounds too painful!

  31. Judy Klep
    November 18, 2015 at 6:46 pm (4 years ago)

    Yes, twice on my single needle machine. You would think I would learn. Hurt a bunch but no permanent damage.

  32. Teresa Holton
    November 18, 2015 at 6:58 pm (4 years ago)

    Yes, stitched through my nail about 4 weeks ago – off to ER to have minor surgery to remove the part of the needle that broke off and was embedded in my finger. The dr. used the embroidery thread that was still threaded through the broken needle to pull the needle piece back out. Impressed with the strength of the thread! Been there done that!! Don’t want to do it again!

  33. Jean Templemeyer
    November 18, 2015 at 7:06 pm (4 years ago)

    YES!! The needle went straight through my nail bed to the other side. My daughter was still home and helped me get the needle out of the machine. Then she took one of my clamps(I work in the operating room) and pulled the needle out.The thread was stil in the eye and was stuck in my finger.She pulled the thread out.The thread hurt more than the needle did.I use chop sticks now!

  34. Carolyn
    November 18, 2015 at 7:12 pm (4 years ago)

    Yes! About 6 months ago on my BabyLock 10 needle. Needle went thru twice before the machine stopped and needle bent. And, yes, I was doing something I knew was stupid!! My finger is still numb. Just a “friendly” reminder.

  35. Pam J.
    November 18, 2015 at 7:28 pm (4 years ago)

    No, but I bet I’ve come close!

  36. Gayle Guthrie
    November 18, 2015 at 7:31 pm (4 years ago)

    No but I have a friend whose mother use to make all the kids clothes. She was blind but that didn’t stop her. However one day her machine stopped and she called him in to help her and come to find out she had stitched between the paws of their cat.

  37. Peggy Schroeder
    November 18, 2015 at 7:35 pm (4 years ago)

    Yes, I stitched my finger trying to get a piece of a shirt from going under the hoop. It was a single needle machine, about 4 years ago. The needle went through several times before I could get it stopped, and just in the last month a lump of scar has come up and out and is still sore. Sure have learned my lesson, I am a lot more careful, and no longer think it cannot happen to me.

  38. Melody Hofmann
    November 18, 2015 at 8:10 pm (4 years ago)

    Had my embroidery machine for 4 days and managed to sew through my right index finger. That needle is a blur and wicked fast!

  39. Joyce iverson
    November 18, 2015 at 8:51 pm (4 years ago)

    Yes, but last one was weird, as I was being very careful and holding something down with thumb and forefinger and didn’t realize the third finger was up in the air and the needle caught it and went under the nail. Stopped and pulled it out but seemed like a piece was still there, but didn’t really hurt, and 2 weeks later I noticed it had worked up under the nail, used my tweezers and pulled the rest out. Live out in the country, so kind of a do-it-yourselfer!

  40. Linda Croslin
    November 18, 2015 at 8:56 pm (4 years ago)

    Yes! I went to smooth the fabric down, thinking I would be faster than the needle. The machine stopped but half the needle was missing! It was stuck in my thumb.

    I was surprised it didn’t hurt but I needed to get it out. My 26 year old son and his 24 year old best friend were in a panic, lol and thought I needed to go to the ER (it wasn’t even bleeding!!). I calmly took a pair of pliers and pulled the needle out without a single tear.

    While I have learned my lesson, I am not faster than the needle, I still laugh at my two big boys running around in a panic!!!

  41. Heidi Halvorson
    November 18, 2015 at 9:06 pm (4 years ago)

    yup, but only once and it was 30 plus years ago when I was sewing at a factory making ….wait for it, 8 track tape boxes!!!. Needle was in down position through my finger. Flywheel on this machine was just far enough away that I could not reach it with my left hand to crank it out. Had to call the supervisor to do it. All was good until the needle came out and the blood shot up several inches. I guess I turned a bit white cause he said, Heidi, I think you can have the rest of the day off, Go Home!!!! works for me, I was gone! Oh and I was supposed to go to the Dr. but didn’t!

  42. Peggy
    November 18, 2015 at 9:11 pm (4 years ago)


  43. Kelly Sas
    November 18, 2015 at 9:24 pm (4 years ago)

    No and after reading all the posts from those who have, I’m going to be very, very careful. I’ve been sewing forever but only machine embroidering for one year.

  44. Donna
    November 18, 2015 at 9:25 pm (4 years ago)

    Yes right through the middle of the nail on the first finger. I also broke a hand sewing needle and got it in my toe and had to go to the doctor to have it removed. This was when I was a teenager.

  45. Judith Clauss
    November 18, 2015 at 9:32 pm (4 years ago)

    Fortunately, no, but have had a number of close calls in my nearly 50 years of sewing.

  46. Barbara Pointer
    November 18, 2015 at 9:35 pm (4 years ago)

    Thank God I have not yet stitched thru my finger but I do think of it when I quickly stick a finger inside my hoop. My granddaughter did years ago when I was teaching her to piece a quilt. She had to go to the ER to get the needle removed.

  47. Sherry Key
    November 18, 2015 at 9:41 pm (4 years ago)

    Yes. The needle broke off in my finger. Couldn’t see where it went in from the nail. Had to break the skin on bottom side and was able to attach a pair of hemostats to needle and pull it out myself.

  48. Nancy Eidsmoe
    November 18, 2015 at 9:42 pm (4 years ago)

    I have not. But I have stapled my finger, with an industrial sign putting up type. I had to go to the ER to have it pulled out, and splinted. Right into the dang bone!

  49. Gayle
    November 18, 2015 at 9:45 pm (4 years ago)

    Ah, yes! When I bought my first sewing machine 50 plus years ago, a friend jokingly reminded me not to stitch my finger. Took me 15 years but I did!

    November 18, 2015 at 9:48 pm (4 years ago)

    when I 1st started sewing at 15 I ran the needle though my thumb. It broke off in my thumb. My Dad pulled it out with pliers and off to the hospital I went .I am 66 and never forgot the pain but kept on sewing.

  51. Tanya sullivent
    November 18, 2015 at 9:50 pm (4 years ago)

    I did this a year ago, but the needle broke off in the bone of my finger and had to be surgically removed.

  52. Sue Y
    November 18, 2015 at 9:51 pm (4 years ago)

    Yes – unfortunately!

  53. juditZ
    November 18, 2015 at 9:53 pm (4 years ago)

    Yes I sure did. Similar situation but I was teaching someone to sew. Just finished saying but be sure to not do this: and as I said it I did it.
    needle went into my finger at the tip with the thread and needle sticking through my finger. Surprisingly no pain. At the emergency room they kept calling the different nurses and aid to show them my finger with a needle and thread hanging partway in and through finger so that you could see the thread on both sides of my finger.
    Fortunately after x-ray did not go through the bone, in fact as it did,the bone deflected into the fleshy part.
    Needless to say I am much more careful since then.

  54. Norma Cardwell
    November 18, 2015 at 9:53 pm (4 years ago)

    Yes, I did sew my finger on my Mother’s Singer treadle sewing machine when I was about 8 years old. I didn’t complain too much because I didn’t want to be told that I was too young to sew. (IT REALLY DID HURT A LOT. IT WAS SORE FOR A VERY LONG TIME.)
    I did learn to backstitch on that machine, even though there was not an ‘app” for it. I figured that if I slightly lifted the presser foot, i could force a backstitch. Sixty five years later, I’m still sewing, still loving it.

  55. Chris Lyon
    November 18, 2015 at 9:56 pm (4 years ago)

    Considering what a klutz I am, it’s amazing, but I have never stitched my finger.

  56. Elaine
    November 18, 2015 at 9:57 pm (4 years ago)

    So many cautionary tales! I cannot even begin to imagine the pain. It hasn’t happened to me yet, and I am going to be very cautious from now on to see that it doesn’t happen!

  57. Sharon R
    November 18, 2015 at 9:59 pm (4 years ago)

    I have fortunately never sewn my finger with the sewing machine, but once, while manually sewing a button, my thimble slipped off the needle and the needle went into my palm, eye side first.

  58. Lorena
    November 18, 2015 at 9:59 pm (4 years ago)

    Thank goodness, no! I cringe when I hear about someone else doing it.

  59. Carolyn Rollberg
    November 18, 2015 at 10:08 pm (4 years ago)

    Yes…trip to the ER…

  60. Lynda
    November 18, 2015 at 10:08 pm (4 years ago)

    Yes I have stitched my finger.

    Hope your finger heals soon

  61. JoAnn Doolos
    November 18, 2015 at 10:17 pm (4 years ago)

    Yes. Luckily I only stitched my fingernail.

  62. Sandy Meyenberg
    November 18, 2015 at 10:20 pm (4 years ago)

    Not yet, but I won’t say it will never happen. I’ve come close…..

  63. Gail Beam
    November 18, 2015 at 10:22 pm (4 years ago)

    Luckily, I have never stitched my finger, but I did loose a chunk out of my pointer finger when I closed it in our glass patio door and it required a number of stitches to close it up. I can’t imagine how much it hurt to stitch your finger!

    • Claudine Denn
      November 18, 2015 at 10:34 pm (4 years ago)

      Yes. It many years ago on a regular old machine. It sure taught me a lesson

  64. Judy
    November 18, 2015 at 10:34 pm (4 years ago)

    Came close once. I bought a metal tool that has a hook on one end and a 2 prong on the other end. I also use chop sticks. Plus fight the erg to stick my hands in there.

    November 18, 2015 at 10:36 pm (4 years ago)

    I did this to my middle finger on a machine with no safety feature. The needle jumped off the edge of my fabric and I had my finger right by it trying to keep the fabric from moving there. I pulled back right away, but the needle pierced my finger. I yanked straight back causing the needle to be pulled through the top of my finger, leaving the tip pretty much like hamburger. They could do nothing for it but wash it out, wrap it, and send me home. I had to do that daily for weeks. I’m much more careful about where I put my fingers now.

  66. Chris House
    November 18, 2015 at 10:37 pm (4 years ago)

    No thankfully. All the stories are valuable lessons. I will be more mindful while embroidering. Thanks for sharing.
    As I was serging a project this week, I was thinking how strange it would seem to pick up my phone and start texting at the same time. I wouldn’t want my finger to be cut off or the needles to move ‘off course’. Wonder why we think it’s OK to do that in our car?

  67. Sharon
    November 18, 2015 at 10:39 pm (4 years ago)

    Yes, twice.

  68. Rita
    November 18, 2015 at 10:41 pm (4 years ago)

    No, I haven’t but as as a young girl saw my mother do it a few times. Ouch

  69. Janie Mason
    November 18, 2015 at 10:43 pm (4 years ago)

    I have not stitched my finger so far. I try to be careful but have come very close several times to stitching right through my finger.

  70. Amy
    November 18, 2015 at 10:44 pm (4 years ago)

    Yes, it was painful but I was more worried about getting blood on the item I was embroidering. The needle broke but went straight through my finger. I had to pull the thread through.

  71. Shirley Clark
    November 18, 2015 at 10:49 pm (4 years ago)

    I can honestly say I’d never sewn my finger until a couple of months ago, and I caught the edge by my fingernail on the embroidery machine needle. I knew better, and I always use my tweezers to grab a thread or I stop the machine. It hurt as I yanked it, but at least it didn’t catch the nail! I’ve been using a sewing machine since I was in high school – at least 50 years! Yikes! I’m telling my age!

  72. Bonnie Gray
    November 18, 2015 at 10:50 pm (4 years ago)

    No, but have had close calls.I remember being at Stitching Sisters and you saying to use the eraser end of a pencil. I keep it next to the machine!

  73. Kathy
    November 18, 2015 at 11:01 pm (4 years ago)

    Yep! It was on my grandmother’s old Singer treadle machine. I was a kid and loved to see how fast I could get the needle to go. Oops – forgot I wan’t supposed to play with it unattended. 🙂

  74. Nancy Carr
    November 18, 2015 at 11:02 pm (4 years ago)

    I had the needle break in 3 sections. Top stayed in the machine – middle shot across the room and the point was in my finger and had to be surgically removed. The nurses had some interesting stories to tell about broken needles.

  75. Cathy Rider
    November 18, 2015 at 11:16 pm (4 years ago)

    No, fortunately, but my mother broke her toe with a sewing machine. She was moving it in it’s case and the latch broke and dropped the machine on her toe. It looked painful.

  76. Kathy
    November 18, 2015 at 11:18 pm (4 years ago)

    Yes, twice. The first time it went in immediately beside my nail towards the end of my finger & went up & down 3 or 4 times before I could stop the machine. The thread was looped thru my finger. The second time years later I snatched my finger away and split the skin about 1/2 an inch down the underside of my finger. If only I could learn things the first time! Lol

  77. Ruth Peterson
    November 18, 2015 at 11:23 pm (4 years ago)

    Yes. It wasn’t pretty, & I had to remove it myself because I was up late embroidering, husband upstairs asleep!

  78. k
    November 18, 2015 at 11:27 pm (4 years ago)

    Nope…I’ve been close to stitching through my finger, but not … yet… dare I say!

  79. Linda
    November 18, 2015 at 11:27 pm (4 years ago)

    Yes I have but only once. I’m so careful now.

  80. Kitty
    November 18, 2015 at 11:40 pm (4 years ago)

    Yes, just last week. Pulled part of my nail from the bed.

  81. Carol Keeler
    November 18, 2015 at 11:41 pm (4 years ago)

    Yes I did this with my embroidery machine several years ago!
    The needle broke in my finger. I was so thankful my husband was kind enough to remove it for me!
    It does take a while for it to heal!

  82. Emmylou Dooly
    November 18, 2015 at 11:44 pm (4 years ago)

    While I haven’t stitched my finger in my embroidery machine, I just recently cut the end off my finger in my serger mid-project.

  83. Michelle H
    November 19, 2015 at 12:40 am (4 years ago)

    No thank goodness and I really don’t want to after reading these messages

  84. Lynn
    November 19, 2015 at 1:41 am (4 years ago)

    No, I haven’t stitched my fingers but I have gotten close a few times. My late mother had it happen twice. My father had to release her from the sewing machine the second time.

  85. Elaine
    November 19, 2015 at 3:33 am (4 years ago)

    Yes and it hurts!

  86. Judy G
    November 19, 2015 at 4:02 am (4 years ago)

    In 55 years of machine sewing, 3 years of machine embroidery, never have sewed my finger.

  87. Celeste B
    November 19, 2015 at 4:30 am (4 years ago)

    Yes I have sewn through it plus cut off the side of one finger twice with a rotary cutter. I teach sewing to kids and when I caution them about safety they kind of roll their eyes at me until I explain I have done it so just beware.

  88. Nancy Baumgartner
    November 19, 2015 at 5:09 am (4 years ago)

    Over Memorial Day weekend, yes a needle went into my finger and broke off. On the X-ray it was plain as day where the needle was, but due to the holiday I had to wait a week before it was surgically removed. I have the needle pinned on my bulletin board in the sewing room to remind me to use chopsticks if a thread is in the way – I learned the hard way for sure.

  89. Joanne Dillon
    November 19, 2015 at 5:38 am (4 years ago)

    No. And I heard you YELP! Now that hurt.

  90. Sandi Cunningham
    November 19, 2015 at 5:48 am (4 years ago)

    If I did sew my fingers, I have blocked it from my memory. I have, however, gotten wounded by getting too close to the embroidery foot and have been mashed pretty badly by that. I don’t say “Man that smarts!” I say, “Girl that DUMBS!”

  91. Carol
    November 19, 2015 at 6:11 am (4 years ago)


  92. Susie
    November 19, 2015 at 6:17 am (4 years ago)

    Yep – stitched right through it – and howled to the moon. My needle looked similar to yours – and my project ended up with some of my dna in it.

  93. Nancy Weber
    November 19, 2015 at 6:54 am (4 years ago)

    No I have never done that but it is a big fear I keep in the back of my mind. Have come close a few times!

  94. Jeannette Covan
    November 19, 2015 at 7:03 am (4 years ago)

    Yes on my Brother 10 needle, like you was very glad it stopped.

  95. Betty Burkart
    November 19, 2015 at 7:27 am (4 years ago)

    No, never have and don’t want to do that.

  96. Vickie Glass
    November 19, 2015 at 7:28 am (4 years ago)


  97. Joyce Lockyer
    November 19, 2015 at 7:34 am (4 years ago)

    I gave away an industrial straight stitch machine because I kept sewing my fingers. My husband passes out and has seizures at the sight of blood and could not help get the needle out of my finger the last time I sewed my finger. I had to turn the hand wheel to get the needle out of my finger including the nail, I gave the machine away!

  98. De DIY Diva
    November 19, 2015 at 7:38 am (4 years ago)

    No, fortunately not. But my mother managed to get a crochet needle through her finger…

  99. Karen
    November 19, 2015 at 7:54 am (4 years ago)

    Not with the machine. I do wedding dress alteration and more than once I have pinned a finger or thumb to the dress. I have my hand behind to make sure I don’t poke the bride to be. I will get the top few layers of skin and don’t know it until I try to take my hand from behind and it is stuck.

  100. Judie
    November 19, 2015 at 8:27 am (4 years ago)

    Yes, I also have put my fingers in harms’ way. Luckily the damage was minimal BUT I think I learned my lesson…..

  101. Lynn Davidson
    November 19, 2015 at 8:28 am (4 years ago)

    Yes. The eye of the needle broke off and had to be removed from my finger surgically. And I did this in the middle of an embroidery class! The store owner graciously took me to the doctors. Hopefully I’ve learned my lesson and there won’t be a repeat performance.

    • Diane Earl
      November 19, 2015 at 9:03 am (4 years ago)

      Yes, right through the nail. Never put my finger anywhere near the needle again. But I did stupidly try to cut a thread while embroidery was in progress. Needle hit the scissors, broke off and shot up into my face. Didn’t do any damage to my face but messed up the machine bad enough that it needed expensive repairs. Instead of repairing I traded in for a brand new machine, so in that case my stupidity paid off 🙂

  102. Janet Kirby
    November 19, 2015 at 9:36 am (4 years ago)

    No, I have not done that! I hope I never will get my finger in the way!

  103. Cy Swendsen
    November 19, 2015 at 9:46 am (4 years ago)

    Oh yes! After making Easter dresses for my girls and a shirt for my son, my hubs said “did you make something for yourself?” Well, he volunteered to watch the children, I did a speed run to the local fabric shop, found a pattern and fabric. I started sewing just after super. I think one of the children distracted me when they came to say goodnight and oops! I did finish the dress about midnight and wore it to Church the next morning.

  104. Diane
    November 19, 2015 at 9:46 am (4 years ago)

    Yep….did it when in my High School Sewing class. The teacher almost fainted….I just pulled the needle out of my thumb and went on with my sewing….have not done it again. Learned my lesson well.

  105. Tammy Hammond
    November 19, 2015 at 10:07 am (4 years ago)

    When I was a teen, I sewed my thumb….and the needle broke off into my thumb….luckily my dad had good first aid skills and was able to pull it out….no stitches needed. Since I am pretty careful….but have had one or two close calls!

  106. Gretchen
    November 19, 2015 at 10:19 am (4 years ago)

    Yes, first and only time 6 weeks ago… And I’ve been seeing for 35 years. 🙁

  107. Nancy Stansbury
    November 19, 2015 at 10:21 am (4 years ago)

    Yes I have stitched my finger on my regular sewing machine, but not yet on my 10 needle. But I have been holding down my batting on my 10 needle as it is stitched around for Sewn Seeds. I am taking your advice, and will use something else from now on.

    Hope it heals quickly.

  108. Brenda Melahn
    November 19, 2015 at 10:22 am (4 years ago)

    No … but I did put a high-powered staple through my finger while covering some dining room chairs. OUCH

  109. Donna Morgan
    November 19, 2015 at 10:22 am (4 years ago)

    No, thankfully.

  110. Doree Shandera
    November 19, 2015 at 10:23 am (4 years ago)

    Never through my finger, but have had some scratches. Always feel so stupid when it happens.

  111. Royce Zook
    November 19, 2015 at 10:29 am (4 years ago)

    No! But did drive a carpet tack through my finger when working as a carpenter’s helper as a teen. Closest on a stitching machine was to have my finger struck by the needle clamp screw head on a single needle embroidery machine. There is no room for my hands near the needle of my ten needle – yet! I do use a plastic wand to assist when the machine is running and have struck it before.

  112. Barbara Grant
    November 19, 2015 at 10:32 am (4 years ago)

    Not as yet, but I do think about it especially when doing machine embroidery. I had some near misses, like you when trying to move away garment areas from within the hoop. I like your tip about using something else besides fingers. Why did I never think of that?!

  113. Barbara Grant
    November 19, 2015 at 10:37 am (4 years ago)

    I want to add, if I ever get a multi-needle ME machine, I’ll definitely look for this safety feature!

  114. Saundra Romanus
    November 19, 2015 at 10:57 am (4 years ago)

    On my Embroidery Machine the bar hit my knuckle. It hurt but I thought all was OK. The next morning may whole finger was black and blue and my knuckle was HUGE! I have sewn my fingers many times on my regular sewing machine! It is amazing how much blood is involved!

  115. karen
    November 19, 2015 at 10:57 am (4 years ago)

    yes, fortunately only once!!

  116. venita abel
    November 19, 2015 at 11:09 am (4 years ago)

    Yes I did and it hurt like the dickens

  117. Karen R.
    November 19, 2015 at 11:16 am (4 years ago)

    OMG no, I am always afraid of putting my fingers to smooth out the fabric while the machine is running. My sister-in-law bought my 6 needle and I stressed to her to be careful but she learned the hard way. Hope you are feeling better!

  118. Janet Ross
    November 19, 2015 at 1:28 pm (4 years ago)

    Yes. It resulted in an emergency room trip and 7 stitches. I’ve never done it again . . .

  119. Pam
    November 19, 2015 at 2:07 pm (4 years ago)

    No, thank goodness

  120. Sue
    November 19, 2015 at 3:24 pm (4 years ago)

    Yes on my Brother 6 needle. Broke of and had it surgically removed! Will not do that again I hope!

  121. Robyn Lieberman
    November 19, 2015 at 3:35 pm (4 years ago)

    Perhaps it was the endless array of bleep worthy explosives I belted out that will keep me less likely to get distracted enough again to sew through my finger and nail…
    said the woman who’s pointer was stitched back in place after assessing the true sharpness of a rotary cutter along side a nicked ruler 🙁

  122. Kitt
    November 19, 2015 at 4:48 pm (4 years ago)

    No needle in the fingers, but I have found a lot of straight pins on the floor with my bare feet. Put one of them right through the middle of my big toe and out through the nail. That hurt.
    After 40 plus years driving over the road in a big truck, I have had a lot of truck stop turkey in my time. Always elected to be home at christmas to see the grandkids open their presents. Could not have both holidays. So now I am home my kids do all the cooking and I go there. I have not done much cooking in a long time. If it wasn’t for the microwave, I’d probably starve. I don’t do restaurants either, had enough of that for years. I thank the lord for my kids, they all cook.

  123. Kitt
    November 19, 2015 at 4:51 pm (4 years ago)

    I would frame that needle if I was you, and put it right near the sewing machine so you never forget again.

  124. Brigitte
    November 19, 2015 at 5:34 pm (4 years ago)

    Did that ONE TIME, and once was quite enough. Went right through the nail but luckily missed the bone. Now I ALWAYS use a stiletto or other device, never my fingers.

  125. Anna
    November 19, 2015 at 5:40 pm (4 years ago)

    Yes, twice. I didn’t learn the first time that it happened while putting binding on a quilt. The second time was with my single needle embroidery machine. Needle went down beside the nail on my pointer finger and right back up. It hurt enough so that I have been very careful when embroidery machine is running.

  126. Vicky Dexheimer
    November 19, 2015 at 7:42 pm (4 years ago)

    No, I haven’t.
    Yes, my husband has! The needle broke & of course he would not go to the Dr. He thinks there is a piece still in there.

  127. Vicki B.
    November 19, 2015 at 7:54 pm (4 years ago)

    Oh yes! I was shoving a quilt through a sewing machine while quilting and sewed into my index finger. I used pliers to remove the broken needle and went to the Emergency room. 🙁

  128. Debbie
    November 19, 2015 at 8:38 pm (4 years ago)

    Yes, I have once and that is all I ever want it to be. It was in sewing class with the walking foot on my machine. Thank goodness the needle only went through the side of my finger and broke. I was bleeding and REALLLY embarrassed. It was a case of socializing more than paying attention to what my sewing machine was doing!!

  129. Judy O'Dell
    November 19, 2015 at 9:35 pm (4 years ago)

    Yes, and we need a design for a t-shirt for our sewn finger club!!

  130. David Adams
    November 19, 2015 at 9:58 pm (4 years ago)

    Nope, but I’ve been sacked by the needle mounting screw too many times to count.

  131. Tricia
    November 19, 2015 at 10:38 pm (4 years ago)

    Yes, and I did not learn a thing. Turned around and did it again.

  132. Sara Redner
    November 20, 2015 at 7:47 am (4 years ago)

    Hit several times but not actually stitched. I guess I’m a slow learner because I broke a bunch of needles on scissors, thinking I could clip those jump stitches faster than the machine could come back to that spot. I’ve finally learned to stop the machine any time I need to touch something!

  133. joanna
    November 20, 2015 at 2:12 pm (4 years ago)

    yes! it wasnt during an embroidery but my thumb making a dress..

  134. Pat O
    November 20, 2015 at 2:17 pm (4 years ago)

    Yes! Many years ago as a teenager on a regular sewing machine. Very painful, lots of blood, and my lesson learned!

  135. Sunny
    November 20, 2015 at 3:48 pm (4 years ago)

    No BUT as a little girl my aunt told me about stitching right through her finger and having the needle fully embedded in it. She worked as a dressmaker in a large factory and what really embarrassed her was that she passed out and when she awoke at the hospital someone had removed her corset!!! I have lived in fear of a needle through my finger ever since–corset or not.

  136. Stephanie M
    November 20, 2015 at 4:35 pm (4 years ago)

    Yes, and I had been sewing for years when I did it. Have not done it again. I would have been ok if I had just lifted the needle straight up instead of yanking my finger away from the needle…

  137. Fran in VA
    November 20, 2015 at 5:06 pm (4 years ago)

    Yes, I hate to admite it but I have sewn a finger more than once.

  138. CindyM in Oregon
    November 20, 2015 at 5:11 pm (4 years ago)

    Nope. Not with a machine. Yes, by hand. Now that’s dumb!! and it still hurts when I do it and I continue to do it. I hate thimbles.

  139. beth daniels
    November 20, 2015 at 5:40 pm (4 years ago)

    yes. but the machine kept the needle, just a cut.

  140. Cande Gordon
    November 20, 2015 at 5:50 pm (4 years ago)

    Yes I did. Like you I stress to my students to keep their fingers out of the hoop and sewing area. Last year I was making a Christmas stocking with white embroidered snowflakes. I sewed my finger and while everyone was concerned about my injury I was yelling no, no, no…. I can’t get blood on my snowflakes

  141. Phyllis Evans
    November 20, 2015 at 6:45 pm (4 years ago)

    Yes, was home “sick” from school, ended up at the doctors office to fish out the broken needle. OUCH!

  142. Karen Dellinger
    November 20, 2015 at 7:36 pm (4 years ago)


  143. Clem
    November 20, 2015 at 8:16 pm (4 years ago)

    No, but just two days ago I was doing quilting with the embroidery feature. The quilt looked like it was going to “flop” in the way. I reached in and wham….the needle screw hit my finger nail. I had to cut it way back beyond the quick and then do some filing…..learned real fast… not do that again…that is what the stop button is for….duh to me!

  144. Debbie
    November 20, 2015 at 9:02 pm (4 years ago)


  145. Chris
    November 20, 2015 at 10:41 pm (4 years ago)

    Yes–THREE TIMES!!! And, all on my Babylock 10-needle!! You think I would learn!! The first time I was making a pillow for my Bible study teacher (at the last minute) and I believe He protected me because it was all the Names of God from the Old Testament. The second time it was so quick, I almost didn’t think it happened, but my finger did hurt for awhile. The 3rd time, the needle tip broke in my finger and required surgery, though I am grateful that it just missed the bone. I then taped my ER bracelet to the front of my machine and keep my fingers away from the moving needle.

  146. Shirley
    November 20, 2015 at 10:53 pm (4 years ago)

    No, just the fingernail.

  147. Barbara Schaffer
    November 21, 2015 at 12:31 am (4 years ago)

    Not me, but many years ago when making custom slipcovers on commercial sewing machines I had to assist my fellow seamstress when the “walking foot” on her machine walked over her fingers and sewed 2 of them together. I’ve been very careful especially of machines with walking feet since that experience.

  148. Bertie Lou
    November 21, 2015 at 1:05 am (4 years ago)

    Yes, just a couple of yrs ago, after over 50 yrs sewing, I was calibrating the buttonhole attachment on my new machine…….. it started automatically and my finger was in the way…

  149. Judy Brehmer
    November 21, 2015 at 11:02 am (4 years ago)

    Not just once, but twice. I do remember the painful experiances and am very careful now.

  150. Deanna
    November 22, 2015 at 8:15 pm (4 years ago)


  151. Eileen Keane
    November 25, 2015 at 6:45 pm (4 years ago)

    I have a longarm and have been in business since 2000. Last year, I was trying to avoid flipping a flange on a quilt and didn’t move my finger fast enough. Thank goodness, I didn’t get blood on the quilt!

  152. Kathy Winks
    November 26, 2015 at 10:38 am (4 years ago)

    Not yet! My motto has always been: It’s better to learn from someone else’s mistake. But I have come close a few times!

  153. Virginia
    November 27, 2015 at 12:54 pm (4 years ago)

    No, have been close.

  154. lillian
    November 27, 2015 at 1:06 pm (4 years ago)

    Not thru the finger but right thru the thumb nail. Left a nice hole.

  155. Melissa
    November 27, 2015 at 1:20 pm (4 years ago)

    Yes. But thank goodness my husband was there to stop the machine.

  156. Pam K
    November 27, 2015 at 1:25 pm (4 years ago)


  157. Alice Wellen
    November 27, 2015 at 1:56 pm (4 years ago)

    No, thank God I have not. Sounds like it is very painful.

  158. nadine
    November 27, 2015 at 2:37 pm (4 years ago)

    yes, went thru nail into finger -was horrible!

  159. Linda-Sue
    November 27, 2015 at 2:49 pm (4 years ago)

    Oh yeah! And not that long ago either. On my 6-needle. Went through the side of my finger. Also, my best friend did the same thing on her machine only she wasn’t as lucky …. she had a piece of the needle stuck in her finger and had to have surgery to get it out. Not fun …. don’t recommend it either.

  160. Pat
    November 27, 2015 at 4:20 pm (4 years ago)

    No, thank goodness but my husband did once when he was helping me adjust the tension on my Singer Featherweight. I try to keep my fingers to myself but thanks for the additional warning.

  161. Kathryn Barnhill
    November 27, 2015 at 4:27 pm (4 years ago)

    Yes and sadly more than once. But, different areas- one finger- once thru the skin between my thumb and second finger

  162. Linda Severs
    November 27, 2015 at 9:37 pm (4 years ago)

    No, but my mother did and it’s the only time I ever saw her cry. 🙁 I hope you feel better soon!

  163. Judy Goshy
    November 28, 2015 at 9:48 am (4 years ago)

    No, but yes. When I had fake nails, the needle on my Quattro 3 hit the nail. It broke the nail right off, went flying, just as a needle does. So, no finger, no blood, but sure did put the fear and caution in me.

  164. Doreen Linehan
    November 28, 2015 at 1:45 pm (4 years ago)

    Yes. I saw it happening and automatically pulled my finger away. Fortunately it was relatively close to the end of my finger but still tore it. Probably wouldn’t have been as bad if I didn’t move it.

  165. Kati
    November 30, 2015 at 8:04 am (4 years ago)

    Twice!! The first time while sewing with my Viking Topaz, the second time learning to sew on a foot treadle machine! Both were at the edge of the finger and tore the skin when my hand jerked away, so I didn’t have to worry about a puncture wound, just blood on the garment!

  166. Rebeca
    December 1, 2015 at 12:04 pm (4 years ago)

    I have solar nails, but I have “caught” the tip a time or two; luckily not the “meat” of my finger – YEOUCH!!!!!

  167. Shari Kersey
    December 1, 2015 at 12:09 pm (4 years ago)


  168. Brenda Rhodes
    December 1, 2015 at 12:38 pm (4 years ago)

    My right hand was in a brace because I broke a bone and that is my dominate hand. I have a new Babylock Destiny and was sewing something, don’t even remember what. I didn’t realize the machine was going to put the foot down and it caught my finger and the needle went through the end of my pointer finger. I thought it missed the nail but found later it had broken the nail. I was not smart enough to lift the needle out but on reflex pulled my hand back, yep tore the end. I changed bandaids but never went to doctor just watched it. The end of that finger is still numb and that has probably been 6 weeks. Still sew and make sure fingers are out of way.

  169. Lisa
    December 1, 2015 at 12:49 pm (4 years ago)

    No haven’t sewn it but have gotten close enough to have the presser foot or screw hit my finger. It was sore and bruised. I can’t imagine how painful the needle would be.

  170. Barbara
    December 1, 2015 at 12:57 pm (4 years ago)

    No, but close!

  171. Becky Sexton
    December 1, 2015 at 1:03 pm (4 years ago)

    No but it’s been close before!

  172. Colleen Schmidt
    December 1, 2015 at 1:23 pm (4 years ago)

    Yes I have! I also have the needle to remind myself why I don’t place my hand inside the hoop. It didn’t hurt as bad as when my husband ask me to hold a piece of metal. The drill slipped and put a drill bit through my finger. Then had to put the drill in reverse to remove the bit. LOL I got him back building forms for sidewalk and he told me to hit the stake like I meant it with a sledge. I did, missing the stake and split fracture the end of his little finger. We are both shy about what to hold while the other is welding instruments that could cause pain.

  173. Debora Nipper
    December 1, 2015 at 1:41 pm (4 years ago)

    No I have not stitched my finger but I have grazed it. However I did hit my snippers when I tried to get that last bit of thread tail. It not only bent the needle, it also bent the little snippers beyond repair (these are the kind you squeeze).

  174. Pamela Pope
    December 1, 2015 at 3:16 pm (4 years ago)

    Yes indeed I have done it TWICE! The first time it just went through. Last year while embroidering again, my finger got in the way because I just had to snip that thread and the needle broke of under my nail. Had to have surgery and nail removal to get it out. Ugh! Now I learned my lesson and hopefully will not happen again.

    December 2, 2015 at 12:07 am (4 years ago)

    Yes, more than once, but not on my embroidery machine.

  176. Patty
    December 2, 2015 at 8:56 pm (4 years ago)

    Yes. And being a nurse, I will not share the gory details. Now instead of trying to reach inside my hoop to stop something from happening – I stop my machine.

  177. Sue
    December 7, 2015 at 2:02 pm (4 years ago)

    Never, ever did it with the sewing machine, but while holding a metal header for Venetian blinds that needed a hole drilled into it, my dad drilled right through my thumb. After I stopped the bleeding and bandaged it, we laughed like crazy! He’s passed away now and I’d give anything to do it again.

  178. Judy
    February 11, 2016 at 3:39 pm (4 years ago)

    I haven’t done that yet. I came close a few times and figured I better get something to use and not my fingers. We went to a Chinese Restaurant I brought home my chop sticks. I use a pencil sharper to make it more rounded. I also bought a tool to use. The thought of doing that just makes me cringe !!

  179. Sarah
    July 30, 2018 at 5:13 pm (1 year ago)

    Yes just now, stupid puff has been rolling off my hats all day.. I stopped the machine and went to pull the thread out so I could back it up and add the puff.. not thinking about that last cut after the stop… stuck my finger right under there!! Sitting here waiting for my ride to urgent care to get the needle out!!

    August 19, 2018 at 11:39 am (1 year ago)

    whoah this blog is wonderful i love reading your articles. Keep up the great work! You know, lots of people are looking around for this information, you can aid them greatly.


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