Wednesday, September 11, 2013

My Super Trendy Thumb Piercing

The twins outgrew their cute 'thankful' Thanksgiving t-shirts, and I had it in mind that I could try to make them shirts myself.  I bought some plain brown long sleeved shirts and cut out material to sew some crazy turkey faces on them.  All was going well until I started actually sewing the material on.  I had bought an adhesive that was too sticky, and it was giving my sewing machine fits.  I had just finished sterilizing cleaning off the machine needle to remove any residue in hopes it would sew better, when somehow (I have no idea how on earth I managed to do this) I sewed through my thumb.  The needle went straight in the top and out.  I sat there, stunned, looking at my pierced thumb.  How was I going to get myself out of this mess?  I turned off the machine, the manually lifted the needle up and slowly pulled down on my thumb to remove the needle.  Whew, boy, did that ever hurt.

Looking at my thumb, I waited for it to bleed or something, but oddly it never really did.  It throbbed and was swollen for a couple of days, but overall healed up quite nicely.  Too bad thumb piercings aren't in right now.  I suppose I could buy a ring for it and start a new trend.

I had to take a little break from sewing turkey shirts to regroup.  But I did, eventually, finish what I set out to do.  I think the twins will look mighty cute this November, don't you?

Readers, am I the only one acting like a turkey lately, or has anyone else done something a little stupid recently? 

38 comments:

Terri Buster said...

Ouch, ouch, ouch! I used to sew a lot for my kids when they were little and I always thought I was going to sew through a finger or a thumb, but never did.

Lynn said...

oh I love these, the twins will be Turkey stars. I have been known to sew through the fatty bit on my forefinger more than once, and I slipped down the stairs, does this count for turkish behaviour ;-).

Sunnybrook Farm said...

I could almost feel that as I get cut and stabbed working around here, I know the feeling. It must have been a self sealing wound, I have had that happen rarely. I don't think you were stupid, that would be the case if you had put a couple stitches in. The shirts came out good and the boys will look the holiday.

Cat said...

Those are ADORABLE! Next time, buy fusible interfacing and iron your designs to the shirts before you stitch around. No tacky adhesives or pins to deal with and your machine will thank you.

JDaniel4's Mom said...

The shirts are adorable! What fun the boys will have wearing them! Yikes! I could feel the pain of the needle as a read this post.

Buttons said...

First Lisa love the shirt, very creative. Second I am laughing and am sorry about that but I did the same thing years ago and since all the emergency room nurses were laughing while I tried to explain how I did it and that sound still rings in my ear to this day I understand silly:) Boy it does hurt. A ring through it well I don't think it will catch on but you never know:) B

(Terry) My Journey With Candida said...

Oh my gosh... OUCH!! I am still shuddering just thinking about it.. The shirts did turn out cute.

andy said...

The shirt looks great but OUCH ! Have a great day

Jacquelineand.... said...

What an adorable shirt!

I've run a sewing machine needle through my thumb more than once and OW! does it hurt! Latest stupid thing? Um, the pooches ganged up on me as I was walking into the bathroom this morning and between they and the wet floor (someone had been drinking from the toilet methinks) I managed to do a half-splits, backbend combination right before I hit the floor.

I have a feeling that movement is going to be very painful for a few days.

Monkeywrangler said...

Ouch!

As a kid I did wonder once what it felt like to staple your own finger...trust me, it hurts too!

LONDONLULU said...

Oh, the shirt soo sweet! Almost worth the ouch:)

Out on the prairie said...

Yeowwwch! Love the shirt but sorry you had to hurt yourself.

Sally said...

I've done so many, I wouldn't know where to begin. But, girl I know that hurt like the dickens. :(

Shirt is adorable! :)

Sandra Morris said...

Ouch!!!
If it is any consolation, the shirts look great :)

The Little Acre that Could said...

When I was teaching sewing to kids one of the little girls put the needle right through her finger even though I was sitting right beside her (and reminding her constantly about the safety zone). Accidents happen so quickly. One moment of distraction and wham! The turkey shirt turned out cute!

TexWisGirl said...

holy cOW!

Summers Acres said...

Interfacing as Cat said is the way to go for sure next time. Oh my goodness my mouth was dropped as I read this and was praying there wouldn't be a picture of it as I scrolled down. Glad it wasn't as bad as it sounded like it would be. Shirts are cute!

Nancy said...

Yeeeow! That had to hurt big time.

If I didn't do something stupid every day, something would be terribly wrong around here.

I hope the kids appreciate the pain you went through to make those cute shirts. :)

Tina Fariss Barbour said...

OW! Just imagining that hurts! I remember my mother sewing through her finger one time and it really hurt.

The shirts are soooo cute. The boys will be adorable in them.

I do many stupid things. One of things I do nearly everyday is spill food on me. I don't know what my problem is. :-)

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Cute shirt but so sorry about your thumb piercing....ouch!

Mary said...

Ow! :(

Just last week i left on of three small grocery bags on the top of my car. (Other two safely in back seat.). It was only a short slow drive home. (Kids wete getting out of school, so i stopped a lot.). When i got home, the bag had slid to the other side, but was still on top! Lol

Kerri Farley said...

OUCH!
But I love the turkey shirt!

Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell said...

That just sounds so unbelievably painful! I've stapled right through my thumb but I think yours trumps that any day. YOW!

Our Neck of the Woods said...

Eeeek! I'm wincing just thinking about that. I would probably have been in shock!

Busy Bee Suz said...

OMG! That sounds very painful.....I hope your thumb is better by now. :0
I do stupid stuff daily! Love the turkey t-shirt.

Ginny said...

Oh, Lisa, my stomach turned over as I read this. I am SO glad it is alright and did not get infected or need a trip to the E.R.!!! It must have hurt like CRAZY!!! The shirt is SO cute!!!

Michaele said...

You seemed to have handled this very well. Could be a mom thing? Darling shirts!

Tweedles -- that's me said...

hi my frineds,, I wanted to thank you for the well wishes and love you sent to me.
On Friday I have an MRI and maybe surgerys
love
tweedles

mail4rosey said...

yeouch, that hurt just reading about it.

The shirts ARE cute though. :)

Maggid said...

The shirt is way cute -
Golly your family is blessed to have you -
I'm glad you are alright -

I've seen several chums do the same thing over the years - i think about it each time i plug in my machine . .

YOU ARE WONDERFUL.

SweetMarie said...

Ouch!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Betsy Adams said...

Bless your heart. I can imagine how much that hurt... Glad your thumb is okay! Yipes.....

Cute little Turkey Shirts. The boys will love them...

And to answer your question: YES---I've done lots of stupid things in my life... Geessshhh.

Hugs,
Betsy

Renegades said...

I told and told my kids to be careful when cutting with a knife. I went to cut a plastic tie off a sprinkler and looked at everyone and said I stabbed myself. I had stabbed the top of my hand and was a little squeamish.


Cute shirt!

Karen said...

I think I might have passed out if I had done that....

alissa apel said...

Ouch! I made turkey shirts for my boys last year with my sister.

I have days where I have the dropsies. It just seems like I can't hold anything in the kitchen. One day I dropped one of those gigantic things of spinach leaves.

born ambitious. born imaginative. said...

Oh my goodness! In all my years of sewing, I've never sewn through my thumb!

On a positive front, you have a fab shirt to show for it!!! I love it!

It would go perfect with the turkey hat I made back in the day.
http://bornambitous-bornimaginative.blogspot.com/2011/11/turkey-hat-from-2010.html

It's a marvelous thing...dressing our kids up, isn't it?! :)

Grandma Bonnie said...

Oh my goodness! I know that had to hurt. When I was young I watched my mother run the machine needle threw her thumb. I guess since then I have been very careful. I have come close though. I love the turkey shirt.

Chatty Crone said...

You poor baby I can't believe it I hope you are okay and no infection. The outfit your made was wonderful.
sandie