Thursday, January 7, 2021

So My Hair Got Caught In A Bobbin

How to even begin to explain? I was trying to multitask, see. Foot on the pedal winding a bobbin on the machine while leaning over to plug the lamp in. In hindsight not a good combination. Had to look trepidatiously in the mirror later to assure self that there wasn't a gaping hole in my hairline (no, there wasn't and yes, I'm OK). Even more traumatic was having to unwind the bobbin to get the hair out so I wasn't inadvertently sewing human keratin into my seams later. Gross. Why do I do stuff like this? 

Anyway, sorry if you guys were expecting one of those Oh Look At What I Accomplished In 2020 In Spite Of It Being A Crummy Year And I Can't Wait To See What Me And My Sewing Machine Can Create Together In 2021!!!! blog posts. Me and my sewing machine made a creepy horror movie prop, is what. 

Hope your year is off to a less embarrassing start! See you back here soon for a mitten tutorial! 😊

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  1. Dear LiEr
    Thank you for sharing this mishap. This was worth a real 'bobbins' comment (Simon Anthony from Cracking The Cryptic uses this expression a lot when something does not work out as he intended). It's always uplifting to have a good laugh. Since you shared it, I'm confident that it was not on your expenses, really.
    I hope that this will be one of the lesser pains the new year brings you. So, happy new year, with lots of laughter, joy, friendship, energy, pleasure, health, success (whatever that means to you), and all good things!

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    1. Anonymous: I hadn't heard about the bobbins comment till now and yes - very apt indeed. Thank you for the well wishes! Wishing you the same for 2021, and may things never get so dire that we cannot find something worth laughing about.

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  2. LOL! Not a good start to your year! Probably not a very strong fiber either.
    I once ended up with a pin in my mouth when drinking my tea. I had accidentally tossed it in the mug instead of the pin dish. Gah! I shouldn’t even have the mug on my sewing table to begin with.

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    1. Meg: a pin! Yikes. I sometimes have my tea mug beside me when I sew, too, but I very rarely end up drinking, because I let it get cold and then I have to go heat it up which is too much work. Thank you for sharing your own sewing misadventures!

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  3. Ouch! I'm glad no real damage was done. A friend of mine once stitched through her finger, because the baby crawled under the sewing machine and pressed down the pedal while she was trying to change the foot.

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    1. MaryAnne: I've done the impaling thing, too, but I couldn't have the kids take credit for it - I did it all by my foolish self. Not a fun experience. But your story made me remember with fondness those early years with babies underfoot - manic and always slightly treacherous to be sewing under those circumstances, but so precious.

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  4. Wish I could’ve been a mouse in the corner about that time. Thanks for the giggles - I needed that. 😘

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    1. GG: You're welcome! Thought you'd appreciate the laugh - it's been such a morose year, and if we can't find something in our sewing to amuse ourselves, what good is it for, right?

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  5. Oh no! So sorry you got your hair in a tangle. 😲

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  6. That had to hurt! I once sewed my finger when I was home alone (no baby-under-the-table excuse). That needle was painful, but not as painful as backing the needle out. At times like this you summon up - and realize - your inner strength.
    It might be time for a new warning: "Stay Home BUT Stay Safe". Thanks for the heads up! (No pun intended.)

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    1. Lodi: Ooh. I've done that. I must've been in my very early twenties. Icky. There was that surreal moment when I had to "choose" between just sitting there and not making things worse, or actually raising the needle and feeling everything all over again. I think I eventually yelled for Mum for moral support while I turned the wheel and freed myself. Somehow it missed the bone. Hope yours did, too.

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  7. Glad you weren't hurt! Human keratin has pretty good tensile strength so not the worst use of it.

    At least you didn't sew your finger in. I managed to sew over my finger where the needle hit the bone and bent. I had to pry it out while swearing profusely and quietly because my then baby daughter was taking a nap.

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    1. Unknown: Oh no! I was just replying to an earlier comment in which I confessed that I'd impaled myself too but was very grateful that the needle went right through without meeting anything solid. Poor you. I remember those days of sewing with babies - it's funny how naps were beyond sacred and we'd do anything to avoid waking them up! Hope your finger's as good as new now.

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  8. Thanks for sharing your humanity. It’s nice to know that I’m not the only one pulling my hair out. Looking forward to seeing what good things are happening with you. Happy New Year! And Godspeed from a Mom of 2 teen girls and longtime follower.

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    1. Unknown: Thank you! To you and everyone here who's shared their own sewing accidents. I always forget that the sewing machine is quite a dangerous thing, especially when we're sleep-deprived or distracted by children (which accounts for, what, at least half of typical sewing machine users?). Happy new year to you, too!

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  9. I sure hope the 2020 karma is sticking around into 2021! The new year was supposed to turn a corner :-) (BTW I'm still dying to hear what you made the suede into, did I miss that?)

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    1. Sara G: Here's to a brighter and less eventful 2021, indeed! No, I never followed up on the suede (yet). They were supposed to become shoulder bags. Very much like this: http://www.ikatbag.com/2017/03/

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  10. I sorry about your unfortunate event. I have to say just having you write about it and a paint the profound picture that you painted to describe what happened is so great for me to read. I love how you use words. Love you, KT

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    1. Karen: Thank you! I'm not injured (apart from my pride) so it's all good. It was funny after I'd looked back. So silly.

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