Well.... my sewing machine got me. Or should I blame it on I should have been sleeping instead of sewing? Like I tell my kids "if you weren't doing that then that would not have happened!". This saying usually follows my 3rd, 4th and/or 5th time telling them to stop doing something before one of them gets hurt.
|Quilting foot with protection|
|Zigzag foot with protection|
The zipper foot is not a foot I use too often, and when I do it's for smaller zippers....so it's slow sewing, and very brief. However, I'm attempting a pencil skirt and was installing a zipper maybe 2-3 times longer than the 4-7" zippers I have. The length of the zipper meant a longer distance and a somewhat quicker speed then I usually use and without....I guess looking.... or I just simply was paying attention to the zipper and not my finger then that's when it happened.
The tip side of my finger got clipped by the needle right next to my nail. It was enough to draw blood; where you hold your finger after the incident and debate if you should look because you don't want to see how bad it is. "Ah! that's not good." I think I made it worst, by reflex, because I pulled my finger instead of letting the needle come back up. So instead of a puncture wound it ended up looking like a really deep cardboard paper cut. Ouch!!
I haven't paid much attention in the past on how I sew. Maybe my finger usually glides next to the box of the feet I use. The feet I use normally have the hole in the center of the foot so the foot is "protected" by a metal border (see above pics), but the zipper foot is the opposite. The foot looks like a foot and in the center...leaving the needle out loose looking for trouble.
It's all good now, kinda. Still sore.
So this is my Public Service Announcement to you all, if this has not happened to you...yet.
Watch out for your zipper foot they do not have protection.