Sunday, June 7, 2009

I think I have "Embroiderer's Fingers"

I've been doing so much embroidery and handsewing lately that I've sustained injuries. I've stabbed myself so many times with the needle that the skin on the end of two of my fingers has split, is tender and just a little bit numb. And it's really sore. Poor me!


If anyone has any suggestions on how to prevent "Embroiderer's Fingers", please let me know. I want to be able to handsew without using bad, bad language and without tears. All advice will be gratefully accepted.

Some good news is that my injured fingers didn't stop me from making one of my husband's favourite dinners tonight... Chicken and Vegetable pie.



It was delicious.

19 comments:

Treacle Beak said...

Maybe good old fashioned thimbles would help the poor sore finger ends.

Treacle Beak said...

P.S. - I want to be there for the Chicken and Vege pie.

Tania said...

Now that looks like a scrummy wintry dinner. Feel very sorry for your fingers. I would have shed tears too (only mine would have been from the very first stabbing!). Never could quite work out the thimble thing.

Nikki @ My Black Cardigan said...

The only thimbles I've ever used have been those nasty hard plastic ones that make it impossible to sew.. the irony! Maybe I should go and check out if there are any new fancy-pants thimbles...

Sandrine said...

Oh my dear...my grandma was a seamstress and her fingers tips were very tough...she used to say " C'est le metier qui rentre...) means...the pain is showing that you are getting better...(hard to translate or to beleive;)!!)
First thing maybe put lots of pawpaw cream to heal while not working...how about you try and find some leather gloves at op shop and cut the finger tip to use????
May be you won't be able to sew after that eather ?;)
In millinery we have to use hard metal pin to block the hat and that can hurt too but I use a millinery thimble...

clare's craftroom said...

There are little rubber bits like thimbles but easier to use , I don't know where you get them from . I don't use them cause I'm too tough , lol .

i cant sew said...

ouch, i shouldnt complain, my fingers are not that sore at all!! i love stitching and would stitch all day if i didnt have the rest of my life 'to do'
have a great week
%*_*% rosey

truj said...

Oh, poor you! I recon have a break and give your fingies a week off.
--- Can vouch for the paw-paw!

Nikki @ My Black Cardigan said...

Clare, I'd like to poke you for suggesting I'm not tough.... except my fingers are too sore!

Thea said...

I do remember seeing some stick-on finger pads for sewing (years ago) that are easier to use than thimbles. Don't remember what they were called and I may have seen them when I was living in Canada. Maybe you can google them?

Kylie said...

I have seen the stick on thimble here in Oz - maybe try a cross stitch supplier. My mum uses a leather thimble when she is doing her patchwork - I am with you on the plastic ones though - they are useless.

Sandra @ Pepperberry and Co. said...

Ouch! That's not fun at all :-( I think sewing with bandaids on!!

Christina Lowry said...

If you type 'thimble' into ebay you will find all kinds of weird and wonderful porcelain and metal thimbles, but also Nimble and Thimble-it's. I think they will keep you safe. Poor fingers!
(Mine aren't tough either...)

:)

m.e (Cathie) said...

oh no, poor fingers, agree with the paw paw though and maybe give them a few days off :)
sorry, i'm not of much help, just sympathy.

Bronwyn said...

Would winning my giveaway help? Cos you have!! Congrats and thanks so much for visiting my blog - lovely to meet new bloggers, especially Aussie ones and super especially Melbournians!!

Philigry said...

that pie looks so good!
my sister told me about a thimble that sticks on your finger! i have never seen one, but i bet you could find some on line! hang in there. that looks painful!

daws said...

What about the rubber thimbles that you get in Stationery shops (Staff in post offices seem to like them).

One of the ladies at my silversmithing group makes thimbles, I'll ask her some questions. A silver one with a leather tip would be pretty cool I think.

Cath said...

so masterchef - those injured fingertips but still pulling off a magnificent dish - look delish.

UK lass in US said...

Ouch. Poor you.

It took a little searching but I knew that I had read an article on the different types of thimbles:
http://www.purlbee.com/the-purl-bee/2008/5/6/mollys-sketchbook-sewing-kit-essentials-thimbles.html

Maybe one of them would help?