Hitching a Ride?


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This story is about finding that proverbial needle in a haystack. I know I am not alone in that you can find me with a needle in my hand in places other than in my sewing studio at a machine. Places such as but not limited to…

  • The kitchen table
  • Living room (in a variety of spots)
  • Car
  • Work
  • Trailer
  • Front porch
  • Picnic table

And where ever you may have a needle you can lose a needle.

In my sewing studio, there are pins and needles everywhere. There is a recommendation that you wear shoes. I know I can be as careful as can be and ask my students to as well. But pins have a habit of multiplying when you are not looking and almost always on the floor, and hardly ever in a magnetic bowl, that I have all over the place.

My husband is not too keen on the thought of a lost needle so I am very careful. There are times when I am sewing elsewhere that I have dropped a pin or needle but I always find it and quickly at that.

A few weeks ago, while sewing on a binding in the living room I lost the needle I was using. I searched very carefully on the cushions, floor nearby and quilt. It wasn’t until I laid the quilt out and gingerly ran my hand over the quilt while looking with eagle eyes. My eyes did not see it, but my hand did. Or I should say the pin found me. Phew. Last thing I need is a needle in the rug, couch or quilt for some unsuspecting soul to find lodged in a body part.

It happened again a few days ago. Only I couldn’t find it. Both my husband I searched the cushions, area around it, both sides of the quilt. Several times. And several more times. It did not turn up anywhere. Until yesterday. Can you see it?

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I had put the newly threaded needle in the quilt, grabbed the scissors to cut the previous tie off ends and put the scissors down. The naughty needle must have used that opportunity to hitch a ride on the scissors back to the table, where it stayed well hidden.

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I am so glad I found that needle.

What hidden stories of missing pins or needles do you have?

Relived on the Journey, Jackie

  • Karen at Fireball Quilts

    What a sneaky needle! I am always amazed at how good these inanimate objects are at disappearing or hiding when dropped. I “found” a wayward pin once while on my hands and knees in my sewing room…..with my knee–ouch!

    • Jackie

      Ouch! Yes they have a habit of hiding in unsuspecting places. Thanks for stopping by.

      Jackie Berdych
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  • Susan Owenby

    I find them all over the place. Sometimes very painfully. I try so hard too. I generally keep a count of how many I’ve used and count them when I put them back. With the super tiny ones I go over the floor, chair, and table when I’m finished using them. They always manage to find their way into the floor despite my efforts! Oh well, who said there was no blood in sewing?

    • Jackie

      Sewing is not without it’s risks with sharp objects. Needles through a finger, snipping off corners of your finger with scissors and I have had an emergency room visit from a rotary cutter. Lots of dangerous objects!

      Jackie Berdych
      Sew Excited
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  • Paul Burega

    I have one of those magnetic telescoping pointers. It has a really strong magnet, and you can swing it back and forth and it usually finds the needle.

    • Jackie

      Thanks Paul, I have one also and thought about running downstairs to get it. In this case, I wouldn’t have thought of running it over my scissors. I think I need a chair or mat to sit on that is magnetic to collect my wayward needles.

      Jackie Berdych
      Sew Excited
      Website/Blog: http://www.sewexcitedquilts.com
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