On Tuesday afternoon I was sewing something for Claire. It had some sort of sequin/rhinestones on it that I thought wouldn’t effect my sewing since I’ve sewed over them countless of times. Well, this time was different. The needle broke, sort of shattered actually, and one tiny piece flew into my eye
Now I have been sewing for over ten years and broken thousands of needles and this has never happened. I have lots of friends and blogging friends that sew and have never heard of this happening. Whenever a needle broke, my eyelid always closed before a piece the broken needle even got close to my eye. 
But this time was different. I immediately stopped sewing and my eye was blinking like crazy. I think there was some pain, but I don’t remember very much. I went to look in the mirror to get it out, but I couldn’t see anything. It was in my left eye on the top near the bridge of my nose.
Claire needed a nap, so I put her down. I tried flushing my eye with water, but I couldn’t get it out. I tried taking a nap too see if my eye would flush it out if it was relaxed. I said a prayer and decided to go to the urgent care nearby. I didn’t think it was very bad; I thought they would just brush it out. 
I don’t have a car during the day, but our urgent care is a ten minute walk away. I put the kids in the stroller and walked there. I thought about having our nice neighbors drive us, but I wasn’t in any pain and didn’t think it was bad. It only felt like half of a needle was in my eye.

At the urgent care both the receptionist and the nurse gave me a double look when I said I had a piece of a sewing machine needle in my eye. And so did the doctor. But he finally numbed my eye which was a huge relief. He looked at my eye under a microscope, and he saw the offending piece of metal. It luckily hadn’t pierced the cornea, but it was slightly embedded in the surface of my eyeball. He told me I was very lucky that it hadn’t embedded in a spot that effected my vision.
He was able to get all of it out, but whenever metal is in the eye it immediately starts to rust. He had to use a drill on my eye to get the rust out. 
When he said that I asked, “Will that hurt? Will I feel that?” I mean, a drill, on my eye! He replied that I shouldn’t feel anything, and if I do to tell him right away. He used the drill, and I didn’t feel anything. He was nervous about drilling too deep, so he wanted me to go to an ophthalmologist.
I went to an ophthalmologist the next morning who did some more cleaning and drilling with a burr. He couldn’t get all of the rust out, but once my eye healed over it would never bother me and it could only be seen with a microscope.
I feel very blessed that my vision wasn’t affected in anyway, and it was quickly resolved. I have never sewed over my finger in all my years of sewing, but now I have a needle in my eye (cross my heart and hope to die) story that I will never forget. I’m definitely considering getting some sort of glasses to wear while sewing so that it won’t happen again! 

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Author: Heather Handmade

I'm a seamstress and mother. I sew, blog, thrift, upcycle, design fabric, and teach sewing classes. I'm also a self-proclaimed fabric fondler.

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15 thoughts on “A Piece of The Needle Flew Into My Eye

  1. Gosh that is scarey. I always wonder about this especially when I have my head up close to th3 machine. So glad to hear you are okay.

    Posted on January 25, 2018 at 11:48 pm
  2. OH my gosh. I can't believe this happened and I can't believe you walked your self to urgent care!!!

    Posted on November 26, 2014 at 5:49 pm
  3. Oh my gosh!!! I can't believe that happened…. I can't believe you walked yourself and two kids to urgent care!!!!

    Posted on November 26, 2014 at 5:49 pm
  4. So lucky you didn't have your vision affected. Is it ok now?! i hope so.

    Posted on October 23, 2014 at 10:38 am
  5. Whoa Heather! That's crazy!! I guess we need to be sewing with those safety goggles that they use when cutting wood. Wow. I'm really glad your eye is ok!!

    Posted on October 20, 2014 at 6:33 pm
  6. I know this is serious, but your little cross my heart comment made me giggle! Glad you can see okay.

    Posted on October 18, 2014 at 1:46 pm
  7. Not many people have this sort of a story to share… Grad you are OK!

    Posted on October 18, 2014 at 9:29 am
  8. You were very, very, lucky indeed, not to get a more damaging penetrating eye injury and go blind. Glad you didn't.

    Posted on October 18, 2014 at 7:13 am
  9. !!!! oh my gosh!!!

    Posted on October 18, 2014 at 5:31 am
  10. Glad you are ok, how scary! A pice of needle once hit my glasses, so I guess it does help to wear glasses. 🙂

    Posted on October 17, 2014 at 11:53 pm
  11. SO glad you're ok!! I have to admit, every time I sew that's a fear of mine, but I'm weird about my eyes. I've never actually heard of this happening though! Yikes!

    Posted on October 17, 2014 at 6:09 pm
  12. O my God this is so scary.
    I have broken six needles so far and they did fall in my eye but not into it.. Thank God you are fine now..

    Posted on October 17, 2014 at 2:51 pm
  13. Scary! Glad they were able to get it out and that you'll be fine.

    I sewed completely through the middle finger/fingernail of my left hand about a year ago. Freaked me out!! But it healed just fine.

    Posted on October 17, 2014 at 2:36 pm
  14. Safety glasses! Wow, that is so crazy. I, like you, have broken a lot of needles. I had one on my serger just bend, like into a c shape. But I haven't had any get into my eyes. And now I think I will be wearing my glasses more often! And maybe move my machine away from my face just a little but.
    My weird eye story, I popped a blood vessel in my eye while I was in labor with my first kiddo. Those are some great family pictures. 🙂
    So glad it wasn't worse for you. Rest and relax this weekend!

    Posted on October 17, 2014 at 12:18 pm
  15. Oh my god. So glad that it turned out to be fine. Suddenly i'm happy that i wear glasses…

    Posted on October 17, 2014 at 6:03 am