Lesson learned. Remove the pins. Luckily, I just bought a pack of needles a couple of weeks ago because the needles hasn't been changed since I've had the machine.
With new needle in place, I can continue on with a tote bag with these fabrics:
It's destined to be a gift for one of Martina's friends. We'll fill with either art supplies, or some fun little tchotchkes from a Japanese store.