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Thread: thimble help please!!

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    Unhappy thimble help please!!

    I'm a hand quilter. I could not use a thimble until I found the Blue Wonder Thimble. I love it so much that last time I ordered, I purchased 6 (they do tend to wear out kinda fast). I just grabbed my charge card and went online to order some more, but after a long search discovered that they are not made any more. The web site said something about a company making the mold wrong and it being too expensive to redo..?? They still make the thin one that some people use for the under the quilt finger. What to do? What to do? Do I have to go back to using tape or band aids on my finger? Is there anything else as comfortable as my blue thimble??

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    I don't know but they do make the leather ones. You might try one of those or try looking in some of the smaller quilt shops that might still have some in stock.
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    I don't know much about thimbles, but I hope someone can help you.
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    I just tried to google this timble to see what it looked like and came up empty! If it's what I think it is, I believe JoAnn's used to carry them??? Had I seen this post earlier this AM I would have looked for you while I was there this AM. The only other suggestion I have for you - as a fellow hand quilter - is to try the Thimblelady plastic thimbles. They are open ended and fairly cone shaped. The dimples are quite deep. And the plastic ones are VERY reasonable. It takes a bit to get used to pushing with the pad of your finger vs. the tip but I find it far more comfortable. I tried the plastic ones first to see how I liked the fit and method. I've since graduated to the stainless steel version which, I think, is still pretty reasonable. Their fitting instructions are right on the money. I've worn holes in the dimples of both the plastic and the s/s (believe it or not). But I do find them very easy to use, comfortable to wear and a good bang for the buck. JMO.

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    I don't know being from Australia, but have you checked Ebay or sites like that. You never know maybe there are some on there.

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    I use this one, they also wear out but I think they are very comfortable

    http://comfortthimble.com/
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    A thimble is a very personal object to find. All thimbles are not 'born' alike, as we have all found out. In answering your question about comfortable thimbles, I have found only three types that I have found comfortable to wear and to use. Clover puts out a thimble called "Protect and Grip" It has a metal tip and a scallop designed upper part that is soft and clings to your finger. If you use the tip of you finger to push the needle through the fabric, you might like this one. I don't use the tip of my finger and so cannot use this thimble because when I push the needle along, I use the side of my finger (don't know why, just can't get my finger around to push with the tip) and the eye end of the needle goes through the soft top of the thimble. I love leather thimbles because I can use any part of my finger to push the needle through. There are all kinds of leather thimbles out there, and I have gotten mine from online 'stores'. Next is the Thimblelady's thimble which is open ended and sort of cone shaped ( you have to measure your finger before you order the thimble to make sure you will buy the right size for you) It has its holes going up the side instead of at the tip, and the holes are quit deep so that your needle stays right in there. There is a technique to be learned to use this thimble (which I haven't quite achieved) but I think it is probably the least painful way to quilt. At least that's what everyone says. So these are the three thimbles that I have found that were comfortable to use. I hope you find something you can use. Nothing more frustrating than using thimbles that aren't comfortable and don't really do the job for you.

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    Postage is likely to be steep, but there is an auction for the "Blue Wonder Thimble" in New Zealand. Is this the one you're looking for? http://www.trademe.co.nz/crafts/quil...-437901079.htm

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    I really like the new Clover silicone thimbles. They are soft and lightweight. Try this: Get an inexpensive metal thimble closest to your size and whack it with a hammer until it is a slight oval shape. It will fit your finger better and be very comfortable. It's the best way to get a beginner to use a thimble because it fits the finger and doesn't fall off.
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    Is this the thimble you are looking for ? : http://www.createforless.com/Dritz+T...utm_medium=cse

    never mind, not the right one.
    Last edited by BellaBoo; 01-07-2012 at 10:12 AM.
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