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Thread: thimbles for quilting

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    Hello everyone. This is the first time I have asked a question and look forward to sharing with you. I quilt only by hand. As a right-handed person, I use a thimble on my right index finger. So far, so good! I need to use a protection for my left index finger which feels the needle coming through the layers and guides it back up again. I have been using an ultra thimble metal circle protector which adheres by a self-adhesive circle inside the metal. This self-adhesive piece needs to be re-placed fairly frequently and is therefore not convenient. Does anyone have an alternate suggestion?
    I look forward to your help. Thanks in advance.
    Phyllis
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    Sorry I can't help - I use my middle finger of my left hand to feel the needle comin through - it is VERY sore by the time a quilt is finished but I have to be able to feel the needle or I just can't get it - - - welcome to the board.

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    Don't know much about thimbles, I'm not a hand quilter but I wanted to Welcome you to the board from Southern California!!

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    Welcome to the board :lol: I have hand quilted some, I'm left handed, so I put one thimble on my index finger and one on my rt. second finger, so I can push it back thru. I don't know if I'm doing it right,but that's how I do it.

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    Try cleaning your finger with alcohol first before using the adhesive, it will stick longer. I don't do much hand quilting but when I do I use one of the small dot bandaids for my underneath finger.

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    I've recently been using a few strips of my 1/4" tape on my underneath finger. Just throw it away at the end of a quilting session.

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    I use nexicare fleixible clear tape. I buy it at the drug store where the bandaids are sold. Johnson and Johnson use to have one that was much better, but cannot find it any longer. It will wear out quickly but not as expensive as the self adhesive pads. I have used it for over 20 years. It works for me. Don't use the cloth or paper tape they seem to shread really bad and the needle will get caught it the cloth. I hope this helps.

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    Have you tried using the Aunt Becky??????? Just google it in there is a video to watch. Hope this helps.

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    I found a great thimble to wear on my left hand. It helps me push the fabric up a bit so I can catch a very few threads for very small stitches. Since it is hard for me to see and I do almost everything by touch, I appreciate how this thimble covers so much of my finger. Check it out. You can try it for free (I think).

    http://momsmagicthimble.com/

    Gwyn

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    I have always used a thimble on the left hand to help get the needle back up. I'm not sure where I got mind but it very smooth on top and if it is at the right angle the needle slides right back up.
    I could never use the end of the thimble, so I use a tailor's thimble to quilt with. It has the end out and nice deep indentions in the side.

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