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Thread: Thimbles

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    Does anyone use a thumb thimble? There are times when I'm quilting I get to a point where I use my thumb to push the needle through. As you know the eye of the needle also goes into my thumb and that hurts!!! I saw one that was like a ring and had a small cup type part on it where the needle would rest when it was pushed through.

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    I use a leather thimble.

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    I have not personally done that, but have seen others use them. I would think they would be more important if you are quilting using a frame rather than a hoop.

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    I use a tailor's thimble. It's big enough to fit my thumb.

    Janet

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    I use a leather thimble, but only when I am stitching the binding down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KimS
    Does anyone use a thumb thimble? There are times when I'm quilting I get to a point where I use my thumb to push the needle through. As you know the eye of the needle also goes into my thumb and that hurts!!! I saw one that was like a ring and had a small cup type part on it where the needle would rest when it was pushed through.
    This is what I saw.

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    I quilt with my thumb all the time and use my fingernail but eventually drill a hole in the nail. So I sprung for a TJ Lane thimble that is big enough to fit my thumb. I have one for my index finger and one for my thumb. Prior to getting the TJ Lane I bought one like you are describing and I did not find it to work very well. The cup where the needle sits has no dimples or anything to hold the needle and I found my needle would slip or more aptly ricochet right out of it. I lost patience with it very quickly. Maybe with practice it would have worked. If you PM me your mailing address and if I can still find it I will be happy to mail it to you.

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    yes

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    Quote Originally Posted by huntannette
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    What type do you use?

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    small round rubber discs ( minature idea of rubber jar dics )
    I have replaced the idea of needing a thimble using these.

    However, when hand quilting.. only use a quiters thimble, has a ridge around the top to catch the needle. differant from the round top thimble.

    good post !
    Ell

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