I am jealous you live in Australia...my absolute favorite can't live without item is the stainless steel cone thimble bought online from thethimblelady.com in Austrailia. I quilt by hand. Her thimbles are FAR SUPERIOR to anything you can get in the U.S. and customer svc is awesome. If you do lots of hand quilting you must check this out. The thimbles are very expensive, but one will last forever and it makes quilting a true pleasure. There is also a video demo on you tube.