I agree with you, Debby! I was turning my left middle finger to hamburger when I was hand quilting. Then I found something called the Under thimble. It's just a little metal disk that has some glue on it, and you stick it opn the end of your finger. It stays on pretty well, and your needle kind of bounces off it because it's rounded. You can use the disk over and over again, because the heat from you skin reactivates the glue, and it comes with several glue disks. You're actually more likely to lost the disk than to run out of the glue thingies. I don't do hand quilting without it anymore!