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Thread: Cannot use a thimble....argh!

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    I do not use a regular thimble. I use a small 3/8 " heavy duty felt pads. You know the ones to protect your funiture. I put it on the spot that I wear a hole in my figure from pushing the needle through. You can only use them once. And if you are doing a ton of hand sewing they do wear out. They are cheap and you can get them at your favorite box store. (Walmart) :-D K.

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    Quote Originally Posted by erstan947
    Quote Originally Posted by laurlync
    I have the same problem with a regular, rigid thimble, but I switched to a leather thimble and it works great.
    Me too. I use Clover brand.
    ditto

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    I tried all sorts of thimbles and prefer to use finger cots. They work great for me and are not cumbersome

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    Quote Originally Posted by laurlync
    I have the same problem with a regular, rigid thimble, but I switched to a leather thimble and it works great.
    I love my leather thimble and you are right, it does work great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cjomomma
    Quote Originally Posted by tooMuchFabric
    Quote Originally Posted by cjomomma
    I can't use a thimble due to long fingernails.
    I use the ones with the little lip on them, and a hole for the long fingernails to fit into.
    Thank you. I will have to look for them.
    I have found these at quilt shows but I am sure they carry them in LQS

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    It isn't that I can't get used to one, it's that I can't find one that will stay on!!! I bought a leather one and it stays on better. I saw somewhere that there was one that's adjustable. I just may have to buy one!

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    Get one of your inexpensive metal thimbles and a hammer. Tap the thimble on the side until it forms an slight oval shape. Fit and tap until it fits just right. The thimble will fit comfortable and stay on.

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    I have never come to terms with a thimble. I use a small (garage grunge free) needle nose pliers. They can be used to either push or pull the needle. I know I've corrupted the last quilting bee I went to because everyone kepts stealing my pliers all day long.

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    I never could use a thimble...even the little adhesive leather or rubber pads feel weird. I do have some Clover brand leather thimbles that slip on like a ring...I love those!!!

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    I am happy to learn that I am not the only one who can't use a thimble and I have tried many times.
    Quote Originally Posted by freezeframe03
    I just cannot come to terms with using a thimble. I only have one end of my binding sewn and am already well on my way to a sore finger! Anyone else have this problem and what do you use to keep the needle eye from poking at you?

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    I have used a leather thimble, I like it better than the metal thimbles. But it still seems too bulky for me. So now I just wrap the end of my finger in a few layers of masking tape....works for me! :)

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    Finally realized that thimbles are very uncomfortable for me because I have short fingers and some arthritis so the rim of the thimble was pressing against my knuckle joint and making it raw. First I tried putting a piece of cotton ball in the tip of the thimble and then bought myself one of the new thimbles made of neon colored rubber with a metal tip. Yippee! Great for tying my quilt! Not cheap, but so worth it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lacelady
    Quote Originally Posted by raptureready
    Mom used the hard metal kind but I have a "bump" on my finger and can't use that kind. I found some self-adhesive leather dots that can be used over and over and I love them. I've also used the clear plastic dots and they work well too.
    I recently saw thimble that might help you with your bump. They have a soft, silicone sort of part that fits over your finger, with just a metal top to them. I think Clotilde do them. (Protect & grip: http://www.clotilde.com/list.html?cat_id=143 )
    And a bunch of other fabric stores sell them, too. About $10.00 but really worth it!

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    I cannot wear a thimble either. I use a small piece of plastic cut from a card box and tape it to my finger using surgical tape. Works for me. I end up retaping about every 1/2 hour, but that's OK. Usually need to take a break that often anyway.

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    And I thought I was the only one who couldn't use a thimble. I've tried several different kinds, metal, leather, the finger cots, -- what finally worked for me was plain old masking tape wrapped several times around the finger.

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    Same here. Never could use the metal thimbles but the leather is good.


    Quote Originally Posted by laurlync
    I have the same problem with a regular, rigid thimble, but I switched to a leather thimble and it works great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by freezeframe03
    I just cannot come to terms with using a thimble. I only have one end of my binding sewn and am already well on my way to a sore finger! Anyone else have this problem and what do you use to keep the needle eye from poking at you?
    Do I have the answer for you!!! I'm with you I have a problem with thimbles so here goes. If you know anyone that is nurse or if you go to the hospital or Doc office or you may just go in there and buy one but... you know the rubber bands they put on your arm to take blood. Well ask if you can keep it because they throw them away. Cut it the length that will go over your finger and rap a Band-Aid around it to keep it in place. I love it I can still feel it stays on and protects my finger.

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    karielt, that's an excellent idea. I'll try it next time I have my blood taken.

    also, I have trouble with traditional thimbles cuz' my fingers sweat. I have only been able to use the cheap ones from Joanns and Hancocks that are leather with a piece of plastic on them, they go around your finger, not covering the whole end, I get along with those much better.

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    Here is a link for some open ended, tubular metal thimbles
    http://www.stanssewingsupplies.com/c...prodid=4954596

    and leather and metal ones, very pretty
    http://www.cottonpatch.co.uk/acatalog/thimbles.html

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    I can't use a metal thimble either. What I have found that works the best for me is the rubber fingers you buy at an office supply store. Underneath the rubber finger on the spot where the needle sometimes goes through the rubber I place a small oval thing-a-ma-jig called a Thimble-It. It is so much more comfortable than either a metal or leather thimble. The Thimble-It is made by the Colonial Needle Co. They are $4.95 for 64 ovals and you can use them several times before the adhesive wears off. Find them at colonialneedle.com. The rubber fingers come in boxes of 12 are are usually less then $2.00 a box.

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    I don't do thimbles either and I am a hand quilter. I do howver, put on a fabric bandaid and it doesn't let me get poked. Use them on three fingers. Otherwise I get poked and have little rough spots where it pokes me. LOL. I have tried every kind of thimble but learned without one and I know now you cannot teach an old dog new tricks. LOL

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    I like the rubber fingers from staples, I also use the little round plastic sticker thimble it. But these are only for softer materials

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    Yes, I use those little plastic ovals, you can cut them to shape!
    They are quite comfortable and seem to work for me, but most of the time I use nothing and I just push the needle through with my nail.Mad Gertie from Kent.

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    The leather thimble are great.

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    Thanks everyone, great bunch of suggestions! I found a leather one at hobby lobby that I can actually get along with. I do wish it came in one more size smaller tho. I keep flicking it off my finger and chasing it. I'd better get a backup for when I can't find it....like last night when it went flying and somehow landed in my little chair-side trash. I was tearing the room apart, moving chairs, cussing...hubs knew something was very wrong and came to help...why did it take a guy to look in the trash!?

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