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Thread: Can't seem to get the hang of using a thimble.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ninnie
    I can't use metal thimbles either! They go flying across the room ! I use a leather one with a metal insert in side and end of it. They hard to find, but come in all sizes. The one I'm using now has been super glued twice. I have others, but the old one feels the best. I have callous on two fingers on left hand, the ones under quilt. If I quilt a lot, 6 or 8 hours strait when getting Christmas gifts done, I have to use emery board and sand down callous! :lol: :lol: So just do what feels best for you! Ninnie in NC
    That's the same type I use, just can't do it with anything else & the old one is best. Mine is sized for my thumb but I use it on first & middle finger as well.
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    I have a thimble collection...it's very pretty.. it lives in a special lamp my dear papa designed and made for me. Use them.........NEVER.. thimbles make me crazy. OK.. thimbles make me CRAZIER. I used bandaids, I like the nexcare ones, or if you can find it, there's a kind of pink plastic like tape that comes in various sizes. It sticks like mad and is nice and tough and only occasionally does a needle puncture it. If I need something to push a needle through, I use the fingernail on my middle finger. This has the added benefit of keeping me from biting my nails.. gotta have them for stitching. :P

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    I use the little sticky leather pads you can get from Keepsake quilting. It can take if off and use it again probably 10 times before I need to replace. I have every thimble ever invented. Will try to hammer one and see if it stays on LOL

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    I never thought to reshape the thimble!!!

    Thimbles just do not stay on my finger. They slide right off.

    I'm definately going to try to reshape one of them.

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    If they don't stay on your finger, you need a different size. I have bought and tried many thimbles, from $17 thimbles from quilting celebrities to different leather ones, to exotic space-age plastic ones from some vendors at one of the Quilt Markets, but in the end I wear my $1 Safety Thimble. If you want to use a thimble (and I do, not only for quilting but for all of my handsewing of every kind), then you have to get one that fits. It should remain on your finger if you wiggle your fingers, but it should not pinch your finger at all. Wear it all the time for a while, to get used to it. If you don't want to use a thimble and you have a method of stitching that works well for you, then don't bother.

    The problem with many thimbles is that they are too cumbersome, and it's hard to get used to them. A thimble should be small enough that it doesn't come anywhere near your knuckle. It shouldn't interfere with the free bending motion of your finger.

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    I am a hand quilter and have always used the thimble that have that have a really deep indentation, that looks as though was soldered on separately, because looks as though it is brass. They come in large sizes. I will say it took me a very long time to get use to a thimble. But I have now been hand quilting since 1983 and that is the only thimble I use. But I have seen many people quilt without any thimble. I am always amazed and whatever works and does the job is the way to go.

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