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Thread: favorite thimble

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    With the recent topic of "favorite needle" it made me want to know everyones favorite thimble, especially for hand quilting. I've looked at them all, I think, and have yet to find the perfect one. I'm a little hesitant to spend $40.00 = $50.00 or more and then find out they are no better than the five dollar ones. I love hand quilting so I would really like to find a great thimble. So far the one I like the best is the flesh colored adjustable one that is open on the nail side. I started with the nimble thimble leather one with the metal in the tip. That one helped me get used to a thimble. I liked it until my needle found the small open spot....OUCH! So what do you all use?

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    I use a cheapie metal thimble. The only problem with it is that the fit depends on how long or short my nail is -- LOL.

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    I use the ultra thimble which is a small round metal disc that uses a very long lasting sticky pad to stick to your finger wherever you prefer, no problem with long finger nails, no problem with sweating, no restrictions on finger movements, I LOVE it :D

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    I have a Roxanne thimble. I really like it. The dimples are deep and there are different sizes to fit to your finger.

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    I've tried the metal thimbles, the regular ones, and what i don't like is i like to also hold the needle with my thimble finger too, and i cant do that or have as much control of the needle as i would like with that kind. I'm not using one that is like a metal ring, one side is a round metal disc, and the other side is just a ring, so it le4aves part of my finger open to feel the needle

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    I have two I use, a leather one with elastic on, and the other is a sterling silver antique.

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    Roselady, I use the same one as you the flesh coloured adjustable one as I find it difficult to find traditional ones that fit properly.
    Katherine

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    After using several different kinds , spending lots of $ on thimbles and trying bunches of them...I've found that I hate thimbles and I just can't function well with one. I do use the same one as you..(the open one that your finger nail sticks out of) when I absolutely have to use a thimble. They just don't seem to fit me well and just like working with gloves on...I just can't!! :evil:

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    I have tried many thimbles, the one that works the best for me is the cheap metal thimble..... Go to your LQS and try out the different sizes. I have a couple that sit in my little holder..... some fit my finger when it's cold, some fit my finger when it's "normal" I've tried the leather thimbles & usually end up poking my finger through the leather before the quilt is finished. It's like all the rest of the quilting "rules" whatever works best for you IMHO

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    Ditto on the Roxanne thimble. I love it. For metal to metal quilting I use a Quilting Arts thimble.

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    I was lucky enough to get my Grandmothers 40+ years ago. It's metal and fits me to a T! Pretty lucky I am~

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    I too use the leather thimble with the elastic, usually buy them when Joann's has the 50% off notions. I have never been able to use the "traditional" thimbles, even when I was younger and sewed clothes. Tried so many and finally tried the leather ones and I am able to use it.

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    I use a "clover" deerskin leather with a metal dimpled plate in it. I love it, it fits which ever finger I put it on. When it starts to be stretched out, I dampen it, throw it in the dryer, and it is like new. it is around $12. at fabric and craft stores.

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    Never thought about wetting and putting it in the dryer. What a good idea! Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bearpaw
    I have a Roxanne thimble. I really like it. The dimples are deep and there are different sizes to fit to your finger.
    This is the only thimble I've ever been able to use. Now I can't sew a stitch without it. My mother would be so proud! :D

    You can find the thimble here.

    http://www.thatperfectstitch.com/index.html

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