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    Has anyone used the "quilting spoon" or the "quarter method" I love to hand quilt, but finger gets too sore after a while. I use the liquid bandaid, but after a while that doesnt help. Read about the above on J. Beyer website. Going to try quarter method today if I can determine how to tape to finger.

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    My lower side finger gets really sore too. Sometime I just put a narrow piece of athletic tape over the spot. That is the white tape you see them use for first aide or wrapping ankles. Seems to help the spot and I can still feel the needle.

    I am looking forward to see what others say about those methods.

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    I love Thimble -It from Sailor. I use two together but I use them several times. You hardly know it's there.

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    I have never used thimbles but a friend here sent me some you stick on the spots that get stuck the most ...like thimble flats. LOL. My hubby laughs when I poke myself.. you hear this eeeeeeeeek.

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    I had Thumb Eze that I used but I can't find them anymore. They were small pieces of stinky back plastic that I could put on my thumb (which I use to stop the needle under the quilt) Bandaids do not work for me.

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    I purchased a pair of gloves the ones that are dipped and become a hard rubber. I cut the finger out and then sewed a small seam on the inside. It is a perfect flexable finger thimble.

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    You build up a callous eventually - the trick is, when your skin gets wet the calloused skin will want to flake off - do NOT flake it off.

    Also it helps to alternate between index and middle finger under quilt.

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    Have you tried using an Aunt Becky's? It's a little tricky to get used to, but once you do you can really fly!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ptquilts
    You build up a callous eventually - the trick is, when your skin gets wet the calloused skin will want to flake off - do NOT flake it off.

    Also it helps to alternate between index and middle finger under quilt.
    I alternate between index and middle finger too. It also helps to take a little break when your fingers get too sore. Sometimes a little ice on the sore ones helps until they get used to being stuck.

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    i use a regular inespensive thimble under the quilt.
    Best ones are found in antique or thrift shops. The old ones that are rather smooth around the top. You tap the top until it is flat and then use the edge of the thimble to help the needle underneith. It works and doesnlt appear to ware on the needle. This is the way I learned many years ago and still works despite of all the fancy stuff available.

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    I purchased a box of Swingline® Rubber Fingertips from one of the office supply stores (it was under $3 for 12). I wear one on my right index finger, it helps to pull the needle and prevents the needle from slicing the fingertip.

    On my left hand, I wear one on my middle finger, you can tell that the needle has gone through the fabric yet the needle doesn't stab over and over.

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    Because of diminished sensitivity in my hands I don't use a thimble. Have tried to many times, but it seems no matter which finger I put the thimble I always end up using another finger to push the needle!

    I've tried using several thimbles at a time , beat myself at my own game so to speak....doesn't work well at all, it merely confuses me (as if *that* were so hard to accomplish!) :? :cry:

    When I hand quilt, which is often in the colder months, I start off for just a short while each night, until I build up a callus on the under fingers - index, middle, ringer - then I can often quilt for hours without any thimble at all, top or bottom.
    I admire those of you who can and do make beautiful stitches with thimbles on your hands!:mrgreen:

    Jan in VA

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    I have tried Aunt Becky and couldn't use it, the needle slipped off of it and made big stitches, and I didn't try very long with that. I also read about Jinny Beyer using a spoon so I wanted to try that. Before spending the money, and not knowing if it would work or not, I found an old spoon in my drawer and had my husband cut off about 2 inches off the handle, I then put a soft rubber thing that is made to go on a pencil for comfort, on what was left of the spoon. It works great!! I can really get going when I use it. Because that worked so well I decided to buy the "T J quilters spoon", but I don't like it near as well as my homemade quilters spoon, the angle of the bowl is different and it isn't as comfortable to use as mine is.

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    I use my index and middle fingernails on the hand underneath...I try and put several coats of clear polish on, as a "buffer", then when all dry, get to quilting...I have to say not sure is the best thing to do, but it beats getting poked for me...i just can't seem to quilt unless I can "feel" the tip of the needle. I sure wish I could use some sort of cover, tho...good thing I have never been a gal who gets manicures... :-D

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    I don't use a thimble either, I have calluses built up since I'm working on a quilt currently. LOL I'm looking into a leather one though, I've heard they work well. I also do what the others do, and rotate fingers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by arbed31
    I purchased a box of Swingline® Rubber Fingertips from one of the office supply stores (it was under $3 for 12). I wear one on my right index finger, it helps to pull the needle and prevents the needle from slicing the fingertip.

    On my left hand, I wear one on my middle finger, you can tell that the needle has gone through the fabric yet the needle doesn't stab over and over.
    I use the rubber fingers too.. I have even found some similar at the quilting store for wearing when guiding machine quilting. They are light enough that you can feel through them and really protect well and inprove grip!

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    I want to feel the needle underneath, but just barely, not hard enough to poke myself. If it hurts me then I went to far & have big stitches.(Worse than a sore finger! ;0 ) I use a thimble with 'dimples' on the end of it on my middle finger. Where I have trouble is with my English PP GFG. I do have my thimble on but my ring finger starts getting sore from holding the back side of the needle. I've taken to putting those small plastic dots on that finger. Two thimbles would be confusing!

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    I usually don't use anything and eventuality my finger will calluse. I've used the little metal stick on "tacks" and also have wrapped my finger with that cloth medical tape

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    Quote Originally Posted by marscrafter
    I don't use a thimble either, I have calluses built up since I'm working on a quilt currently. LOL I'm looking into a leather one though, I've heard they work well. I also do what the others do, and rotate fingers.
    I tried a leather one and it worked really well, but wasn't very snug, so it slipped around a lot. I eventually ended up putting a band-aid around the bottom as a means of taping it to my finger! That worked well, but my finger got hot. Geez, I'm particular!

    My thimble of choice now is a pink plastic thimble that has an opening on the top for my nail. It fits snug without choking my finger and works beautifully!

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    I use the Liuxin Newman method--no need to develop callouses on any fingers at all.

    She also sells silicon fingers to put on the index finger to help pull the needle through. What I like about them is that there's a little patch you cut out of them where your fingernail is, which helps prevent them from feeling sweaty.

    I seem to be plateau'd at 8 stitches per inch but I haven't had much time to practise--too busy reading and learning!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dublb
    I want to feel the needle underneath, but just barely, not hard enough to poke myself. If it hurts me then I went to far & have big stitches.(Worse than a sore finger! ;0 )
    Same here. After a while of lots of teeny, tiny "touches" (not pokes) from the tip of the needle, I developed a callous on the tip of my middle finger.

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    I have tried many, many kinds of thimbles. I have come to the conclusion that I can't use a thinble. They fall off, they make my fingers sweat, and my stitches look terrible. I seem to poke the same place on my left middle finger--the one on the bottom. It seems to be a minute hole and the needle seems to hit it EVERY time. I can't see it, just feel it. This happens every time I hand sew. I think I'm just too fussy. I have tried for hours at a time and just can't get used to a thimble. Poor, Poor, Pitiful Me.
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    I use Marian's Magic Quilting Thimble. I love it. I can quilt for hours and no sore fingers. I will say it took me a little while to get the hang if it. I watched a video on using it on YouTube and that helped a lot.

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