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Old 06-08-2012, 05:57 PM
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Question about the bottom hand. I've been watching some video tutorials on hand quilting. I see how the use of a thimble on the top hand works, but what about the bottom hand? When you put the needle down perpendicular you stop as soon as it pokes through the bottom. What prevents the bottom finger from getting poked, when feeling for the tip of the needle?

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Old 06-08-2012, 06:01 PM
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I had a leather thimble for the under hand, but would still poke an uncovered finger no matter what finger I used it on!! I think unless I felt it I didn't feel secure about making it thru all layers...I finally gave up and grew callouses!! I do know there is something like a spoon some people use, but I figure I would probably still stab myself! LOL

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Old 06-08-2012, 06:02 PM
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The bottom finger does get poked! I sometimes stick a little bit of masking tape over the area of my fingertip that gets hit over and over - you need to feel that poke to know when to rock the needle. I believe there are a few 'under hand' tools to help with this, but I have not tried them. Somebody here will know...
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Old 06-09-2012, 04:14 AM
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I always work up some good callouses when hand quilting. It really helps to be able to feel (ouch) the tip of the needle.
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Old 06-09-2012, 04:26 AM
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Yep - it gets poked.. But, i also get the hang of just how far to go to minimize the poking. I have tried to use protector things on my finger, but i just have to be able to "feel" it. I also don't realize how dull my needles get til I start using a new needle realizing how sharp it really is!!
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Old 06-09-2012, 05:07 AM
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I have 2 quilts in progress with hand quilting and, yes, my middle under finger is taking a beating, but a nice callous is developing. I'm not as experienced as many others but I agree that it's best to feel the needle poke through.

That being said, I found a black leather thimble at my LQS the other day and find it's working well. I can still feel the needle and hear a little pricking sound as the needle is rocked backwards. It took a little while to get the feel right and maintain my normal stitch length, but so far I like it. There are lots out there but this one is Nimble The Soft Thimble by Joy Enterprises. www.createforless.com carries them.
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Old 06-09-2012, 05:20 AM
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I can't seem to get a handle on using a thimble on my under the quilt finger. Use one on top though. That bottom finger gets sore, then a callus and when the quilt is done and I get all the dishes washed and the floors scrubbed and bathrooms clean, the callus is gone. Heck, it would be easier to do up another quilt!
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I learned pretty quickly to stop before the needle actually enters my finger - pain usually does that for me. I also try to not have my callous build up too much, because I can't feel the needle as well once it gets too tough.

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My poor left fingers! Not only do I have quilting callouses but I started learning the banjo about 4 months ago and now have banjo callouses on the ends of the same fingers.
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Old 06-09-2012, 06:53 AM
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Im am new to quilting and hand quilting myself. I have found that one of the rubber fingers from an office supply work really good. Its enough to protect your finger cause it will get poked. However, when you ae doing the rocking motion you need to feel the needle come through the fabric just barely and then rock it back up. I found that if I had a think thimble I couldn't feel at all, and if I wore no thimble I had to limit my quilt time cause my finger would get so sore.

Once you start hand quilting you will have to try many different things and keep in mind what works for one person may not work for the next person. All of these ladies have wonderful suggestions and are a wealth of information. Good luck and happy quilting.

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