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Old 12-06-2006, 11:23 AM
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I am quilting by hand. Does anyone have any ideas about preventing pricking my thumb with the needle. When guiding the needle it touches the tip of my thumb. I have tried putting a large thimble on my thumb. I do not like this because it is very akward. A bandade does not let me feel the needle either. Any ideas?

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Old 12-06-2006, 11:30 AM
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I can't use a thimble on my thumb either so I come up very gently on the thumb.
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Old 12-06-2006, 11:47 AM
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I am doing this also. It has cut back on the pricks but it does stop it completely. I am making sure that I put lotion on my hands at night and in the morning to put the moisture back into the tip of the thumb.

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Old 12-06-2006, 12:19 PM
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Some of that liquid bandade or even white glue one your finger or thumb protects mine enough to not get quite so sore, and I can still feel everything. It feels a little wierd at first, but is alot easier to get used to than a bandade or thimble. Don't forget to let it dry first!!
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Some of that liquid bandage or even white glue on the finger or thumb protects mine enough to not get quite so sore, and I can still feel everything. It feels a little wierd at first, but is alot easier to get used to than a bandaid or thimble. Don't forget to let it dry first!! Also, I use my middle finger or index finger instead of my thumb sometimes, and the needle hits my nail instead of the skin, but it is very hard on nails. They get all scratched up, but better than hurting.
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Old 12-06-2006, 04:54 PM
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I also do a lot of hand quilting. I use a couple coats of clear nail polish to reduce the "ouch" but still enable me to feel the needle. I thought that I wouldn't mind the needle prick once I developed a callus . . . unfortunately that didn't happen.
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Old 12-07-2006, 05:16 AM
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LOL you just end up with a lot of little snags that hang on everything, especially pantyhose!
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Old 12-07-2006, 10:39 AM
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So true. I had to deal with that this morning getting ready for work. My thumb may not be looking good but at least the quilt looks nice.

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I do a lot of hand quilting and also loads of applique and I use super glue on my fingers that I tend to prick all the time. It seems to work best for me. My hands crack open and bleed often and I use super glue to put them back together. It helps them heal also.
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Old 12-08-2006, 05:33 AM
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That unusal. I have never heard of anyone putting super glue on their finger on purpose. How do you remove this? If removing with finger nail polish remover, does this not dry out your finger?

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