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    Quote Originally Posted by PatriceJ
    he was just being his usual smarty-pants (but completely adorable) self and teasing you.

    i tried the leather thimble, too, and had the same problem you did.

    i haven't yet found a thimble that worked for me. but ... i'm 99.999999% sure the problem is me - not the thimbles. except for the "fact" that they all seem to be designed for little-bitty women with teeny-tiny fingers. all but the thumb-size are too small; thumb size is too big. adjustables cut off my circulation. can't win.

    i just live with the pain and hope i don't bleed all over it when i stick myself. :shock:
    Thank you Patrice. I tried putting a thimble on my Bernina but that didn't work so well either.

    I do have a book on hand quilting, but so far, the urge hasn't hit me.

    I finished cutting out all the squares for making my flying geese this morning before work. Dang, these people seem to think they won't pay me if I don't come to work.

    Well, off to program some robots.

    tim in san jose

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    When I got what my Dr. called a "fissure" in my heel from a cracked callous, he told me to use a lotion called "Amlactin". It's not a prescription lotion, but I did get it from my pharmacist. It worked like a miracle! The crack was so painful it hurt to walk - and since I am a diabetic, any foot thing is scary - and the Amlactin softened my heel overnight! It worked on my fingertips too. I'm kind of picky about lotions, and I have to say that I didn't like the way it felt on my hands, but boy does it work! My "usual" hand/body lotion is "Udderly Smooth" udder cream - not greasy or smelly & soaks in really fast & doesn't make my hands feel sticky. Hope this helps!

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    I know how it is, Tim. My boss also seems to have this strange notion stuck in her head that i should not only come to work, but do my job while i'm there. Confuses the heck outa me, I must say. never heard of anything so illogical.


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    Quote Originally Posted by PatriceJ
    I know how it is, Tim. My boss also seems to have this strange notion stuck in her head that i should not only come to work, but do my job while i'm there. Confuses the heck outa me, I must say. never heard of anything so illogical.
    Don't they know we have important quilting to do?

    tim

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    Quote Originally Posted by kathy
    I can't make that rascal stay in the right place, it either turns or just pops off the end of finger. I've gotten used to the metal one and don't even notice it anymore
    kathy
    I like a leather one for catching, sometimes. Kathy, put that baby in water then mold it to your finger. I like the metal on the pushing finger, cause those betweens can catch under the nail sometimes, but if it's really leather, soak it in water then mold, as it dries, continue to make sure it's drying to your finger size. Waala, it will stay on. If it doesn't mold to the finger........it's not really leather.

    Boy Scouting comes in handy for some things! :)

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    i'll try the water but maybe i don't have the right one. it's a tiny piece of leather in a plastic frame that's tied together with thread elastic

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    Do any of you have trouble with the needle poking through the leather thimbles, or did I just get a poor quality?

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    Hi there,

    I was in the Hancocks store in Tucson yesterday and saw the little stick on thimble dots. they are designed to be used on the left hand that goes under the quilt to keep from sticking your fingers. Don't know what they are called but don't see why you couldn't use them on your thimble finger to. I am going to try them because I have a callus on my thimble finger too.

    Jane Sisk
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    I have some of the dots if anyone wants to try them, pm me, I'll gladly give them up. I don't like them at all. I AM going to go try some of the liquid bandage as my fingers are bleeding again today after working on the niece quilt. I want to work on it, I do, I don't want to quit for fingers to heal. It has been awhile since I did the hand quilting so the callus all wore off.

    Just let me know, gals and gents, I'll share!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mimisharon
    I have some of the dots if anyone wants to try them, pm me, I'll gladly give them up. I don't like them at all. I AM going to go try some of the liquid bandage as my fingers are bleeding again today after working on the niece quilt. I want to work on it, I do, I don't want to quit for fingers to heal. It has been awhile since I did the hand quilting so the callus all wore off.

    Just let me know, gals and gents, I'll share!
    I appreciate the offer, but the mighty Bernina doesn't need them and I am not the type to hand quilt. Except maybe that Japanese style someday.

    tim in san jose

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    I use bag balm for my hands and also, my feet, works great. :mrgreen:

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    Sharon just read your advice....a couple pages back....and laughed...my granny taught me the same way... :lol: Ain't life a hoot?

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    Hi Sandra,
    We had the best of young lives, we lived around our grannies and she taught us good things. I don't know about you, but my grandies live to far away to learn from me. I have offered but they have to come here, I'm sure not going to fly 'cross country to often. lol

    Life is a lot of circles, some good, some better left closed, don't you think?

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    I appreciate the offer, but the mighty Bernina doesn't need them and I am not the type to hand quilt. Except maybe that Japanese style someday.

    tim in san jose[/quote]

    You just don't know what you are missing, Tim, the hand quilting slips in a bag or a drawer and the boss never has to see it. Blood spots on the keyboard are hard to explain sometimes, but hey one of life's little pleasures.

    Give it a try, my sister "the witch" can get 9 stitches on her quilting betweens needle, I've only ever gotten 7 stitches on it. Those little needles are getting harder and harder to hold though so I may have to borrow you Bernina. K?
    Sharon

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    Know what you mean...mine are scattered afar as well...and I just never liked to fly. There is still time and the girls love the quilts...hope springs eternal...Such wonderful memories.

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    I found this thimble for using under your quilt it's really light weight. I also need to feel the needle under the quilt , but this works great when I'm needing to get it done and can not rest my hands. i found it , at Keepsake Quilts, but I have not seen them ever again but they do have a web sight. www.quilterslittlehelper.com. I also use a goat milk salve on my fingers that works really good, it is made by a lady who lives in the same town as I do. It is called Comfrey & Calendula Salve. I have to keep it in the frig, but it works great she has a web sight www.jennessfarm.com.

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    I do most of my quilting the stab stitch method as I have a free standing quilt frame. Hubby made one for me and I love it. Can get up and do something else and then come back and continue. Like the older ones that all those quilters used to sit around to quilt on large quilts together. Just a few pin pricks is all I get from time to time.

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