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Thread: Handquilting question

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    I have been hand quilting my work for some time. I've built up quite a callous (sp?) on my index, middle and thumb on both hands. Unfortunately, I live in the Northeast and the cold is reaking havic on my skin. My callouses are peeling and hand quilting has become very painful lately. I find it very relaxing to quilt and don't want to stop. I've tried numerous over the counter lotions. Is there someone out there who knows a solution or product that might solve my problem? Please don't say thimble. It doesn't work for me because I use my fingers to feel where the needle is going in the quilt layers. Any ideas?

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    I can't use a thimble either...they drive me batty... I put up with holes in my fingers, etc.... one thing I use other than regular lotions is udder balm or bag balm. You should give that a try. I have recently heard of thimble-like stick-on dots for your fingers but have yet to find them and try them out... don't know what they are called...something like finger dots maybe? I will try to remember where I heard that and find out what they are called.

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    I am a old er quilder I had trouble my hand tell now I cane hand quilt so I am learing to do it on a michenNEVA

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    I have the same problem as the rest of you. And some time it helps to put a piece of cloth tape over my fingers. Not a real big piece and I can still fill the needle that way.
    Misty

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    Okay, This is going to sound silly...
    Dierdra, of Roxanne Int., recommended using Preparation-H to heal those owies we get while quilting.
    I've not tried it because I use a thimble now but her logic made sense at the time. Can't hurt to try it.

    By the way, I'm an old "I can't use a thimble" person but the thimble I got from Roxanne's is the best. I use it all the time now. Just a little unsolicited testimony. :D

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    You can try sanding down the rough spots with an emery board.
    I do that to the corners of my thumbs. Due to my work {nurse}
    I have to wash my hands alot. My hands get dry and the corners
    of thumbs get thick skin similar to callouses.
    I sand them down occassionally to make them softer,
    then treat with a good cuticle cream.

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    I have use that for my hands and it dose help in fact I use it for a lot of thing I have dry patchas on my skin and it helps them some of you saiid you cant use thimble FON_and potor hace come out with thimble it fit just on tip tour finger I LOVE THEM I dont sew a lolby hand I got each my DD abd DDIL one for X-MAS they love them NEVA

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    Well, I've heard of Preperation H for fever blisters so why not?
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    Preparation H is good for burns, too. My son got scalded real bad by a car radiator, and the Dr. said to use that in an emergency. Said there is something in it to increase oxygen for healing. As for the fingers, I use a thimble. Took a heck of a long time to get used to it, but it saves alot of pain. I still get callouses on the needle fingers. Just taking a day off helps, but who wants to do that? Otherwise, bag balm is my treatment of choice.

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    Well, I think they are called "thimble pads" here is a web site that has a bunch of ideas listed and this is one of them.

    http://www.quiltingassistant.com/handsavers.html
    Quilting Assistant : Your Hands And Fingers Need Protection

    And found a site you can order them from:

    http://www.nordicneedle.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=NN&Product_Code=6991
    Leather Thimble Pads (Pkg/12): Nordic Needle

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    Windblown--I know what you mean about "quilting fingers" and I used bag balm when we had animals, but because I was alergic to sulfa of all kinds I had to quit using it. Then remembered when I lived in a different state that a few ladies I knew worken in a factory putting boxes together. The edges would cut their fingers badlyy till someone told them to put Cam Pheneque on them as many times a day & nite as they could . and not stain anything, for a few weeks. After that if they used it 2-4 times a day the boxes would not cut them and it worked. They kept a bottle at home and at work so they could use it at lunch time etc.. I know I used it for a while till we didnt have farm chores to do and it worked.
    Just remember not to get in eyes, Hope this helps. :-)

    Imak

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    I use the firgerdots also and love them! I get them a Wal Mart sewing dept.,Maryjo's in Gastonia,NC,Craft stores also has them in the sewing
    dept. You can reuse them also.

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    They sound like a great idea, but not available at walmart here. They only carry small amount of quilting supplies. I will keep checking as what they have changes every week and sellls really fast.
    Meanwhile I have been using shampoo for dishes. It's mild and has a grease cutter. My second thing I do for all the punctures and cuts and cracks in my hands is to rub them with olive oil, and put on rubber gloves till it soaks in. Most hand creams sting even those with no purfume. the fact that mineral oil comes from a process of gas refining gave me the idea of trying something natural.
    I suppose you could eat salad with your fingers while wating for it to soak in. LOL
    This is the latest in my search to help my poor hands in the northeast winters.




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    I have some of the dots for my left hand, to catch the needle. The problem is that my Granny taught me to 'feel' the tip of the needle and the dot's don't allow the feeling. Granny also taught me to use the thimble early on (I begged to learn when I was about 7 or 8) She said the only way to be able to cook meals later without the added liquid from the hand/finger, was to use a thimble. If they fit properly, they are like an extension of your hand, not an impediment. ('course, this woman, my Granny taught me to clean and scrub with bare hands before there were rubber gloves, so now I can't really feel anything is "clean" until I burn the skin off my hands! sigh :shock:

    Sharon

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    This may sound silly, but try several coats of nail polish on your under finger where the needle hits. It tear up more polish than skin, and I can still feel the needle. When my finger gets real sore, I switched fingers, then used my nails to stop the needle, which was not good on them. This works better.

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    Well I must be doing something wrong because I seldome actually stick my finger. I use a thimble on my pushing finger but not underneath, as soon as I feel it touch, I turn and go back up. Maybe I quilt a lot slower than most? I use a very short needle so I can only load 2 stitches at a time, does that make a difference?
    kathy

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    Thanks, Norah, I'm going to try it. I rarely put the polish I have on my finger nails as I wear it off handing fabrics and paper to much. This will work better!
    Sharon

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    Try using mole skin on your fingers. It is a liquid that you put on and when it dries it doesn't restrict movement. Hikers use it to keep from getting blisters or cuts when they hike long distances. You can get it at drug stores and sports stores.

    It worked for the throw I am doing.

    Sorry, didn't mean to post twice.

    It's ok, I got rid of the first one. Boo

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    Nina, that's a good idea to try also. I have some in the cabinet from the days I was able to hike and go about with the Boy Scouts. Thanks,
    Sharon

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    Have any of you tried the leather thimble from Wal-Mart? It has worked wonders for me. I think it can be helpful if you get in the habit of using it. I do better with it. I cannot get used to the metal thimble. But, I love the leather one. Try it.

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    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

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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.
    kathy
    You probably forgot to attach the lederhosen type suspenders to your thimble.

    *L*

    tim in san jose

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    splain yorself tim. it has a tiny peice of elastic to tie the two ends together, what else are you supposed to do other than slide it over your finger?

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    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:

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    patrice...thanks for clearing that up. it's what i thought but weren't fer sure

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