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    I can't be the only one who hates thimbles. They are big, bulky and don't fit my fingers.

    Any suggestions for a really good finger tip cover that fits well, protects my finger when hand sewing the bindings on quilts?

    Thanks.

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    I hate them, too. Just never could get comfortable with one.

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    .I did, but over the years have got used to a very old silver one that is a delight to use. Until then, I used a leather thimble.

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    I hand sew with a leather thimble. I like it.

    My finger gets sweaty in a metal one.

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    I don't like them either. I can never find a comfortable one. I usually push the needle with the finger beside the thimble.

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    I use Clear (Circle) Spots bandaids.

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    I learned to sew 30 years ago and have never been able to use one. If I try to wear one I end up pushing the needle with another finger.

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    I don't like them either. When I was doing a lot of Cross stitch, I would wear a bandaid on that finger cause I hated a thimble on it!

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    I prefer the leather quilter's thimble... Down side is that the leather wears through where the needle hits... :(

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    I wrap my fingers with adhesive tape

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltingGrannie
    I can't be the only one who hates thimbles. They are big, bulky and don't fit my fingers.

    Any suggestions for a really good finger tip cover that fits well, protects my finger when hand sewing the bindings on quilts?

    Thanks.
    For one thing, make sure you wearing the thimble on the correct finger--your middle finger, not your index finger. Some people try to wear them on the index finger, and that is incorrect. Thimbles are like any other piece of clothing--you need to chose the correct size. Try some on to get the correct fit. It should be snug, not loose, but not too tight.

    I LOVE my Roxanne thimble. It has an open nail area, so it doesn't sweat, and you can wear it with long fingernails. After you get used to the weight, you forget it's there. But like I said, you have to have the correct size.

    Then, wear it for a couple of hours without sewing, just to get used to the feel. After that you should be home free.

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    I have A piece of soft leather I got from Tandy store many years ago. I cut a strip big enough to fit around my finger when folded inhalf lenth wise, sew up the two sides turn it inside out and it fits my finger real snug, WONDERFUL thimble. Remember you have to alow some extra for turning.I hope I have explained this so you could understand it.NOt good at explaining things.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maride
    I learned to sew 30 years ago and have never been able to use one. If I try to wear one I end up pushing the needle with another finger.
    That's what happens to me too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by maryb119
    I don't like them either. I can never find a comfortable one. I usually push the needle with the finger beside the thimble.
    me too!

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    I love the leather ones with the metal spot for pushing through. I think they are made by Clover. They are expensive, but I buy them when notions are 50% off at Hancocks or Joann's and then use them till they fall apart.

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    I finally found an old metal thimble that was bigger than the comercial ones I've seen around here. I love it...I did not like the leather ones but this one saves my fingers...

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    I won't hand sew without a thimble, I don't like pin gouges. Try this, Take an inexpensive metal thimble and lay it down on the side. Using a hammer hit it until the bottom becomes oval shaped. It will fit your finger so much better and will not fall off. I love the new Clover thimbles. They are the best I've used.

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    My mother used clear finger nail polish on the fingers she used to push the needle, then after awhile she had such a callus that she realy push a needle, i dont use a thimble cant find one to fit, so i use just my fingers and finger nails

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    I use the soft plastic thimbles. They are light weight and flexable. I paid $1.99 for mine at my LQS, about 2 yrs. ago.

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    I started out using a bandaid. That wasn't enough the needle would still go through it, so I used two bandaids at a time and from time to time would still have a needle eye go into my finger. Then I learned about these clear plastic sticky things called Thimble It. I now put a bandaid OVER it so the needle doesn't slip off of the sticky "thimble".

    I no longer have hamburger tips (finger tips that look like they have went through a meat grinder)!

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    Diane, do you still post to your blog? I tried to go but it wouldn't work for me.

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    I love the leather ones.

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    It must be a newby thing cause I can't get use to them. So I did with out & built up sexy calluses :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by gaigai
    For one thing, make sure you wearing the thimble on the correct finger--your middle finger, not your index finger. Some people try to wear them on the index finger, and that is incorrect.
    Gaigai, for shame! You are sounding too much like the QP here! ;)

    It may not be correct but I use a thimble on my index finger. I know it is not supposed to be that way but it is what works for me! I take it off and slip it back on as I start every needle full of quilting stitches. I only use a thimble sporadically and only when hand quilting. I don't use a thimble when hand sewing on bindings or applique. I have one for my thumb too! Both of my thimbles are TJ Lane thimbles which are the same as Roxanne thimbles. Same shocking price tag too!

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    I hate thimbles as well, but have found a leather one that covers my finger works well. Never could find a metal one that fit properly.. And the plastic or whatever material makes my fingers sweat.. Ugh, the things us quilter's endure...lol

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