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Thread: Quilting and Fingernails.

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    Junior Member QuiltyLisa's Avatar
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    I know this is a odd topic but my friend who is a quilter, we were discussing this issue last night. She has looong artificial nails and I have my natural longish nails so were were just wondering. Okay I am adding a pic here of the length I keep my nails. Now I am wondering. How other quilters keep theirs. I find sewing and machine quilting with longish nails fine. But hand quilting is a bit more of a challenge.

    How do others wear theirs nails??

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    I actually have my "fake" nails about that length also. When I was hand quilting I used the fake nail to push the needle thru the thread, made it easier for me.....ssssssssssshhhhhhhhhhhh I am positive that is not the proper thing to do, but it worked for me :lol:
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    I keep my nails at about your length and I have no problem with hand quilting -- except for my left thumb nail -- I'm always "splitting" it with the needle and we won't talk about how many times I've bled on a quilt because the needle slipped under the nail (ouch)!

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    See my friend said the same thingSharon. with her "fake" she uses her nail to push the needle through. I have done that with my real and the dern neddle either bent the nail back and broke it or like sewjoyce under the nail..very painful :(

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    I tend to use my left thumb (and nail) as a guide for spacing stitches...does anyone else do this??

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    hmm, I have never even thought about that.

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    Mine are about the same as yours and all I do is hand quilting. When I quilt a lot, days in a row, I will eventually get a callas on my pointer and middle fingers of my left hand, I switch between them to feel the needle on the bottom side. Does anyone else do that?

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    I keep mine about the same as yours. I do some hand stitching and mostly machine sewing but it annoys the heck out of me when I lose my right thumbnail. I break them occasionally. I try to keep them at the rught length so they own't break. I can't stand to lose my left first finger either. I use my thumbnail to open seams and it is hard when I don't have it for awhile. I couldn't sew without fingrenails!
    My daughter has always chewed hers down to the quick. Her 10 yr old Joey was amazed that I had fingernails!!! Her 7 yr old also chews her fingernails.
    This may be why my daughter has never been able to get the hang of sewing!!!! You need fingernails!!! :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

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    I have been on both sides. I had my acrylic one very long, maybe twice the size of your nails, and had no trouble. I only needed help to open the chager hole of my cell phone, and I kept a safety pin near by for that. Since I have been gardening a little (or de-gardening) I now keep them very short. Either way I had no problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ninnie
    Mine are about the same as yours and all I do is hand quilting. When I quilt a lot, days in a row, I will eventually get a callas on my pointer and middle fingers of my left hand, I switch between them to feel the needle on the bottom side. Does anyone else do that?
    Oh yeah, I have a callus on my first left finger from hand quilting. You'd think I'd learn after a while not to stick it with the needle, huh?? :oops: :oops:


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    Mine are short since they crack easily and even with artificial ones I keep them short.

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    i have natural nails and they're about your length. i don't have a problem with hand quilting but i do have a problem beading with them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewjoyce
    Quote Originally Posted by Ninnie
    Mine are about the same as yours and all I do is hand quilting. When I quilt a lot, days in a row, I will eventually get a callas on my pointer and middle fingers of my left hand, I switch between them to feel the needle on the bottom side. Does anyone else do that?
    Oh yeah, I have a callus on my first left finger from hand quilting. You'd think I'd learn after a while not to stick it with the needle, huh?? :oops: :oops:
    :lol: :lol: I switch fingers when one gets so sore I can't stand it. I keep an Emory board handy or a low grade of sand paper to file the calluses down when I can't feel anymore. :oops: :oops:

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewjoyce
    Quote Originally Posted by Ninnie
    Mine are about the same as yours and all I do is hand quilting. When I quilt a lot, days in a row, I will eventually get a callas on my pointer and middle fingers of my left hand, I switch between them to feel the needle on the bottom side. Does anyone else do that?
    Oh yeah, I have a callus on my first left finger from hand quilting. You'd think I'd learn after a while not to stick it with the needle, huh?? :oops: :oops:
    My callas is on the second finger on my left hand on the side. I used to do all my sewing by hand years ago and I still have that callas. I am diabetic and I use that site on my finger to stick myself because it doesn't hurt much there. I never liked using a thimble so I used the side of that finger and it toughened up. I sometimes use the table when I get a stubborn needle that doesn't want to go through all the layers I want it to go through!!! But wear a thimble?!! Never! I have to feel what I am doing and a thimble gets in the way. I don't quilt by hand anymore tho.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ninnie
    Mine are about the same as yours and all I do is hand quilting. When I quilt a lot, days in a row, I will eventually get a callas on my pointer and middle fingers of my left hand, I switch between them to feel the needle on the bottom side. Does anyone else do that?
    i do this Ninnie - or I did til Hans made me buy some sticky finger pads - he got upset with me going 'ouch' every now and then. I cheated at first and stuck one on the middle finger but used my index finger to feel the needle (just to keep him happy!) BUT then I did an ouch and he worked out what I was up to! So I persevered with the pads and now I love them! And my stitches are just as good (or bad!) as without them;

    Re finger nails, I keep mine short but that's because I garden as well and often without gloves, so I have to be able to get the dirt out of my nails easily before I can sew! :D

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    Thimbles - I never found one I could get on with and then on a trip to England a while ago, a guy in a fabric store got me to try the Roxanne's thimble - silver plated, 30 pounds sterling (nearly 50 dollars)! I said ooh no, too expensive what if I don't like it? But Hans MADE me buy it (he's so enabling! :D ) And now I don't know how I managed without it all this time! I've even been to the loo and forgotten I was wearing it until, well, you can guess when - it involves paper! :lol:
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    Being a guy, I never had any problem with my nails being too long. I tend to keep them very short. Never even grew my pinky nail long. :lol:

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    My nails are short. I can't do anything with long nails, not that yours are overly long, they're a nice length if you're not out riding and training horses, digging fence posts, etc.

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    My nails are fairly short. I would love to grow them longer. However 6 mos of strong antibiotics last year destroyed my nails. Now they flake and crack and break like crazy. I am hoping that they will recover!

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    Jim's Gem- Try a product I use called T.I.P.S

    http://askcosmetics.com/nailcare.htm...FRpN5QodgVZXpA

    I have been using it for years. My nails would always crack,. peel and split. Since I have been using it my nails are great.

    Lisa

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    If I can see my nails from the backside of my hand, they're too long. I can't wear artificial nails.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltyLisa
    Jim's Gem- Try a product I use called T.I.P.S

    http://askcosmetics.com/nailcare.htm...FRpN5QodgVZXpA

    I have been using it for years. My nails would always crack,. peel and split. Since I have been using it my nails are great.

    Lisa
    Thanks lisa, I will consider this. I feel I should do something, they break all the time and look terrible!!!

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    My nails are the length of yours. It is hard to keep them clean and filed, but I do. I garden almost everyday during the warm seasons. I always had nice long manicured nails until I learned to love gardening an quilting. LOL! They don't botter me while hand stitching or quilting at all.

    My friend next door is a quilter and she has the acrylic nails. She doesn't like to do much hand work though. My friend in california who is a quilter also has the acrylic's and she does applique beautifully.

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    I work 50 hours a week and the job I do does not allow me to keep nails at all. lol I only hope some day I will have your problem. lol
    Judy in Ohio

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    My nails are a bit longer than yours,,,,reminds me, I need a mani and pedi.....
    Anyway, Ihave no problem with them, but then again, I don't hand quilt

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