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Thread: Rubber Needle Puller...Is There Something Better?

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    Super Member Boston1954's Avatar
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    I have several little blue rubber disks about the size of a quarter. They help get the needle through the fabric when it is tough going. BUT I am getting tired of picking them up and putting them down every few stitiches.

    Is there something else.........something I could put on my fingers?

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    Yes! finger cots like are used in offices to sort papers. I think you can get them at Office Max or Staples, etc. Mine were given to me. They work great.

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    Finger cots work wonderfully! That's what I use.

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    Are they very thick? I worked in offices and I used something to get through the paperwork, but they were a bit on the stiff side......

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    there are also tools out there to pull needles through.
    finger cots are rubber fingers used in offices. i can't even wear a thimble, so those would not work for me.

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    finger cots, get the rubber one not the gel. You can get a whole box of the rubber finger cots for less than $3. One gel can cost from $6-9 dollars.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boston1954
    Are they very thick? I worked in offices and I used something to get through the paperwork, but they were a bit on the stiff side......
    The ones I have are very flexible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lisalovesquilting
    Quote Originally Posted by Boston1954
    Are they very thick? I worked in offices and I used something to get through the paperwork, but they were a bit on the stiff side......
    The ones I have are very flexible.
    Can you tell me the brand name and where you got them?

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    Every time someone has staples removed (Dr. office) I ask for the tool they use to remove them. They throw it away after one use. It works great to pull the needle through as well as remove fish hooks from the body. Every tackle box usually has one!

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    I use a type of finger cot but I don't think that it's the kind that they use in an office. I think I got them in the bandaid isle. They are about the thickness of balloon rubber and they fit nice and snug on your finger.

    Another thing that I've used is the fat elastic that is used to hold broccoli heads together. I can't remember why I used them (menopause brain fog :roll: ) but if you have a tough needle to pull through fabric, these work really well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lisalovesquilting
    Yes! finger cots like are used in offices to sort papers. I think you can get them at Office Max or Staples, etc. Mine were given to me. They work great.
    I don't know a brand name.

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    Mine are Swingline, the same brand as the old manual pencil sharpeners. The box is white and red.
    Quote Originally Posted by lisalovesquilting
    Quote Originally Posted by lisalovesquilting
    Yes! finger cots like are used in offices to sort papers. I think you can get them at Office Max or Staples, etc. Mine were given to me. They work great.
    I don't know a brand name.

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    I bought a box of disposable gloves from a hardware store and cut the fingers out of them to use on my index finger. Works great. I have also used tape from an auto parts store to mark a grid line. It's original use is to mark off trim on a car to be painted. It does not leave a residue on the car paint or on my fabric. Probably a lot cheaper than marking tape at a quiilt shop. I know the disposable gloves are economical as one finger lasts a long time. Any disposable glove would work as long as the fingers are form fitting.

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    I have also bought the ones at the quilt stores, they wear out quickly and are really tight around my finger.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cathie_R
    I bought a box of disposable gloves from a hardware store and cut the fingers out of them to use on my index finger. Works great. I have also used tape from an auto parts store to mark a grid line. It's original use is to mark off trim on a car to be painted. It does not leave a residue on the car paint or on my fabric. Probably a lot cheaper than marking tape at a quiilt shop. I know the disposable gloves are economical as one finger lasts a long time. Any disposable glove would work as long as the fingers are form fitting.
    I use rubber gloves and cut off the fingers too. It works like a charm and is so inexpensive.

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    Have you tried a leather thimble? I like the one I have for sewing, but not for doing the actual quilting.

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    I, too, buy the rubber gloves and cut off the fingers. I only need one or two fingers at a time, and the set of gloves has ten! What a bargain!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MNQuilter
    Have you tried a leather thimble? I like the one I have for sewing, but not for doing the actual quilting.

    Oh I have a thimble. This is something that I was hoping would make pulling the needle through the fabric easier without having to pick something up each time.

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    I, too, use the rubber gloves. I just cut off about an inch and when they wear out I cut off another inch. I pair lasts a long time. I buy a smaller size than I would if I were going to use them for cleaning. They're light weight and comfortable.

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    I simply cut the fingers off a pair of rubber gloves use those. No problems at all.

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    Another hint: go to the variety store or hardware store and get a small pair of pliers (jewelry pliers work also). These work extremely well.

    Lucille

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    I purchased a pair of hemostats at a flea market. They are the metal scissorlike tool that they use to sew stitches durring surgery. They grip the needle wonderfully. Sometimes I get greedy and put to many stitches on my needle when quilting. The hemostat can pull it right through. I think they were about $5.

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    Hemostats work wonderfully well for needle pullers also. I also have several different sizes. I use them for turning tubes, and for applique. I have seen a technique for creating several appliques, turned and ready to fasten down to fabric and the hemostats are great for turning your pieces.

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    One trip to the Dollar Store will get you nearly a lifetime supply of "needle pullers"! I've used them for years . . . get a package of round balloons. Snip off the top 1/2" to 5/8" and slip the remaining part over your finger(s).

    Not only functional, fit like a second skin, they're cheap and colorful besides. I've tried all the others and find these best - perhaps because I've got the enlarged "nodules" on my fingers because of arthritis.

    Actually, I get a few cut and ready and store them in a small container with a sprinkle of baby powder. You'll love 'em.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cathie_R
    I bought a box of disposable gloves from a hardware store and cut the fingers out of them to use on my index finger. Works great. I have also used tape from an auto parts store to mark a grid line. It's original use is to mark off trim on a car to be painted. It does not leave a residue on the car paint or on my fabric. Probably a lot cheaper than marking tape at a quiilt shop. I know the disposable gloves are economical as one finger lasts a long time. Any disposable glove would work as long as the fingers are form fitting.



    That's what I do too. I just use the cheap disposable glove finger tips.

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