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Thread: SUBSTITUTE FOR METAL THIMBLES

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    Hey folks......has anyone tried the rubber sorter thumbs found in office supply stores? I've used them for years and find them very satisfactory...never could get used to the traditional thimble..it felt like trying to walk with one foot stuck in a bucket.

    These "rubber thumbs" even come in different sizes...because I have fat fingers, Staples ordered some for me in a larger size. They are cheap and disposable when they eventually get punctured too many time with the needle. Enjoy?

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    I've never used them but my daughter uses them and really likes them. She uses them on a different finger than her thimble to help pull the needle through the fabric.

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    I like the leather ones with the elastic - they don't hold up forever, but my fingers "breathe" while being protected. I have a feeling needles would go right through those finger protectors, but I could be wrong.

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    I make my own out of scrap leather, they usually become lost or "borrowed" before they wear out.

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    I like the leather ones that have a metal dimple in them. it feels good, fits good and I get the sewing done.
    Deb

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    I've tried several different types of thimbles and find most more of a pain than their worth - they get in the way of my thumb and forefinger. The best one so far is the little black leather one because it stretches to fit my finger and stays on fairly well, but I'm going to try the rubber ones anyway. Already have some so if it doesn't work for me nothing is lost. :roll: :roll: :roll:

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    I use the leather ones as well, They fit well, cling to the finger and Mine hasn't worn out yet, They cover the finger as well as extend alittle ways.

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    This is the kind of thimble I prefer. :D It is leather but has a hard plastic back which I think will help it to last a long time. :roll: They come in different sizes too. I bought them at walmart sometime ago. 3 to a package. :shock: I use it on my ring finger with the top on top of my finger to push the needle so my thumb and index are free to pull the needle and allows my finger to breath which is a plus and the reason I didn't like the others.

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    DebJ I have never seen a thimble like that . It kind of looks like a ring . I use the metal thimbles . I don't really like them , but is what I am used to . They do make your finger sweat and sometimes my nail gets soft .

    I had bought some rubber finger tips at Walmart a couple years ago but didn't fit my fingers . They were too big , I have small fingers . Does that thimble come in different sizes ?

    Hand sewing is painful without a thimble ! I have done that a few times . Wished later I hadn't , sore fingers !


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    Debj...I have one of those also take a pic and show how you have it on your finger i can not ust it maybe i am using it wrong. I got mine from Walmart also...Thank you Jerrie

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    I have small fingers also, size 4 1/2. I just use those metal thimbles in size small.
    My girlfriend paid a good price for a thimble and she doesn't exactly like it. Keeps using it to get use to it.

    Have a wonderful day.

    Simple quilter

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    I was introduced to this type of thimble. I like it, easy to use and will restick on finger time after time.

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    Where can you get them?

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    Wow ...they look really useful! I dont usually do much hand sewing except to do my embroidery. Then I have to use a thimble but I dont like the metal ones very much! I'll have to look out for them.

    Karen

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    I purchased mine at one of the quilt shops i buy my fabric. When i first opened the pkg, i thought ya right the needle will probably go through and i'll get pricked with the needle. It didn't, they work great especially for us who have problems with the thimbles that go over the finger tips. i also love the idea how they can be reuses over and over again.

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    Denise where did you get that thimble from?...Jerrie Thanks

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    denise , does this leave an adhesive residue on your fingers ? I have never seen or heard of this product .


    Annie

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    i think i saw these at hancock fabrics. bet i try them next time i see them.
    thanks for the idea.
    i have never gotten used to a metal thimble. i stick with the leather ones with the metal tip. thimbles just don't feel natural to me. think of all those pioneer ladies who guarded their thimble and their one and only needle with their lives. aren't we spoiled? i know i am. :oops:

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    No i never feel any kind of residue from this kind of thimble, I purchased these at a quilt shop i buy my fabric from. I think i even seen them at wal mart.

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    My across the street neighbor likes to hand quilt. She tried some of those stick on "thimbles" but said she went through them rather quickly. Now, she just uses several layers of adhesive tape. Much less expensive.

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    Haha. I have a bandaid on my index finger from too many pricks yesterday. I went to purchase some different thimbles today b/c my nails are sore. I got one that I think I am going to really enjoy b/c it will work like my thumb nail pushing the needle up. I also got one of the leather ones which I will prolly use on my left index finger. I'll let you know.

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    I love the Thimble-It for applique and for the hand that goes under the quilt when I'm quilting. For my right hand (I'm a right handed sewer) I use a wonderful metal thimble that is open and made so that the fingernail is free. I bought mine at Joann's. I have long nails and the traditional thimbles are very uncomfortable but this open one is perfect and very comfortable.
    ~Tiffany

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