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Thread: Thimble problems

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    I haven't been able to find any thimbles that are comfortable or that fit me well. They are either too small or make my finger all sweaty!! Went into the LQS the other day and she suggested these finger pads--they are wonderful!!! They just stick to the tip of your finger and you can reuse them. So, if anyone is having trouble with thimbles, try these out!! They are small leather dots, when I'm binding my quilts I don't even notice that it is there and my finger feels so much better!! :-D :-D . I'm also going to use these when I try my hand piecing and quilting project.

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    I use them when I hand-quilt. I love them. :)

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    I've wondered about them, but I need the little ledge around my thimble when I hand quilt. It helps me keep the rhythm going.Maybe I'll try them for other hand sewing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MNQuilter
    I've wondered about them, but I need the little ledge around my thimble when I hand quilt. It helps me keep the rhythm going.Maybe I'll try them for other hand sewing.
    so, what type of thimble have you found that works for hand quilting? I'm going to start my little project this weekend would like any suggestions for other thimbles that may work!! :-D

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    I believe it is a Clover. Don't remember exactly. I've had it for like 3 years. They do tend to fit a little tight and seems to take some gettign used to. There is one I've seen that is rubber around the finger. My other tip I've picked up is to buy some finger cots in the band aid area of any store. They will help you grip your needle and pull it through once you have several stitches on it. SO much less frustrating!

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    thank you so much for the advice mnquilter! i really appreciate it and so do my fingertips!! i will look for the bandaid thing today.

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    I use them also but I put 2/3 inside a rubber finger (the kind you use in the office) and then put them on my finger so the little pad is right over the end of my finger. This is the only "thimble" I have ever been able to keep on LOL

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    I will have to give these a try. I can't keep a thimble on either. Thanks for the tip.

    Barb

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    To this to an inexpensive thimble: Take a hammer and tap the rim of the thimble into an oval shape. It will fit so much better and be more comfortable. I found the best fitting thimble for me other then the ones I ovaled, it's the new Clover thimble, looks like a tiny badminton bird!

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    At Bents Old Fort in Colorado gift shop I found the one that works for me. Fits perfect. I lost the one that I got. E-mailed them and ordered a dozen of them. They all are great and I always have a thimble where ever I am. On marathon quilting days I use a stick on pad on my left middle finger. Keeps me going when the finger gets sore.

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    I only use the finger tabs now - I love them..works like a charm and reuseable!

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    I cut tiny strips of leftover batting and wrap it around my finger. My favorite thimble was given to me by my husband and though it is a bit too big, it works for me with the little cushion inside.

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    I just accidentally hit the button twice. Sorry.

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    my son in law thought it was funny that I have several sizes of thimbles. when my arthritis is acting up I use a larger one. I also like the ones that have the ledge. really helps.

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    I have a Clover. It has an open end and is adjustable. Well, actually, I probably have 4 or 5 of them. I really like them because they have a lip and if my finger swells, I can make them a little bigger or not. If my nails get a little long it won't bother the thimble since the end is open. I've seen them recently in the catalogs for about $10 or $11 but I wouldn't be without it.

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    I use the clover leather coin thimble I buy them on e-bay for about $5 much cheaper then any store. There are 2 seller that have about 10 each. One is selling them for $6.25 with free shipping the other is $4 and with shipping it is about $6 I know they are about $12 at Hancock fabric.

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    thanks i'll have to check out the clover thimbles also. the pads are wonderful but....don't want to keep buying them if i can find something that fits-i like the idea of the adjustable one. thank you so much ladies for all your ideas and input

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    hmm...I will have to check for the 'dots'.
    I wrap a bandaid around my finger and go to town. I have NEVER been able to wear a thimble.

    grrr. Just found them. joann's sells them, wish I would have read this thread before going up there this afternoon. That will teach me to leave without checking the forum. :roll:

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    justwannaquilt--yes always read the board before you go anywhere!!! you never know what's going to be helpful!!LOL

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    i also use them they are called thimble pads i buy mine at joanns, i couldnt find a thimble to fit as i have arthritis in my hands and fingers almost gave up hand quilting until i found them ,i wrap a bandaid around them also ,they are great.

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    I use the tan leather ones on my right middle finger and the short black leather ones on my left thumb. The tan one is called a Skin Thimble. I probaly have a dozen or more of them scattered all over my house. I keep little boxes with a small pair of scissors, some needles, a small pin cushion and of course thread anywhere I might sit down to handquilt. I also have those little kits in several tote bags that I carry to certain meetings etc. If anyone is interested I have a web site where you can order them. I am been able to find them in stores. They have a little piece of elastic inside. If it feels to tight I just snip part way through the elastic to loosen the thimble. They also have a little plastic coin shapped pad inside that keeps the needle from pricking your finger if it goes through the leather.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mpspeedy
    I use the tan leather ones on my right middle finger and the short black leather ones on my left thumb. The tan one is called a Skin Thimble. I probaly have a dozen or more of them scattered all over my house. I keep little boxes with a small pair of scissors, some needles, a small pin cushion and of course thread anywhere I might sit down to handquilt. I also have those little kits in several tote bags that I carry to certain meetings etc. If anyone is interested I have a web site where you can order them. I am been able to find them in stores. They have a little piece of elastic inside. If it feels to tight I just snip part way through the elastic to loosen the thimble. They also have a little plastic coin shapped pad
    inside that keeps the needle from pricking your finger if it goes through the leather.
    I would like the web site and maybe try those...don't think I have seen them...can you post a picture

    :?:

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    Look up www.ceratech.com. They are the company that sells the leather thimbles I am currently using.

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    thanks for the website info. i'll have to check them out, but you know what really bothers me....thimbles are like jeans, you really need to try them on!! even in the store it's usually impossible to do so also because of the way that they seal them in packages. so, i've been a little leery lately about buying a thimble that i can't try on--that's why those pads are wonderful-one size fits all!!

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    I read this with much interest because I cant find or use a thimble. I wanted to say I use a bandaid fora thimble but was embarrassed to say so but low and behold I see others use them to. They really work.

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