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    Hello... I'm trying to learn to hand quilt. I purchased a thimble but I don't think it works very well. I'm looking for one that has a 'lip' around the tip so the needle won't slide off. Can someone tell me where to find one like this? And do the small leather thimbles work well? I had a leather the fit my whole finger and it was too bulky. Any help will be appreciated. Thanks.

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    I have a hard time getting the right fit too. I hate the leather ones. I am using one of these right now and it's not too bad. They seem to run a little bigger then the metal ones.

    http://www.craftconn.com/Main.asp?Ta...roductID=14988


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    I love the leather ones, I like the clover soft leather one.

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    Thank you all so much for the links/info. I will most certainly take a look and find something.
    One more question about hand quilting... in relationship to the tip of the needle, where do you have your finger on the underneath part of the quilt? I'm having a hard time getting the tip of the needle to come back thru to the top. I think I'm supposed to 'pinch' the fabric with my thumb (top) and press us from the bottom with my index/middle finger But not getting the exact location right. It's making a large stitch and I want smaller ones. Thanks.

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    I use a clover soft leather one, it has a metal insert in the side to catch your needle in and to help push. It only goes to the first joint, so doesn't cover your whole finger!

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    The Roxanne thimble has a little lip around the tip, just like you were asking for. K3n posted a photo of hers somewhere here recently.

    Here's a link. Good luck

    http://www.colonialneedle.com/cgi-bi...e_list_roxanne

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    Just saw your second question. I use my left index finger to feel the needle, push down with my thumb and push the needle up onto the top of my thumb nail. Hope that makes sense!

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    I have tried that so many times and I just can't get it to come back up in the right place. Could my fabric be too tight? Let me tell you... I keep trying everything so that's why I'm thinking it's something to do with where I am holding my finger underneath. I'm one of those 'tenacious' girls... keep trying until I get it right! LOL

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    Once I feel the needle I push up, do not push the needle too far under the quilt , just a little.
    Are you quilting in a hoop? It might be too tight if you are!
    How big is the item you are quilting?

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    There are several hand quilters on this board, post your second question under quilting and you will get more answers. Maybe someone can explain it better than I am. The key is to get your stitches even, size doesn't matter when you first start hand quilting. 'the small stitches will come in time. I like to use a 10 or 12 needle now, but started out with size 8 years ago! Maybe you are just being too hard on your self! Relax and breath!!!

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    I use a raised-edge thimble that I really love. Purchased it for $7.95 at my LQS. It is made by the Colonial Needle Company. Their web site is: www.colonialneedle.com


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    That sounds like good advice. "Breathe"! I'm going to keep trying until I figure it out. But will do other quilting projects in between so I don't totally burn myself out on hand quilting. I'll check into that other area. I'm just learning about this site and so far I've had so much help! Thank you. Are you close to Asheboro?

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    I am about 20 min away from Asheboro and go there often!!! Hobby Lobby has a small selection of material, and quilting supplies! Where are you?

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    Good morning, ninnie... yes, I'm using a hoop. I'll try loosening up the fabric. I'm making about a 17" wall hanging. I'm trying to learn on them so I can do a lap quilt next. I'll keep checking back because I just know I can get help here! Thank you so much!

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    Quote Originally Posted by judyq
    Good morning, ninnie... yes, I'm using a hoop. I'll try loosening up the fabric. I'm making about a 17" wall hanging. I'm trying to learn on them so I can do a lap quilt next. I'll keep checking back because I just know I can get help here! Thank you so much!



    Since it is only 17", you don't even need a hoop :D I use 505 spray to put my small projects together and I don't even have to pin. Lap quilting is a great way to learn how to hand quilt. I ordered my spray from Connecting Threads, but you can get other places. It costs a little , but a can goes a long way and saves so much time. :wink: Just don't give up, it will all fall into place soon! :D

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    I don't use a thimble either.. never got the hang of one.. but I do sometimes use a bit of "plastic" tape on my finger where the needle rests, or where it "bumps" my finger under the project.. sometimes one layer and once in a while two.. I have also used those tiny 'nexcare' bandaids.. both stick well and are VERY flexible and keep me from being perforated...lol

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    Ninnie...I am in Asheboro and there's a lovely new little quilt shop that opened in March on Sunset. The Quilting Coop. I go there every Tuesday night to quilt with the ladies, and on Saturdays just to visit.

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    Hey Loretta... I have not tried without hoop. That sure sounds easier than fussin with where to sit the hoop on my lap. And I can do the machine basting myself. that's a good idea. Maybe I'll attempt that to see how it goes. Thanks for the suggestion!

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    Quote Originally Posted by judyq
    Ninnie...I am in Asheboro and there's a lovely new little quilt shop that opened in March on Sunset. The Quilting Coop. I go there every Tuesday night to quilt with the ladies, and on Saturdays just to visit.

    Thanks!!! I had heard there was a quilt shop there somewhere, ask the cutting lady at Hobby Lobby, and some other lady spoke up and said , and I quote "No there isn't a quilt shop in Asheboro, I am in The Quilting Guild and I would Know!!!" :lol: :lol: :lol: DH and I cracked up! DH said well, I guess she told you!
    Is sunset down town? I will definitely check it out this weekend!! Wow, that is really close for me, been going to Maryl Jo's as often as I could! So glad you are close enough to go on Tues. night!!


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    Sounds like your fabric may be too tight. I had the hardest time getting the needle through the quilt sandwich until I loosened the quilt in the frame.

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    I use these lipped thimbles. One thing I do is take a hammer and tap the edge of the thimble until it's oval shaped. It fits the finger much better. That's why I only buy these thimbles.

    http://www.ezquilt.com/products/need...assthimble.htm

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    I have never been able to use a thimble.........but I do use a leather one when I have to, they work well for me.

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    Yes, ninnie... there is a quilt shop in Asheboro! :o) www.thequiltingcoop.com. Check out their website. We meet at 6 on Tuesday nights in The Hen House and work on our projects together. Maybe you'd be able to join us.

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    Hi bella... thanks for the link. I'm actually going to go to Joann Fabric Friday to see what they have to offer. I want to learn to use a thimble so my fingers don't get so bloody sore! I saw the one you talked about but need to find a size first. Thank you for your help!

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    i have found the joann,s to have a good price for thimbles to start want,s you get a better get one from the thimble lady.com thats her website , also go to you tube,com ,they have good video,s on hand quilting hope this helps

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