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    Junior Member sharkee's Avatar
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    I am fairly new to hand quilting and have read that many women can quilt in all directions without turning the project. Do you use different thimbles, use them on different fingers or how do you do that?

    I have 2 Roxanne thimbles and somewhere I saw a picture of a thimble that goes on your thumb which looked interesting but I can't seem to find one.

    Any thimble help will be greatly appreciated

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    Wish I could help you; but I have never been able to wear a thimble. I just need to feel what I am doing.

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    I use the ted storm thumb timble together with a Roxanne.
    New to handquilting I figured I might learn from the beginning to quilt in different directions as it is a drag to turn a huge quilt even on a floor stand hoop.
    My stitching is far from perfect but I keep practising
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    I use a tailor's thimble on my thumb. That lets me quilt away from myself. I also use a Roxanne thimble to quilt towards myself.

    I bought my tailor's thimble at a quilt show, but you can get them online at the Pacific Rim Quilt Company. I've never done business with them, but bookmarked them in case my cat steals my thimble.

    http://www.prqc.com

    I've also read that some quilters use their thumbnail to quilt away from themselves.

    Hope this helps!

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    I learned to use a thimble years ago, now I can't sew a stitch without one on. I have several favorites that I use. The other day I was sewing and had to run an errand. Thirty minutes into my errand I realized I still had my thimble on.

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    You will buy all kinds of thimbles, and it is whatever is comfortable for you. I use the jelly thimbles and I do
    use it on my thumb to be able to go bottom up, and
    middle finger I use for going down or across. But you
    will find your own comfort way of doing it.

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    Same here. I have tried and tried to use a thimble with no success.
    Quote Originally Posted by Bobbielinks
    Wish I could help you; but I have never been able to wear a thimble. I just need to feel what I am doing.

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    I have a Roxanne which I love but still have not mastered it. I tend to flip my needles if I'm not careful where I place the needle... should be on the pad of my finger not under the lip edge (for me, don't know about others). I also have the deeply recessed thimble that Jean Brown uses and that is the one I generally go back to. I can't seem to use my thumb, although the Roxanne is supposed to be good for that, too. I alternate between using my middle finger or the first finger. First finger works good for going up a quilt and around curves.

    But everyone is different.

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    A Roxanne thimble has been on my wish list for a long time! Hope they are as wonderful as they look!

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    The only thimble that has ever worked for me is the leather one. But it works great for me so I'm happy !

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    Just make sure you get fitted properly. they are a bummer if they don't fit.

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    I mean the Roxanne... not the leather ones. I think my post went out slow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Melody
    Just make sure you get fitted properly. they are a bummer if they don't fit.
    Thanks Melody. I've been reluctant to order online because of the fitting issue. Think I'll hold out for a 'live' person!

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    I use Thimblelady's cone thimble for my finger. She also sells thumb thimbles (they look pretty expensive to me). I haven't tried her thumb ones.
    http://www.thimblelady.com.au/catego...ools/Thimbles/

    I tend to hand quilt in a hoop, so I don't need to quilt in different directions - I just turn the hoop.

    I'd be really interested to know what you decide to do - please keep us updated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dellareya
    I learned to use a thimble years ago, now I can't sew a stitch without one on. I have several favorites that I use. The other day I was sewing and had to run an errand. Thirty minutes into my errand I realized I still had my thimble on.
    I've done this also ;)

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    I quilt toward myself. I don't know what to tell you about thimbles except find one that fits. I spent a year looking for a thimble until I found one that fit. I found it at a consignment store, not at the LQS or at the fabric stores. Until I found it I could only quilt one stitch at a time.

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    I struggle so with thimbles too. I don't use one very well- I guess being self taught might not be such a good thing in this case as I've probably never learned to use one properly. Good luck! I keep trying them on!

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    I have tried the leather thimble with the metal disc and was super frustrated and in February I bit the bullet and bought a metal thimble that has an opening over my nail so my finger can breathe. It was pricey..about $50.00, but I love it and can't imagine hand quilting without it. My biggest problem with hand quilting is my "receiving fingers" that are very calloused and have little prick holes in them. Also the side of my thumb on the push hand has a big callous on it. I love hand quilting and always have to have a project ready for hand work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobbielinks
    Wish I could help you; but I have never been able to wear a thimble. I just need to feel what I am doing.

    Me too.......just can't seem to work with a thimble.

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    The first quilt that I quilted, which was about 5 years ago, was done one stitch at a time and it was a learning experience. Then I found a friend/neighbor who handquilts and I asked her about thimbles. I was impressed with the number of stitches she could get on a needle! So I started trying a number of different types.... got a drawer full, and most of them never leave the drawer now. I have the 2 favorites that I mentioned earlier (Roxanne and the deeply recessed thimble put out by Colonial) and also I forgot, I used the Clover thimble that looks like Roxanne's but is MUCH cheaper. Now I am able to get more stitches on my needle and keep moving right along. It's very enjoyable. But that said, everybody is different.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sharkee
    I am fairly new to hand quilting and have read that many women can quilt in all directions without turning the project. Do you use different thimbles, use them on different fingers or how do you do that?

    I have 2 Roxanne thimbles and somewhere I saw a picture of a thimble that goes on your thumb which looked interesting but I can't seem to find one.

    Any thimble help will be greatly appreciated
    I don't hand quilt, but I do hand sew, and use an antique thimble. I found one that fits on the middle finger of my right hand. It's very comfortable, probably because it's old and worn smooth on the inside.

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    I have a Thumble, but I can hardly quilt with it. I use a needle gripper. It is simply a piece of rubber ( remember the jar opener called a Round To It?) and it works great for me. I don't have a lot of grip on my fingers, due to diabetes, and was happy to find something that works for me. Keep trying.

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    Christine, where did you get your open thimble? Did you buy online, and if so, how did you know what size?

    Quote Originally Posted by christinetindell
    I have tried the leather thimble with the metal disc and was super frustrated and in February I bit the bullet and bought a metal thimble that has an opening over my nail so my finger can breathe. It was pricey..about $50.00, but I love it and can't imagine hand quilting without it. My biggest problem with hand quilting is my "receiving fingers" that are very calloused and have little prick holes in them. Also the side of my thumb on the push hand has a big callous on it. I love hand quilting and always have to have a project ready for hand work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KiwiQuilter
    I use Thimblelady's cone thimble for my finger. She also sells thumb thimbles (they look pretty expensive to me). I haven't tried her thumb ones.
    http://www.thimblelady.com.au/catego...ools/Thimbles/

    I tend to hand quilt in a hoop, so I don't need to quilt in different directions - I just turn the hoop.

    I'd be really interested to know what you decide to do - please keep us updated.
    Oh, I'd love to know how you like the Thimblelady products. It looks like a great idea and it's a tough call between her thimble and the Roxanne one.

    But I've never seen either one in person or even known someone who uses them. I'd be grateful for any information.

    Also regarding Thimblelady, did you need to purchase additional guidelines to use the thimble appropriately? Are the instructions clear and simple to follow?

    Thanks so much!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Twilliebee
    Oh, I'd love to know how you like the Thimblelady products. It looks like a great idea and it's a tough call between her thimble and the Roxanne one.

    But I've never seen either one in person or even known someone who uses them. I'd be grateful for any information.

    Also regarding Thimblelady, did you need to purchase additional guidelines to use the thimble appropriately? Are the instructions clear and simple to follow?

    Thanks so much!
    Before I mention the Thimblelady thimbles, just thought I'd let you know that Roxanne's are not available (or I have not seen them) in this part of the world. Roxanne's may be very similar to Thimblelady's - I'm not sure about that.

    I had always drooled over the Thimblelady thimbles. Maybe it was the idea of getting perfect little stitches, hmmm I don't know. Anyway, my circumstances changed and the cost of these thimbles was well out of my price range.

    A few years passed; still drooling over them, and watching you-tube videos that I found, then a lady in one of my craft groups came along with a plastic cone Thimblelady thimble. I asked her all the usual questions; did it fit well, how did it compare to other thimbles, did she like it, would she buy it again, etc.

    She was so gracious and allowed me to borrow her thimble for a couple of hours. Yes - they are that treasured that you would never want them to leave your sight :) Her size fit mine - that was lucky.

    Well I thought it was a good thimble, I wouldn't say great or fantastic, but pretty good. More time passed, and I happened to be looking online where I found a stainless steel one for sale. What a blessing - I was the only bidder and got it for a really good price.

    I've been using it for about 2 or 3 years now - and my estimation of it has gone up. It fits well, it is better than all my previous thimbles, I really like it, and I would buy it again - in fact I did - I bought a new sterling silver one for my birthday a couple of years ago (too naughty). I feel like I have more control with the Thimblelady thimbles, both from the depth of the dimples, and the dimples being further down the finger - giving you more pushing power (without the pain).

    I would recommend trying the plastic version - then if you thought that was okay, then I would move to the stainless steel version. The silver seems to be a softer metal.

    I have never bought the additional resources (e.g. the book or DVD). I watched a few you-tube videos, and pretty much got the gist from there. I think the cost of her products overall is pretty expensive - and I didn't want to buy a book when there was only a few subtle changes required to my existing hand quilting style.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aOP4bUTyrfE
    There were also some Simply Quilts videos too... but I can't find them right now. (Hit my broadband limit for the month - so down to dial up speed).

    I hope that helps.

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