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Thread: Thimbles

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    When you do hand work such as applique what kind of thimble do you like to use????. Show me pics and sites. Looking for tight fit but also comfort!!!!

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    I do not like the feel of a thimble on my finger so I wear the Thimble Pad-it is just a little padded disk that sticks on your finger. They stick well (do NOT put lotion on your hand first) and you can reposition it if necessary. Thimble-It is similar-I have purchased it, but not tried it yet. You can buy either at http://www.quiltknit.com/notions/thimble_2.htm

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    bebe,

    I can't post pictures yet. But I use a leather thimble with a metal center,very comfy. You can find this at Joann's about $6.

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    I buy heavy rubber gloves. The kind used for washing dishes and just cut off a finger of the glove and roll it onto my finger. It works great for me.

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    I use the soft leather deekskin thimble I have gotten them at Ben Franklin and Joanns, they have blue knit ribbing, fit well and stay on. They do wear out but you can turn them around and use them for quite some time.

    http://www.joann.com/joann/catalog.jsp?CATID=cat2861

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    I haven't found anything yet that I can use for a long time. If I put something on my right hand to push needle , I tend to switch fingers without thinking about it. The under finger , I can't seem to fell it to get needle in right place.
    I will try Joanns they have a big assortment, be good if I could find something :?

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    Hi,

    I use a leather thimble on both hands when quilting on a stationary frame. I learned long ago to quilt with both hands. I use a tan leather thimble on my right middle finger and a short black leather thimble on my left thumb. Before I became a quilter I never used a thimble. Now I need one just to sew on a button. Every time I find the kind I use in a quilt shop or other store I buy several. I have them all over the house and in all of my little quilting kits. THe brown ones have a little plastic disk in the tip that keeps the needle from peircing the leather and the black ones have a little metal disk. I can get about two bed size quilts out of a thimble. I have tried all differnt kinds over the years. It seems the more expensive they are the less I like using them. I was never able to use a metal one.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Up North
    I use the soft leather deekskin thimble I have gotten them at Ben Franklin and Joanns, they have blue knit ribbing, fit well and stay on. They do wear out but you can turn them around and use them for quite some time.

    http://www.joann.com/joann/catalog.jsp?CATID=cat2861
    Me too! They get so soft and comfortable, and let your fingers breathe, too.

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    I use a finger from a rubber glove like littlehud said, except, I super-glue a small leather patch to it. Works great for me.

    Phyllis

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    ruth i have the same problem ,when i try to hand quilt, i start with my index finger so i put thimble on that finger ,than when push needle down to make my frist stitch im using my middle finger, i have tried every thimble out there , and still have trouble my fingers are very small i need a good size 4 on index and 5 size on middle im also left handed, i even have thimbles that marcia showed on post can anybody help and give me lessons thank you nellie

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    I found that I like a leather thinble. I can feel and guide the needle much better. It fits over my finger and I can use it on my thumb too which I like.

    Kyia

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    Sometimes I use a leather thimble, but most of the time I just use a regular ol' metal safety thimble. I am accustomed to wearing it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moonpi
    Quote Originally Posted by Up North
    I use the soft leather deekskin thimble I have gotten them at Ben Franklin and Joanns, they have blue knit ribbing, fit well and stay on. They do wear out but you can turn them around and use them for quite some time.

    http://www.joann.com/joann/catalog.jsp?CATID=cat2861
    Me too! They get so soft and comfortable, and let your fingers breathe, too.
    me three . . . just bought a couple of extra in case i lose the one that i had!

    quilting notions 50% off at jo-anns right now (in the stores).

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    I purchased my thimble from DeeDee McElroy at the Lancaster Quilt Show. I picked up one to try and said I needed a larger one. Dee said I actually needed a smaller one. The thimble is to just cover the fingernail. I wanted it to cover my writer's bump. When I wear my thimble, I can flip my hand and it does not come off. It just fits well.

    The top of the thimble is open to accommodate longer nails. The dimples are deep and can be used when hand stitching or quilting. It is a little pricey and is also sterling silver. My thimble of choice.

    DeeDee has a website. Goggle her full name to find.

    Suzanne

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    For those of you who use super glue on your finger tips, don't forget and do what my mom did. She super glued her finger, then put on her metal thimble. Ouch!

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    I guess I'm old fashioned. I like the silver ones that have been around forever. If it falls off, moisten your finger and it will stay on better.

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    When I first started quilting, I couldn't wear a thimble, I did every other kind of sewing without one. I was convinced, though, that I would need to learn to wear one for quilting. The first one that I used was a small black leather one with a metal disc in it, called "the Nimble Thimble". It really was like wearing nothing. The disadvantage of that one is the leather, eventually you will poke through the leather...ouch! That caused me to search for another kind, but by then I was used to a thimble so I was able to consider something else. The next one I liked, for awhile, was a plastic flesh colored one with an opening for fingernails, it was semi-adjustable and worked well for me until I tried the Roxanne thimble. It is expensive but lots of sizes available, what I like about this one is that you push the needle with the pad of your finger, not the top, I found that more comfortable, what I don't like about it, is it also has an opening for long fingernails, which I don't have, but even with very short nails, mine hit the edges of the opening and that made them kind of sore. If you have thin oval shaped fingertips and nails, it should work for you. After using Roxannes thimble, and getting used to pushing with the pad of my finger, I knew that's what I wanted but there aren't many like that to choose from, but I did find one. Clover makes it, and it is a bronze color, again with an opening for nails and it is semi-adjustable for sizing. I really like it and it is much cheaper than Roxannes. Wow, who knew so much could be said about thimbles!!

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    For my hand quilting I like the ThimbleLady thimbles. Google to find website. Measuring directions there. They have plastic, stainless steel and sterling silver. I started with the plastic not being sure I would like it and not wanting to spend $$$$ for a thimble I couldn't use. Wore that out fairly quickly. I'm on my second stainless one now. Wear it on my middle (pushing) finger. Takes a little bit of getting used to pushing with the pad of your finger instead of the tip the way most metal thimbles are designed. But it's cool to wear, works wonderfully and not an outrageous amount of money. Nice deep dimples to hold the needle.

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