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Thread: Thimbles - what do you use?

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    I have begun a new lap quilt and it has 200 hand stitched yo-yo's sewed in strips and then joined (the yo-yo's are already made). After the first 5 my finger is already sore! Any suggestions on thimbles?

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    I use a leather thimble. I never could get used to the metal ones.

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    Plastic with a place for the finger nail to extend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deplaylady
    I use a leather thimble. I never could get used to the metal ones.
    I use the leather thimble too, it has a metal piece at the tip. I love it!

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    I also use the leather one with the metal piece in the tip. I have tried others just doesn't work for me.

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    Mine is a flexable jelly with a metal tip. They are fairly new and come in all colors. But sometimes I use the quilters thimble that has the rim around the top that is slightly recessed.

    I tried the leather one and it went straight into my finger while pushing on it. Boy that hurt!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lovingmama
    Quote Originally Posted by deplaylady
    I use a leather thimble. I never could get used to the metal ones.
    I use the leather thimble too, it has a metal piece at the tip. I love it!
    Ditto!

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    For regular hand sewing, like you are doing, I like the little leather dots that stick on your finger at the point where the needle hits. Even though I hand quilt and have learned to use a metal thimble (after trying many different kinds with different amounts of success) for quilting, when I hand sew (different motion than quilting) I would always use the finger that didn't have the thimble on it, to push the needle. About a year ago my aunt gave me the little dots to try and they work for me. For quilting I use the Clover bronze colored open faced adjustable thimble, and I use the Roxanne thimble. I love both of these, they are very similar in style, they allow me to push the needle with the pad of my finger rather than the end, and that is what is most comfortable for me now. The Roxanne thimble is pretty expensive so when I needed a different size for when my fingers swell, I found the Clover one and noticed how similar they seemed, so I bought it and I do like it.

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    I have this black rubbery one I got at the Sew Expo. Can't remember what it's called but I gotta find them and buy more. I love it and use it exclusively.

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    I use the inexpensive one made by Collins or dritz. It works for me.

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    leather with metal insert--or stick on dots----favorite is nothing if i can get away with it

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    Any thimble will do - as long it feels comfortable on your finger, won't fall off - and you use it!!

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    I use the Thimblelady stainless steel thimble for hand quilting. Rarely do a I use a thimble for just regular hand sewing. The Thimblelady also is open ended and allows you to push with the pad of your finger. I agree it's much more comfortable. Cost is about $30. I started with their plastic version for about 1/2 that to see if I like the style.

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    Quote Originally Posted by roselady
    For regular hand sewing, like you are doing, I like the little leather dots that stick on your finger at the point where the needle hits. Even though I hand quilt and have learned to use a metal thimble (after trying many different kinds with different amounts of success) for quilting, when I hand sew (different motion than quilting) I would always use the finger that didn't have the thimble on it, to push the needle. About a year ago my aunt gave me the little dots to try and they work for me. For quilting I use the Clover bronze colored open faced adjustable thimble, and I use the Roxanne thimble. I love both of these, they are very similar in style, they allow me to push the needle with the pad of my finger rather than the end, and that is what is most comfortable for me now. The Roxanne thimble is pretty expensive so when I needed a different size for when my fingers swell, I found the Clover one and noticed how similar they seemed, so I bought it and I do like it.
    ditto for me, those little stick-on leather dots are fabulous. One year, I spent almost $100 on various thimbles, trying to find one I like. The little stick on won by a long shot.

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    Having tried every thimble out there that was from $3 - $14, I finally gave up, bit the bullet and ordered a Roxanne. It should be here any day now. Sure hope for the prie that I like it.

    It was a tough decision, I went back and forth between the Roxanne and the Thimble Lady one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deplaylady
    I use a leather thimble. I never could get used to the metal ones.
    Same here. It's the only one that works for me.

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    (removing my post about odd bank charge...)

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    I like the silicone ones for regular sewing.

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    I use a leather one or the stick on dots.

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    I have rather small, thin fingers and long nails. I have had the toughest time finding thimbles that stay on my finger. Someone suggested buying children size thimbles, but I haven't found them yet. I've had the best luck with the leather thimbles because I can size them to fit, but they don't last very long.

    I'm interested to know what other people with small fingers use.

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    Thank you for all the responses - my new quest to try some of these ideas. I just can't work with the metal silver ones and purchased an open adjustable and a leather. Will keep working with them they just feel so weird right now.

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    purchsed two more yesterday and the dots. Found a small leather that works perfectly and the rubber one with the metal tip and dots. Thank you all for helping me.

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    I buy a cheap metal one and then hit the the side of it with a hammer to make the opening oval. It fits the shape of the finger and feels comfortable, best fit ever. No one's finger is round, it's oval shaped.

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    It never occurred to me to do this - great idea, love this board!

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    Quote Originally Posted by butterflies5518
    I have begun a new lap quilt and it has 200 hand stitched yo-yo's sewed in strips and then joined (the yo-yo's are already made). After the first 5 my finger is already sore! Any suggestions on thimbles?
    I use a metal thimble that has a very short little wall on the end of it. Keeps your needle from sliding off when you press it thru the fabric.

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