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Thread: Wallgreen's for quilting supplies...Who knew???? Thimble...Yes or No

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    Looked at Hobby & Jo-Ann's for the finger cots that Sharon Schamber uses in her binding video. No luck at either store. Jo-Ann's has them available on line...however, I don't need to order anything else. Called my LQS and they don't have them either. So...stopped at Wallgreen't and purchased the finger cots in the band-aid section. They work perfectly.

    Also..is using a thimble kind of like an acquired taste? I have purchased 3 thimbles and end up removing them because I just can't sew with one. One that I purchased today falls off so what use is that? Any suggestion on thimbles...my finger is getting sore and I only have one side of the quilt stitched. I didn't want to machine stitch this one because I wanted to try the ladder stitch.

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    I can't quilt with a thimble either

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    Clover makes one that I really like. It's got a metal end and a soft flexible top. Hope that makes sense. I grew up using a thimble and can't quilt or hand sew without one. Of course, my mom uses one and I learned from her.

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    Check the office supply stores too... :)

    And IMO, yes, I think using a thimble is something you have to get used to...I always use one now, and have been known to forget I have it on my finger and go to the store with it!! You do have to make sure it fits your finger well tho...one that's too big is a bear to work with...

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    The only one I can use is clover leather thimble. I have small hands and get the small.

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    I can't sew without a thimble anymore.

    It's important that you get one that fits - stays on your finger comfortably.

    WalMart also sells finger cots in the health and beauty section of the store.

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    double post

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    it took me a while, a looong while to get used to it but like charlie and the others ,can't hand sew without it and do tend to forget it's on, it's well worth the aggravation

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    The only thimble I can use is a leather one. I also use the little patches on my finger under the quilt as it gets sore too.

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    I got a package of finger cots in the office supply section of WalMart. It had many different sizes in it. I found that I can't wear gloves to quilt--too hot. I also have trouble keeping the thimble on my finger and found if you wet your finger it will stay on for a long time. I find that a thimble is hard to get used to, but I have a spot on my middle finger that the needle hits every stitch. Starts to really hurt about 1/4 of the way around a quilt.
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    It can be difficult one that fits perfectly. I have a LOT of them because I keep trying for one that will fit just a little better. While visiting my son, he needed something hemmed, and he went to the store to get some things including a thimble. I think he went to Wal-mart. I wasn't even there to try it on and it fit perfectly! Talk about lucky!

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    I've posted this tip many times and it works. Take an inexpensive metal thimble and using a hammer whack the rim until it's an oval shape. The thimble will fit the finger so much better. Your finger is not round, it's oval.

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    Thimbles are a aquired use..... plus the do come in different sizes.. it is important to get the correct size. I prefer a leather thimble.

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    I read an article in a magazine more years ago than I care to remember about thimbles. It mentioned that to get used to using a thimble, find one that fits comfortably and then wear it while doing other things around the house. The idea was to get used to it and soon you are using the finger it is on to do other things. I use a thimble to even hem a pair of slacks. My sister stopped in one day while I was sewing. I answered the door, chatted for a while and about 1/2 hour later she asked why I was wearing the timble. I totally forgot it was there. As the previous posts mentioned, the type is an acquired use, plus the various types.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo
    I've posted this tip many times and it works. Take an inexpensive metal thimble and using a hammer whack the rim until it's an oval shape. The thimble will fit the finger so much better. Your finger is not round, it's oval.
    Is my finger supposed to be in the thimble? :lol:
    Sorry...couldn't resist. This sounds so logical though. Will have to give this a try.

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    Thanks for all the tips on thimbles. I guess I am just going to have to keep trying until I get one that works. Wearing it around for other daily activities though sounds like a good idea.
    My mother never used a thimble while sewing so I wonder if that has something to do with me not using one. I guess I am going to have to train my brain to become accustomed to one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo
    I've posted this tip many times and it works. Take an inexpensive metal thimble and using a hammer whack the rim until it's an oval shape. The thimble will fit the finger so much better. Your finger is not round, it's oval.
    It does help to ovalize the thimble - with your finger NOT in it while reshaping it, of course.

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    I like the leather one best. I have large fingers and they fit the best so are most comfortable.

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    I used leather thimbles until I was told about the plastic one you can put into boiling water and then it is pliable enough to get it to fit to my fingers. Then I found the sized silver thimbles at the Road to CA show and they have been what I have used for the past 6 years. And I do lick my fingers before putting the thimble on, otherwise they just slip off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ibeesewin
    Thanks for all the tips on thimbles. I guess I am just going to have to keep trying until I get one that works. Wearing it around for other daily activities though sounds like a good idea.
    My mother never used a thimble while sewing so I wonder if that has something to do with me not using one. I guess I am going to have to train my brain to become accustomed to one.
    I never wear it on purpose, but once you get used to wearing it, it isn't a problem. Of course, it needs to stay on your finger. I had the hardest time finding one small enough to stay on my finger. I bent a couple just trying to get them a bit smaller.

    I had to learn to use one. I thought I couldn't...then I was working working on binding several quilts and was making serious holes in the end of my finger, so I forced myself to use one in order to save myself from bleeding. Now I prefer to use one when sewing more than a button.

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    I didn't know you could quilt *without* a thimble, lol! Sounds painful...

    I always used to use a metal thimble. I dampen my finger and it stays on fine. However, I hadn't quilted anything for literally years until last week and, when I used the metal thimble, it was too small! I don't know what happened... I can't imagine my finger grew, lol! Anyway, it was rubbing on my joint because it was too tight so I decided to try a leather one. It took a little getting used to but it seems to be working for me now. The problem now though is that pieces of elastic are coming out of the stretchy part that holds it on my finger, also the leather on the end seems to be wearing through very quickly- at this rate, I doubt it will hold up long enough for me to quilt this whole quilt!

    Unrelated maybe- what is a finger cot??

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    The only thimble I can use is a leather one...I especially like the heavier goatskin ones...the lighter weight ones wear through too fast. I have tried many times to use a metal thimble, but I just have never been able to get used to one.

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    Yes, I think you either like a thimble or you don't. I can't hand sew anything without one. I have one that was my grandmother's and it's so nice and smooth on the inside and fits pefectly, I almost forget I have it on. If I had to use some of the ridged ones that are sold inexpensively, it probably would bother me too. Look for ones at estate sales or antique store that are worn and smooth - it might make a differnce!

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    I use one to quilt and hand sew. Can't hardly quilt without it. I have big fingers so some thimbles don't fit. This one adjusts to fit. see attached pic.

    If you have fingernails it works well.
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    I was taught to use forefinger and thumb to hold the fabric and use middlke finger to wear thimble and push needle. Maybe sounds weird, but has worked for me for 60+ years.

    I have enjoyed trying different thimbles, but the older cheap metal ones are the ones I like best.

    I agree about "ovaling" the metal thimbles.

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