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Thread: What kind of thimbles work best for you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rubesgirl View Post
    I have been using leather thimbles for many years, but I seem to wear a thin place on them and wind up with the eye end of the needle in my finger ... OUCH! They also seem to stretch and fall off. I usually wind up wrapping them in electrical tape, which makes them less pliable. I've tried plastic ones and metal ones, but they just do not stay on and are uncomfortable. I'd love to hear what you use and find comfortable. I'm in the market to try anything once, just to save my poor, sore finger! Any advice is welcome!
    The leather thimble I like most is: Clover Natural Fit leather thimble in size small. I have big fingers but this works good & the leather is thicker than other ones I've tried. Also in time it will get a little bigger. margee

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    Hamlock: I to have trouble keeping some thinbles on. I put frist-aid tape on the inside of my thinble this help and this way I can pull it out or add more.
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    I have a small drawer devoted to thimbles I've purchased over the years in hopes of finding something that works for me. So far none are useful. I put on a bandaide occasionally when I need protection.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peckish View Post
    I've struggled with thimbles also. I think I own one of every kind made. My problem is I don't use them for hand quilting, I use them for sewing, and I push the needle with the side of my finger, not the tip. I was using the black leather ones for a while, but the seams were on the side of my finger where I push, so sometimes the head of the needle would pop through the seam. Now I'm using a leather thimble made by Clover, the seams land on the top of my finger. So far I like this one best, although I can tell I'm eventually going to wear a hole through the side.

    I think my next best thimble is the cone-shaped one I purchased from the Thimble Lady. Just takes some getting used to, I guess.

    JReadman, I checked out that sealskin thimble and cannot imagine how you use it! Is that fur on the outside? How can you tell where your needle and thread are? Can you post a picture of yours, the one on that website is kind of hard to see because it's so small.

    Don't know what's wrong but my photos won't download to show you. There is a little bit of fur on the outside but I have no problem telling where the needle & thread are. It's super comfortable and can be turned to wear on the side of your finger as some have posted they prefer to do.
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    I use my mother's old thimble. She was a tailor and her thimble has no top on it. You have to learn to use the side to propel it through the fabric. It fits perfectly and because it is airy it is so comfortable to use.

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    I use the leather thimble by Clover. I really like how thick it is so the needle isn't sticking me. I found a leather thimble in Paducah at the quilt show years ago, it was the best one I ever had, but I wore it out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peckish View Post
    I've struggled with thimbles also. I think I own one of every kind made. My problem is I don't use them for hand quilting, I use them for sewing, and I push the needle with the side of my finger, not the tip. I was using the black leather ones for a while, but the seams were on the side of my finger where I push, so sometimes the head of the needle would pop through the seam. Now I'm using a leather thimble made by Clover, the seams land on the top of my finger. So far I like this one best, although I can tell I'm eventually going to wear a hole through the side.

    I think my next best thimble is the cone-shaped one I purchased from the Thimble Lady. Just takes some getting used to, I guess.

    JReadman, I checked out that sealskin thimble and cannot imagine how you use it! Is that fur on the outside? How can you tell where your needle and thread are? Can you post a picture of yours, the one on that website is kind of hard to see because it's so small.


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    Oh Wow! I had forgotten that I bought one of those when we visited Alaska a couple years ago. I haven't used it yet. I'll have to find it and give it a try. I just thought it was a really neat souvenir.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rose S. View Post
    I have yet to find the perfect thimble...my fingers are wide at the end...they do not taper like most peoples. So have a hard time finding one I like to wear. Have not been using one much lately and when I do, I use a metal one that is a bit big so the tip of my finger is not smashed till it hurts. I also have use the leather thimble that is actually shaped like a metal thimble. It has a metal end...I really like it but the metal came loose and fell out.

    I thimbles are hard to find that fit a finger that isn't straight or has arthritis in them. I just keep looking and buying hoping to find one I can use.
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    JReadman, thanks for posting the pics! Now I understand how those thimbles work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peckish View Post
    JReadman, thanks for posting the pics! Now I understand how those thimbles work.
    You're welcome!
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    I use the old fashioned stainless steel thimbles. When a friend's mother passed, he gave me her complete set of thimbles. One evening one slipped off my finger and landed on the carpet. DH did not see it and stepped on it, bending it slightly and changing the shape from perfectly round to almost oval. That was the exact shape of my finger! It has never slipped off again and I guard it like gold.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SandScraps View Post
    I use the old fashioned stainless steel thimbles. When a friend's mother passed, he gave me her complete set of thimbles. One evening one slipped off my finger and landed on the carpet. DH did not see it and stepped on it, bending it slightly and changing the shape from perfectly round to almost oval. That was the exact shape of my finger! It has never slipped off again and I guard it like gold.
    I remember a woman saying her mom used to run her new thimbles over with her car to get the right shape. I've considered doing this!

    I found my Thimble Lady cone thimble yesterday. Tried it on and immediately remembered why I don't use it. The cone is shaped perfectly for my finger, but the indentations for the needle are on the bottom of the cone, where the pad of my finger is. I push the needle with the side of my finger, and the cone is smooth in that spot.

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    I can't help you with this one. I'm still not comfortable using a thimble. I keep trying but a thimble only seems to get in my way. Guess I'll keep trying and maybe one day...........

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    I too, use a leather thimble, by Blue Ribbon Notions, the one with the elastic band to keep it on
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