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Posted 2/11/2013 by TheBiscuitScraps in NSBR Board
 

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Posted: 2/11/2013 12:54:47 PM
Sorry this Sunday thread is on Monday. I did get a lot of SB pages done at the retreat.

I've always used a thimble for sewing. Do you use one or not?

There is a variety of styles on the market. I've just always used a simple metal on like the first one in the illustration below.

Do you have a collection of thimbles? If so, please share.



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Posted: 2/11/2013 12:59:40 PM
I have a lot of thimbles, and I've tried using them, but I just have never liked them. What works for me-- a piece of tape on my finger-- duct tape or masking tape, whatever is handy. Sometimes I even layer a small thin piece of flexible plastic (like from a margerine tub lid) under the plastic to give my finger extra protection.

The only time I have to use a thimble is for hand quilting. I do the two thimble method, and I use a flattened ridge tip on the upper thimble. It's been a long time since I've done enough handquilting to need to break out the old thimbles, and I'm not entirely sure where they are.

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Posted: 2/11/2013 1:13:46 PM
I've used most every kind of thimble there is over the years and finally settled on two favorites.

Roxanne, and at the other extreme end, this cheap plastic one.







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Posted: 2/11/2013 1:30:54 PM
When I used to cross stitch, I used a leather one. I've tried other ones for general sewing, but they just bug me and I always end up taking them off. I have never done any hand quilting, but it seems like a thimble would be essential for that.


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Posted: 2/11/2013 1:34:10 PM
I had tons of the little metal cup thimbles and I never ever liked them or used them. I do sew frequently by hand and got tired of poking holes in my fingers with some of the harsher needles.

Then one day I received a gift of leather thimble and I use that all the time. It's like the one above but it's pretty long and covers my pointer finger from the point to half way down. The pad of the finger has a heavy duty insert. I love love love this thimble and would buy myself another but I can find one like it. I think it was hand made. I do not loan it to anyone, ever. BTW it is also pink.

The ring thimble looks interesting. I have never seen one.

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Posted: 2/11/2013 1:43:44 PM
Thats what the internet is for.

My pink thimble is very similar to the one in this pattern (though I have had it a long time. ) and it is a nice soft comfortable leather on the sides. I am pretty sure that it is hand made, my aunt bought it for me somewhere. I have always wanted a thumb thimble to match so maybe I will give it a try.

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Posted: 2/11/2013 2:00:19 PM
I always use one when hand sewing. I have a cple of metal ones and a few rubber ones. I also have a cple leather thimbles-- I actually use a leather one on my right index finger when knitting


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Posted: 2/11/2013 3:06:00 PM
I use a quilters thimble with a lip around the edge like this:


I hold my needle in my front two fingers with the thimble on my middle finger, so the lip keeps it from skipping off the tip of the thimble and jamming into the top of my knuckle. (OUCH)



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Posted: 2/11/2013 3:09:32 PM
I've never ever used one! Maybe I ought to!!



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Posted: 2/11/2013 3:17:29 PM
With my thimble I also use a finger cot. Yeah, I know, just pretend that's not what they look like. I put it on my index finger. It makes all the difference in the world grabbing the needle to pull through instead of my bare finger that just slides down the needle.







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Posted: 2/11/2013 3:21:35 PM
I have a metal one that I can never find. My grandmother always used a rubber thimble and I think I would like that. I just don't do enough hand sewing to really feel like I need to keep a thimble around all that much.

I do really like the looks of that leather thimble though! That looks like it would work really well.


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