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misisipimenace
Posted 2009-03-23 1:37 PM (#23746 - in reply to #23714)
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hey miki!  i know this is probably late, but here's my 2-cents worth . . .

i had baba's thimble and i even bought a couple, a metal and a hard plastic one, i think it was called "comfort thimble" from clotilde's i think . . . anyways, i never could seem to get used to a thimble and eventually i found & liked very much this fingertip shield http://www.colonialneedle.com/qsgraphics/UltraThimble.jpg

kinda like donna's in theory at least, but it's metal with adhesive pads between the metal and your finger.  it fits whereever on your fingers that you need it and it's comfy - at least i think so  i got mine at hancock's, don't recall how much it cost tho . . . anyways, here's the link to order from the company, both the shield and the replacement pads  http://www.colonialneedle.com/cgi-bin/quikstore.cgi?category=THIMBLES_-_Fingertip&search=yes

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Emma
Posted 2009-03-23 2:55 PM (#23750 - in reply to #23532)
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Ohhh Cindy thanks, I did look for the things Donna mentioned and I couldn't find anything like it at the Joann's by me.       but these you have look ve- de- in- ta- res-ting..

I think I am going to have a problem with the metal thimble  just can't get the hang of it.  I was thinking rubber might fit better but these look pretty good. I just wish I had a LQS close to me... (probably a good thing I don't )   The only problem with these I can see is I sew for awhile get up and do other things come back and sew somemore.  I would definitly not want to have to replace the pad each time I start and stop. 



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logcabin1961
Posted 2009-03-23 3:55 PM (#23752 - in reply to #23750)
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Emma

You did make me laugh with your ve- de- in- ta- res-ting..  - it made me remember the Rowan and Martins Laugh-In Show from the 60s (when I was a wee wee girl!)

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misisipimenace
Posted 2009-03-23 3:55 PM (#23753 - in reply to #23750)
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miki, that is a concern, but if i am VERRRRRRRY careful when removing the ultrathimble, i can usually use the same pad for several times before replacing it . . . this has just been easier for me to use than a regular thimble, whatever it is made of . . .
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Quilt Mama
Posted 2009-03-23 10:54 PM (#23768 - in reply to #23532)
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When I hand quilted I used the stick on pads but I built a thimble around it with a gauze tape type product that wasn't sticky but clung to itself. I would build the "thimble" up in layers with a sticky pad at the the two spots that got the needle end. With time the moisture would disipate and it held it's shape well. I had my personal thimble and the only one I was ever able to use comfortably. The wonderful side effect was that it breathed other than where the little stick on dots were.
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Dorian
Posted 2009-03-24 9:35 AM (#23774 - in reply to #23532)
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Hmmm, these rubber ones sound interesting..I'm going to have to see about them next time I'm at a quilt store.

I got out my hand sewing last night and wasn't happy with the way my metal one was fitting. Like Denise, I find it's better if it isn't quite round But as I have fat, arthritic fingers...maybe a rubber one would be better..

I like that one too Cindy, but I would go thru the sticky pads like crazy.

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Dorian
Posted 2009-05-31 9:16 AM (#27814 - in reply to #23532)
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Well, I've been looking and looking at these again. I hadn't realized just HOW expensive the Thimble Ladies thimbles were until yesterday. LOL

So, a compromise...these work the same way, you put them on the side of your finger and still quilt the way the Thimble Lady shows you.

http://www.createforless.com/Clover+Thimble+Adjustable+Ring/pid4918.aspx?SI=130903f1-cc9b-42d0-9144-14fe383d82a3

Dh is going to get me one for my bday along with her book I'll let you all know how it goes!

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Pam
Posted 2009-05-31 11:39 AM (#27827 - in reply to #23532)
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My two cents worth on the thimble debate. I always wear one as I sew with the back of my finger, pushing the needle with the area of my middle finger nail. The only way I can sew all day is with a 'tailors' thimble'. This is open at the top, so that the nail can poke through, but the finger is protected. It would not work for anyone who pushes the needle with the end of the finger. Don't know if they are available easily on your side of the pond, but I normally manage to find them at quilt shows, and last time I found them on offer, I bought 6 ~ much to the stallholders surprise.

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Dorian
Posted 2009-05-31 5:08 PM (#27840 - in reply to #23532)
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Hmm, that sounds very interesting Pam....I am trying to invision this way...We can buy open top thimbles over here though.

I am intrigued with the Thimble lady's way of quilting, especially as she 'guarantees' that it will not hurt your hands. And as mine are arthritic, I have a hard time quilt all day.

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