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Emma
Posted 2009-03-20 3:39 PM (#23532)
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Okay I have never used a thimble before but since I have started (trying) to hand applique I have worn a hole in my middle finger (ouch!!!) so I think it is time to start looking for a t thimble.  Now the only ones I remember are the onces from about 40-50 yrs. ago and I haven't really paid much attention to any lately.  Do those of you that use a thimble have any suggestion about what to look for.   metal, plastic rubber, leather etc.....  flat head(not sure if it is called a head!!!) or rounded.   Help.  I am determined to do hand applique but I need some help..   who knew my finger tips would be so delicate 
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MsMeow
Posted 2009-03-20 4:35 PM (#23534 - in reply to #23532)
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Miki, I'm not big on thimbles, either. For some reason they seem to make the end of my finger go numb, even when they are loose!

For applique I sometimes use things called Thimble It (I think that's the correct name). They are plastic ovals that stick on your finger. They are good for several uses, and thick enough to keep the needle from wearing that hole in your finger! (I do that all the time, too.) I'm sure I got them at JoAnn's.
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sara
Posted 2009-03-20 7:16 PM (#23536 - in reply to #23532)
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I'm another that didn't like (or use) thimbles for the longest time. But, long fingernails (I mean really long) and delicate "protected" fingertips and hand quilting made me re-think that. I tried those plastic ring type thimbles and missed a few times, which ran the needle between my fingertip and my nail, so I wasn't happy. It took a while but I finally (sort of) got used to a thimble. Since I started embroidering again, I've appreciated the thimble MUCH more than before. I use the good ol' silver thimble. I'm not impressed with any of the others. I think thimble selection is very much a personal thing ... some like one type more than another for any number of reasons.
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Gerda
Posted 2009-03-20 7:47 PM (#23541 - in reply to #23532)
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I like the thimble with a raised edge instead of round. Nails are no issue with me, short as possible (not bitten, though ), just short. I have tried a few, and like using thimbles, but that one is the best for me.

Gerda
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logcabin1961
Posted 2009-03-20 8:23 PM (#23544 - in reply to #23541)
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I have several silver thimbles but find them generally uncomfortable to use but whilst I was at Tomball I bought a sort of rubberised one which was a red colour from the first quilt shop we went to and I noticed that they sold them in the other quilt shop too.  They are obviously a new line as they had them in large plastic tubs - all different colours and sizes. Not expensive, just a couple of dollars.

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char77
Posted 2009-03-20 9:39 PM (#23549 - in reply to #23544)
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I have a very hard time finding a thimble that will fit me corectly (short, fat fingers :D)  I really like these open sided thimbles by Clover.  They are open so your finger doesn't sweat, are adjustable, and allow for long fingernails.

 

 http://www.londas-sewing.com/OPEN-SIDED-THIMBLE-p23942.html

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Jami
Posted 2009-03-20 11:23 PM (#23558 - in reply to #23532)
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I got one of those rubber thimbles Milica is talking about the other day. Like you, I'm tired of poking holes in the end of my finger. It takes forever for those little buggers to heal! They had 3 different sizes in those thimbles and about 5 or 6 different colors. I got a blue one. They have a raised edge on them, so they keep the needle from slipping off the top of the thimble. I'm going to have to "learn" how to use it, because it feels really ackward for me to have it on!

Jami



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Emma
Posted 2009-03-21 12:18 AM (#23564 - in reply to #23532)
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Thanks ladies for all your inf.     I have seen the rubber ones and will probably try them first since they are inexpensive, I was afraid that the needle would go thur the rubber and attack me.  LOL      I like Gerda's recommendation of the thimble with the rim around the top  I seem to remember back in the day that my needle tended to slide of the rounded edge of the thimble.  

Sounds like a trip to Joann, I also what to check out Donnas dot thing also.   

I don't need to worry about long fingernails because mine have always been very soft and tend to break if I let them get a fraction beyond the tip of my finger, so I just keep em short.  That style goes really well with my short fat fingers.. :(  

I have put my hand applique on hold till I find a solution better than duck tape. 

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Dorian
Posted 2009-03-21 9:15 AM (#23577 - in reply to #23532)
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I, too, have short, fat fingers and nails that wont grow...long ago, when I first learned to hand quilt, I plopped a metal thimble on my finger and have never tried anything else. I like ones with pock marks in them or a rim around the edge.

Good luck Miki, YOU CAN DO IT!

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sew'nsew
Posted 2009-03-21 11:03 AM (#23582 - in reply to #23532)
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I have a Roxanne and I love it. It is very pricey but will last me forever if I don't lose it. It was a birthday gift to me almost 10 years ago. I had tried the leather one and ran a needle through my finger. Tried the old fashioned silver ones like my granny used, bought at Joannes, and it didn't work for me. I would like to try the colored ones you all are talking about as the Roxanne is heavy, but it the only one that actually works for me. I've heard talk of the 'Thimble lady' on another thread is supposed to be really good, but it is also pricey and I'm happy with what I've got.
So, to sum up, it is a very individual decision. OH, another tip if you are not used to using one, put a thimble on every finger, just cheap ones or duct tape, etc. It will force you to get used to using it. Until I did that, I would keep using uncovered fingers instead of the thimble. And then I also discovered which finger I really wanted a thimble for.
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scraphappydenise
Posted 2009-03-21 12:21 PM (#23592 - in reply to #23532)
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Here's my 2 cents worth...

I use a thimble. (I collect them too... imagine that) LOL

My favorite is the inexpensive type from JoAnn's with the ridge at the top. It allows the needle to stay in place while rocking the needle back and forth. (When hand quilting, I put a little bit of nail polish on the under hand middle finger to help keep the needle pokes down some.)

I found by accident, that our fingers are not round, like the thimbles are. and after accidentally stepping on my thimble one day, it squashed it a little, making it oval in shape. Fits like a glove, and stays on better. Now, the first thing I do is unround my thimbles.

I got one of those rubbery ones in a gift bag and haven't tried it yet. I also have a roxanne, and it is heavy. Makes my finger feel unbalanced maybe I just need to use it more.....

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smt42
Posted 2009-03-21 8:46 PM (#23623 - in reply to #23532)
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Ladies, try the colored rubber thimbles, I like them better than any other. They will seem a little stiff at first, but after they warm up from your body heat, they conform to your finger and fit like a glove, you hardly know you have one on. I do a lot of handsewing and hand quilting, I have yet to poke the needle thru the thimble. I love them.

Susie
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delia
Posted 2009-03-21 9:54 PM (#23630 - in reply to #23623)
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I've got the rubber one, too. I don't use a thimble too often, but when I do, this one works best for me. I have big fingers, so the others don't tend to fit. These do conform to your fingers nicely once they warm up, and I've yet to have it slip or poke through. Plus, like others have said, they're very inexpensive (only $1.95 at my LQS). They're my favorite. My DD likes them, too, since she's only 9 and has very skinny fingers. The small size fits her well.
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fabriholic
Posted 2009-03-21 10:44 PM (#23631 - in reply to #23630)
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I also have a Roxanne and I love it. I have arthritis in my fingers & it doesn't fit so good right now.

Oh, well, the knuckle will go down eventually, it always does.

I'll have to try a rubber one; haven't tried one of those.

Rosie

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Emma
Posted 2009-03-22 9:43 PM (#23714 - in reply to #23532)
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Ladies, thanks again for all the inf. I went to joanns today and picked up a cheap metal thimble with a rim. I was going to get a rubber one but could not find one. I know the Lqs near my sister has them so I will definitely give them a try. I may have to step on the metal one cuz my finger is definitely not round LOL.

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