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    Lynnette

    What is the best way to protect my fingers when hand quilting? - I can't seem to sew with thimbles on - I've even tried duct tape(gets sticky).

    #2
    Re: Lynnette

    Hi, Lynnette !
    I can't stand thimbles either. For awhile I resorted to band aids or scotch tape ! Then I found a product from the DRITZ company. They are called "quilter's slip 'n grips". They are half inch, adhesive circles with a sandpaper grip on one side. These work for me & are a help in gripping needles. They are found in most sewing notions sections. Hope this helps you.

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      #3
      Re: Lynnette

      Another thought ! In quilting notions, I also found packages of rubber finger tips that
      fit all finger sizes. They are comfortable too ! Carol Ann

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        #4
        Re: Lynnette

        Have you tried the jelly thimbles? I couldn't use the metal ones, but I bought some of these and got them warm in some really hot water and slipped them on my fingers. They kind of shaped a little better to my fingers and I am able to sew better with them.
        I have also used the adhesive "thimble" pads. They are clear ovals of something like a sticky backed template plastic. They worked OK, but were a little slippery when pushing the needle. I have see some that look like dimpled metal dots that appear to be attached with adhesive. I think the metal dots would give much better protection from the needle when shoving it through all those layers.

        Good 'thimble' hunting!
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        because those who mind don't matter,
        and those who matter don't mind. - Dr. Seuss

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          #5
          Re: Lynnette

          Hi Lynnette, There also leather thimbles that I use. I found them to work better than the metal ones. I also have long nails and they have a space in the top to let you nail slip through and still protect your finger. I'll have to try the others. Thanks ladies for the info.
          Hugs, Jan L
          Home, where each lives for the others and all live for God! ><(((((o>

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            #6
            Re: Lynnette

            I like the leather thimbles too. I tried the little sticky pads and didn't like them. In a pinch I use adhesive tape on my fingers. i keep a roll in my sewing box in case i misplace my leather thimble. I use it when I smock too.
            “What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others and the world, is and remains immortal.”

            ― Albert Pine

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              #7
              Re: Lynnette

              Leather thimbles are the only ones I've tried other than the metal. The metal don't work for me but I had great success with the leather ones. From what others are saying it sounds like there are newer products on the market that might work as well. I haven't done any hand quilting in quite some time, but if I do I might give some of the others a try. From my experience, the only problem with the leather is the top of the needle eventually ends up pushing through the leather. If you're using one on a really large quilt expect to replace it one or even two times. Can get expensive replacing them.
              Goodbye Europe! Hello California! Home sweet home.

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                #8
                Re: Lynnette

                Here is a thimble most anyone would be happy to use:
                http://www.ladyfingerssewing.com/sho...productId=1398
                Ruth Ann in MA

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                  #9
                  Re: Lynnette

                  Originally posted by craftyrad View Post
                  Here is a thimble most anyone would be happy to use:
                  http://www.ladyfingerssewing.com/sho...productId=1398
                  Making my mouth water isn't allowed this early in the day. Cute!!!
                  Sometimes, when there's a raging fire,
                  it's best not to try to put it out with gasoline.

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                    #10
                    Re: Lynnette

                    Many many TX - even with sore fingers I love the relaxation of hand quilting.

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                      #11
                      Re: Lynnette

                      Oh my what well they think of next????

                      Jan G
                      Jan G :icon_wave:


                      THE HURRIER I GO,
                      THE BEHINDER I GET!!!!
                      :lol:

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                        #12
                        Re: Lynnette

                        I am like the others here that use the leather thimbles. I tried the metal and silicone and don't like either. To me the only way to go is the leather.
                        Suzette

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