Thursday, 3 July 2014

Thimbles......

Do you use a thimble...... Years ago I thought they were useless as I tried to use mine on my middle finger but I couldn't do things properly like holding the needle etc...... But then some time later I tried it on my next finger over that I don't use while stitching and it worked perfectly and didn't annoy me..... But I forget to use them unless I have a sore finger and as I have stabbed my middle finger with the end of the needle several times several days in a row it is toooo sore to do again so I have been using it...... 
So do you use a thimble?
 Which finger do you put it on? 
Catch you later
Chookyblue

35 comments:

  1. I can't get on with thimbles at all. I think I've tried them all and on all fingers. I work without one now. Yes it means I've got a bit of a callous on my middle finger but if you don't know it's there you can't see it xx

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  2. I still work without one as I've not fou done that works girls me :(

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  3. I am devoted to my thimble, and use it on tall man.

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  4. The only thimble that I had found that I could use was a leather one - BUT - in the cheapo Japanese stores they have silicone "things" for fingers - I haven't tried one yet - but a friend of mine swears by them - esp for EPP. I'll send you one Chookyblue - cause I bet you don't yet have a Daiso in *** where you live!!

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  5. I don't use a thimble but have some little stick on dots that you put on a sore spot....use them when binding.

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  6. I don't know... I use one when I am getting a sore finger but I always manage to hold the finger with it on out of the way... I like the leather one when I am sewing on a bind and a traditional metal one for appliqué and piecing. Although I do have a great thimble collection. The girls in our group bring them home from trips fro each other. I will blog some pics.

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  7. I don't wear one very often, but occasionally try. I usually forget. Mum, on the other hand, never sews without hers and was in quite a tizz the other day as she thought she had lost her favourite one, which had been her mother' s favourite when she was alive. Fortunately it was found, so she can keep stitching.

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  8. Hi Chooky yes i use a thimble its a silicene one and it fits your finger and doesnt fall off,i am like you and forget to use it until my finger starts getting holes in it,lol.xx

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  9. Always use a thimble. I have a thimble lady thimble (the old style because of my claws) and got a backup a couple of years later, tried again last year when she was selling the last of the old style and had to send it back 3 times and gave up in the end because I could get the right size (as original size is worn out) so I also have one for when I loose lots of kg and I have skinnier fingers.
    sometimes I use leather ones on my other hand when I am really doing lots of stitching and fingers a raw. Don't have much luck with the sticky dots and I have used the silicon ones as well but they don't last very long.

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  10. Yes, I use a thimble. One of the metal ones with heavy brass top so when you are pushing extra hard, the needle doesn't slip and stab you.

    Grandma sewed a lot and made sure I had a silver thimble when I was high school age. For a while I just wore it on my middle finger but little by little it came to be very useful.

    When I do a lot of hand stitching, it becomes a part of me ... I have even discovered myself wearing it while I go to the kitchen to stir a pot of soup!

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  11. I've tried to wear thimbles, but - so far - I can't seem to get comfortable. If my fingers get sore, I use paper tape one uses to keep gauze on a wound. Works great. No more little spots of blood on my stitching ;)

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  12. Definitely a thimble girl here - I have several types, but my faves are my leather ones from Clover - they also suit my fingers best as I have acrylic nails...

    I love your pic, it looks like an EPP promo from a mag or website, very stylish!

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  13. I use a leather stick on dot on my "naughty finger" when I quilt. I couldn't quilt without it. I don't need one when I applique, though.

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  14. I went for ages without using a thimble, but I do so much EPP and hand-quilting that I was pretty much bruising the tips of my middle finger and thumb (respectively) that I had to find a thimble I could use. After trying quite a few, I now use the clover silicone thimbles (http://www.amazon.com/Clover-6026-Medium-Protect-Thimble/dp/B002OVGJDU) and find them pretty comfortable. On my middle finger for EPP, and I shift it to my thumb when I quilt. Not perfect, but beats bruises and holes in my finger tips :)

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  15. No thimble - only sore fingers.. Guess that's why I turn to knitting after some time of hand sewing - to rest my fingers..

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  16. I only use a thimble when I am hand quilting. I wear it on my middle finger. I know I don't hand quilt 'correctly' because I basically use the side are of the thimble not the tip.

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  17. I do use a thimble and on my middle finger as well...I used to not use one, but then decided I did not want callouses on the tips of my finger...not only that, it keeps them from getting so sore.

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  18. Tried a few thimbles never found one I loved, but think it is the sort of thing you have to persist with. If I get sore finger I use the plastic stick on ovals, but cut them in half and use on the tip of my fingers.

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  19. I can't sew without my thimble on my middle finger... I use an old one that was my mothers... I think a lot of it is habit ...
    Hugz

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  20. I have a really old little black leather thimble that I love but it has one tiny spot that I get a prick from now and then... I also like the stick on plastic dots if I have a sore finger, they are awesome and I have tried the silicone one....Anything is better than a hole in your naughty finger....he he!

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  21. Wow, I have so many different kinds of thimbles, it is not funny! There is one that I have decided I prefer but like you, I tend to forget about it unless I have a sore finger.
    Cath @ Bits 'n Bobs

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  22. I haven't had any success with thimbles, I usually try the sticky circles once I get a hole in my finger from the blunt end of the needle! But I am still looking....

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  23. I mostly use a thimble, I have a tailors thimble it has no end in it and so I use only the side of it. Sometimes I forget I have it on as it is very comfy.

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  24. I feel lost without my thimble.....I have a metal thimble that only covers the front part of my tall man finger....

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  25. I use a thimble when I have to use a bit of pressure, like binding and fused applique. I wear it on my tall man finger. It certainly saves my finger from getting sore.

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  27. I have tried many, and cannot make thimbles work for me...but I need too! My fingers get so sore, I cannot sew...and that is an emergency, isn't it??

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  28. Wish I could but I have never found the right one. I hate that pop noise that happens when the eye end of the needle pops into your skin - oooowwww.

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  29. Hi Chooky......I can't use a thimble as its too awkward and the thimble finger usually sticks out and I avoid using that finger altogether!!...lol....But i have sourced some leather adhesive dots for my shop and they're fantastic. I sell oodles of them.....you get 12 for $14 and you reuse them so good value....I'll bring some to show you at retreat......Sandy

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  30. Hi chooky, yes i too devoted to using a thimble. Feel lost without it. I have a metal one i purchased from thimble lady a few years back, but is a bit tricky getting perfect size but so worth the effort . I have one with hole in back so finger doesnt feel suffocated.

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  31. Oh and middle finger on hand I'm not stitching with

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  32. I can't live without my Thimble!… they are all over the house..under lounges etc!!.. I wear it on my "naughty finger" and even wear it under my gardening gloves as I always wear a hole in the finger of that glove. I have been known to cook dinner with it on as I forget its there!! Xx

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  33. Great post! I tried with middle finger but like you couldn't hold the needle and left it at that and got holes! Will try the next finger...never thought of that!

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  34. hehe...I'm the same as you. Stab my middle finger so many times and its too sore so on goes the thimble!

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  35. Like many of the other comments..been there tried that , but have never mastered the use of a thimble, on my middle finger so I usually end up with a sore finger where the needle goes through the end..I suppose practise would help but I am yet to find the perfect thimble to use..

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