Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Thimbles: Not Just For Show

Clover Protect and  Grip thimble
Up until this point, I have regarded the thimble as a purely optional stitching accessory. But, with this quilting-for-hire project, I have finally succumbed to finger protection. The quilt is white, and bloodstains just take away from the desired effect. I ended up with a very expensive, high-tech gadget that seems to work a charm. It was the only one available in the small town across the water, so it's not like I had a choice. But after a few days where it seemed like I had too many fingers, I seemed to get the hang of it. Not only can I gang up more stitches on the needle at a time, I'm not stabbing myself. So far, so good.

5 comments:

  1. Having the best tools can make or break anything...this looks a treat! I have arthritis in most finger joints now, so most thimbles do not fit. Last weekend I saw an all-metal one in a quilt shop that was priced for *all-metal* if you catch my meaning. But when I tried it on, it felt like the clouds of heavenly angels had descended. I think I'm convinced that I must return to purchase said item ...

    ...and thanks to your post, as well.

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  2. to funny...i have a collection of thimbles, not a 'collection', but a variety from females in my past, and a few cheapo metal ones. i would have been happy to send you 1 or 3..

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  3. onesmallstitch8:48 AM

    I've never mastered the use of a thimble - have tried a sailmakers "palm" and a Japanese fabric thimble but usually have a holey finger. btw the enzymes in your saliva will remove your blood, in other words a little bit of spit will do the trick!

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  4. Sometimes we have to give up and buy good tools, it is just the sensible thing to do.
    I love Jean's comment about the spit!

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  5. I've always used a thimble and can't imagine stitching without one. I've always used a cheap metal one.

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