How many do you have?  When you find one that works for you do you stick with it or keep buying more to see if you have found a better one?

My little collection of thimbles.  I love my hand held thimbles the best for quilting – I lost one, bought another to replace it and then lost both – bought another and now I have three – haven’t lost one since!  the colorful rubber pieces on the ends of two of them helps from dropping them when hands are cold and dry – they are the things you stick on the ends of pencils for better grips – stretch them enough and they fit.  3 of the inexpensive open fingernail thimbles – one fits on the thumb and I liked it for awhile never use them now.  Love the Roxanne but find it too heavy – love the TJ Lane thimble – the fancy one with the open nail area but the little peak on the end presses into my finger too much!  The stick on’s work great with applique and hand piecing and quilting.  The leather thimble gets in my way.


What kind of a thimble collection do you have?

EDITED:  I have been asked can I demonstrate how to use the hand held thimble – it is hard to get photos of the right angle to show this, their web site shows how to do it.

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  • Nedra Aug 26, 2012

    I am not a hand quilter, but hope to add this skill someday. I will be interested to see what your readers say is thier favorite thimble. On my few attempts to hand quilt, all of the thimbles have felt cumbersome, and I’m wondering if you eventually get used to them?
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  • Deanna Neumann Aug 26, 2012

    I have never seen the “stick ones” . Going to run out and get myself one, not that I quilt very often. Your posts always make me ooh and aah or inform. Thanks!

  • Della Aug 26, 2012

    I don’t understand the concept of the hand held thimble. Do you pick it up each time you need it?

  • Barbara Aug 26, 2012

    I love my TJ Lane thimble on my quilting hand. I quilt off the side of the thimble. I also wear a thimble on my underneath hand. For this I just like a plain metal thimble with no ridge at the top. These are getting harder and harder to find. I need to replace them often because the constant pricking from the needle eventually pokes holes in them.

  • Robin Aug 26, 2012

    My thimble collection is rather small compared to yours. I have a fingernail thimble and two stick-on thimbles. I love to hand quilt but just can’t get use to wearing a thimble.

  • Karen L. Aug 26, 2012

    I have quite a few thimbles but a lot of them are collectibles. My brother usually brings one back for me from his vacations to foreign countries. I have some that others have given me and some that I have collected on trips on the East Coast. I try to collect one from any state I have been to or National Park and such. For actually using, I have those metal stick on ones for the under hand when hand quilting …. otherwise I tend to bleed on the quilt. I’ve tried plastic ones and all kinds of metal ones. Someday I want to try the hand held one that you use, Karen. I think it might be easier on my aging fingers! Also, I have read that Aunt Becky’s Thimble is suppose to be good but have never seen one to try. Seems like you might have talked or asked about that one a while back? Not sure. Anyway, what I have is too many thimbles, obviously.

  • audrey Aug 27, 2012

    I only have three kinds of thimbles these days. The old very light weight leather thimbles I used to use, the heavy duty (in comparison) leather thimble I use all the time and one plastic thimble I bought to try out (hate it). Your collection is very impressive!

  • Teri Dingler Aug 27, 2012

    I use the solid silver one on my middle finger when quilting or any hand sewing, i.e., embroidering, etc. I have never seen the hand held – can you demonstrate for us? I wo9uld be interested in seeing how you use this one!

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