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Thursday, 5 December 2013

Scarlet Letter Advent Calendar - Day 5

Day - 5 Renaissance Pewter Thimble




I am working a a large heavily appliqued quilt at the moment that will need to be hand quilted which will be a new skill for me? I think I need to invest in a quilting thimble. Do you have any recommendations?


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24 comments:

Sue El said...

I know several people who use a leather thimble. My mother used a metal one with a rim

Margaret said...

When I quilted, I used a metal thimble with a rim around the top. This was really handy. I tended to have the needle spring back into my face from the force of the rocking motion I used to gather several stitches on my needle. The rim of the thimble helped to stop that tendency -- made my life much safer. lol!

Lynn said...

I have never done any quilting, but yours sounds lovely!

Bethany said...

I always used a old copper thimble that was my father's mothers. I haven't quilted in a long time, but have an Ohio Star, that needs to be finished up and the binding placed.

Joanne O'H said...

When I used to quilt I also used a thimble with a rim around the edge. It makes the quilting much easier. I also used a thimble on the hand that sits under the quilt. That way you can use a rocking motion to your stitches.

Jenny said...

When I first started stitching I naturally became interested in all things sewing related...LOL...My husband bought me a beautifully crafted thimble holder made from pewter...a cat sitting and looking at a book lying on the floor. It has a magnet on the base that holds a thimble. Being the sentimental person that I am, I always use the thimble that came with the thimble holder. It is one of my most treasured stitching items and always can be found in the sewing box that he made for me :)

Bhooma said...

I haven't done much quiliting. I have made some quilt tops but haven't gotten around quilting them yet.

Carmen Sutton said...

What a lovely thimble. After stitching many hours some time the tip of my finger gets lots of little cuts in it. Perhaps if I used a thimble this could be avoided. Not sure about a good quilting thimble.

Vera said...

This is so pretty. Lately while working on PLL I have found the tip of my finger getting sore and pricked!! That has never happened before...

Deb said...

Oh, that thimble is lovely and will definitely come in handy for quilting.

I don't have any recommendations on a thimble. I used an old one that my grandmother - just plain metal and it seems to work well, but I always still find it ackward to use one.

Nicola said...

Comment on behalkf of Wilma - I love stitching eyelets, jessica stitches and satin stitches. I dread montenegrin stitches have yet to learn to stitch them properly.

The Inspired Stitcher said...

I've been quilting since 1986. My personal preferene is the Roxanne Thimble. They are sized like rings from the jewelry store. You can even get a sterling silver one like mine! No affiliation, just a very satisfied user.

http://www.colonialneedle.com/cgi-bin/quikstore.cgi?search=yes&category=Roxanne&template=database_list_roxanne

~mj~ said...

I love thimbles...they remind me of watching the ladies sewing circle quilting for church fundraisers....I have my grandmothers thimble and a treasured aunts thimble...but I can not sew using one, and believe me, I have tried!

Kielrain said...

When I quilt I just use a boring ol' thimble. Never tried anything fancy. Though, when I bough a newer one I hated it so went back to my old one. I couldn't tell you what the difference in them are, but I can feel it! No help here, other than try some on.

Sharon H said...

I personally like a leather thimble. I can "feel" the needle better through the leather than metal.

Lelia said...

I have two suggestions. First, try wrapping your finger with pink hair tape [sold a beauty supply stores]. it is flexible and kind of nice on the skin. Otherwise, there are flexible thimbles - in variety of colors that are comfortable. Called Jelly Thimble. If not familiar, follow this link:
http://www.habermanfabrics.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=567

Nupur said...

I know a number of quilters who prefer to use Roxanne's thimble.
I myself have resorted to wearing four thimbles (ring finger and middle finger of each hand) because I was getting 'stitching calluses' in areas that impaired my feeling fine nuances in my job... I found some beautiful silver and gold ones from Simon Brothers... they also make two different types of quilting thimbles which look very useful.
The best thing is that they make thimbles in small sizes (5&6) which fit my fingers well.

Michele said...

I go with the stitching callus look myself but have to admit that this a beautiful thimble,

Nicola said...

A comment for Barbara G - I have done a lot of quilting and I would definitely not use sterling silver. I had an unfortunate experience when the needle pierced mine.

carolm said...

love this.....

Marsha said...

Haven't found one I really like but I've had a needle go thru leather.

EvalinaMaria said...

I have never used thimble...

Ruth said...

This thimble is beautiful and is very necessary when I do hand sewing. It is important also when quilting. I would love this beautiful one.

Teresa S. said...

I also need a quilting thimble and would like to find out more about what is recommended. I have a plastic one that slips a lot. Please enter me in this drawing :)