I’m a thimble whore. I admit it. I think I own every kind of thimble that exists on the market. This picture doesn’t include all of them, either. There are two more that I have around somewhere and just can’t find.
It’s ridiculous, really, how many thimbles I have, but I kept trying to find one that fit me comfortably.
The round ones didn’t fit very well. I don’t know about you, but my fingers are not perfectly round, and they don’t taper at the end. I’m more of a stubby-fingered girl.
That white plastic one was the most comfortable of this bunch, but it was too big and I couldn’t feel anything through it, which made using it difficult. Also, anything made of plastic ended up kind of sweaty and slimy. The metal ones were okay, but I wanted something softer.
I never bothered trying to sew with those red things tied with the silly green dental floss. I put one on and immediately disliked it. The huge white thimble at the top looked promising, it is soft leather and has elastic over the top, so it is supposedly adjustable. But the stitching was so tight I couldn’t get my finger inside, and I realized that the seams would end up right where my needle hits my finger.
I ended up using the black leather thimbles for a long time. They’re soft enough that I can feel what I’m doing, and still protect me from getting stabbed. They’re leather, so they shrink and expand, which is nice because when it’s hot, I get puffy. However, the problem I ended up having with them was the same problem I have with most thimbles – they’re designed to push the needle from the tip of the finger, and I push with the side of my finger.
Now, this is the point where the Quilt Police will pipe up and tell me I’m doing it all wrong, and I have three words for them: I DON’T CARE. I’m perfectly comfortable with my technique. Except for the fact that I can’t find a thimble I like, of course. I hand-sew applique and bindings; I don’t hand quilt. I’m very happy with my stitches, so I’m changing nuthin’.
The major problem with the black thimbles is that there are seams that run down the side of the thimble, and my needle was always getting stuck in the seam.
Until now, that is. I finally found the perfect thimble.
I saw this in a magazine and immediately started haunting all of my local quilt shops for it, and finally found it at Fabric Depot (insert the sound of singing angels here). Fabric Depot in Portland, Oregon is the Mother Lode. It’s not really a quilt “shop”, it’s more like a fabric warehouse. If you ever have the chance to go, plan on spending at least 3 hours, lots of money, and wear comfy shoes. If you bring your husband, there is a table, chairs, and tv conveniently located at the front of the store, or he can sit and nap in the car along with half a dozen other husbands out in the parking lot. Bring a deck of cards, maybe they’ll get a game of poker going!
There’s a sizing hole in the package, but Clover doesn’t staple or glue the packaging, so if no one’s looking, you can actually slip that puppy out and try it on. I fell in love.
It fits perfectly, the seams are on the TOP of my finger, it’s soft and doesn’t make my finger slimy.
What kind of thimble do you use? What do you like/dislike about it? Inquiring minds want to know!
P.S. This is not a paid review, Clover has no idea who I am. However, if they would like to pay me in spare thimbles, I’m up for it!
That’s quite the collection you’ve got there, girlfriend! I’ve seen some absolutely beautiful thimbles that are almost too pretty to even think about putting on my finger! I’m in the 1% who don’t use thimbles. I’ve tried several different kinds, the best of which was the same huge white leather thimble you show in your picture of leather thimbles. I just can’t get past that “band-aid” feel of thimbles. My finger feels huge in one! I do use “Thimble It” self-stick thimble pads, which are flexible, oval plastic dots that sticks to a corner of my finger. They stick like crazy. I can even wash my hands while wearing one, and once found one still stuck to my finger – the next morning! – because they’re so unobtrusive. I forgot I had it on when I went to bed! One sticky pad will normally last long enough to bind two or three quilts.