Bonnie Hunter at Quiltville has asked her readers to link up with her blog to tell about what thimble works best for them. I’m looking forward to seeing what others have to say, and perhaps find a new thimble to try, but first here’s my contribution.
I do enjoy hand quilting. The stitches on the back are not as even as on the front, but I’m working on that. I think I did a better job of it when I wore the brass thimble. You can see it has a smooth, rolled edge so that it doesn’t dig into the side of my finger. It also has a bit of a ridge at the top that is also an indentation inside the thimble so there is room for a fingernail. The dimples do a great job of keeping the eye of the needle in place while I rock the needle through the layers of the quilt.
I’m sure you’re wondering why I’m not still using it.
Can you see why? You aren’t supposed to be able to stand a needle up in your thimble like that. That little white dot in the second picture? That’s daylight shining through. Yes, I wore a hole through this thimble! Yes, I did find out by getting stabbed by the eye of he needle breaking through.
I scoured the hobby stores and quilt shop for a new one, but couldn’t find the same kind. I found the selection to be quite limited, unless I was willing to spend large sums of cash online for a custom fitted one. I tried soft silicone ones for comfort but found the needle just slid right off the tip of those. The closest I found to my old thimble was this one:
I’m sorry I can’t tell you what the brand is. I found it on the notions wall at JoAnn’s a couple of years ago. It is just OK. The grid does help keep the needle from sliding off, but the thimble is nowhere near as comfortable as my old one. The edge digs into the side of my finger if I quilt more than an hour at a stretch. There is no room for anything more than a very blunt cut fingernail.
As I prepared this post I tried on the old thimble again and it reminded me how much more comfortable it was! I miss it! If anyone knows where I could find one I’d love to hear from you. The only identifying info on it is “EZ 7”. I bought it at a Walmart about 10 years ago for about $2.00.