How to use a thimble ????

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This is likely one of the most basic questions in sewing but it is not a
joke .

How does one use a thimble ? or more to the point , how do I use a thimble ?

which hand ? which finger ?

I honestly have no idea , I have never been able to use one satisfactoraly,
but since I am now doing a bit more then just the occasionnal button I
thought I should know.

Anyone ?

Please ?


Jean



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One Jean to another, I never got good at it either.  My mother used hers
on her right middle finger; she was right-handed.  She learned to sew in
nursery school at age 3.5 (in the 1890's).  Made baby clothes for her four
younger siblings as they came along.

Jean M.

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They're always too big for me and had to use if you have long fingernails.

Mary Ann in central Florida


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On Thu, 18 Dec 2003 14:47:24 -0500, "Mary Ann"

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Thimbles used to come in different sizes  -- Mom took a 9, I
took an 8.   With the demise of Woolworth's, I've no idea
where you can buy sized thimbles:  I'm clinging desperately
to those that accidentally fit.  

To get a good fit in a brass thimble, buy it just a shade
tight, then step on it lightly to make it oval.  Assuming,
of course, that your fingers are oval.

I've seen ads for topless thimbles that allow for long
fingernails.  Wouldn't work for me because I push the needle
with the top of the thimble more often than not.  (The
pictures in the old books show the worker pushing the needle
with the side of the thimble near the top.)

Most people wear the thimble on the middle finger of the
hand that holds the needle.  Watch yourself sewing, notice
which finger you push the needle with, then put the thimble
on that finger.  

I shopped for a thumb thimble once, but the biggest thimble
I could find was too small -- I got a leather thimble that
could be stretched to fit, but the metal disk in the tip was
in the wrong place.  I seem to have modified my technique
since then, as I can no longer remember why I wanted a
thumble.  

Joy Beeson
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How to use a thimble ????  
 
snipped-for-privacy@dr.cgocable.ca (Jean)
This is likely one of the most basic questions in sewing but it is not a
joke .
How does one use a thimble ? or more to the point , how do I use a
thimble ?
which hand ? which finger ?
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   Right handed sewer, thimble on right hand.
   Depends on what you want to use the thimble for. Cover top of traffic
finger, and it's excellent for thumping people upside the head, without
damaging a sewing digit.
   For hand sewing, I actually do use a thimble, either on the traffic
finger, or on the next finger to the left (what the heck do you call
that finger, anyway? You know the one, you use it in traffic when you
don't care enough to send the very best.)
   Best use: keeps back end of needle from stabbing holes in your
fingers, especially useful when you are trying to insert the needle into
thick/heavy/tough materials. Obviously, the thimble is useless for
machine sewing.
                    Cea


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Ring finger. The one between your little finger and your MIDDLE finger, Cea
dear: not all of us drive like or where you do :-) Now I have to revise my
opinion of the lovely gracious town in which I pictured you.

The most comfortable thimble I've ever found is the Comfort Thimble,
http://makeashorterlink.com/?E2BD539D6
I've found it in quilt stores. It's the only one I can use.

For the poster who complained about not being able to use thimbles if you
have long nails there's the Nimble Thimble, partway down this page
http://makeashorterlink.com/?E2BD539D6 and Thimble-Its,
http://files.quiltknit.com/images/notions/nt546.jpg. I don't like them
myself but someone must.

To use a thimble: after a session of hand-sewing you'll know which bit of
which finger you use to push the needle through the fabric. That's the
finger to put the thimble on, and the sorest bit is where you need the most
protection. It sometimes helps if you lick your finger before putting the
thimble on because it helps create a bit of suction that holds the thimble
close to your finger.

Sally H





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(Sally=A0Holmes)
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How to use a thimble ????
A0A0A0For hand sewing, I actually do use a thimble, either
on the traffic finger, or on the next finger to the left (what the heck
do you call that finger, anyway?
Ring finger. The one between your little finger and your MIDDLE finger,
Cea dear: not all of us drive like or where you do :-) Now I have to
revise my opinion of the lovely gracious town in which I pictured you.
---
  No. no, Sally, I play nice, and drive nice---I'd never use _that_
finger, I don't want to get shot by fellow motorists in this lovely
village.
   Ohhhh, yeah, the ring finger...I haven't worn a ring for so long, I'd
forgotten. Cause: rheumy-toid arthritis and general chubbiness; got
tired of having the rings sized up, sized down, sized up, so I just said
the heck with it.
   Thimbles are cheaper- I have an assortment of sizes, one for each day
of the week.
                             Cea :)  


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Traffic finger????? Boy am I in trouble - I had some reconstructive surgery
a few years ago, and my "traffic" finger no longer bends from it's (new)
position - I look ever so polite with a tea cup in hand.  However, politely
waving to other drivers COULD be misconstrued.

Sharon



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Does anyone else have small hands (Kate?), and have trouble finding thimbles
small enough?

The only thimble I can use is one I bought when I was in high school home ec
class, back in the Dark Ages when you could still buy thimbles by size.
Nowadays, if the store has thimbles, they all seem to be the same size. Even
the ones in my grandmother's sewing box were too big. (I wear a size 3 1/4
ring).


Karen Maslowski in Cincinnati


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On 19 Dec 2003 14:04:05 GMT, SewStorm wrote:

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Karen - I have some Victorian thimbles that are very small - maybe you
should hunt in an antiques shop.

I tend to use my metal thimbles on my right middle finger, but only because
I'm right-handed.

For quilting, a leather thimble on the hand under the work is also useful.

I prefer the open-ended metal thimbles personally, as they don't make your
fingers sweat. I also use a sailmaker's palm for heavy work.

:) Trish

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Now you've got me wondering -- what is a sailor's palm, please?

another Sharon

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On Sun, 21 Dec 2003 10:20:35 GMT, Life Experience wrote:


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A sailmaker's palm is used by sailors to make nets. You can get them from
ships chandlers. They have a shaped leather strap, which you slide over
your hand, and a very strong, reinforced gizmo, rather like a half-cork
made of hard plastic, which sits on the butt end of your palm on the
little-finger side. This is what you use to push through the needle - it's
got little dents in it so they sit easily.

It's a bit difficult to describe, but I find the action of sewing with it
very comfortable, and it leaves all your fingers free to deal with the
fabric and needle.

Only problem is they're made for man-size hands - I've padded mine to make
it fit my small hand. And I don't know if they're good for southpaws - mine
is a definite right-handed shape.

:) Trish

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Thanks for the info. Very interesting. One more bit of info to tuck in
that corner of my mind.

another Sharon

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Absolutely, a sailor's palm IS available for lefthanders.  There are
actually a couple different types of palms.  A seaming palm is probably
the lightest while a roping palm is pretty heavy and has a hood over the
thumb knuckle so you can loop the line (or thread) around the thumb to
pull it tight.

Some are also available with a buckle on the back so it's adjustable.

Probably not used so much to make nets although I can see where one might
be useful.  For nets you would probably use a shuttle with the net
material wound on the shuttle.

Available from:
Wooden Boat (http://www.woodenboatstore.com )
Sailrite (http://www.sailrite.com )

No connection with either of the above except as a satisfied customer.

Happy Holidays to all,  Pirate_Dave
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On Wed, 24 Dec 2003 14:11:05 +0000, Dave Cannell wrote:

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It was a (girl)friend who sailed tall ships that told me the palm was used
for nets, but you're probably right - it wouldn't make sense.

Love the sites: you've got to love a catalogue that has a section entitled
'Grommets'.

:) Trish

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Yup!  I do have one that fits: a solid silver one that belonged to
Alan's mother.  I hate wearing thimbles, and the only time I use one is
for hand quilting.
--
Kate  XXXXXX
Lady Catherine, Wardrobe Mistress of the Chocolate Buttons
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Same here, and Trish mentioned how the finger sweats with a closed end thimble,
which also bothers me. Mainly I just use one for hand stitching on heavy or
tough fabric (it was a must for sewing buttons onto Ultrasuede!). And I beaded
a small piece for a quilt last year, and definitely found the thimble helpful.
Other than that, though, I find them a nuisance.

Thanks for the idea about antique stores, Trish, I'll have to remember that!

Karen Maslowski in Cincinnati


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Thanks for the idea about antique stores, Trish, I'll have to remember
that!
Karen Maslowski in Cincinnati
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   Karen, my MIL was a tiny little lady, and I have a thimble from her,
which would surely fit you. I actually have a box full, but the rest
will be meted out to family members for memory boxes.
   Let's put our heads together after Christmas, and I'll mail you a
thimble then.
                           Cea


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Thank you so much, Cea! I'd love to have one.

I'm not a tiny little lady, but for some reason my whole family has small bone
structure, incluing small hands. I also have small feet for my height--I wear a
size 6 shoe, and am 5' 7". Must be those Hungarian genes, ya think?


Karen Maslowski in Cincinnati


Re: How to use a thimble ????
I ran across some very small thimbles today at Hancock's in the quilt
dept.  Remembered someone was inquiring about small thimbles....these
are called "petite"....you may want to check them out.  I cannot pick up
a needle without putting my thimble on the middle finger (the one I push
the needle with).  If the thimble is to large lick your finger before
inserting,  it forms a kind of suction.          Merry Christmas,   Dot
in Tennessee





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