A Few Words About Thimbles

There are two approaches to using a thimble: quilters either love 'em or hate 'em. There are a number of styles of thimbles available to us today, and if one doesn't work for you, you might try others to see if they are more comfortable or easier to work with. You can also try using different kinds of thimbles depending on what you feel most comfortable with at the time.

Plastic: have adjustable bands that you soak in hot water and form fit around your finger. They also have a cut-out for long fingernails.

Leather: soft enough to be comfortable, but still hard enough to push the needle with.

Metal: come in a variety of sizes and textures. Try keeping several on hand and using whichever one fits you best at the time you are sewing. As your finger swells or shrinks, switch to other sizes. Also, by using a hammer to slightly flatten the thimble from round to oval, you can get a better fit. Try flattening the top of the thimble, or making a slight indent to catch and hold the needle better.

The alternative to using a thimble is to develop a callous on that finger. For some people, this might not seem like such a terrible thing.

Do you collect thimbles? Try a membership with Thimble Collectors International.

Dues for TCI are just $25 per year for U.S. residents and $30 for persons living outside the US. The organization currently has approximately 684 U. S. members, and 106 international members.

There will be a convention held in Orlando, Florida beginning August 12, 2000, for members of TCI.

Kay Connors, Membership Chairman
2594 E. Upper Hayden Lake Rd.
Hayden Lake, ID 83835-9084
e-mail: kconntex@aol.com

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