A thimble protects the finger from the eye end of the needle. Pushing a needle through thick layers of fabric is much easier with a thimble. Pulling a needle through fabric layers can be very tiring on your thumb and index finger. Using a thimble is more comfortable and relieves the extra strain on your fingers.
What is the purpose of a thimble?
A thimble is a small pitted cup worn on the finger that protects it from being pricked or poked by a needle while sewing.
Where on your body would you wear a thimble?
Normally, you wear your thimble on the middle finger of the hand you use to push the needle through the fabric. If you prefer to use another finger instead, then simply move the thimble to that finger. The thimble will then protect your finger from the eye end of your needle when you push it through the fabric.
Do you need a thimble for embroidery?
All their hand-embroidering lives, they’ve used thimbles, so that using one is second nature to them. Tried-and-true thimble users wouldn’t even think of stitching without a thimble, it’s just that natural for them to use one.
Which finger do you wear a thimble on?
A thimble is traditionally worn on the middle finger of your sewing hand. If you find that you naturally want to push the needle with your index finger, go ahead and make the switch.
What can I use instead of a thimble?
Just fold the needle grab’r over the needle, grip it with your fingers and push the needle through the fabric. If the needle needs a pull then wrap the needle grab’r around the pointed end of the needle and pull the needle through the fabric. Perfect for any heavy fabrics, regular cottons, embroidery work and beading.
How do I get a thimble?
You’ll want to find a thimble that is not too tight and not too loose. To test for a good fit, try a thimble on the middle finger of your sewing hand.
How is a thimble supposed to fit?
Open thimbles should fit your finger with the tip of your finger touching the inside top of the thimble and your nail clearing the nail guard. The thimble should stay on when your fingers point down. It should feel comfortable, not so snug that you feel your pulse!
Which tool will be used to protect the finger?
So, what is a thimble? A thimble is a small cover that goes on the end of your finger to protect it from being pricked by a needle when hand sewing. This is especially important when you are sewing thick fabrics or leather and need a bit of pressure to push the needle through the fabric.
How do you measure your finger for a thimble?
Measure the finger at the base of the nail on the finger that you want to wear the thimble. For taller thimbles, measure between the base of the nail and your first knuckle. 1. Use a plastic strip ring sizer (free upon request) to measure the finger for the thimble.
What is the best thimble?
My VERY FAVORITE THIMBLE, making it the obvious BEST thimble, is this Clover Leather Thimble. It’s not shiny or fancy, but it does the job well. Because the leather molds to your finger over time, after a few hours of sewing, it will feel like a second skin.
Can you use a thimble for knitting?
i usually just put platers on the effected fingers (a bit extreme i know, but it works). personally i think thimbles would get in the way of my knitting. plasters werent great as the needles would get caught on them and then rip them badly. so you then get sticky ends to the needles.