Friday, 2 November 2012

Thimble quest

I've been doing a lot of hand sewing lately. In the beginning I refused to use a thimble, stubborn as I am. But after a couple of hours hand-stitching, my finger was not happy. The tip of my finger became irritated and even red (I took this photo the next morning, so you don't see the redness) and the skin came off. I needed to protect my finger from further pain.

These three beautiful thimbles which I brought from Seoul are pretty, but not practical at all. None of them provided the necessary smoothness to feel the needle and thread, and they would not stay on my finger.

By the way, if you would like any of these for decorative purposes, I am more than happy to send them over to you. Leave a comment or email me directly! 
One of the biggest craft shops in Japan, Yuzawaya, offers a wide range of thimbles, including this leather one. The look of this thimble is pretty creepy. Don't you think it looks like a hangman? Spooky! On the positive side, it does the job: the thimble hugs tightly around my finger and its soft texture provides me with a good grip of the needle. It only took me half an hour to get used to it

My new thimble made friends with the threader
I did not stop there. After some Googling, I came across the ThimblePad. Reviews and blogs across the Web stated that this gadget works well for embroiderers and quilters, but don’t say much about sewers. The idea of the thimble pad attracts me so much that I might order it and try it out!

What about you? Do you use a thimble when sewing? What kind of thimble is it? Are you familiar with the ThimblePad? I WANNA KNOW!


  1. Clever! I'm currently hand sewing an entire quilt, and my fingers are so sore! Perhaps I'll get a thimble pad :)

  2. madeonthecouch.wordpress.com2 November 2012 at 06:00

    I use an old school metal thimble that my mum bought in Holland 30+ years ago. The new metal thimbles around are ENORMOUS and all fall off after about five seconds (I have quite small hands), but I can't sew without something... THe other day when I tried I put my needle through the top several layers of skin three times. It was kind of horrific. Like going back to year four at primary school where the boys used to do it to gross all the girls out, except I was doing it to myself and had no way of screaming and running away in grossed-out-ed-ness...

    Anyway, I digress. I find the old vintage ones the best, but you have to find ones that were actually made for sewing with, rather than looking decorative... In my experience!

  3. You should! Let's keep our hands pretty ;)

  4. Haha ^.^ Boys in my school did not do that trick, but I would be grossed out if they did :-) I could not agree with you more: something pretty is not always practical!

  5. I totally LOVE the idea of the thimble pad! I've been doing rather of lot of hand stitching recently, and my poor fingers were not only cut up but sore as well. I bought a thimble... but found it too ungainly and I just ended up using my other fingers and having the thimbled one stick out unused. I like the look of that leather sheath- thing though, much more manageable... but the pads take the cake, fo'sho.

  6. Sewing with the leather thimble changed my life! After one day of stitching it became even softer and I have more sensibility to what I do. But aren't thimble pads sexy? :) After all, keeping different types of thimbles can be useful for various sewing tasks!

  7. Whoa! That leather thimble is so, so creepy! But it looks like it would work really well!

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