I been through countless thimbles. They usually...suck. They're either too small, too big, too slippery, too hard, too soft, or I just loose them. They're expensive and, for me, they're pretty useless. For my previous projects I suffered through at least 1 new thimble but usually end up just using bandages. Hey they're relatively inexpensive, stay on, and you could adjust it to fit just right :).
But guess what? I found a solution that I LOVE! So to tackle this quilt:
I have discovered this:
They are leather STICK on thimble pads from Colonial...and my hand quilting savior. Sure I was skeptical, very skeptical in the beginning. Will they actually stay on? Would that little piece of leather be enough coverage? Would it hurt to pull it off? How long will it actually last? Would I go through this whole 12 pack before I even finish my quilt??
Yes they stay on very well. Yes there is enough coverage. No, it doesn't hurt to pull it off - well not more than a package. I have been using the same little piece for almost a week now, so I've gone through about 1/4 of a full size quilt and that same little piece is still going strong. And no I will NOT finish the whole 12 pack with this one quilt. At this rate I think I'll probably go through 2 or 3 of them.
Another great thing about these? You could stick it to any hard surface when you're not using them. That means I don't have to worry about them rolling away or my kids playing with them. I just stick it on the scissors I'm using or on the edge of the cup table. Very small and discrete :). I am going to put in another order of these babies.
I am definitely not cut out for hand modeling, but I just wanted to show you a picture of the little thimble in action.
The brand I use is Colonial and they're called ThimblePad. Definitely on top of my list of favorite sewing tools.