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thimble finger problems
« on: August 15, 2015, 07:33:13 AM »
I have been hand quilting, for about 35 years, with a regular metal thimble. Lately I feel like I have a bone spur or something on the thumb side of my middle (thimble) finger, doesn't bother me too much when I am quilting but other things it can be quite painful. I forgot to mention it to my doctor when I went in for my physical and now I feel it is too insignificant for another visit. Maybe I should switch to a leather thimble with a metal top.

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Re: thimble finger problems
« Reply #1 on: August 15, 2015, 08:55:59 AM »
Barb, I have never used a thimble, just a thick bandaide when it gets a little tender. :)
It's quite possible it is a thick callous and not a spur....
I think since you are a quilter, I would have it checked. NO hurry but maybe on your next visit?
BUT.....until you feel the need to go back to a doctor, try like me...when my fingers get tender because I've been hand quilting 24/7 for weeks, I put a bandaide on it and just far enough back not to infringe on my quilting.....

GOod luck....

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Re: thimble finger problems
« Reply #2 on: August 18, 2015, 03:34:34 PM »
I have used one of those neat thimbles that are kinda rubbery. It works well when my callous bothers me. (I do prefer my metal thimble. ) I can't stack as many stitches on my needle but it is better'n nothing.
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Re: thimble finger problems
« Reply #3 on: August 19, 2015, 06:59:15 AM »
What about the open thimbles? 

http://www.joann.com/metal-open-sided-thimble-small/prd26257.html#q=thimbles&start=13

Would this rub that area?

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Re: thimble finger problems
« Reply #4 on: August 19, 2015, 09:53:21 AM »
I have used the product below and usually can find at any store.
You can cut into a small strip to where you need it.  It provides good protection.
Dr Scholl's Moleskin Plus Padding Strips

I normally use a tailors thimble as the closed tip ones never worked for me. It has dimples all around it.

There is also a product called 'thimble pads' that are similar to a custom cut moleskin, but more expensive.  One of those dots can last a long time.  If I use it I just stick to the cool side of my light when not in use.  I found them to be too small and had to be accurate with where you were pushing the needle.
I do push the needle with the side of my middle finger not the end.

I hope this is helpful.

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Re: thimble finger problems
« Reply #5 on: August 20, 2015, 09:44:14 AM »
I have a bump on the side of my thimble finger, too.  It's been there forever.  I think it's from where my pencil rests when I write.  But it doesn't hurt ever.  So, next time you go to see the dr for something, ask him/her about it.

I've used just about every kind of thimble you can imagine.  Currently I'm using the leather one with the 'coin' metal.  It's soft and I can move it around so the needle is being pushed by the spot I need. And I use one of those rubber ones on my thumb for quilting away from me.  I don't quilt with a hoop... I have a vintage quilting frame so I have to be able to quilt in all directions.

Tailor's thimbles have the hole at the end because a tailor wears his thimble all day.  His finger would be wrinkly from sweat so the hole at the end allows air to reach the skin.  And tailor's NEVER push a needle from the end of their finger.... that's taboo.  How do I know this?  I took lessons from a tailor many years ago.  He gave me a thimble that I still cherish.  .... and buy another one every time I find one that fits properly.
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Re: thimble finger problems
« Reply #6 on: October 12, 2015, 12:33:08 PM »
PTQuilts.......Go see the bone specialists.  Have it checked.  We are not experts but someone else is.  See a specialists to find out if it is progressive or something can be done now to reduce the pain.    Do NOT delay................

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Re: thimble finger problems
« Reply #7 on: October 20, 2015, 11:26:54 AM »
I have bone issues too and I don't ignore them.
I know I have had them go in and Smooth and shave off the irregular bone growth, better for the pain and such.
When the edge is raggedy you will have inflammation and pain too.
They can do it so easily nowadays...hope it is better soon.

 

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