'Thimbles:

Always tricky, I remember being in the swing of using one at one stage, then completely forgot how they 'should' be used.  In the end I still prefer my bare finger or thumb, because of being able to feel what you're doing... it's probably about time to try them out again.

What different varieties do you all use? Which finger do you find best, or do you use two?

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One, middle finger right hand (I'm right-handed)  I use a milliner's thimble - with the little ridge around the top - needles never slip, nor do blocking pins.  I feel my way with the left hand underneath my work and thumb and first finger of the right hand.  Can't sew without one now.

Depending what material I'm using or what I'm doing I use one of these two or one that has no top and fits on the middle part of my middle finger cause that's the part of my finger that gets torn to shreds!

Depends on the activity. Middle and forefinger.

I attempt to use metal thimbles...usually after I stab myself with a needle...then always go back to no thimble. However, I always keep a carving thumb guard...similar to Aoife's photo of the leather thimble...on hand to help me push needles through when they get stuck in thick layers of fabric.

Hi! I use a leather thimble with metal encased in leather just at the tip. I got it super tight on the advice from the store.  I think that helps.

But when I'm doing hand beading (which is done with a tiny needle that always manages to go into my finger pad!), I sometimes just use a bandaid.

Do you know the trick to remove a spot of your blood that has marked the hat after a pin prick??

Your own spit rubbed into the blood spot and it disappears -not by someone else but your spit only = amazing disappearance of what you thought was a disaster!!

Totally amazing! I have never heard that before.

I was never convinced this really worked, but it really does!  When ever I am stitching a wedding gown, every time, sure thing, this secret little miracle saver, comes in very handy!

I am right handed and use mine on the middle finger.  Occasionally I use two, one on the middle finger and one on the pointing finger.  I do not, however, wear them all the time.  BUT, I always have mine handy near where I am working so I can slip it on at a second's notice.  I do not use counter tops or edges to push needles as this practice can be very dangerous (learned that the hard way).

I use several different kinds but my favorite and most used is an old one I started using in high school. (Told you it was old.)  It is strong, made in Germany, and metal.  I have different ones because just as head sizes change with gain or loss of weight, so do our finger sizes.

And, yes, the bood removing trick works everytime!

I cant work in a thimble. Wish I could but it just gets in the way. Last week I put the needle eye end into my thumb. My fingers get so sore. Might need to try one of the leather thimbles. Can anyone recommend where to get them from please?

Everyone feels that way in the beginning. Just like anything you have to practice, practice, and practice some more until it becomes part of your hand.

I have seen the leather ones on ETSY, eBay, and almost any sewing sight or at any craft store.

I have tried many thimbles and the only one I use is this leather one:

http://www.amazon.com/Clover-Natural-Leather-Thimble-Medium/dp/B002...

I get it in the small size (it stretches over time) and it's flexible, so it doesn't feel completely unnatural when you're sewing. I prefer to sew without one, but sometimes it's just necessary.

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