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Simple and cheap leather thimble

mayjoshar | Posted in General Sewing Info on

Cross-stitching three baby quilts in the same year has just about done in my needle-pushing fingertip. None of my thimbles were comfortable and/or wouldn’t stay on my finger. Then I remembered that years ago I had a leather thimble which worked well. Being a thrift store junkie, I purchased a pair of leather gloves for $1.00, cut off an entire finger for my needle finger, and no longer have a callus or sore spot as a result of some intensive hand sewing. Using the entire finger of the glove insures the thimble stays in place. Best of all, I have at least seven additional thimbles waiting for me when the current one wears out.


  1. sewelegant | | #1

    Very clever!  I have several leather thimbles and my favorite is the small one that allows your fingernail to pop through.  It also has a reinforcement with some kind of metal, but I'm sure your idea would work just fine.

  2. woodruff | | #2

    Brilliant! I'm passing the idea on to my husband who often hand-sews portions of his camping equipment (sometimes turning the air blue when the needle hurts his finger).

  3. Palady | | #3

    Great of you to post your creative frugality!  It'll help many to be sure!


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  5. Teaf5 | | #5

    What a great idea! I hate to use metal thimbles because I can't hold or feel what I'm working on very well; the leather would allow me to do that but protect myself at the same time.

    Somewhere else, I read about cutting the fingers off rubber gloves to give traction while sorting papers, so my house is going to look like someone went crazy with the scissors....

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