Using thimble properly

Tip: Training Your Fingers for Thimbles

So many times when people are trying to learn how to hand sew generally and tailor specifically, they hold the thimble out of the way or use it incorrectly because it is foreign.  An old apprentice’s trick is to tie back the thimble finger to the first knuckle with a leather strap or cord.  This way your thimble finger is in the right position to support and push the needle.

If you get an open-ended thimble, it is even easier.  Here is Wally’s really professional looking version:

Sewing classes in chicago: tchad: workrooms: wally: tailors thimble training example
Open ended thimble tied off with cord to first knuckle.

and…

Here is a less professional looking once improvised with embroidery thread on a leather thimble:

Leather thimble tailor training
Leather thimble tailor training

While we’re here, lets look at the right way to hold a needle when using a thimble:

Using thimble properly
Using thimble properly
Using leather thimble properly
Using leather thimble properly

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