Thimble Problems

ImageI’ve been on the a health and fitness kick for the past 2 years.  You know, the whole “Get fit, get healthy” thing?  I have been doing Weight Watchers and while, yes, it works, and yes, I did lose weight, I have had to give up so many activities that make my soul sing.  In getting fit and adding exercise to my daily routine, I have trashed my knees and feet while being separated from quilting, sewing, and knitting, and all for what?  That is for another post and another day.

Now that the knees are injured I have returned to quilting and sewing.  Recently, I slipped on my old trusty thimble to find that I could not keep it on.  My fingers had lost weight!  I know I should be rejoicing but I spent years trying to find the perfect thimble.  I have agonized over all types of thimbles and have tried almost every one on the market until I found a wonderful thimble called the PQF thimble. (It is not the thimble shown in the photo.)  The PQF thimble was perfect for me.  It was made out of an indestructible black rubber and was guaranteed to last a lifetime.  I have the hand strength of a lowland gorilla and can snap or bend a size 10 quilting between needle in one stitch.  The PQF’s rubber body would conform to my not-round shaped finger where metal thimbles had never been able to fit securely.  I was able to push the needle with any part of the PQF thimble through multiple layers of fabric and batting with no fear of puncturing the rubber or my finger.  And now, this miracle of modern engineering does not fit!

So, being a modern woman, I turned to the internet to see what the current technology is providing by way of thimbles.  First I searched for my favorite, the PQF.  Every link to those thimbles leads to a Japanese website or a woman’s fashion store.  I had to take a few hours to mourn the passing of my thimble.  A lot of good the lifetime warranty has done me.  So now I find myself in desperate need of a thimble that fits and works for me and the industry has little to offer.

Stay tuned for more thimble agony as I search for that thing that has gone the way of the DoDo …….the “perfect thimble”.

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