Thimblelady's patented Cone Thimble in sterling silver. It doesn't just lift the pains like its plastic and steel sisters, it pempers your hands; It indulges your love of hand quilting; It transforms quilting from hardword into art creation!
Each thimble measures about 3cm/1.5inch long to have your top knuckle covered in any weather and seasons. Its oval shape enables the thimble to hold onto your finger firm (prevent it from rotating on your finger), at the same time not too tight (to pinch and hurt the sides of your quilting finger). The design is very forgiving in sizing. Most quilters can fit two sizes of thimbles, which lowers the chance of a misfit. Click for illustrated sizing instructions. Besides it is shipping free and exchangable. Click for exchange instructions.
If you don't want to worry about finger sizing at all, check out our Easy Learning Packages for hand quilting with four plastic thimbles free. So you don't need to worry about fitting!
This cone thimble is not just the best for hand quilting, it is also the best for hand piecing, the American way!
Watch the video demos to see how it works for hand quilting:
How it works for hand piecing the American way and for Japanese sashiko:
How to determine the size of your thimble: Also see sizing illustration.
Posted by Peggy Johnston on 13th Jul 2016
I have 2 of these beautiful thimbles now. I ordered the 2nd one when I thought the 1st one was lost. I have rheumatoid arthritis in my hands and even though I have tried many 'traditional' thimbles, this is the only one I can use successfully.
Posted by Donna Gallagher on 28th Jun 2016
I was at the Brisbane craft fair several years ago and stopped at The Thimblelady Stand. During this 10 minute conversation with our lovely Thimblelady, I mentioned how I have NEVER been able to wear a thimble, as to find one to fit the width of my finger joints made them too deep for touch and feel. She carefully demonstrated that being a 'petite' (as when I bought clothing) proportionally the traditional thimbles were designed for average, not petites. I bought a silver cone thimble and never had a problem with being unable to wear a thimble again. Spurred on by this meeting, I attended a Thimblelady Master Class held in Brisbane a few months later, where I added a thumb cone thimble and purchased a double thimble holder and chain as well as a single thimble holder and chain (worried I was going to lose my silver thimbles). I cannot express my satisfaction with all of these innovations highly enough. For the first time in all my life of embroidery and sewing, I am now able to sew for hours without developing those splits in my fingertips (especially in winter). The funniest thing is how many times I have been approached (especially in airports) and asked where I got my "unusual" chain and pendant.....and the wonder on their faces when I explain they are my thimbles. Our Thimblelady's products are amazing, innovative and beautiful. Her joy in her business's products is tangible and I hope you will be encouraged to embrace her product and methods. It will only be to your advantage. A must for older hands too...as I have aged, my silver thimble has worn to the shape of my finger and is truly my own. (Stainless steel version I bought for my sewing table has retained its original shape, but the silver thimbles have molded and changed with me). Thank you Liuxin.
Posted by Susie Beahan on 9th Mar 2015
I am enjoying my silver thimble. My skills at hand quilting are improving and it has become one of my passions!
Posted by Cherie Pulen on 11th Feb 2015
I have been hand quilting for 5 years. As a relative newcomer I have been trying all types of tools to find the best fit for me. I have a drawer full of thimbles... well, no more.
I was skeptical but wanted to try the Thimble Lady thimble. It actually worked. One of the best features for me is the fit. I am 66 and in the morning my fingers are twice as "fat" as later in the day. This thimble fits whatever time of day. Yipee! And my stitches are really really smaller and consistent. I am so happy.
The Thimble Lady technique of quilting also takes away the pain that develops in my thumb and third finger (carpal tunnel). Needless to say the callous on my left hand third finger (under the quilt) is disappearing.
The new quilting technique is slowing me down just a bit until I become better acquainted with this method; however, it is well worth the patience. No more pain and great stitches!
Posted by Gail on 7th Feb 2015
I have never been a "thimble" person but I am going to persevere with these - they feel so natural and soft (if I can use that term) on my finger & thumb - great product - finally found a thimble I can work with.
Posted by Lynn Bell on 25th Dec 2014
Over the years I have purchased many thimbles; some expensive, others not so expensive. I wish I'd bought this one in the first place and I'd never need another. Because of the way it is made, as I age and my knuckles become larger, I just move this thimble up a little and I can still use it when I can't wear any of my others. Incredible quality and craftsmanship, and comfortable to wear.
Posted by Cindy from Ohio, US on 19th Mar 2012
I have decided to hand quilt the quilt so I wanted you
to see how it was coming along. I thought since the
quilt was all hand appliqued I should hand quilt it as
well. I am going along faster now and doing better.
I also have a couple of other small quilts that I have
been working on. The one rose one I finished with the
sample you sent me. I am also working on the small
butterfly quilt too but since I have started hand
quilting the Sunbonnet Sue quilt I haven't had time to
work on that.
The thimble that I have is doing so great. I would
never have thought a few months ago I would be
quilting a whole quilt already. Since I just started
hand quilting in March I am coming along faster and
faster and doing better and better every day. The video is good
and has helped me so much.
Posted by Eleanor on 19th Mar 2012
I am pretty new to quilting, and after trying several different types of thimbles, right now I use the Clover leather/plastic thimbles where you quilt with the side of your finger. I think your cone thimble (that I saw for the first time in your book) would be a real step up, as I have small fingers and the Clover leather thimbles get loose over time. I have been training myself preparing to hand quilt a 50-year-old double wedding ring full size quilt top given to me by my husband's family that I am fearful to machine quilt (but have put off because I dreaded the hand quilting). When I saw your cone thimble in your book, I said that's the thimble for me!
Posted by Jeanne - USA on 26th Feb 2012
I used to hate wearing a thimble, until I got my silver cone thimble! It took a while to get used to it because it's so different from my old ones, but it's the best thimble I own. My others just sit in the drawer now. It was definitely worth the investment of time and money, and I'd do it again.
Posted by Wendy, from Canada on 26th Feb 2012
I have tried many thimbles, some I've made myself with copper piping in desperation for the perfect quilting thimble, but nothing even comes close to Thimblelady's fantastic cone thimble! I have had it for 2 years now, and I couldn't be more pleased. I am able to achieve small even stitches with BOTH my right and left hand, literally quilting in all directions! Because my right finger is slightly different from my left, I found that fitting a traditional thimble impossible, but with the cone thimble, it just sits slightly lower on the left finger, but doesn't fall off. Also, you cannot find dimples that are deeper, bigger, offering superb control. It is well worth every penny. The service I received was also wonderful. I had many questions, and within 24 hours of emialing Thimblelady, they were all answered thoroughly with detail and patience. It would be hard for me to find a "store" that cares more about their customers' satisfaction, or a store that puts out a better product. When this thimble wears out, I will not hestitate to order from Thimblelady again!
Posted by Carl - Texas on 26th Feb 2012
Being a male quilter, I had a hard time finding a thimble that would fit and was continually frustrated sewing with those hot, leather sleeves.
Thimble Lady makes these in men sizes and will work with you to get a good fit. I have this tube thimble as well as a silver, finger tip thimble and they fit my large hand perfectly.
Neither thimble fit well when they first arrived. I sent an email with a few photos, returned the thimbles and a couple of weeks later had two thimbles that fit perfectly.
Customer service from Keith and Liuxin is excellent and you needn't hesitate to order from overseas.