Learning to Sew with a Thimble

Someone asked me how to learn to sew and I told him to start by learning to work with a thimble. This will protect your finger as you work with multiple layers which can sometimes be stiff. First, get an open-ended thimble in the correct size. The average size is 10 or 11.

Thread a piece of ribbon through the thimble, then place the thimble on your middle finger. Bend the finger toward your palm and have someone tie the ribbon. Take a threaded needle between your thumb and index finger, with the end supported by the thimble. The dimples are there so the needle won’t slip. Now practice taking stitches. It is pretty hateful at first but you will eventually get the hang of it. Use a turning motion of your wrist to drive the needle through the cloth- most people’s natural tendency is to extend the finger to drive the needle through, and like this you will tire quickly, especially when working with thickness like canvas or collars. This is why you are tieing your finger- to rid yourself of this tendency.

Now practice.

5 Replies to “Learning to Sew with a Thimble

  1. ok…I am going to try (again). I am rubbish with a thimble but am tired of tearing up my finger. I have had limited success with the little adhesive thimble; perhaps this open thimble is the next evolutionary step. And practice.

  2. Tailor's supply shops carry them but there aren't a lot of those around anymore and it's really important to get the right size so unless you know what your size is, it's best to try them on before purchasing.


  3. I live in london and find it extremely difficult to find. All the new ones seems to have a higher flat finish, larger where the round lip is and small on the top end making it feel slippery all the time. Found one on ebay, but with different shop using different size chart it is not being the easiest task to get the right one.
    Anyways, very greatful for your help and tutorial, it helped a lot.

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