We use US ring sizes for thimble sizes. Because there are no international standard thimble sizes this seemed like a logical choice for most of our customers. A jewelry store ring sizer can be used for whole and half sizes, however we also use quarter sizes.
Another way to determine size is to make a paper circle about 10 millimeters (3/8") covering the moon of your fingernail. Cut the circle carefully straight across then measure its length on a rule with millimeter marks, or lay the strip of paper alongside the rule with one end on the zero of the rule, and make a photo to send to us.
Measure your finger at the base of the nail for a regular height thimble. Measure between the base of your nail and your first knuckle if the thimble is listed as "tall" in the catalog. Measurements of the thimbles are listed for the back and front of most of the thimbles. The measurements are in millimeters to give you an exact length.
Open thimbles should fit your finger with the tip of your finger touching the inside top of the thimble and your nail clearing the nail guard. The thimble should stay on when your fingers point down. It should feel comfortable, not so snug that you feel your pulse!
We can make adjustments to conform the thimble to the contours of your finger. This is relatively easy at quilt shows with your finger right there and our tools handy, but we can do it by mail too!
If your finger has special contours or if you have large knuckles, please send three photos of your finger (or thumb) you want to use to push your needle. View one shows the fingernail, view two shows the side of the finger, and view three shows the tip of the finger pointing at the camera. Send photos by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or text to 402.318.1353.
For a closed thimble, neither the tip of your finger nor finger nail should touch the inside top of the thimble. A closed thimble may need to be tall and tapered to accommodate longer fingernails.
For a thumb, follow these same instructions. Thumbs are usually quite oval and we can adjust the thimble oval for your use. A "thumble" may also need to have its front design adjusted outward to clear the first knuckle.
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Fairfield, IA 52556
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