Having recently discovered how much I love quilting, and especially needle turned applique, I was dismayed at the difficulty I was having with finger strength, dexterity, and painful joints.
So I went to the internet looking for a better solution to grasp the needle and to keep my fingers from being stabbed countless times per session in the studio. The logical solution, or so it seemed to me, was to find some non-latex finger cots to give me a better grasp of the needle, and thus avoid the strain on my index finger and thumb.
Sadly I could not afford to buy the box of 500 Nitrile finger cots at a cost of about $57.00. Yes, you read that correctly. Not to be deterred I reasoned that I could get the same traction from a finger off of a Nitrile glove. So it was off the hardware store for Nitrile gloves, in the paint department, at a cost of $4.99 for a package of 25.
Do the math! 5 X 25 = 125 finger cots!
I snipped and…
Well, OK they are Smurf Blue but what do I care?
I also ordered special longer, coated, quilting needles, and a good leather thimble for my pushing finger.
I’m good to go!
Now if I could just quit stabbing the thumb on my left hand! Guess I will have to spring for another thimble and quit using my thumbnail for a needle stop.