History states that the first thimble was made in 1695 in England. It was shaped like a bell and worn on the thumb, which earned it the name thumb bell. Although its design has changed since then, the name remains. Well, kind of.
Over the years, the humble thimble has been used for various purposes, including being used as a means to discipline unruly children in Victorian schools. In the 19th century, it was also used as a measure of alcohol. During the first World War, people who “had nothing to give” donated silver thimbles to the British Government, which were then melted down and used to buy medical equipment.
Today, the thimble is a collectible as well as a sewing essential.
What To Look for in Thimbles?
If you have never used a thimble before, it is important that you find one that fits your finger perfectly. There are various types of thimbles that you can choose from. But don’t buy something just because you saw your mom or your best friend use it. What works for others might not work for you. Your choice of thimble should be a personal decision made on the basis of what you need. It might take some trial and error before you find one that works best for you. Here’s what you should consider:
You can choose from sterling silver thimbles, other metal thimbles, leather thimbles, silicone or rubber , and more, all in a variety of sizes. There are also opened-top thimbles (called Tailor Thimbles) and the more traditional closed-top thimbles. You can try a few different styles out to figure out what you like best or are most comfortable with.
The fit is undoubtedly the most important thing you should keep in mind when buying a thimble. It should not be too tight or too loose. It should fit snugly on your finger and you should be able to move your fingers around with it on. Most people wear their thimble on the middle finger of their dominant hand, but you can also wear it on your ring finger or thumb.
An easy way to find the right fit is to measure your finger like you would for a ring (except aroung the base of your fingernail.
How To Measure Your Thimble Size in Inches?
If you are unsure of your thimble size, you can easily measure it at home. Here’s what you will need:
- A thin strip of paper
- Cut a piece of paper into a thin strip.
- Wrap the strip around your finger. Make sure the strip is close at the base of your fingernail.
- Use your pen or pencil to mark the spot where the strip meets.
- Unwrap the strip and use your ruler to measure the distance.
You can then check our size chart to determine the perfect thimble size.
It is best to measure your thimble size at the same time of day that you usually use it… because different people’s fingers tend swell at different times.
Thimbles For You offers an extensive selection of thimbles, including heirloom pieces. Browse through our online store to discover stunning sterling silver thimbles, open nail thimbles, and closed-top thimbles, in addition to other sewing tools like chatelaines, bobbles, seam rippers, needle threaders, sewing travel kits, thimble cages, pin cushions, and more.
Whether you are an experienced seamstress or a novice, you will find all that you need to make your sewing projects are flawless.