More quilting tips!Use a thimble to prevent sore fingers when hand quilting. The finger that is under the quilt to feel the needle as it passes through the backing is the one that is most apt to get sore from the pin pricks.
Some quilters purchase leather thimbles for this finger while others try home remedies. One simple aid is masking tape wrapped around the finger. With the tape you will still be able to feel the needle, but it will not prick your skin.
Over time calluses build up and these fingers get toughened up, but with every vacation from quilting, they will become soft and the process begins again.
Tip: When you feel your shoulder muscles tensing up, take a rest.
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