When I hand stitch my bindings, I take care to use a small needle and take tiny stitches for the best results. Unfortunately, the eye end of the needle eventually starts poking into my middle finger. Ouch! I never have gotten used to using a thimble, so I've tried a series of solutions. Usually it involves a band aid and more pokings.
I've tried various stick on things from time to time, but never really liked them. Most made a sticky mess on my finger which I was afraid would mar my quilt. And the needle would slide off the sticker. Now I've found something new and I think it's going to work
These are called Poke-A-Dots! Cute name. There's a little design on the working surface with enough ridges to keep the needle from sliding off and enough thickness to keep the needle from poking through. The adhesive is staying put too. (Side note: It is very hard to take a picture of your own finger!)
I bought mine from Connecting Threads online, but there are a few sites offering Poke-A-Dots
through Amazon too.
If a quilt isn't a super special one like my Poured Out 2 quilt, I prefer to finish the binding by machine which is much less painful.
How about you? Do you use a thimble or something else? Maybe you've got hands like I used to have when I was still farming; no needle would get through those calluses! Share with us in the comments please.