Tailor's Thimble

A tailor's thimble. A tailor's thimble.

A tailor's thimble is an early form of thimble, consisting of a broad ring of metal or comparable, hard material, with small, dot-shaped indentations. It does not have a crown or top. They are usually worn in the middle (middle phalange region) of a finger or thumb.

Thimble rings are used to push a needle (usually horizontally) while sewing. The open top helps a tailor to manipulate the cloth being sewn more easily.

See also thimble ring.


  • BEAUDRY, Mary Carolyn (2006). Findings: The Material Culture of Needlework And Sewing, New Haven: Yale University Press, pp. 91-93
  • GROVES, Sylvia (1968; 2nd ed). The History of Needlework Tools and Accessories, Feltham: Country Life Book, pp. 36-41.

Digital source of illustration (retrieved 16 April 2017).


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