I have never been able to use a thimble - the metal drives me crazy and the leather ones - well I just didn't like them. Along came Hilma, our resident sewing machine guru, and she turned me on to Comfort Thimbles. Theses are the niftiest thimbles that are made of heavy rubber. They are very comfy and the old finger doesn't sweat at all. I love it - I definately see an improvement in my hand sewing since I adopted it. The picture makes it look like an immense landing pad for a futuristic space ship but they are great!