Based on tailor’s thimbles with the addition of a bent needle, a trolley needle is worn on the finger to assist with laying threads and ribbons – no more hand fatigue from holding a laying tool! The bent needle allows you to hold the thread/ribbon against the canvas without touching the canvas with your hands. The open top of the tailor’s thimble easily accommodates your fingernail, no matter how long.
Sized like regular thimbles, the trolley needles are available in sizes 5, 6, 7 and 8. Not sure of your size? Most stores that sell sewing accessories have thimbles you can try for size.
Trolley needles can be worn on any finger on either hand, although index finger of your non-dominant hand is probably most common, so start there. For a demonstration of the trolley needle in use, check out the video in the Square 1 class – it’s free!