You know how your thumb can get rather sore while hand basting a large quilt? Those big basting needles can really dig in! On my stitching hand, I put on one of my free motion quilting gloves (mine are Fons and Porters brand). The little dots help you grip the needle while giving protection to your thumb and basting becomes pain free.
This tip submitted by Jill@The Quilt Rat. Thanks Jill!