Hand stitches are crucial in good finishing. When sewn properly, they are as strong as machine-sewn stitches, and you can do them almost as quickly. Learn the fine, invisible stitches that are the hallmarks of couture sewing in this Master Class article by Kenneth D. King. They aren't all of the hand-sewing stitches used in couture sewing, but they are the most useful to a broad audience: the catchstitch, the blanket stitch, the pickstitch, the slipstitch, and the fell stitch.
From Threads #135
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