|Get Comfortable with Hand Sewing
Many sewers avoid hand sewing at all costs. But hand sewing helps in constructing a garment every step of the way, and can often give a superior finish to any machine-stitched seam. For example, zippers can be frustrating to install by machine, but they're comparatively easy to install by hand.
Hand-basted seams hold garment sections together better than pins. Your garment fitting will be more successful, and when it's time to machine-stitch the seam, your stitches will be more accurate, and you won't have to pause to remove pins. Also, hand-picked zippers are so easy to install, and they look beautiful. -Susan Khalje
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