8 Benefits of Hand Sewing

Lately I’ve been doing more hand sewing and really liking it.  There are a lot of benefits for stitching your stuff by hand.  Here are eight of them:

1.  No danger of sewing over a pin.  This messes up a sewing machine’s feed dogs.

2.  More portable.  No need for electricity or extension cords.

3.  Damages delicate fabrics less.  My Granny told me about a skirt suit she made for an officer’s wife out of silk that the officer had brought home from Thailand (I think).  One of the lapel points wasn’t coming out right and, having taken out the machine stitching a time or two, the silk was shredding.  There wasn’t enough material to cut a new lapel so Granny sewed that pesky point by hand.  It turned out perfectly and the lady never knew.  She adored the ensemble and wore it all the time.

Colorful Threads by Petr Kratochvil

4.  Less expensive.  Compare the price of a machine with the price of a packet of needles.  ‘Nuff said.

5.  More control.  I dislike overshooting the mark and sewing over something that’s not supposed to be sewn over.  And going reallyfast then r-e-a-l-l-y s-l-o-w then reallyfast then r-e-a-l-l-y s-l-o-w holds no appeal.  (But that can be fixed if your machine has speed control.)

6.  Quiet.  No buzzing.  It’s like…ninja sewing.  Until you stab yourself.

7.  Uses less space.  If you don’t have a machine you can fit more fabric on the shelf!  A bigger stash is a good thing, right?

8.  You can squish more fabric into a smaller area.  Generically speaking, a machine can gather about 3″ into 1″ whereas by hand you can get up to 10″ in 1″!  And it’s less bunchy.  See #5.

Do you do more hand sewing or machine sewing?  Which do you prefer?  Leave a comment and tell me about it!

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6 responses to “8 Benefits of Hand Sewing

  1. I love hand sewing. It is calming to hand sew and stressful with the machine. :D If only my hands moved faster!

    • A lot of the time I don’t want the bother of pulling out a machine (faster though it is). Maybe if I drink espresso I’ll sew faster! Or just have really shaky hands and stab myself more.

  2. Rj

    Hi,
    I have a question who will buy hand stitched garment in this machine era.?

    • Reenactors often will if it is more accurate to the time period. E.G. Sewing machines weren’t invented in the Colonial Era, therefore a Revolutionary War reenactor may opt for an entirely or partially hand sewn kit. Also, some details are just better by hand, and certain techniques work better, like gathering.

      That said, hand sewing isn’t always cost effective, and I would recommend it more for those making their own garments, unless they are sewing for a niche market (like reenactors).

      Some companies still do their work by hand such as Oxxford Clothes. It is very rare, though. Here’s a video about Oxxford Clothes: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zlX9pcBOqT0

      Thanks for the great question!

  3. Rj

    http://handstitchedgarments.blogspot.com/

    Hi,
    This is my blog on hand stitched garment have a look.Thanks!!!

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