Or, in which we discover a 6-metre hem is longer than the tenuous thread of my patience.
How much handsewing do you do? Sometimes it feels like I spend more time handsewing a garment than I do sewing at the machine. Contrary to my expectations, once I started dedicating more time to improving my sewing, I spent more time handsewing than I ever did before. Some things just look better when sewn by hand:
• sewing down waistband facings on the inside of a garment.
• attaching linings to waistlines, hems or sleeves
• fiddly zips. This is a new one; I realised I could really make a zip go in nicely if I sewed it in by hand, especially on tricky fabric.
• hems. Especially big, circle skirt hems where there is a lot of fabric to gather in. My machined hems never look very flash! It takes a while, but if you sit down with a good (long!) movie, I think the end result is worth it. My sewing machine has an attachment for a rolled hem, I just need to lose my fear of it!
What do you find yourself handsewing, even though there are quicker ways of doing it? I know some sewing machines have a tool that sews on a button for you, but I can’t imagine doing it any other way than with a needle and thread!