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Date: 3/30/11 3:42 PM

...who is painfully slow at it?

I used to avoid projects with extensive hand work/finishing... but a while ago bucked up to it and don't let it put me off of a project.

However, I'm still very s-l-o-w... I just finished slip stitching a neckband facing into place.

Any tips for speeding up? Or is it just volume? :p

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Date: 3/30/11 4:23 PM

I don't mind it as I've learned (the hard way) I sew better having hand-stitched items into place sometimes.

And getting faster? Practice. Practice. Practice. I have yet to find another way around it and can always tell if I've been doing it a lot as I get quicker, cleaner, and appropriately spaced stitches.

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Date: 3/30/11 4:32 PM

Yep, lots and lots and lots and lots of hand sewing practice and you will get better and faster at it!

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Date: 3/30/11 7:25 PM

i get sloppy toward the end because I want to be done with it! Imagine my surprise that I started knitting and love it. Me, who hates hand sewing, finds knitting relaxing and fun1 go figure.

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Date: 3/30/11 7:55 PM

Does it really matter how fast or slow you are? So long as you get it done and have fun

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Date: 3/30/11 8:23 PM

I have just finished hand basting a seam on a knit because it refused to stay on place on my machine giving me a wonky shoulder. So I am wondering what else you guys hand sew?
BTW, my hand sewing looks like it was done by an impatient 10 year old.

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Date: 3/30/11 8:59 PM

I agree with thirteenstitches. Who cares how fast you are?

But you will get faster with repetition. Maybe you'd like to sew the binding on a king-sized quilt by hand, just for the practice....?

But basting? Who cares what it looks like as long as it works????

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Date: 3/31/11 0:40 AM

I found that after I started waxing my thread, I didn't mind hand stitching as much. I think it also helps me to stitch faster if I'm not having to deal with twisted thread.

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Date: 3/31/11 2:31 AM

The end result is different. In handstitching, the item pretty much looks the same, just hemmed. With knitting, you can see the progress and at the end, you have an item made!

However, with some knitted projects, there is still some handstitching, as in the side seams and setting in sleeves. That I don't like., but I don't mind handstitching sewn garments so much. Hmmm, guess we cannot totally avoid handstitching.

Kellie, it really doesn't matter how long it takes, and as others have said, you do get a bit faster with experience.

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Date: 3/31/11 8:14 AM

I think I need one of the "project" lamps, the ones with a magnifying glass! Part of my problem is struggling to see if the needle is going in the right place.

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