Many stitchers love sewing with the machine, and hate hand sewing. I love both, but hand-sewing is all about the tricks!
Here’s my top three tricks for better hand -sewing
Use some tailor’s beeswax(or any hard beeswax) Mine is well used as you can see on the left. All you do is run the thread across the wax with a little tension. It coats the thread, and smooth down the fibres, a bit like hair serum. Using wax stops your thread getting too knotty as you sew.
Don’t cut your thread any longer than an arm span plus half your chest. Longer thread picks up more fabric lint as it sews, so instead of sewing quicker, you’ll spend more time undoing knots and getting frustrated
Mercerised sylko cotton was the holy grail of hand sewing threads! It’s a dream to sew with, and I’m working my way through my vintage stash. If you have a stash of sylko, check that it’s still viable, as these threads deteriorate. Try snapping the thread over your hands, If it snaps easily then it will probably break when sewn. A great quality alternative is Gutterman cotton. Avoid using cheap polyester like moon or swan threads though, as they get really knotty
Hand sewing, do you love it or hate it? I’d love to know!