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Hand Sewing VS Machine Sewing

March 28, 2015     Like This Post!

(Awesome thrift store find that I didn’t purchase. ⤴ )

Even though I feel like it’s completely personal preference, I believe a large portion of those who sew use a machine.
As I mentioned in my previous post, I’m big into hand sewing. I can’t help but feel that I have more control over the stitches I sew, and it’s always been my stronger suit than the machine. But also looking at my past, it was more convenient for me to hand sew since I had the luxury of taking my time and perfect the slower method.

Growing up surrounded by fabric and supplies, it was no wonder I picked up on sewing. Only issue was the sewing machine we owned was a super industrial machine, attached to the table and all. It wasn’t portable, and it was in our basement. I never liked going down there, so therefore that machine was rarely used. So I got used to doing all sewing by hand.

There’s pros and cons to both, and it mostly comes down to time and place.


• There are cool stitches you can do by hand that a machine can’t make.
• There are certain things you can only hand sew like buttons and such.
• You can hide stitches pretty easily.
• Unfortunately for commission, the end result can look a bit unprofessional, and it can take a long time to finish big jobs.
• Can look a little rough, but the more you practice, the better the stitches look.
• At the end of the day, it’s good for small simple jobs.


• There are so many options when you look into purchasing a machine. Portability, size, specializations, etc.
• Faster process, which makes it real nice to finish small or large jobs you want to finish quickly.
• Stitches look more professional.
• Many options and settingsstitch length, stitch width, stitch stitch type, etc.
• Unfortunately thread jams, tangles, and skipped stitches can occur causing much aggravation. But there’s a nice flow when there aren’t interruptions (said thread jams).

I got my first machine last Christmas and it surely has been a life changer. I have taken on some sewing jobs, and have been able to finish up projects I have been putting off for a long time. Especially since some of these projects needed a quick sewing which the machine was able to do for me.
I’m just appreciative there’s two methods to this madness, and I’m glad I have two options. But I think it’s important to know how to use both methods. Not many people know hand sewing, and I think people should learn it. It’s useful. 👍

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