NEVER dodge hand sewing. It’s so often the easiest way to complete something, and gives the best effect. Desperately trying to do every step by machine is often more trouble than it’s worth, and gives a poorer result.
Hand hemming doesn’t take long, gives a better finish, and is a good way to keep your hands occupied while watching TV! On fine fabrics, hand sewing the whole thing is nowhere near as time-consuming as you might think. I hand sewed this silk chiffon top- French seams too!
I’d been sewing zips by hand for a very, very long time before I did the Craftsy ‘Couture Dress’ course, and found that my way was ‘couture’ I howled with laughter. It really is the easiest way to get waist seams to match up though!
When underlining garments, catching down the seam allowances before lining helps get a great finish on the seams, controlling all the bulk. It doesn’t have to be neat!
I’ve even become a convert to understitching by hand, especially on special items, or fiddly shapes. Sometimes I even make a feature of it, with topstitching thread.
Don’t get me wrong, I’ll still do a whole project on the overlocker, and cheat like mad when I want to, but going the extra mile is so worth it.