I've been wanting a new sewing machine for years, and finally bought one
that SHOULD show up tomorrow. This makes me happy because I can finally start making my own clothing, tailoring and fixing old clothing, and generally making things that fit my style and body better than storebought clothes. (Plus, my fashion preference is anywhere from 60-200 years out of date.)
I am now curious, however, how HAND sewing works. I've tinkered around with the idea in the past, making simple drawstring bags and crap, but never anything wearable or really complex.
Is there any reason I can't, or shouldn't, hand sew things anyway? There are obviously some patterns I will only want to machine-sew due to the ridiculous length of time it would take otherwise, but for such things as reenactments and the like I think it would add a bit of realism to actually sew clothing by hand.
I'd probably stick with hand sewing simple patterns: shirts and the like, maybe a gathered hem (because I've broken machine needles that way, and I hate
doing that) here and there. I've asked the Google God for advice but haven't really come up with a decent answer to this question:
What stitch(es) would be best for hand sewing the occasional piece of clothing?
(Yes, I could potentially ask my local SCA group but one of the local Laurels gets a bit overenthusiastic about things and the less she's at my house, the better.)