What are tips for hand stitching?
1- Keep your stitches small. Large stitches, when pulled tight,
tend to create gathers in the material. That's all right, if you
want gathers. 2- Make use of straight pins; place them closely
together. They hold the material together so that your handstitched
line doesn't swerve as easily. 3- Don't use long lengths of thread.
Longer lengths get tangled easily. Yes, it's frustrating to tie off
and re-thread often. However, it's a preferred frustration compared
to tangled thread that won't pass through your material, making you
have to backtrack, and possibly begin again.