One of the valuable life-skills I learned in school is hand-sewing. Now that I'm married, I fully appreciated the value of it since there's no more nanny or my lola to run to for occasional button replacements or hem repairs.
My husband first learned I can sew when his pants got a small tear. I remember, we were newly married then, and on our way home. He was panicking in the car after he realized all his office slacks are in the laundry & he has nothing to wear the next day. I calmed him down and told him I can do a temporary repair for the meantime. We headed to seven-11 to buy a small sewing kit (yes, they do have one), and the rest was history. My husband was so amazed, he bought me a whole sewing kit & thread supplies after that. Ang galing-galing daw ng wife nya! Lol
Basic sewing stitches that come very handy to me are the running stitch, back stitch, whip & tie the knot.
For more info or illustrated how-to do basic stitches by hand, visit cyberseams.com.
P.s.s. Ohh, now I wish I also paid attention during the sewing machine lectures. Imagine the diy projects & clothes I can make or re-do? Well, it's never too late to learn!
First photo credit to maryruffle.tumblr.com