Hand sewing vs. Machine sewing- This is an argument that has been settled for well over a hundred years but seems to have resurfaced on the web recently,often with arguments more suitable to the political arena ( short on facts,long on hot air) than what actually applies .
Put simply, hand sewing, or "Saddle Stitching" as some people refer to it, has no inherent advantage over machine sewing. Hand sewing is laborous and time consuming, so no craftsman can expect to be competitive if he or she hand sews everything. That's not to say that it doesn't have it's place, some things must be hand sewn because you can't sew them on a machine. Many items I make may have a combination of both hand and machine sewing, and I take pride that the transition between them is not noticeable.