Even if you prefer to sew by machine, there will come times when hand stitching is your best option. Hand stitching is usually preferred for finishing waistbands, linings, and hems, when you want to achieve a flawless finish.
I might be a little addicted to this stitch. (I pulled out this brown backstitches that were emulating branches, they annoyed my sense of pattern/symmetry. Plus they were a little too ‘obvious’, yknow?