Not trying to start a fight!! I thought it would be fun to list the benefits of each as you see them.
Machine --Faster!! definitely!
--Holds up better to washing and wear
Hand -- can do it sitting in a comfy chair (my favorite!)
-- easier to "ease in" puckers, puffs, lumps, etc, and make any minor corrections (open seams) as you go along.
I got to thinking of this when I see people unhappy with the machine quilting jobs on their tops, it seems to be a very "unforgiving" way to finish a quilt, in other words, it calls for a more perfect top.
So what is your opinion?