I am doing the hand stitching on some wall hangings today and I have noticed that when I start out I am making stitches about 1/8" apart, but within a couple of feet I am taking stitches about 1/4" long and seem to stay consistent at that length. Do any of you use longer stitches? Would it be okay to take longer stitches on wall hangings that will not be washed? Sure would make this job go faster. If you are working on a quilt that is to be used a lot do you make really small stitches. I usually machine bind quilts.