For those of us AFRAID OF EVIL :twisted: SEWING MACHINES, you can do a steek with a crochet hook and yarn. In place of the two rows of machine stitching, you chain stitch up the center of the steek hooking into one half of the center stitch and half of the one next to it. (Works best on steeks with an odd number of stitches). When you've finished both sides, you have two rows of chain stitch and half of the center stitch of the steek has been used in each crochet chain. Just cut between the two crochet chains and you get secure steeks WITHOUT going near the evil machine - or finding someone who has one whenever you need to steek. The crocheted chain gives a nice finished edge to the steek which is easy to tack down if you want to. You can either use the yarn you're knitting with, or something lighter if you're knitting with a bulkier yarn.
If you google "crocheted steeks" you can find some entries with pictures or drawings to make this a little easier.
You never have to worry about those sneaky sewing machine needles. :happydance: And you can steek wherever you are: sometimes it's really hard to stuff that sewing machine into your knitting bag when you're KIP :teehee: :rofl:
The first time you take scissors to unfelted knitting is an adventure but to quote the Yarn Harlot: " Veni, Vedi, Steeki :cheering: :cheering: :cheering: