"The stitch be lost unless the thread be knotted." — Italian proverb
Hand-stitching three layers of leather together is not an easy job, and the stitching I was repairing is one of those jobs which you need to do well so that it will hold fast for a long time to come, but it is also one of those jobs that no one will see once it is done as the stitching will be hidden from view.
I was at the tail end of the seam and ready to finish for the day when my wife Brigitte arrived home. A skilled and accomplished seamstress, she took one look at my work and said, "Wow, that looks beautiful! It's so tidy!"
The only person who saw my work before it would disappear was the one whose opinion meant the most to me. And it made my day.