This section is from the book "School Needlework. A Course of Study in Sewing designed for use in Schools", by Olive C. Hapgood. Also available from Amazon: School Needlework: A Course Of Study In Sewing Designed For Use In Schools.
For practice in the motion of over-handing.
Fig. 9. - Showing the work and hand in position.
1. Have the needle threaded, but make no knot.
2. Hold the fold of cloth horizontally along the edge of the cushion of the left forefinger, and around the end of the finger, keeping it in place with the thumb and second finger, as in Fig. 9.
3. Hold the right elbow away from the side, without bending the wrist, and so that the palm of the hand is towards you.
4. Insert the needle from the back of the fold, pointing it directly towards the chest.
5. Draw the needle and thread through as in Drill No. 2.