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 overcasting. Materials
Fig. 8. - Showing the work and hand in position.
1. Have the needle threaded, but make no knot.
2. Hold the fold of the cloth slanting across the edge of the cushion of the left forefinger, keeping it in place with the thumb and second finger, as in Fig. 8.
3. Put the needle in from the back of the fold, pointing it towards the left shoulder.
4. Draw the needle and thread through as in Drill No. 2.