Why is Sewing Good for You?

Why are activities like sewing and knitting good for you?  Aside from the extrinsic benefits like never needing to go more than a day without a missing button or having to deal with pants that are too long… there are a few intrinsic benefits as well that you can’t get from other hobbies.

Ask yourself, why does picking up that needle and thread feel so good? Here are just a few of the many benefits of sewing:

  1. As any basic sewer knows, sewing or even knitting requires complete focus. As you concentrate on not pricking your finger, your mind can let go of other thoughts weighing you down –  like doing the laundry or issues at work.
  2. Hand-eye coordination is good for the brain. You can feel more healthy and in-tune with your body if your mind and fingers are equally nimble. You can actually feel more agile and alert with practice.
  3. Sewing can be a great self-esteem booster. You can’t help but smile when you finish a project and get to say, “I made that.” Having a job or hobby that produces a beautiful, finished product that someone can feel and touch will do wonders to self-esteem.
  4. Sewing can introduce you to new friends. No matter where you live, you can always find a sewing class or club near by. This is a great way to expand your social life and also learn new skills. You can even start your own “sewing circle” with a few friends. The University of Glasgow found that the social network developed from activities like sewing clubs fosters the formation of strong friendships. “Affirmation from others boosted self-esteem and increased motivation for skill development. Quilts were often given altruistically and gave quilting added purpose.”
  5. Sewing is a creative and fun way to give back to your community. Make your own blanket, scarf, or tote bag to donate to a local charity organization. You can not only feel good about what you are doing, but also give yourself a chance to express your creativity. To learn more about charity sewing programs, click here.
  6. Sewing and knitting has been found to help people deal with the symptoms of dementia. It is a familiar activity that is often easy for older people to do. One way to slow the progression of dementia is socializing. As mentioned above, sewing can help a person to socialize within their sewing circles.

As you can see here, sewing can be very beneficial to your overall well-being.  Don’t wait to relax your mind and help out your brain, give Banasch’s a call today to order your sewing supplies. Or check out our website catalog. Banasch’s Inc. is your number one wholesale sewing supply distributor with a passion for keeping our customers happy!

 

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