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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.”
- 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.
- 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!