Sewing is a skill that not many people have in today’s day and age. To many, it probably seems too “old school” or 1950’s. Why learn to sew when you have so many ways to access new clothes? You don’t even need to leave your house to have something delivered from your favorite clothing store – especially if you already know what size you need.
So, why learn to sew?
Sewing offers many benefits beyond just being able to make your own clothes. Take a look!
Okay, so this kind of falls in line with making your own clothes. But being able to repair your own clothes is a huge benefit to learning to sew. You don’t have to throw your favorite pair of jeans out because the pocket started ripping. You don’t even have to mail them to your grandma to fix because you’ll be able to do it yourself!
A button pops off your shirt? Easy! Just grab some thread and a needle and sew that sucker back on.
Learning to sew is like learning to write or learning to play a sport. Whether you sew with a needle in hand or with a machine, you need good hand-eye coordination to get a job done right. And the more you practice, the better you get at it! So learning to sew can help you increase your hand-eye coordination which you can use across many different hobbies.
If you really want to go green, then learn to sew. You’ll be able to repair your own clothes, as mentioned, and not have to throw them out. You can even upcycle your old clothes or clothes from thrift stores to fit you just the way you want them or turn them into something completely new! You could turn old t-shirts into a quilt, old towels into wash clothes, and torn jeans into a purse or skirt. The possibilities for recycling are endless and you’ll reduce your carbon footprint on your journey to learn to sew.
If you start sewing often and really enjoy it, you can take it a step further and join different sewing groups in your community. Or you can take classes in your community to improve your skills. You’ll meet new people who can help you along the way and probably even make a few new friends. Win-win!
Ways to Craft with Fabric Besides Sewing
Our self-esteem is always improved when we feel like we are good at something. Learning to sew and doing it well, or even just finishing a project that you are proud of gives a great boost to your self-esteem. Developing talents and feeling productive always makes people feel better about themselves.
Sewing can be very therapeutic and stress-relieving for many people, especially if you get into a good rhythm with it. It calms the mind and body and helps you to relax and feel happier. Sometimes just doing something outside of yourself and focusing on the task at hand (like a sewing project) is all that is required for some much-needed stress relief.
Always Something New
With sewing, like with most talents, there is always something new to learn – whether it’s a new project that you want to try or a new technique that you’ve been working on. You’ll never get bored because you can always try something new when you’ve mastered a technique or project type, continually improving and refining your skills.
If you feel that you are becoming a master seamstress and would love to make some money from it, try selling the things you make in the Facebook marketplace or on Etsy. Or if you don’t want to make your own things to sell but would love to do this for your job, look for a place like www.dwinc.org that does industrial sewing.
As you can see, learning to sew can do wonders for your emotional well-being and can become a lifetime skill that you can utilize whenever you need it.