When we think of sewing we may conjure up images of elderly people happily repairing an old cardigan or perhaps repairing a damaged curtain. However now sewing is becoming a major trend for people of all ages and there are actually huge health benefits to sewing that not many people know about. Taking up sewing as a hobby can actually improve people’s health, can improve memory and of course can be extremely enjoyable and rewarding.
Even better, it is super simple to learn and can result in lots of wonderful new additions to your home and your wardrobe that you wouldn’t otherwise have the luxury of owning. So with the current trend of taking up sewing on the rise, we want to delve into the benefits that this hobby could bring you and get you started with our top four simple tricks that will have you sewing like a pro in no time at all.
One of the best things about crafts and arts are the opportunities that they bring in terms of really focusing in one one project, sometimes for hours at a time. The focus that sewing requires therefore will allow you to improve on your concentration skills. Like with anything, physical exercise or cognitive function, the more you train it and work on it, the better it will become and that is also true when it comes to our concentration skills. Learning to hone your concentration skills through sewing will allow you to apply this improved skill in other areas of your life. You will start to notice that you have better focus and concentration at work, or in other areas in life and you will be able to learn and take on tasks more efficiently due to your improved ability to be able to focus on one project at a time.
Hand-eye coordination is also a huge benefit to starting up sewing. Sitting, for sometimes hours at a time, working with a small needle and thread, will naturally build up your hand-eye coordination. Better hand-eye coordination will come in super handy in many other areas of life, so this is another really great benefit that comes with this hobby.
It doesn’t sound instantly obvious why sewing would bring extra confidence to your life, but learning to sew certainly can boost the confidence that you feel about yourself in your day to day life. Being positive in life is so important in order to feel that we are well equipped enough to go after the challenges in life that bring success and happiness. If you are positive about your abilities and skills in life then you will have a new found urge to want to get things done and a positivity and confidence in taking on new challenges.
It sounds surprising but confidence really can come from something as simple as sewing. Recent research has revealed that people who get involved in new craft activities found greater benefits to confidence than people who got involved in outdoor activities. This is because they were able to develop a much stronger cognitive functioning as well as being able to build on their sense of emotional wellbeing. This can even extend to a greater sense of social wellbeing as many people who take up sewing tend to gravitate towards joining sewing groups where they will build up friendships, a sense of community whilst enjoying the company of others. This research went on to state that the affirmations received by others in a craft circle go a long way in helping to boost people’s self-esteem and motivates people to continue improving and building upon their new skill.
Protection from Dementia
Something as concerning as dementia can be warded off by something as small as sewing. A huge benefit of sewing is that it can go some way in protecting you from developing dementia later on in life. Learning how to do tasks that require you to remember how to do small steps can go a long way in keeping your brain active and moving and continuously working on keeping your memory and cognitive functions strong. Keeping your brain active, like any other muscle in your body, requires constant work and training and sewing serves just that purpose.
Taking on any new hobby or craft where you are ‘self-actualising’ is incredibly important as this means that you are being true to yourself. Many people may naturally put hobbies like sewing and knitting into the category of something that only elderly people enjoy doing, so by resisting those old fashioned norms you are self-actualizing because you are doing a task that you enjoy and you are doing just for yourself and your own sense of self. This in turn is self-affirming which will allow you to build confidence and a sense of positive well being in your life.
With so many things, these days, being digital and technologically driven, finding something creative where we can go old-school and actually use our hands to create is a really great thing to do. It’s not always easy to be creative or to train ourselves how to be creative, however cracking a new craft or creative hobby can be one of the most rewarding and enjoyable pursuits that we can take on.
So How To Start Sewing
So now that we have hopefully convinced you of the benefits of this great hobby, now is the time to show you how easy it is to get started. First of all you are going to need to get the right materials in. With regards to sewing machines, for beginners these are the best sewing machines, so spend a little time looking into the kinds of machines that you will need depending on the type of things that you would like to create. Then look at the type of patterns, material and other items that you will need in order to get yourself set up and ready to go.
Cutting Patterns Carefully
Once you have all your items set up you will then need to focus your attention on your patterns making sure that you are cutting them carefully and precisely. Pay attention to the fabric grain and be sure to press the pattern paper itself so that any wrinkles won’t distort how you cut your fabric. If your project requires specific dimensions, make sure that you double check that all your dimensions are correct.
Another important element not to forget is to measure up your seam allowances properly. Seam allowances are not a one-size-fits-all approach so you are going to need to find out the specific seam allowances for each project you take on, so make sure you pay special attention to this when measuring up.
You will also want to make sure that you are pressing your fabric properly. There is a huge difference between pressing and ironing fabric and this can make all the difference to your project so this is another area that you need to pay close attention to.
Be Patient With Yourself
Last but by no means least, be patient with yourself and whilst paying attention to the details is of course crucial, you must also be easy on yourself that mistakes are inevitable and part of the learning process. We all learn from our mistakes, so take your time to pick up the skills and knowledge and as you progress, slowly but surely, make sure that you are enjoying the learning curve and enjoying conquering your fantastic new hobby.