Today I want to share with you the top Sewing Benefits for your body.
Have you ever stop to think about what actually happens to your body when you sew?? Did you think your Sewing Hobby was just that?
IT IS NOT!
So how exactly does sewing benefit your health? What kind of skills does it help you obtain?
Well, you’re about to find out, because Helen from the sewing blog Hellosewing is here today to tell you about the top health benefits of sewing.
If you are looking for a hobby that’s fun but also beneficial in many ways, then sewing might just be the perfect choice for you.
Allow me to explain.
You see, when people talk about sewing, they usually don’t consider all of the advantages.
Sure, it provides you with the means to expand, repair, or alter your wardrobe for a very small amount of money, but it also helps you improve your health.
Practicing sewing does wonders to certain physical skills of yours, as well as some mental abilities and characteristics.
You can see that for yourself if you take a look at someone who’s been sewing for years and years.
They usually have amazing motor skills, even if they’re in their later years, and they are definitely clever and intelligent.
But let’s dive in.
The Top 7 Sewing Benefits for your Body.
Physical Benefits of Sewing
As mentioned before, we can split the benefits in question into two main categories, one being physical benefits and the other being mental benefits.
We’ll be doing things in order so let’s start with the physical ones.
Benefit #1: It improves your hand-eye coordination
Put simply, your hand-eye coordination is the ability to use your hands very precisely and to follow the path of your eyes with them.
Without it, you wouldn’t be able to properly catch or throw a ball to someone, to write or draw, to cook, to use your phone and so much more.
Sewing requires a lot of line tracing and precise movements of the hands, so it helps with further hand-eye coordination development.
You have to trace or assemble patterns, and them cut them out, and to move the pieces of fabric in the right directions when using a sewing machine.
The best part is the fact that you’re exercising the mentioned ability subtly, without even noticing it, which means that you won’t get sick of it nor will it become boring.
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Benefit #2: It improves the dexterity of your hands and fingers
This one is very useful and important because most people don’t really pay attention to it and usually neglect it.
When you do that, you end up being clumsy with tools and objects, but also activities that require you to have a firm but gentle grasp and to utilize all your fingers adequately.
Much like the previous skill, you improve this one when sewing without noticing that you’re doing the actual exercise.
Both cutting the fabric and stitching it force you to use all of your fingers at the same time and to control the strength output in your hands because otherwise, you’d end up making a mistake or ruining the fabric you’re using.
Sewing by hand is particularly beneficial for the development of this ability.
Since the needle is quite thin and you have to use it precisely, your hands and fingers will gradually become more and more agile, allowing you to be even better at sewing in this manner.
Benefit #3: It improves your posture
Most activities that require you to sit behind a desk aren’t exactly kind to your back because they force you to hunch over in order to be able to finish the task at hand.
If you do this on a daily basis, it won’t be long before you start feeling pain in your back even when you’re not hunching over a desk.
Sewing can also make you hunch over when practicing it, but luckily, it doesn’t have to. You can sew perfectly fine when sitting up straight in front of your sewing machine.
It will feel weird at first and you will try to hunch over despite the fact that you don’t need to.
But once you get accustomed to it, you’ll automatically assume the correct posture when you start sewing.
This will reflect positively on your everyday life and you’ll be sitting with your back straight at all times.
This means that you won’t feel back pain in the near future.
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Mental Benefits of Sewing
These are perhaps more important than the physical ones, because nowadays people have to deal with difficult, stressful, and delicate situations every day, so they need to have an adept mental composition to be able to handle them without receiving any damage.
Now let’s check out what does sewing provides you within this aspect.
Benefit #1: Stress relief
Work, traffic, friends, family, they all stress us out to a degree, no matter how much we love them.
So, finding something that effectively gets rid of that stress is pretty important, or you’ll end up with some serious health problems after a while.
Since sewing helps you relax and do things at your own pace, and since it allows you to completely forget everything else for a while, it does a great job at lowering your stress level and calming you down.
In a way, sewing is a therapy that can be amazingly effective.
Benefit #2: It teaches you about patience
You can’t really sew an entire dress in twenty minutes. Well maybe you can but it would be a disaster without a doubt.
What I’m trying to say is, every project takes time, as do a lot of things in life.
Sewing helps you learn that empirically, and it helps you learn how to wait for things that require waiting.
You can rush things if you want, but you’ll have to pay a price for that. Your creation will lack in certain aspects, and it won’t end up being the thing you had previously imagined.
Once you’ve learned how to be patient with sewing, you’ll be able to be patient in your everyday life as well.
Benefit #3: It teaches you about perseverance
Sometimes when you’re sewing something, you stumble upon problems and complications over and over.
Do you give up? No way, you want that dress, don’t give up on it. Resolve the problem and move on forwards.
When you stumble upon a new problem, solve it as well, don’t resign just because there are a few bumps on the road.
Even if you don’t usually have that persistent attitude in you, worry not, you’ll have it when you’re sewing because it somehow comes out naturally.
Benefit #4: It improves your focus
You need to concentrate when you’re sewing, practically at all times.
Otherwise, you’ll accidentally switch your fingers, or tear the fabric, or break the needle, or something like that, there’s a lot that can go wrong if you don’t pay attention.
Much like the previous benefit, this also comes naturally, so you don’t really notice how focused you’re becoming during the activity.
This is a great thing actually because you’re improving without much thought and that means you’ll be able to utilize the skill without much thought as well.
To close up, I would like to say that these aren’t the only things on which sewing can impact your life. There are a lot of people who have turned their sewing hobby into a career or profit.
Myself included!! I have had many sewing jobs that helped me pay college, mortgage, and so on…
And there are a lot of sewing jobs opportunities out there that can fit your needs and allow you to make money by doing what you love!!
What are the things that you have found improved once you started sewing?? Tell us in the comments!!!
These were just some of the most important health benefits of sewing.
There are more of them, but you will be finding them out yourself while you keep sewing.
With that in mind, I hope that from now on, you’ll start becoming healthier and healthier each day by practicing sewing.
Take care of yourself, you deserve it.
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