The Healthy Benefits of Sewing

Posted on February 18, 2020 by Stephanie Triplett

If you’ve ever been stressed or frustrated and have found yourself running to your sewing machine or beloved pastime to cool down and find your zen again, then boy have I got news for you! There’s science behind the relief you find once you start sewing, and you’ve been reaping the benefits and probably didn’t even know it. Sewing is a creative outlet, but it’s more than that. It’s fun and has some health benefits, too. 

Note: the benefits below are greatest when done with correct posture and a proper sewing setup.

Here are some of the healthy benefits brought to you by sewing:

  1. Sewing requires concentration and hand-eye coordination, which helps with cognitive development and the development of motor skills.
  2. Sewing encourages creative thinking and enhances knowledge, which can help with problem-solving in other areas of your life.
  3. Upcycling clothing is good for the environment (and your wallet).
  4. Sewing increases nimbleness in the fingers and softens the joints in the fingers over time.
  5. Sewing is relaxing and can lead to a more steady heart rate, lower blood pressure, and less perspiration over time. 
  6. The calming effects of sewing can reduce stress if your mind is focused on it.
  7. Sewing keeps the mind healthy and active so that your mind can stay sharper for longer. The creative thinking required during sewing encourages the growth of new brain cells.
  8. Sewing encourages self-discipline, accomplishments, and instills pride, which boosts mental health.
  9. Sewing is a single focus task, which reduces the likelihood of negative thoughts and can help fight anxiety.
  10. The sewing community is an easy way to make friends and seek advice from people that enjoy the same hobby as you, which can also fight depression.
  11. Sewing creations with meaning can create sensory triggers for those who suffer from dementia.
  12. Sewing increases dopamine, which can make us feel happy or interested in something.
  13. Sewing helps people get into a groove. This leads to increased speed and productivity levels.
  14. Sewing requires a lot of patience and attention to detail, so you’re bound to see improvements in both.
  15. Using social media to share your creations provides great exposure while helping to build pride in your creations.

Finding a creative outlet to express yourself and escape from your everyday tasks and worries is good for the mind, body, and soul. Sewing can also be tailored to fit any skill level and amount of time you’re working with which makes it suitable for a wide range of people coming from many areas of life. What kind of changes did you see in yourself when you started sewing? Start your next sewing project today and check out our free sewing patterns and projects to help you get started!

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