Recently someone asked me, in a friendly and curious way, what benefits sewing had brought to my life. The question was so unexpected that I could only answer in an entirely spontaneous way – yet four points rattled straight out of my mouth.
Whatever else is happening in my life, I know I can hold two pieces of fabric together and shove them through a sewing machine with my foot down on a pedal. Or, to put it more eloquently, I am able to utilise creativity, craft, vision and energy in making something unique, be it a dress, a cushion cover, or coasters. I can hold something in my hands and know that without my hands, it wouldn’t exist. This makes me feel good about myself.
Being In The Moment
When I’m sewing, everything else peels away. I don’t think about my To Do list, the grocery shopping, that dry cleaning that needs picking up, the phone call I haven’t made, my career, future or overdue haircut. I just sew. It’s my version of yoga or meditation – with pretty fabric thrown in. Yay!
Recharging The Batteries
If you’re anything like me, life is a constant multi-tasking challenge. How to stay energised? Some of the answers are obvious – a good night’s sleep, healthy eating, exercise. Sitting behind a sewing machine for hours at a time? It doesn’t sound obvious, yet it works – more activity gives me energy for other activity. When I recently returned home from a trip, I sat down at my sewing machine and sewed like my life depended on it. Did this leave me even more exhausted? No. I returned to the office feeling like a new woman.
The number one reason for me: I get to engage with a part of myself that is as essential as eating, breathing or drinking (water!) – my need to create. And it’s accessible creativity. I’m not looking at writing a 100,000 word novel. I’m not trying to put on a play. I’m just gonna take three metres of fabric and see what happens. Crucially, I don’t even mind the mistakes!
Of course, I should have added another important reason to sew – the friends. I really should have mentioned the friends. But what about you? Do these reasons resonate? Are there others you’d add? If you had to justify sewing to a stranger, what would you say?