Home sewing was so popular in the 1950’s and 1960’s that high school offered courses in Home Making which taught you ,aside from cooking, sewing skills.
Some points to ponder:
- Let’s face it, even today there are a lot of SINGLE people out there, and sewing, at least repairs is one skill most of us, even men, can use.
- Mom will not always be around to sew your buttons back on, or mend that tear in your favorite pair of jeans that you wear around the house.
- It is also very satisfactory to be able to make something exactly as you want it to be, not having to accept something other than perfect off a rack in a store.
- Working with one’s hands can be very satisfying.
The News and Observer
, an online newspaper has a great article written and published Sept. 30, 2016, By Debbe Geiger
Taking part in hand crafts involving yarn is both rewarding and relaxing. It is a challenge to your mind, but not to the point that you would feel mentally exhausted. This makes it great therapy for de-stressing. It should come as no surprise therefore, that doing yarn crafting yields health benefits.
Read about the health benefits in the following blog post:
By Kathryn Vercillo. “10 Most Important Health Benefits of Yarncrafting” , Lionbrand Blog, May 20,2014. Web May 24,2014. <http://blog.lionbrand.com/2014/05/20/10-most-important-health-benefits-of-yarncrafting/>.
10 Most Important Health Benefits of Yarncrafting By Kathryn Vacillo
Blogger and author Kathryn Vercillo is an expert in the area of using crafting to heal, having researched the topic extensively for her book Crochet Saved My Life. This is part one in her 6-part series for us on the topic of yarncraft health. Read her previous blog posts on the Lion Brand Notebook here.
Yarn heals. Whether you prefer needles or hooks or a combination of both, crafting can soothe your body and mend your mind. Anecdotal evidence has shown this for decades and new research confirms it with science. The benefits people report are seemingly endless. Here are the top 10 yarncrafting health benefits.
1. Knitting and Crochet Relieve Depression
Depression relief is by far the most reported and studied benefit of crochet and knitting. The repetition of the crafts has been shown to release serotonin, a natural anti-depressant. CNN recently reported that “in one study of more than 3,500 knitters, published in The British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 81% of respondents with depression reported feeling happy after knitting. More than half reported feeling “very happy.”
2. Crafting Reduces Anxiety
Yarncrafts helps with various forms of anxiety. It keeps your hands busy and mind focused …… Read More
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Sewing with Kids. 2July2010. Clothilde.com-Sewing Savvy Newsletter.
Just a note before the newsletter: Clothilde.com has a wide assortment of items for those interested in sewing and quilting. I signed up for their newsletter which normally has some very inspirational ideas.
Sewing With Kids
Kids may show an interest in sewing, but the sharp needles and fast pace of your sewing machine may intimidate them. It’s pretty easy to start them out with some string and plastic mesh canvas to get the hang of hand sewing. After that, it won’t take long to move them on to needles and scrap fabric, or to replacing missing buttons on their favorite shirts. When teaching kids to use sewing machines, it helps if you have a machine that has multiple speed settings. Pressure pedals will work too; however, just make sure kids can safely reach the pedals and set a nonskid pad beneath the foot pedal. Start slowly and pick a very basic pattern, or just teach kids to sew straight or zigzag stitches in lines on scrap fabric until they are comfortable. As long as kids remember to keep their little fingers away from the needle, they should gain confidence and learn to enjoy sewing on a machine.
Kids are naturally curious and love to learn new things, but they also have very short attention spans. Therefore, it is important to come up with quick and easy projects that they can complete in a short period of time with minimal assistance. Once they see the finished product, they will be excited about more challenging projects.
To get kids excited about sewing, you could take them to the fabric store and let them pick out their own fabrics. Fat quarters are cheap and small enough for kids to work with easily. They will love the bright array of colors and patterns to choose from. Giving kids their own sewing scissors and pincushion also makes them feel like their projects are their own.
Ideas for Kid-Friendly Sewing Projects
- Simple blankets for charities: Project Linus Donate homemade blankets you and your kids make to this great charity that gives blankets to hospitals and shelters.
- Scarves or bandannas for pets
- Reusable shopping bags