Are you one of those people who your whole life has perceived sewing as being reserved for the elderly? Or reserved for women? Well, now is a good time to send those thoughts to the shredder as we explain how sewing as an activity is extremely beneficial for young people and especially children.
Sewing can be a super fun way for kids to not only learn a skill that will likely stay with them forever, but also to help their minds open up to creativity, to being content with their own world so that they make friends with their sewing machines, as well as motor skills.
“All of these things go a long way towards improving the mental and emotional well-being of children. Sewing as a skill is almost like every parent’s wish come true – a hobby, a passion that takes them away from screens, which usually monopolize the lion’s share of their waking time,” says Parveen Kumarr Sahni , President, Sewing Machines, Usha International
So if you’re looking for an activity that helps your kids learn a life skill while having fun and being creative with the added benefit of time spent on their mobile screens, sewing is definitely something you absolutely must. explore.
Sewing is also a great way to bond with your child and learning to sew gives them lessons and skills that go beyond threading a needle.
“Patience, curiosity leading to creative problem solving, and critical thinking are all at stake when working on a sewing project. Sewing is known to activate both hemispheres of the brain, further stimulating a child’s artistic and mathematical creativity,” adds Sahni.
With new age automatic zigzag machines that are easy to use and a delight to learn, children can learn to sew as young as 7-8 years old, but under the guidance of an expert to hold them in the hand at first.
“To make sewing simple, it is essential that they learn one technique at a time, and once they are convinced, they then move on to the next one. Small steps will allow them to learn and retain easily, and ensure that their new hobby will captivate them for a long time,” jokes Sahni.
Simple sewing projects are a great way to combine their interests, inspiration and preferences. For example, to train them to control the speed of the pedal and the direction of the stitches, have them embroider with colored threads on black paper…trust me, they will be so excited to see multiple colors come to life and create abstract art.
Sewing can inspire them to further explore their skills and energize them to improve independently.
Sahni notes a few proven ways sewing is good for kids:
Hand-eye coordination is the skill that allows the eyes to guide the hand in precise movement. While this skill becomes effective in older children, younger children need to work on refining their motor skills, and sewing is a fun and interesting way to help them with this. Threading the needle and tying a knot in the thread, making sure the stitches are even and in a straight line, teaches them to focus their eyes and hands on completing a task that requires the simultaneous use of of them. Motor skills also help strengthen other activities such as handwriting, catching and throwing a ball, drawing and others.
A new skill, new brain cells
Cognitive development refers to the way a child thinks, explores and solves problems. Improving a child’s cognitive development is important because it lays the foundation for your child’s success later in life. Not only does sewing boost cognitive abilities, but it’s also said to encourage the growth of new brain cells – amazing, isn’t it? Sewing is such a powerful activity that it not only keeps all the neurons going, but the creative process also helps more brain cells grow.
Color and creativity
We all understand that sewing can be an art form that involves a lot of creativity, imagination and thought. Children who learn to sew at an early age will have an advantage when it comes to other creative pursuits. The interaction of colored threads on the fabric, textures, decorative stitches, etc. is a realm of endless possibilities that is a source of joy forever.
The Discipline of Diligence
It is imperative that children learn from the beginning that before they can sew, the necessary equipment, materials and work area must be prepared. Again, once the project is complete, you have to clean everything up and put everything back in its place. These little chores will become learning rites of passage for your child after a while and once entrenched they will also influence other aspects of their life – like keeping their room tidy, putting games and toys back where they belong. are supposed to be, etc.
Look what I did!
The experience and ability to create something beautiful from scratch can really boost a child’s confidence. The sense of accomplishment after completing a sewing project can do wonders for their self-esteem not only among family members but also among their peer groups. They learn to take ownership of their work, they take pride in their creations, which will serve them well throughout their lives.
How to get your child started?
Make sure your child has a great teacher who understands child psychology and makes sure they have fun while learning. Yes, of course, you need to make sure they follow proper safety procedures, follow the right techniques, spark curiosity and inspire creativity. Today there are so many machines for kids, including a cute My Fab Barbie sewing machine, that will add another element of joy to their learning process. There are other automatic sewing machines to make sewing easier for beginners, including a whole range to choose from in the Usha Janome portfolio of offerings.
So get your kids started young and not only will you thank yourself for teaching them this skill, but they’ll also thank you when they realize how much fun it can be and how much joy they get out of it! So this Children’s Day, get them a machine and Viola, see the sparkle in their eyes.
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