It used to be that just about every household had a sewing machine. Or if not, it was easily accessible from either grandma, an aunt or a good neighbor. It also used to be that children would learn basic sewing from either mom, grandma, etc.. or at least in school. Sewing was considered a useful and often times necessary skill to have. If a sock got a hole in it, or a button popped off a shirt, an older child or teen would certainly know how to take care of it.
Not in modern times, today most children grow up without ever seeing a sewing machine in person. ‘Hole in a sock? Fix it by darning it? Are you crazy?!’ Just toss it. ‘Shoot, shirt is missing a button – guess I can’t wear that shirt anymore’. Any of my scenarios seem familiar? Maybe a little exaggerated – but really not by much. With mass production, ready-made clothing can be bought reasonably inexpensive, albeit, low quality. And now a days sewing at home can actually be more expensive than store-bought clothing. So why teach kids to sew?
My biggest answer would be for the creativity and sense of accomplishment it develops. It’s so neat when kids get to pick their own fabric and see it go from just flat fabric to something they can handle, feel, it’s useful – and they can wear it! And how awesome that they made it themselves! In sewing they not only get to spend time with a person that cares about them but they work on just some of these useful skills: following verbal directions, following visual directions, trouble shooting, decision-making, math, fine motor skills, and patience.
Recently I signed up my daughters for a sewing club/class. It meets just once a month and we love it. It is our fun and special time together.