"But if work-baskets were gifted with powers of speech, they could tell stories more true and tender than any we read. For women often sew the tragedy or comedy of life into their work as they sit apparently safe and serene at home, yet are thinking deeply, living whole heart-histories, and praying fervent prayers while they embroider pretty trifles or do the weekly mending."
From An Old-Fashioned Girl. Louisa May Alcott (1870)
Much more than pinning and stitching happens as I sew. There is time to reflect. A handmade garment has a lot of thought sewn into the seams.