Dr. Vasko reasons that sewing, as well as "knitting, weaving, crochet, [and] jewelry-making," could be useful to STEM students, as knowing how to do such things could incorporate technology into things such as clothes.
Much of the focus of her article, however, is that things like these could help STEM students learn about social justice.
Dr. Vasko also writes that teaching "low-tech crafts" will also help get rid of "gendering" in STEM.
"The combination of sewing, crafting, making, and STEM offers educators a critical opportunity to explore ethics and social justice with students," she explains. "From discussions around the ethics of copying patterns to the sourcing of fabrics to conditions for garment workers to the use of craft as a form of activism, there is no shortage of topics for discussion to help students gain a broader conceptualization of ethics in crafting, making, and STEM."
The article concludes, "If those of us who pursue activities across the spectrum of crafting, making, and STEM acknowledge our identities publicly and host events and/or engage with different communities, we can create opportunities to educate and inform."