Nancy Zieman Sewing A to Z Blog Tour

This past May, I headed to Salt Lake City for Quilt Market, including a Schoolhouse presentation for Stitch by Stitch.  I was excited and nervous (in part because I had to track down all the samples from the book and was in the middle of moving, so figuring out where everything actually was turned out to be a little stressful), and then I learned that I’d be presenting immediately following Nancy Zieman.  Which is a lot like finding out that you’re a mid-season replacement sitcom that will be airing immediately after “Friends,” circa 1997.  Which is to say, it’s awesome if you’re good, but it kinda kicks you in the gut if you’re not.  But, you know, no pressure.

Nancy Zieman, if you’re not familiar with her work (and if you fall in that category, odds are you think her name sounds pretty familiar but you can’t quite place it, because I bet twenty bucks you’ve heard of her even if you don’t think you have) has been hosting and producing Sewing with Nancy on PBS for over 25 years.  She’s a powerhouse, and not only hosts her own television program but also founded Nancy’s Notions, is the author of dozens of sewing books, and is one of the most inspirational and influential members of our little sewing community.  If you can sew it, Nancy has done it, and that ain’t just whistling Dixie.

So there I am, with my roller bag of samples in tow, my editor at the back of the room*, waiting my turn.  I had arrived in time to see all of Nancy’s A to Z presentation, and lemme tell you: I took notes.  I was so impressed by this book and what it represents, I couldn’t help but nod vigorously as Nancy made each point in her talk.

Sewing A to Z isn’t a project book.  It’s a techniques book.  It’s entirely designed and intended as a reference, one that organizes basic and advanced skills in a way that you can look up something to refresh yourself on how to accomplish a sewing task, or read it through in order to get some ideas for techniques you might find unfamiliar.  Nancy’s signature is clear illustration (did you know she’s worked with the same illustrator for over 20 years, on each of her books?) and “Notes from Nancy” in the margins that give you tips for applying each of the skills she mentions.

Two of them made me want to jump up and shake her hand right there in the convention center–I had never seen them before, but had to work hard to get back on track with what Nancy had to say after, because I was so busy processing what she’d said and how the technique worked to listen with both ears.

First: twin-needle topstitching.  So, I’ve done my share of twin-needle sewing, and I love the results that you can get.  Here’s the kick: I have frequently run into trouble with the threads from the two spools getting tangled with one another, and it can be really (REALLY) irritating.  Nancy pops up with her advice: “So, you just put your two spools of thread on the spool holders so they unwind in opposite directions, and the thread won’t tangle.”  Say whaaaat?  Yes, Virginia, it really is that simple.

Image: me geeking out on how simply I can solve an issue I assumed was simply the twin needle’s cross to bear.

Second: making perfectly (PERFECTLY) squared corners on intersecting seams, like pillowcases or the points of collars.  I’m telling you, I nodded me head so hard when she walked through this technique that I thought my noggin would pop off.  Never would have thought of this EVER, but it’s such an elegant approach.  And what makes it even better is even Nancy admits she didn’t invent it–she learned it from looking inside factory-made pillowcases and copied the technique.  Sigh.

Here it is in action–because I could describe it all day, and I don’t think you’d believe me when I say how quick and simple and cool it is, or how dramatic the results are:

Both these techniques are in Nancy’s new book, Sewing A to Z, which is available now.  It is a seriously spectacular resource of techniques and tips, things that you will actually use in a format where you can access the information and remember it’s there for later.  Great, clear illustrations and clean, simple instructions.  No fluff, no excess, just the meat.  I have full-on added it to my sewing library, right where I can reach and find it easily and often.

After Nancy’s presentation, I went to the front of the room to prepare my samples.  I think I was trying to be cool (which I most decidedly am not) and nonchalant.  I smiled, nodded, and finally scrounged up the chutzpah to say, “I really enjoyed your presentation.”  Nancy was lovely, asked my name, complimented my samples, and was on her busy way.  She’s every bit as nice as you’d hope, and doggone if she doesn’t have the sewing chops to back it up.  I am now officially one degree away from Nancy Zieman, y’all.  Best watch out!

Interested in winning a copy of Nancy Zieman’s Sewing A to Z and a WHOLE bunch of other really amazing prizesLeave a comment here, and follow along on the rest of the blog tour!  Lots of stops, lots of interviews with Nancy, and plenty of chances to win.  Winner will be selected on September 10, 2011.

Sewing A to Z blog tour (featuring some of my very most favorite blogs!):

15-Aug          Nancy Zieman’s blog

16-Aug          Whipstitch

17-Aug          Sew Mama Sew

18-Aug          Diary of a Quilter

20-Aug          Amy’s Creative Side

22-Aug          Quiltville

23-Aug          Crap I’ve Made

24-Aug          Eileen Roche’s blog

25-Aug          I’m Just a Guy Who Quilts

26-Aug          The Free Motion Quilting Project

27-Aug          Sew Serendipity

29-Aug          Lazy Girls Designs

30-Aug          Pat Sloan Blog

31-Aug          Tallgrass Prairie Studio

1-Sep          True Up

2-Sep          Sew News

6-Sep          Off the Cuff Sewing Style

7-Sep          V and Co.

8-Sep          The Cottage Home

9-Sep          Colette Patterns 

 *Full disclosure: Sewing A to Z is published by the same imprint that published Stitch by Stitch.

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  • Darlene Jacolik
    August 16, 2011 at 8:18 am

    I found your blog through a link on Lazy Girls to Nancy’s. Love your description of your encounter with Nancy and the book looks like it would be a fantastic addtion to my reference library. Thanks.

  • Bailey
    August 16, 2011 at 8:33 am

    Wow, oh wow. I am definately putting this book on my must have list!

  • Diane Christy
    August 16, 2011 at 9:05 am

    SHUT THE DOOR! This technique is unbelievable.
    Now I’m weeping for the 50 YEARS of crappy corners I cannot remake.
    But my next set of pillowcases will be awesome.
    Feeling badly ’cause I used to think Nancy was a little ho hum.

  • Hannah
    August 16, 2011 at 9:06 am

    wow, that trick with corners is amazing! Why on earth is all that business with pivots and clipping (and frustration!) the “normal” way to sew a corner like that? This way is so much better! Anyway, I’ve been sewing for a LOT less time than you, so I’m guessing I’ll find tons of new tricks and info in there. Thanks for sharing!

  • Sarah
    August 16, 2011 at 9:06 am

    Thanks for the review! Songs like a great book.

  • Sequana
    August 16, 2011 at 9:07 am

    I used to watch Nancy all the time on PBS until I got rid of my TV. Her catalogs are fun to read even if I don’t order, but a lot of times I do.

    This book likes a real keeper. Thx for the chance to win.

  • Sharon Pemberton
    August 16, 2011 at 9:09 am

    I am a big Nancy Zieman fan and would love to win.

  • Kay (Soubrette Art)
    August 16, 2011 at 9:12 am

    OK. I’m going to have to get this book even if I have to (gasp) buy it new!

  • Nancy Zieman
    August 16, 2011 at 9:15 am

    Thanks for such a great review! That ‘s just how I hoped the book would be used–lying open next to the machine and ironing board! You made my day!

    • Deborah
      August 16, 2011 at 10:34 am

      Hooray!! Thanks so much for taking the time to come by–you made MY day! 🙂

  • Kim Place
    August 16, 2011 at 10:08 am

    Your video cracked me up. I totally understand geeking out over that tutorial. Amazing! Thanks for sharing.

  • Marci Girl
    August 16, 2011 at 10:11 am

    Wow, what a great book, and I agree with you, following her presentation must have been very nerve wracking!

  • MrsBPeaPot
    August 16, 2011 at 10:17 am

    Your video demonstration was hilarious! I loved how you touched each corner of the pillow case and had the caption “Bing! Bing!” too funny. Do you have a supply of the books available in your store?

  • Anita
    August 16, 2011 at 10:22 am

    OMG this book looks like an essential for my sewing library. I’m going to add it my wish list.

  • Sewing Princess
    August 16, 2011 at 10:22 am

    What a cool book. I am really a fan of new techniques, so this would be perfect for me. Fingers crossed.

  • Sharon Palmer
    August 16, 2011 at 10:25 am

    Thank you for a wonderful review, what a great book. I have many of her other books and this one will be a welcome addition.

  • Laura
    August 16, 2011 at 10:26 am

    That tutorial is amazing – and so simple! why isn’t that the normal method people use?

    • Deborah
      August 16, 2011 at 10:33 am

      I have NO idea. I was never taught to do it that way, but can’t you see how on collars it would be revolutionary?? Can’t wait to do my next collared shirt and then laugh all the way to the sewing machine. 🙂

  • Jenn
    August 16, 2011 at 10:30 am

    OK, so you’ve already sold me on the book, as I’ve been a fan of nancy since I was a teenager working at a fabric store in the 80s….so, I’ll definitely purchase it if I can’t win it!!! Thanks for the show and for this opportunity!

  • Belinda
    August 16, 2011 at 10:38 am

    Have been using this technique for years. Learned it in one of my first serger classes eons ago. I need to get this book for myself & for my “new to sewing” daughter.
    FYI – it also works on 90 degree corners without actually pressing & then sewing that first seam over – just fold the first seam over, then fold the other over that & hold with the thumb & forefinger while turning the fabric right side out over your fingers. Keeps those seam allowances nice & neat instead of bunching up in the corner. It’s those bunched up seam allowances that make for lumpy, bumpy corners.

  • Sherrie
    August 16, 2011 at 10:38 am

    I’ve been watching Sewing With Nancy for years! This is just the type of book I could use!

  • Leslie
    August 16, 2011 at 10:48 am

    This book sounds wonderful! I am definitely going to have to add it to my sewing library.

  • Debbie
    August 16, 2011 at 10:56 am

    I had to run to my machine and try this technique….OMG…works brilliantly!! Thanks Nancy and Deborah! here I come!

  • Becki
    August 16, 2011 at 10:56 am

    Wow! I’m overwhelmed with the info and loved the video!! I can’t imagine following Nancy onstage!!! Kudos to you for not running away!! Will have to get this book if I don’t win!!!

  • Lela
    August 16, 2011 at 10:57 am

    What an interesting blog! I loved your comments about Nancy. I think that’s what makes her so wonderful – so skilled and experienced, but yet so approachable and genuinely nice. She’s almost like family – only better! I need to grab another cup of coffee, and then I want to spend more time “touring” more of your blog. Thanks for sharing, and have a wonderful day!

  • Marsel
    August 16, 2011 at 11:00 am

    I have watched Nancy’s show since I was a girl — I would love this book!!!

  • Megan
    August 16, 2011 at 11:00 am

    What a great review, thanks for sharing about this book and your book, they’re both on my wishlist as a beginning sewer!

  • Karen B.
    August 16, 2011 at 11:03 am

    I would so love to win a copy of this book. Thanks for offering this wonderful giveaway.

  • Becky
    August 16, 2011 at 11:04 am

    Wow. I’m so dubious about new techniques and new books, but this one blew me away. I’m now inspired to buy the book and learn even more new things. Thanks for the great video.

  • Kim
    August 16, 2011 at 11:07 am

    I totally want that book! And if I don’t win it, I am going to amazon to order it for myself. Have fun!

    • Deborah
      August 16, 2011 at 11:08 am

      Hooray! Always good to see you–FYI, we should have copies in the shop next week, if you want to browse in person! 🙂

  • Bethany
    August 16, 2011 at 11:16 am

    I’d be more than delighted to take that off your hands 😉

  • Marsha Sappenfield
    August 16, 2011 at 11:18 am

    I would love to have this reference book in my library. Thank you for the useful information. Can’t wait to try this out!

  • Lynnette
    August 16, 2011 at 11:22 am

    I NEED this book!! WoW!!

  • Kristi McDonough
    August 16, 2011 at 11:24 am

    Deborah, you are the funniest, most engaging writer! It’s no wonder you have your own book! Thanks for sharing your book review, and that nifty trick!!! What the heck!!! 🙂 I’m off to buy that handy dandy book!

  • Samantha
    August 16, 2011 at 11:25 am

    I take your recommendations seriously because I respect you as a teacher. That note about the twin needle cracked me up– why hasn’t this not occurred to me?!
    Look forward to trying it.

  • Jennyroo
    August 16, 2011 at 11:40 am

    This looks like it will be an amazing resource!

  • Diana
    August 16, 2011 at 11:53 am

    I’m a relative newbie and even to me that tutorial was mind blowing. I would like to go back to my instructor and show her what I learned!!

  • random Cindy
    August 16, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    Neat technique on the pillow corners, I taught myself something similar on the serger, but I’ve never thought to do it on the regular machine!

  • Barbara S
    August 16, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing this Deborah, you’ve got us cracking up as usual over here!

    • Deborah
      August 16, 2011 at 12:27 pm

      Happy to do it, Barbara–thanks a ton for inviting me!

  • Jessica H
    August 16, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    This book looks amazing. You have me sold. I also enjoyed the video you made. Hoping to win! I always watch Nancy when I go home to my parents.

  • Megan
    August 16, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    I would love to have a book like this to reference while sewing – and your video was hilarious! I don’t even need pillowcases, yet I want to go sew some right now! 🙂

  • Frances
    August 16, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    Very much enjoyed your post and your comments about Nancy. I’ve met her a few times at events and she is just as gracious, friendly, and down-home a lady as she is on her programs. A delightful gem!

    And, similar to Belinda’s comments about the 90 degree instructions, following Nancy’s instructions to stitch, then when you go to turn right-side out fold the non-folded seam over the stitched-down folded seam, pinch tight between thumb and forefinger and turn (I usually turn over the forefinger, as it’s smaller). Very little additional prodding needed to get that point out.

    Thanks so much for your post!

  • Michele
    August 16, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    Just added this book to my Amazon wishlist. Great video – I’m excited to check out the other reviews during the book tour.

  • Courtney
    August 16, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    This is amazing! This is definitely going on my wish list! Can’t wait to try the corner trick, and I never even knew about using double thread. Consider my world rocked. Hard.

  • ~Michelle~
    August 16, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    Thanks for the review!

  • Kati
    August 16, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    I want to win! I’d love a copy of this book, a wonderful addition to any sewing library.

  • Carol
    August 16, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    That looks like a great book — I’d love to win it!

  • Jolene
    August 16, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    Ooh, I would love to have this book!

  • Windy
    August 16, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    I would LOVE to win this book and the other prizes as well. What a great resource!! What have I done with out it!!

  • Theresa
    August 16, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    I’m with Diane. This is crazy and I cannot believe that I could have had crispy corners all this time!

  • Suzan A.
    August 16, 2011 at 5:46 pm

    LOVE IT! I’m geeking out about it too. Thanks for the step by step video!

  • Meg
    August 16, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    My mom was a home ec teacher a long time ago. I refer to her as my ‘sewing encyclopedia’ — but it looks like this book would replace those late-night “Help me!” phone calls I make so regularly! I would LOVE to win it!

  • Suze
    August 16, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    I’ve been a fan of Nancy’s for many years. That sounds like a book worth buying.

    I was down in the GaTech area last Saturday with my family and as we rode down the street I saw fabric bolts in a window. Then I glimpsed the store name. Stop! Stop! It’s Whipstitch! I wanna go to Whipstitch! Men in the car=no stopping! Boooo! But I WILL come by soon, perhaps to buy that book.

  • Suzan A.
    August 16, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    LOVE IT! I’m geeking out about the perfect corners too. Thanks for the step by step video!

  • Joyce Jensen
    August 16, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    I have 2 of Nancy’s books – The Busy Woman’s Sewing Book (1988 revised edition) and 10-20-30 Minutes To Sew (1992), so its time for a new book on the shelf! This one looks great!

  • Christine
    August 16, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    It would be so great to win a copy of that book. Looks like a great resource for beginners and experts alike.

  • Andrea C
    August 16, 2011 at 8:02 pm

    this looks like it is so helpful! thanks for the chance

  • Kathie
    August 16, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    Love your enthusiasm and can’t wait see a copy of the book. Here’s to hoping for an early Christmas …. Thanks for the giveaway.

  • Darcy
    August 16, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    This looks like a great book – thanks for sharing!

  • Amy
    August 16, 2011 at 10:13 pm

    Looks like I have a new book on my wish list! It will be a great compliment to your book, since I’m brand spankin’ new to sewing. I got a sewing machine for my birthday last Friday (first time I’d ever touched a machine) and thanks to your awesome book I’m already sewing cool things! I love your book – from how simple and straight forward it is down to how your sense if humor comes shining through! I can see it being a great reference guide as I’m figuring out my new hobby :). I’m also thinking I should make the 30 minute drive from my house to Beaver Dam to check out Nancy’s Notions. 🙂

    • Deborah
      August 17, 2011 at 7:33 am

      Thank you so much for saying such nice things about my book! I am *beyond& thrilled to know that you love sewing already–can’t wait to see all the things you make!

  • Heather J.
    August 16, 2011 at 11:01 pm

    Oh, Deborah, watching that little video just made me miss you–it’s been too long since I took a class! The book sounds amazing; thanks for bringing it to everyone’s attention.

    • Deborah
      August 17, 2011 at 7:37 am

      Miss you, too!! Come visit soon–we’d all love to catch up with you. 🙂

  • Kristin O
    August 16, 2011 at 11:57 pm

    The book looks amazing, thanks for a chance to win!

  • Heather
    August 17, 2011 at 1:26 am

    I’ll bet this book would be an especially handy reference for a beginner sewer like me!

  • Gabriela - Living La Vida Normal
    August 17, 2011 at 1:41 am

    I love your story about meeting THE Nancy! This looks like an absolutely amazing book. Thank you for the opportunity to win!

  • debbie
    August 17, 2011 at 8:15 am

    Enjoyed your review, I would love to win this book! thanks

  • Lisa
    August 17, 2011 at 10:25 am

    New follower to the ‘blog tour’. How fun!!

  • Gloria
    August 17, 2011 at 10:29 am

    Wonderful demonstration! I have sewed forever, but didn’t know that technique.

    • Deborah
      August 17, 2011 at 11:10 pm

      Isn’t that the best part of sewing?! You can always find something you didn’t already know how to do–it makes me feel so inspired. 🙂

  • kimberlee
    August 17, 2011 at 10:59 am

    Wow! How exciting the QM sounded! And that Nancy is full of brilliance, thank you for sharing her tip on double needle stitching!

  • Jen S
    August 17, 2011 at 11:06 am

    This looks like a great reference to have by the machine! I can’t wait to get a closer look!

  • cindy
    August 17, 2011 at 11:46 am

    Thanks for sharing a couple of your highlights from the book — sounds like a terrific resource. And thanks for hosting!

  • Charlotte
    August 17, 2011 at 11:49 am

    I would love this book! This looks like such a great resource!

  • Lauren J
    August 17, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    Definitely going to follow this blog tour! Book looks amazing!

  • N. Perez
    August 17, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    Lovely, useful, and inspirational… All the qualities I look in a book! Thank you for having Nancy stopping by your blog 🙂

  • VickiT
    August 17, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    I have loved watching Nancy’s show for a very long time and know this book has GOT to be a must have for anyone; beginner or expert. I love what I’ve seen so far and the fact that the book is just the facts to explain each technique and not a lot of extras. Wonderful.

  • MarciaW
    August 17, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    We are starting to sew garments again so this techniques book would be so much easier to learn finishing techniques instead of depending on the pattern. Please count me in for the drawing.

    • Deborah
      August 17, 2011 at 11:09 pm

      Check out the download Nancy did with Sew, Mama, Sew too, then! The whole seam finishing chapter, for FREE. 🙂

  • Theresa Hill
    August 17, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    All I can say is WoW!!!
    And, I want to win!!!!

  • Angela
    August 17, 2011 at 5:01 pm

    Oh oh oh, I definitely need this book, and I need several copies (one for each daughter, one for me, maybe someday my son will have a sewing girlfriend). So as you can see, you should pick me (:

  • folksmith
    August 17, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    i loved the First Day of Preschool video, it is so funny. Love it. I also love Out of the Box with Crazy Blocks. Can’t wait to make some of the blocks.

  • Dell
    August 17, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    Looks like a great book. Thanks for the review.

  • Cindy G.
    August 17, 2011 at 8:09 pm

    I had tried that corner technique in the past, but wasn’t too happy with the results, and now I know what I did wrong- I didn’t press the seam first. I wonder if you can use the same trick with a French seam? Or maybe, it doesn’t matter so much with a French seam…

    • Deborah
      August 17, 2011 at 11:06 pm

      I find that almost ANY time I press, I get better results. It seems to increase my accuracy to a degree that is miles beyond the effort it takes to do the pressing–my Rowenta and I are *very* close friends.

  • Tiffani
    August 17, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    This was really entertaining to read! I’ve never really done much sewing – I made a very basic purse with a great deal of assistance from my stepmother in high school (and was thrilled to see the same fabric in an outfit on Arrested Development, but that’s another story). However, having lived in South Korea for quite a while now, where my clothing size is not available as I am a giant here, I’ve been craving the ability to make my own clothes. Eventually, I thought – well, why not try? I read samples from your book and went ahead and ordered it from Seoul. Can’t wait to receive it!

    Also really excited to see you have a store in Atlanta, my home town. I will try to pop in when I come home next year! 🙂 And I’d love the chance to win Ms. Zieman’s book, of course. ^^

    • Deborah
      August 17, 2011 at 11:05 pm

      I lived in Korea–south of Seoul–when I was in ninth grade. That was back when you could get all your clothes custom-made for pennies, so everyone did. How exciting that my book will be headed back there to you!! Please do come visit the shop next time you’re in town–would be fun to meet you. 🙂

  • Sue L
    August 17, 2011 at 10:28 pm

    Your video of the perfectly squared corners made me laugh out loud! “oh shut up”. I can’t believe the technique is so simple. Guess I’m going to the store tomorrow to get this book.

  • Tina L.
    August 17, 2011 at 10:56 pm

    Love the sharp corners. No cutting to much and having a corner that ravels.

  • Aniza
    August 17, 2011 at 11:15 pm

    thank you for sharing your review…this books is totally helpful for me

  • Janice Beitz
    August 18, 2011 at 7:14 am

    I’ve been loving Nancy for 25+ years. She always has something new for me to learn. I’m even in one of her books (can’t remember title) for a tip I sent her.

  • Ellen Ban
    August 18, 2011 at 10:43 am

    This looks like a must have book! I’ve learned quite a few neat tricks over the years watching Nancy on PBS.

  • KarinM.
    August 18, 2011 at 10:51 am

    Just watched the video..I will try it at once as my corners never turn out nice!!! Thanks!!!!

  • Tammy
    August 18, 2011 at 11:53 am

    Today is the best day EVER! Okay, the giveaway part is cool. But that technique is out of this world easy and looks amazing.

    Thank you for sharing! I stopped reading your post part way through to run to the sewing machine and trying it on a pillow I’m working on. Add that to free swatch day at and I’m a really happy camper today.

  • Jen
    August 18, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    Thanks for the review! Looks like a great book!

  • Jane
    August 18, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    I love the PBS show Sewing with Nancy for years. I have learned a lot of tips from watching her show. I also order products from her wesite. I hope I win!!

  • Anna O
    August 18, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    INCREDIBLE!!! Thanks for sharing…I’m geeking out right along with you. 🙂

  • Rhonda aka Quilter in The Gap
    August 18, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    My corners are never crisp. I cannot wait to try this technique. Thank you so much for sharing.

  • heather mccollom
    August 19, 2011 at 9:29 am

    Hello crisp corners!:) Thanks for sharing some sewing awesome-ness.

  • Sherryl
    August 19, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    My goodness! This book looks like a treasure. I’ve been sewing for a while, but sometimes you just need a “little” reminder on the best techniques or difference between seam types or… how to make a perfectly squared corner! Nice! Thanks for sharing. Boy, I’d love to have this book.

  • Heather H
    August 19, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    Ohmygosh! I have visited some of the other sites, but your video just completely sold me on this book! I need it! Thanks!

  • Karin
    August 19, 2011 at 8:42 pm

    Holy cow – I’ve been sewing seams & corners for many years, and that’s never occured to me!! Wonder what other wonderful tips are in that book!! Hope I get to win one & find out!!!!

  • annie
    August 20, 2011 at 12:34 am

    I LOVE Nancy! I loved your neat video, too! Thanks for the chance to win it. I love your blog too. First time here.

  • Robin (RsIslandCrafts)
    August 20, 2011 at 8:55 am

    Looks like this is a must have book. So much wonderful information!

  • Kathe G
    August 20, 2011 at 10:21 am

    I love Nancy – and would love this book – so informative. Thanks.

  • Andrea
    August 20, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    Thanks for the enjoyable review. I enjoyed reading your blog, too.

  • beth lehman
    August 20, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    SHUT UP IS RIGHT!!! That corner technique is AWESOME!!! I’m going to use it today on a zippered bag!!! I love learning things like this, really!!! Thanks for demonstrating it!

  • Janet
    August 20, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    I would love to win this book. Thanks for a chance.

  • Shayla Sharp
    August 21, 2011 at 12:51 am

    Oh, I’ve been waiting for this one to finally come out! I love all the little tips Nancy gives that make sewing go so much easier!

  • Grace
    August 21, 2011 at 4:45 am

    This looks like a great reference book. Thanks for the chance to win it!

  • Cindy Murdok
    August 21, 2011 at 9:32 am

    I saw Nancy demonstrate this on her show. I took notes as I always do when I see great tips on her show, like how to hem a sheer fabric! Then I can never make sense of my notes later (IF I can find them!) Love Nancy Z and can’t wait to get this book. So glad to see Nancy on all my favorite blogs!

  • Ray Janikowski
    August 21, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    Thank you so much for the video — I think I’m Geeking out over the technique too!!

  • Beth T.
    August 22, 2011 at 3:47 am

    This would be wonderful to win–I could learn so much from her.

  • Debbie Gallett
    August 22, 2011 at 9:35 am

    After seeing your video of the pillow case corners I definitely need this book. Who knows what else lurks between the covers of this book that woulod make our sewing life so much simpler.

  • Jean B
    August 22, 2011 at 10:50 am

    Love your demo of the corner method… so simple and so revolutionary! I would have been running from the room to try it when I heard that also. I am trying to figure what corner I need to sew right now! I’ve got to get the book!

  • Gale
    August 22, 2011 at 11:36 am

    OMG! I can’t believe I’ve been sewing for 50 years and making bad corners for 50 years. That one trick makes me want to buy this book immediately. Thanks so much. I’m buying it and when I win it I’ll give it as a gift to a friend.

  • robin
    August 22, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    That looks like a great book – I’d love to win a copy. 🙂

  • Jeanne
    August 22, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    I would love to win Nancy’s new book. Thanks for the chance to win.

  • April
    August 22, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    I am loving this book so far! I can always use a good reference book in my library!

  • Ana
    August 22, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    Just watched the video over on Whipstitch fabrics blog on wrapping seams, loved it. What a great book to have in my library.

  • Martha
    August 22, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    This looks like a great reference book. We can always use step-saving tips. Great review.

  • Julie
    August 22, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    I love “Sewing With Nancy” and used to work in Beaver Dam, WI, where her store is. So tempting! What I love is that my 4 yr-old son sneaks a peek when I catch it on tv while folding clothes or nursing the baby, and once he whispered in my ear randomly, “I love watching sewing shows!” (So do I, Charlie!) I have never read her books but this might have to be a purchase for me. I think she seems like a considerate and respectful person when she interviews people.

  • Sallie
    August 22, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    Great tutorial and video! Thanks for sharing! Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Laurie
    August 22, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    I love Nancy Z. she is really great and has wonderful advise. I like the new book being spiral bound so it will open all the way while you are using it. Thank you for the giveaway.

  • Dot
    August 22, 2011 at 10:07 pm

    Wow, what a great book. I would love to have this book for my library.

  • angelina
    August 23, 2011 at 7:45 am

    crossing to win !!

  • Janet C
    August 23, 2011 at 9:17 am

    I would love to receive a copy of Nancy’s book as I gave my reference book to my niece who is just starting to sew and quilt.

  • Cindy W.
    August 23, 2011 at 10:48 am

    Wow, really nice corners. Oh this book is great. Laying flat is the best.

  • Emily
    August 23, 2011 at 11:25 am

    My mom used to watch Sewing with Nancy every weekend, and I thought it was the worst!… until I started sewing myself and realized how much information Nancy shares.

  • Maria D
    August 23, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    I used to watch her show even before I had a sewing machine. Now that I have a sewing machine I have a gazillion of the shows on my DVR.

  • April @ Team Tottle Wealth & Wellness
    August 23, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    I used to see Nancy on PBS before I got into sewing and just thought “boring” but now I have her on my DVR schedule!!! Lol. I have been searching for a good sewing book like this and I didn’t think it existed. I guess it didn’t til now. I’m fighting with myself mentally whether to just go ahead and order the book or wait and see if I win one from her blog tour. Should just order, I don’t win anything. But thank you Nancy for making this book and thank you Deborah for the awesome review that got me all excited about her book. I love that you demonstrated the corners thing. I totally would have glossed over that in a book if it was talking about collars. I am a beginner so a pillow case seems doable, a collar, not so much.

  • Jessie
    August 23, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    Har! If I had to do a presentation after NANCY I just would have run out the door and kept on running! I’m so glad she has written a new book, all of her books are great.

  • ShannonW
    August 23, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    I’m so jealous of your day! I can’t wait to see the book

  • Sharrieboberry
    August 23, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    This book looks lovely! The illustrations look clear and informative! Gotta love that!

  • Teresa pocketofsun
    August 23, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    Thanks for the excerpts from Nancy’s new book. I just started sewing and saw her show on PBS a few weeks ago. Glad she is having this blog book tour as I am becoming acquainted with the sewing websites on the Internet and know where I can find some great articles, tips and of course, shopping!

  • letty shirkey
    August 23, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    followed you from Bonnie Hunter. Been a fan of Nancy for many years. She is fabulous.

  • Jennifer
    August 24, 2011 at 11:06 am

    I adore Nancy and her sewing shows. Have watched and learned for years. This book is a must.

  • Anne
    August 24, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    This is on my wish list as I plan to make a skirt and any hints or tips on how to put in a zip without ripping my hair out would be amazing. Thank you for sharing.

  • Ashlee
    August 24, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    I would absolutely love to win this!!!

  • Debra L
    August 25, 2011 at 12:19 am

    This looks like an amazing book!

  • Dawnica
    August 25, 2011 at 2:34 am

    I love love this book, and all her simple tips.

  • Mhairi
    August 25, 2011 at 8:07 am

    I would love to get a copy of this book. It just sounds like the ultimate resource for all people. What a great book to give to anyone who is just starting home economics courses, sewing, quilting or who has been sewing for years.
    Thanks Nancy for filling the gap in the craft book market

  • Mimi
    August 25, 2011 at 8:28 am

    Would love, love, love to win this book! Thanks!

  • Hueisei
    August 25, 2011 at 9:36 am

    Thanks for the review!

  • Shannon
    August 25, 2011 at 11:56 am

    What a great review. I can’t wait to get the book. Whata great give away!!

  • AlessandraLace
    August 25, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    I would like to win this amazing book. hugs

  • Peach Rainbow
    August 25, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    This book would be really helpful for me 😀

  • Heidi
    August 25, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    Have I been living under rock for the few weeks?!? I am hoping the kiddos will continue to nap so I can catch up, so excited to see more. BTW – you’re pretty fantastic yourself!

  • Deb
    August 25, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    I’d love to win the book!

  • Lisa Marie
    August 25, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    This looks like a great reference book! And Nancy surely knows more about sewing than just about anyone.

  • Pam
    August 25, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    I would love a chance to win this book. Thanks

  • Shelly
    August 25, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    This book looks amazing, thanks for a chance to win!!

  • Ruth Peterson
    August 25, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    Loved the video on pillowcase seams! I will definitely try that, as I make lots of pillows for gifts. I enjoy taking classes from Nancy at SewExpo in Puyallup, haven’t had the pleasure of going to the store in Beaver Dam. I love spiral bound books and this will be by my machine as soon as I can get my hands on a copy. I find Nancy to be an expert that I enjoy listening to on the PBS show as often as I can. Keep up the good work, and looking forward to next year’s time at SewExpo. Right now I sew “flat things” but might try clothing after getting a copy of the book!

  • Pat V.
    August 25, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    I could really use a book like this! Thanks for sharing your thoughts on it.

  • Janet K
    August 25, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    wow! Thanks for the details and video links! I’d love to win a copy of this book.

  • Suzanne B
    August 25, 2011 at 9:20 pm

    Very cool!! Thanks!!

  • Cindy McCord
    August 25, 2011 at 10:02 pm

    Love, love, love this way of doing corners. They look awesome!! Yeah for Nancy’s book.

  • Mystica
    August 25, 2011 at 10:40 pm

    Neat way of doing corners. Thanks for sharing.

  • Barb
    August 26, 2011 at 11:29 am

    I would so love to win this book! I know I would get so many tips to use! Thanks so much.

  • Karen A
    August 26, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    What a great book. I have been watching and following Nancy for years. She always has wonderful tips and is a great teacher.

  • connie
    August 26, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    Great review I’m a new fan of your blog

  • Susan Pearse
    August 28, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    As a “virgin” quilter and seamster I would just love to have Nancy’s book to help me through the mire of information available on how to do what, when and why.

    Awesome book,

  • Dori
    August 28, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    I can tell Nancy’s new book is a must have! I have a book holder on the wall near my machines where I keep my favorite how to and inspirational books. A to Z will be going right there!

  • Judi
    August 28, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    Well, I have to say I have grown up with Sewing with Nancy. My mom and grandma taught me the love and basics of sewing, I took Home Ec in school (had fabulous teachers), and then, there was Sewing with Nancy. Our oldest daughter was little when I had been watching for a short while. You know about making cute things for a little girl –all gathers. Well, when Nancy showed her favorite technique for gathering, I almost fell over. It made so much sense; it was so easy; why hadn’t any one shown me how before. I have used that technique ever since -2 daughters, friends, great nieces…. Thank you!

  • Kath
    August 28, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    I enjoy learning all techniques related to sewing and how to utilize my time, talents and patience that it involves. Thanks for the education you’ve given throughout the years Nancy!

  • Cheryl Greenleaf
    August 29, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    OMG! Love, love, love it! (chanting – in the hopes that it will help me win Nancy Zieman’s Sewing A to Z)

    Your video was so cool and you couldn’t have done anything better to convince me that I need this book.

    I already own her Fancy Footworks book. I have added instructions, as per Baby Lock, for all my presser feet (in sheet protectors of course) and keep it on my sewing table for easy reference.

    Thanks for helping to host this giveaway.

  • Cindy Norton
    August 29, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    Just like a recipe book belongs in the kitchen Nancy Zieman’s Sewing A to Z belongs in the sewing room. Would love to win this.

  • Rachel D
    August 29, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    Great video & giveaway!

  • Emily
    August 30, 2011 at 2:20 am

    How cute are you with this video? Awesome! It really does make that much of a difference! 🙂 Thanks for sharing it with us!

  • Ann Hudson
    August 30, 2011 at 10:29 am

    Love this blog tour! Would love to win Nancy’s gift with her new book Nancy Zieman’s Sewing A to Z.

  • Joan Moore
    August 30, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    Your demonstration was great and this is a technique that I will certainly use. I’d love to win this giveaway. Thank you!

  • Gayla
    August 30, 2011 at 10:32 pm

    Wow! I’m convinced! I will put this technique to good use. This book is now on my wish list.

  • Robin
    August 31, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    I would love to win this. thank you for the opportunity.

  • Vicki
    September 1, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    Thanks for the review. I guess with all of Nancy’s years of experience she had figured out how to do things the easy way and now we can all learn as well.

  • Zina
    September 1, 2011 at 10:52 pm

    I just saw that there’s a blog tour so I’m working my way back through so as to have a chance at the big prize. 🙂 I have a couple of Nancy’s older books and I love them, so I’m sure this will be a good one, too.

  • Carla G
    September 2, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    Thanks for a great review. Love this blog tour! Thanks for a chance to win! 🙂

  • Leena Salleh
    September 2, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    This is a good book…sometimes we take for granted the simplest things and only to discover that we had the faintest idea…

  • Shannon Yeaton
    September 8, 2011 at 8:53 am

    Wow what a great giveaway! Thanks for the chance!

  • Karen
    September 9, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    This would be so wonderful to add to my reference library – I remember watching Nancy as a teen learning to sew my own clothes, she’s a fantastic teacher. Thanks so much for the chance!

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  • What Comes Next?
    January 10, 2012 at 10:32 am

    I’m going to have to go pick up this book – that corner technique is amazing! Thank you!

  • Cynthia Pulsifer
    December 8, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    OH MY …. I’m so… happy I want to cry. I’m a new sewing person, I make and sell/donate dog/cat collars. But I just started quilting (muwahaha), and was looking to make some funky-infused placemats for a dear friend, and well, I kept reading, and reading, and then clicked on the video, and my jaw… well, duct tape will keep it shut. (cough). I desperately want that book! I love your voice, and the video, and THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for sharing it! ^_^ oh…. OH, I’m like SEW going to the dungeon to sew. (I’m getting rolling eyeballs from the furkids. hehe!) I can only hope I can share this with the ladies at the guild! 🙂 now, if I could JUST get my hands on an embroidery machine, I’d be in gazillion heaven! 🙂 Thank you!

    • Cynthia Pulsifer
      December 8, 2012 at 11:16 pm

      I posted a relpy, on the easy quilted placemat post, and you are right, chanting DOES work. sadly, my machine will NOT allow me to quilt. read the post. sigh 🙂