Fall Table Runner Sewing Challenge Winners Announced | Nancy Zieman | Sewing With Nancy

Table Runner Winners Announced

The Fall Table Runner Challenge was so much fun to host. I enjoyed seeing all the entries and the talent showcased in the event. You can still view the virtual table runner quilt show online in this post. As may know, voting came to a close over the weekend and it is now time to … Continue Reading

Nancy Zieman | September 2015 Block of the Month | Celestial Circle

2015 Adventure Quilt: Block of the Month #9

During this Block of the Month lesson, learn the secret to stitching perfect circle shapes. Not to worry, you will not be cutting curved shapes; the magic happens with rectangles, fusible interfacing, and a short stitch length. My quilting tip of using fusible interfacing is the key, which practically guarantees a smooth, gradual curve. September’s … Continue Reading

Absolute Easiest Way to Sew Elastic Waistbands by Nancy Zieman

Our Most Popular Blog Post—It’s on How to Sew Elastic!

I try to keep a pulse on what sewing, quilting, and embroidery topics you enjoy the most. For over the past two years, The Absolute Easiest Way to Sew Elastics is in the top five viewed blogs—every day! So in case you haven’t used this technique before, I thought I’d let you in on this … Continue Reading

Nancy Zieman Fall Table Runner Challenge Voting Opens

Table Runner Challenge Voting Begins

It’s time to cast your votes in the 2015 Fall Table Runner Sewing Challenge. There are over 70 table runners to review and admire. You’ll be inspired by the creativity! Each participant was asked to sew a fall-themed table runner with a maximum of four projects per person. Prize winners will be selected based on YOUR votes.  Good news—you … Continue Reading

Diamond Spectrum Quilt Patter for Stress Free Machine Embroidery & Quilting by Nancy Zieman

Quilting Magic with Your Embroidery Machine

Whether you’re a first time quilter or a seasoned veteran, this method of block piecing and quilting creates professional looking results, every time. The secret is using your embroidery machine. The blocks are skillfully pieced and the quilt is quilted with the precision of a long-arm, all in the hoop. This vibrant Diamond Spectrum Quilt pattern features … Continue Reading


Ten Tips I Learned About Sewing the Perfect T-Shirt

The greatest benefit of my job is one-on-one lessons from sewing, embroidery, and quilting experts. When preparing for a TV series, my guests and I plan the series months in advance. After a quick study of the technique, book, or pattern, we have several phone conferences, I prepare scripts, the guest and my staff make … Continue Reading

Pattern Fitting with Confidence | Learning Pattern Ease | Nancy Zieman

Pattern Ease: The Wiggle Room You Need

September is National Sewing Month and I thought it would be fitting to celebrate by mentioning some tips and tricks to address pattern ease when reading a pattern and constructing the garment. How do you find out the amount of ease in a pattern? (Ease is the difference between the measurement that the pattern was designed to … Continue Reading

Dressing Downton, Paine Art Center, Nancy Zieman Blog, Photo Courtesy of Weston Imaging Group

Dressing Downton—Close-up Look at Fashions from the Popular PBS Drama

Combine an award-winning drama, spectacular costumes, and an appreciation of all things made with needle and thread and you’re sure to enjoy watching my three interviews on Dressing Downton. Laura Fiser, curator of The Paine Art Center and Gardens, Oshkosh, WI, joins me as we showcase costumes from the PBS Masterpiece series Downton Abbey®. Daywear at … Continue Reading

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Sewing Prescription for a Broken Zipper

Replacing a broken zipper, mending jeans, sewing on buttons—those tasks get a 2-thumbs down rating in my book under the topic of sewing entertainment! These repairs are important, but they don’t have to be difficult. In this new 2-part Sewing With Nancy series, I’m taking a lighter approach to fixing what’s broken, while breaking most of the … Continue Reading

How to sew binding with a binding presser foot | Nancy's Notions

The Absolute Easiest Way to Sew Binding

By Emily Jansson, Nancy’s Notions guest blogger Occasionally you find a new tool or notion that changes your life. The day I started at my first sample room job, I was introduced to the Binder Foot… and my life has never been the same. For years I used double fold binding, and stitched it up … Continue Reading

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