How To Sew Knits With Confidence by Nancy Zieman

Update Your Knit Sewing Skills

Knit fabrics and knit sewing patterns are ere enjoying a resurgence in popularity. The fashions are easy to wear and require minimal care, plus there are so many fabric options! If you’re new to sewing, or if it has been awhile since you’ve sewn with knits, update your skills by watching the Sewing With Nancy TV series, Sew … Continue Reading

Nancy Zieman's Absolute Easiest Way to Sew Mitered Corner Patch Pockets

Absolute Easiest Way to Sew Mitered Patch Pockets

Sew it simple. Sew to have fun. How? It’s rather straightforward after you learn The Absolute Easiest Way to Sew! Pockets are my focus for this blog tutorial. Clever use of household tape will give you the guide to sew the outright simplest mitered corners. The Absolute Easiest Way to Sew Mitered Patch Pockets 1. … Continue Reading

Ten Tips for Perfect Gathers in Sewing by Nancy Zieman

Ten Tips to Stitch Perfect Gathers

Let’s all gather ’round. I have collected and compiled 10 tips for gathering fabrics. Whether you are working with thick cotton to lightweight sheers, there’s a technique for you. Tips #3, #5, and #7 are included in the online episode of Sewing With Nancy. My go-to favorite tip is #8. Tip #1—Use a different color thread … Continue Reading

Free Motion Quilting Presser Foot | Nancy Zieman | Textured Fabric

Free Motion Quilting—The Perfect Testing Ground

Free-motion quilting is a technique that often is intimidating to beginning quilters. Trust me, you don’t need courage to attempt free-motion quilting, only practice! Here’s the best way to practice; the stitches are completely camouflaged by textured fabric. It’s the perfect testing ground for this specialty technique, using a quilting foot. Watch me demonstrate this … Continue Reading

Folded Column Quilt | Fabric Stash Scrap Buster Quilt | Nancy Zieman

Scrap-Buster Folded Column Quilt

Are you looking for a stash buster for a scrap quilt project? This folded column quilt is the answer! The steps are simple: fold, then quilt. There are no pieced triangles and zero bias cut edges. This three-dimensional project has guidelines, rather than an exact pattern, so it is perfect for every size fabric scrap … Continue Reading

Fancy Footworks 2 - Flower Foot - Nancy Zieman

A Close-up Look at the Flower Stitch Presser Foot

I learned to sew using two presser feet—the all-purpose sewing foot and a zipper foot. Soon I discovered that specialty presser feet could improve my sewing skills. Much later I passed this information along in a series titled, Fancy Footworks. Not all sewing machine feet were featured in that series, so you guessed it—a sequel, Fancy … Continue Reading

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What’s New with Nancy Zieman

After posting a video message on my most recent health adventure, I decided to give you an update. This time I’m sharing better news. It’s been 12-weeks since my surgery, and I’m learning to adjust to the implant in my left leg—a partially new femur and a mechanical knee. The only post-surgery treatment is physical … Continue Reading

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Green Sewing Ideas for Your Kitchen

By Emily Jansson, Nancy’s Notions Guest Blogger Cut down on your disposable plastic bag use by sewing breathable bags that prolong the life of produce. The creative green projects make perfect gifts, and they’re a fun fashion statement at farmers’ markets, too! Porthole Mesh Bag Make this pretty bag with a fat-quarter and Porthole Mesh. These … Continue Reading

Patriotic Tumbler Flag Quilt using Grandmother's One Patch Template by Nancy Zieman

Patriotic Tumbler Flag Quilt Tutorial

It’s a banner day when a Sewing With Nancy viewer sends me a photo of a sewing or quilting project that they’ve made. The image of the Tumbler Flag Quilt caught my attention and I knew you’d like to see it too. It was designed and made by Linda Coon from Louisiana, who caught the … Continue Reading

Learn to Use Sewing Machine Presser Feet with Fancy Footworks 2 by Nancy Zieman

How to Use Sewing Machine Presser Feet

Do you ever wonder how to use specialty sewing machine presser feet? You’re not alone!  Many of us rarely change presser feet and subsequently never reap the creative benefits of sewing. The goal of my three-part Sewing With Nancy, Fancy Footworks 2, series is to put your mind at ease and show you exactly how and … Continue Reading

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