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Sew To Give–Sewing & Quilting Outreach Opportunities

Sew To Give™ is the name I’ve given to sewing, quilting, and volunteering outreach programs. Over the years, I’ve interviewed guests with amazing charitable goals during Sewing With Nancy’s Nancy’s Corner segments. Listed below is a grouping of many of the organizations that I’m aware of, giving you options to sew and quilt for others. As I often say on Sewing … Continue Reading

Nancy Zieman's Absolute Easiest Way to Sew A Lapped Zipper | Sewing With Nancy | How To Sew A Zipper

The Absolute Easiest Way to Sew a Lapped Zipper

A lapped zipper gives a tailored look. Only one line of stitching shows on the right side of the fabric. It’s easier to keep the stitching straight and to make sure the zipper teeth are completely covered. I prefer the lapped zipper for side openings and sometimes back openings. 1. Increase the zipper seam allowance … Continue Reading


Embroidery Tips for Difficult-to-Hoop Projects

My TV guest likes to compare machine embroidery to cooking. When cooking you follow the recipe, purchase the ingredients, but sometimes tweak the process. That’s what happens with machine embroidery; you learn to adjust the hooping technique, design, and/or stabilizer to fit the project. Marie Zinno, embroidery professional and author, is my guest during the … Continue Reading

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Spring Cleaning – For Your Sewing Room

By Emily Jansson, Nancy’s Notions guest blogger Happy New Year! The New Year is a time that we take stock of our lives, and zero in on the things that need improvement. Aside from the requisite visits to my gym, I’ve also resolved to sew more for myself. On that note, I realized one other … Continue Reading

Knit Garment Collection Sewing Pattern M7331 by Nancy Zieman and McCalls Pattern Company

My Newest McCall’s Pattern–a 4-Piece Knit Collection

M7331, I’ve had the honor of designing patterns for  The McCall Pattern Company since 1987.  Styles have definitely changed, yet my sewing premise—easy styling with streamline sewing tips—remains the same. My newest pattern, M7331, is a perfect fit for my sewing criteria—a collection of comfortable knit garments that mix and match interchangeably. Plus, the styles are a breeze … Continue Reading

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An Embroidery Lesson on How to Hoop a Onesie

The first step for adding machine embroidery to fabric or “ready-mades” is to hoop the fabric. Sounds simple, yet with each different fabric type and/or shape of the project, there are valuable tips and techniques that make that hooping process simple. My Sewing With Nancy guest and professional embroiderer Marie Zinno and I give you five lessons … Continue Reading

Hat Ladies Charity Sewing Opportunity by Nancy Daly and Nancy Zieman

Sew To Give—The Hat Ladies

Nancy Daly is the enthusiastic coordinator of the busy Hat Ladies. Make that Hat Ladies and Gentlemen, as two men have recently joined the group! The Hat Ladies project was featured on a segment of Nancy’s Corner on Sewing With Nancy in hopes that you’ll be encouraged to sew hats for children in your community. Nancy Daly recently emailed with … Continue Reading

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2016 Quilt Extravaganza–January Block of the Month

Introducing the first block of the m0nth in the 2016 Quilt Extravaganza, the Scrappy Circle Block. This month you’ll learn how to create a perfect circle without ever cutting a circle. Have you selected fabrics and created the stratas for your 2016 Block of the Month? Check out the details in the January 9 blog. … Continue Reading


Knit Top Transformations that will WOW You!

My favorite part of sewing is the process. I enjoy watching the progression unfold and then savor what my sewing efforts produce. Today you’ll see that machine embroidery is the star of the process and the end result!   The machine embroidery designs you’ll see below not only decorate, but transform an everyday knit shirt into … Continue Reading

How to sew an ipad, iphone or tablet holder by Nancy Zieman | Sewing With Nancy

Sew an Easy iPad Pillow or Tablet Stand

Prop up your iPad, tablet, or cell phone–hands-free–in the cradle area of this Hold-It Sack! These tablet stands, or iPad Pillows, are made from laminated fabric and are ideal to use throughout your home or office. The finished shapes look complicated, but they’re not! They’re all made from rectangular shapes and constructed with easy straight … Continue Reading

2016 Block Of The Month Quilt Extravaganza by Nancy Zieman | Sewing With Nancy

2016 Block of the Month—Let’s Get Started

It’s time to kick off the 2016 Block of the Month. Last year we traveled together on a 12-month quilt adventure, the 2015 Adventure Quilt Block of the Month. I hope you enjoyed learning unique quilt block ideas the third Saturday of each month. I, too, looked forward to those Saturdays and admit I was a … Continue Reading

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