September is National Sewing Month. If you ask me, it is a wonderful theme to celebrate all month long! Today, I’m sharing a few of my favorite and most-popular sewing and quilting notions. These tools will make your next project assembly smoother and hopefully, more successful.

Trusty Triangles—A New Row-by-Row Quilt

Trusty Triangles a Row-By-Row Quilt Sampler by Nancy Zieman | Sewing With Nancy | No Hassle Triangle Gauge

Here’s a rhetorical question: How do you create a quilt? My guess is that your answer is “one block at a time”—a legitimate response. But there’s another answer, “one row at a time.” During this first episode of the two-part TV series, Trusty Triangles—a Row-by-Row Sampler Quilt, I show how to stitch three of the six rows from my new Row-by-Row Sampler Quilt. Using only one type of quilt block, a trusty half-square triangle, plus a few squares of fabric, I’ll show you how to design, stitch, and enjoy a row by row quilt.

Nancy Zieman No Hassle Triangles Gauge by Clover IMG_4142

Learn how this  No-Hassle Triangles Gauge makes creating this quilt a breeze. Watch the episodes and hop over to the sewing tutorial here.

Sewing Notion: Supersize 5-in-1 Sliding Gauge

New Sewing Notions Super-sized 5-in-1 Sliding Gauge by Nancy Zieman

Notions are a cornerstone of my sewing and quilting. See what great projects you can create with the use of the Clover 5-in-1 Sliding Gauge and it’s big brother, Supersize 5-in-1 Sliding Gauge. Use it for sewing, quilting, home décor, and long-arm quilting projects. The slide locks into place allowing you to accurately mark projects. Let me demonstrate a few of my favorite uses for this larger sliding gauge. Watch the demonstration of the original tool online, here.  Check out the original blog post introducing the Supersize 5-in-1 Sliding Gauge, too.

6-in-1 Stick’n Stitch Seam Guide

In this age of multitasking, your seam guide of choice should be able to do more than provide a single seam allowance. Have you tried Clover’s newest go-to seam guide for perfect stitching? This guide offers six different uses in its innovative design. From garment sewing to perfect quilt seams, the 6-in-1 Stick’n Stitch is the tool for the job.

These two-piece interlocking guides are ideal shapes with edges created for perfect stitching. The tool is reusable and repositionable with an adhesive on the underside of the guide to work smoothly on any machine. See more about this tool’s uses here.

Super-Quick Circle Skirt and New Elastic Bodkins


I think you will enjoy the Flex ‘n Glide Bodkin, the Clip ‘n Glide Bodkin, and the Elastic Lock Set! These three useful new sewing notions work well independently or together. Learn how to use them in garment sewing. I won’t have to tell you, they are particularly helpful in waistbands!

Sharp Tips for Rotary Cutting

rotary cutting tips nancy zieman

It was in the very early 1980s when rotary cutters made their debut in the sewing and quilting market. The rotary cutters came first; the mats out of necessity—oh boy, shortly thereafter. Interestingly enough, because cutters and mats didn’t launch at the same time, it resulted in many ruined cutting surfaces. Ask me how I know this! Regardless, rotary cutters are used by quilters, sewists, and crafters alike. The blade size has expanded and also the accessories. Gathering all the sizes and shapes of cutters from my sewing lab, I thought I’d share a few rotary cutting tips with you. Read them all here.

Seams Right—One of the Handiest Sewing Notions

Seams Right sewing notion by Nancy ZiemanI was recently asked what I like about the Seams Right sewing and quilting notion. I like it when I’m asked easy questions! The only difficult part is narrowing down my answer. See the complete list of the Seams Right tool’s uses, here.

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