Nancy Zieman—author, pattern designer, business woman, home economist, and national sewing authority—is the host of the popular show Sewing With Nancy®, which appears on public television stations across the United States and Canada.
Embellishment 101 - Blank to Beautiful, Part Two
Add unique accents to readymade baby blankets and purchased hats and scarves. Purchased blank baby blankets become sleepytime treasures as Nancy Zieman adds machine appliquéd or embroidered fleece appliqués. She accents purchased hats and scarves with an embellisher machine and machine-stitched fleece yarns.
Embellishment 101 - Blank to Beautiful, Part Three
Transform "blanks" to beautiful by adding chenille trim, stitching and stenciling. Host Nancy Zieman uses fabric bias strips to make chenille trim and transforms a blank shirt into a fashionable wardrobe component. She adds bartacked flowers and optimized stitches to readymades, then enhances a tote with stenciling and stitching.
Fold & Finish Reversible Quilts, Part One
Cut, stack and stitch a reversible quilt showcasing the Gentle Pines pattern. Pattern designer Betty Cotton joins host Nancy Zieman in featuring Betty’s Gentle Pines quilt pattern. They explain how to select and cut fabrics; stack, channel stitch and join strips; and finish seams to make this reversible quilt.
Fold & Finish Reversible Quilts, Part Two
Use dimensional seaming to stitch the Camp Wilderness reversible quilt. Host Nancy Zieman and pattern designer Betty Cotton demonstrate making Betty’s Camp Wilderness pattern. They illustrate making a reversible quilt in which quilting is one of the first steps, with dimensional seam allowances finished on the outside.
Fold & Finish Reversible Quilts, Part Three
Transform fabric fat quarters into the Pine Tree Plaid reversible quilt. Fat quarters of fabric create a plaid-like pattern in the Pine Tree Plaid reversible quilt showcased on this program. Pattern designer Betty Cotton joins host Nancy Zieman in showing how to combine one-way and highway seams to make this totally reversible quilt.
Learn exercises and techniques that foster good health as you sew or quilt. Practice sewing and quilting techniques that promote good health as certified trainer Mary Deeb joins host Nancy Zieman. They demonstrate proper positioning plus breathing, stretching and resistance exercises that increase flexibility and reduce stress.
Quilted Closet Jackets, Part One
Combine quilting and sewing to create a Santa Fe jacket. Quilted jackets that are as enjoyable to wear as they are to create are the focus of this program, hosted by Nancy Zieman with guest pattern designer Elaine Waldschmitt. They explain how to piece the patchwork and construct Elaine's Santa Fe jacket.
Quilted Closet Jackets, Part Two
Complement your fabric stash with buttons and sew a Button-Up jacket. Host Nancy Zieman and quilter/pattern designer Elaine Waldschmitt show how to combine a fabric stash and a button stash with patchwork, quilting and sewing techniques to make Elaine's Button-Up jacket.
Quilted Closet Jackets, Part Three
Blend brilliant colors and geometric shapes to make a Tropical Twilight Jacket. Combine fun geometric shapes and bright colors to make the Tropical Twilight Jacket designed by Elaine Waldschmitt. She and host Nancy Zieman piece fabric strips, then cut the strips into quarter triangles to create the jacket's three unique quilt blocks.
Very East Vintage Quilts, Part One
Duplicate the look of antique quilts with easy timesaving techniques. Vintage fabrics plus high-tech notions and machines make it easy to create the look of antique quilts. Guest quilt historian Carol Butzke details the history of 16-patch and Irish Chain quilts; then host Nancy Zieman shows contemporary methods for making projects with similar designs.
Very East Vintage Quilts, Part Two
Use timesaving techniques to create vintage quilt designs based on geometric designs. After quilt historian Carol Butzke details the history of Square within a Square and Saw Tooth quilt designs, host Nancy Zieman demonstrates updated, simplified methods for constructing similar designs.
Very East Vintage Quilts, Part Three
Reproduce the dramatic Orange Peel quilt design without piecing a single curved seam. Host Nancy Zieman demonstrates timesaving techniques for stitching the traditional two-color Orange Peel design, as well as a modified version using an envelope technique. Quilt historian Carol Butzke traces the history of the Orange Peel and Cottage Tulips designs.
More Polar Magic
Take sewing high loft fleece to a new level by adding dimensional accents. Nancy Cornwell joins host Nancy Zieman in sharing ideas for sewing high-loft fleece. Nancy Cornwell demonstrates how to stitch and cut two-layer chenille fleece, while Nancy Zieman shows how to make polar ribbing. They also offer tips for making a chenille vest, eliminating side seams and finishing cut edges with fat piping.
More Polar Magic
Learn easy options for adding no-ravel appliqués and edge finishes to fleece projects. Nancy Cornwell illustrates blunt-edge appliqué, while host Nancy Zieman shows a comparable appliqué technique using an embroidery machine. They also explain how to do reverse appliqué, show how to finish blanket edges with a lacing technique and present a showcase of fleece projects.
More Polar Magic
Explore additional ways of speed finishing blanket edges and making reversible fleece garments. Learn how easy it is to finish blanket or scarf edges with Nancy Cornwell's quick double fringe or "bunny ear" fringe. Then watch host Nancy Zieman detail how to make reversible fleece garments, adding decorative snaps as closures.
Use 24 fabrics and a gridded system to interpret photographs in fabric. Guest Tammie Bowser joins host Nancy Zieman and explains how to select an appropriate photograph for making a mosaic quilt simulating a photograph. They show how to choose and arrange 24 fabrics according to light, medium, and dark values as the basis for making the quilt.
Transform a favorite photograph into a family heirloom. Nancy Zieman and guest Tammie Bowser begin by detailing options for converting a photo into a computer file, then show how to use computer software to transform that file into a tiled full size gridded quilt pattern. Nancy demonstrates how to cut and organize the quilt fabrics.
Quilted Photography - Part Three
Convert a gridded paper pattern into a quilted fabric masterpiece. Working with a gridded pattern created from a photo, Nancy Zieman and guest Tammie Bowser show how to place strips, squares, and triangular fabric sections to create a mosaic that mimics a photograph. Nancy details finishing the quilt with free motion stippling or echo stitching.
Add easy applique accents using an embroidery machine. Author/designer Mary Mulari joins Nancy Zieman in creating "automatic appliques," using an embroidery machine to simplify the process and add thread highlights. Variations include stitch and trim applique, as well as reverse, dimensional, liberated, and allover stitch applique.
Serge & Sew for Babies
Create attractive gowns and tops for babies using a sewing machine and a serger. Stitching layette garments using a sewing machine and a serger in tandem is host Nancy Zieman's focus. She shows how to set up the serger, then outlines a sequence for serging and sewing a top or gown. She also adds serged facings and cover stitch topstitching as decorative accents.
Serge & Sew for Babies
Sew and serge for the little ones in your life. Host Nancy Zieman demonstrates easy gathering techniques using both a serger and sewing machine, then shows how to make ruffles with serged rolled edges and lettuce edges. She also makes receiving blankets, finishing edges with serged wavy edges and stitched and scalloped edges.
Serge & Sew for Babies
Make an heirloom heart garland and a baby bonnet to showcase serger stitches. Serged pintucks, diamond tucks, serger twists, flatlocking, and a serged cover stitch add decorative accents to a heart garland. Host Nancy Zieman also makes a tailored version of an heirloom baby bonnet and shirt featuring cover stitching.
Transform garments from ordinary to extraordinary by adding embroidery and trims. Embroidery expert Eileen Roche is Nancy Zieman's guest, as they show how to totally change the look of a simple, yet elegant silk jacket by adding embroideries and detachable fringe. They give machine setup tips, plus show how to use sizing and editing software and autodigitizing software.
Simple Swing Jackets, Part 1
Use two fabrics and a streamlined pattern to sew reversible jackets that have style and flair. Nancy Zieman uses two coordinating fabrics and a jacket pattern having only three or four main pattern pieces to make versatile casual jackets. She demonstrates simplified construction techniques in making a reversible print jacket with a collar. Then she shows how to add interest to a collarless reversible jacket by making and adding piping.
Simple Swing Jackets, Part 2
Combine serger construction and interesting fabrics to make single layer jackets. Using the same pattern as in the previous program, Nancy Zieman creates two serged jackets with totally different looks. She chooses a midweight woolen fabric to make a single layer jacket accented with serged stitching. Then she selects a sheer fabric and uses a serged rolled hem to construct and finish a jacket that has a collar.
Simple Swing Jackets, Part 3
Give a basic jacket personality and vitality with unique sewing techniques and accents. Small amounts of embellishment can give a jacket a new look. Nancy Zieman adds couched thread accents to the collar of one jacket, then finishes jacket and collar edges of another jacket with fringe. She simulates color blocking, using both sides of a reversible fabric on a third jacket and adds elegant embroidery to a boiled wool jacket.
Quilting - It's All in the Cards, Part 1
Use fat quarter cuts of fabric to learn how to select and coordinate quilt fabric colorations. Nancy Zieman and quilting author/color expert Terry Atkinson use fat quarter playing cards to illustrate color selection principles for choosing quilt fabrics. They use Terry's Four Seasons, Go Fish, and King's Corner quilts, based on popular card games, as examples, and Nancy explains how to construct the King's Corner Quilt and the Go Fish Quilt.
Quilting - It's All in the Cards, Part 2
Practice combining quilt prints by using fabric fat quarters. Guest Terry Atkinson and Nancy Zieman play a few hands of fat quarter poker to develop winning strategies for combining five prints of various sizes, values, and colors. They demonstrate timesaving techniques for making a High Five Quilt and a Royal Pairs Quilt, each patterned after a card game.
Quilting - It's All in the Cards, Part 3
Use a simple three step process to choose coordinating quilt fabrics to complement a print. Using folded fat quarter fabric cuts, Nancy Zieman and guest Terry Atkinson practice selecting quilt fabrics by considering three factors: print size, print variety, and value. They illustrate those principles, then give step by step details for making card game-based Texas Hold Tem and Four Seasons Quilts.
Sew Chic Chenille, Part 1
Make textured chenille; then add it to fashionable garments, accessories, and home accents. Chenille is no longer restricted to the bedroom. Nancy Zieman explains the simple process of layering, stitching, cutting, and laundering fabrics to create chenille. After showing how to make chenille scarves, she explains how to incorporate chenille into a favorite garment pattern. She also details how to make an ultra-soft chenille baby blanket.