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Sewing With Nancy
Sewing With Nancy, TV’s longest-running sewing program, continues the tradition of bringing the best in contemporary sewing, quilting and home decorating ideas to public television viewers. Join Nancy Zieman and her guests as they share their love of the sewing arts by exploring the latest ideas in one of the country’s most popular crafts.
Distributed by: The National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA)
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.
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Sew Chic Chenille, Part 2
Learn simple techniques for adding chenille accents to chic accessories. Nancy Zieman uses chenille to accent accessories rivaling those found in exclusive boutiques. She adds Stacked Chenille to a clutch bag, then incorporates chenille morsels on a cosmetic bag. She makes a chenille Peek-A-Boo Scarf using a stabilizer base, and adds fringed binding to jacket edges.
Sweatshirt Makeovers, Part 1
Convert ordinary pullover sweatshirts into fashionable cardigans. After demonstrating how to turn a pullover sweatshirt into a classic cardigan, Nancy Zieman and guest Mary Mulari construct three variations. They add twisted button loops to a front closure. They adapt a quilting technique to make center front prairie points. Finally, they use hemline ribbing to convert a sweatshirt into a vest.
Sweatshirt Makeovers, Part 2
Add style, comfort, and fashion to a sweatshirt by modifying the neckline and hemline. Host Nancy Zieman and guest Mary Mulari begin by adapting a sweatshirt neckline to include a classic placket opening. Next, they enhance the neckline with a zippered collar, and they include a handy zippered sleeve pocket using a simplified technique. They also add a buttoned-up side accent and neckline crossover ribbing to another sweatshirt.
Sweatshirt Makeovers, Part 3
Change the style of a sweatshirt with facings and appliques. Nancy Zieman and guest Mary Mulari show how to remove neckline ribbing and make facing patterns, then add pleated inserts, vented or notched facings, and appliques to sweatshirts. They conclude by converting a sweatshirt into a vest, using a zippered placket at the neckline and double facings to finish and trim the armholes.
Fantastic Fabric Bowls, Part 1
Use fabric to make bowls that serve as attractive home decor accents. Designer/sewing expert Kate Bashynski is Nancy Zieman's guest. She starts by making a basic fabric bowl by fusing two fabrics to interfacing, then shapes the bowl with darts and accents it with machine stitching. After making a confetti bowl, she and Nancy modify the shape of several bowls, making flat-topped, octagon base, chevroned, and 8-pointed versions.
Fantastic Fabric Bowls, Part 2
Take fabric bowl making to the next level with changes in shaping and fabrication. After reviewing basic bowl construction, Nancy Zieman and guest Kate Bashynski move on to more challenging variations. They make a bowl with a scalloped edge and a center medallion, a stand-tall bowl, a round bowl, a pagoda bowl, and a fluted bowl. For added interest, they also accent several of the bowls with machine stitching, fringe, and buttons.
Sew with Confidence, Part 1
Learn updated techniques for basic sewing techniques. Host Nancy Zieman shows how to attain a professional look when you sew as she showcases timesaving techniques for basic sewing skills. She illustrates how to sew smooth, super-straight darts; shows how to gather fabric by zigzagging over double strands of thread; explains how to complete carefree facings; and demonstrates how to add a comfortable, easy elastic waistband.
Sew with Confidence, Part 2
Gain confidence in shaping pockets, sewing collars, and inserting sleeves. After showing how to easily shape pockets with round or square corners and attach them to a project, Nancy Zieman demonstrates how to achieve crisp professional looking collars using her "wrapped corner" technique. She also explains how to ease in fullness on a set-in sleeve and how to insert the sleeve into a garment.
Sew with Confidence, Part 3
Master zipper insertion and learn a new approach to adding a sewn-on waistband. Nancy Zieman shows a simplified way to use tape to achieve professional results when inserting a centered zipper. Next, she explains how to eliminate bulk and add a streamlined look to sew-on waistbands. She concludes by offering confidence-building instructions for inserting an invisible zipper that ends up truly invisible.
Sew Clever Bags, Part 1
Create quick, trendy handbags in an evening or two of sewing time. A basic handbag pattern is the starting point for creating three attractive, easy-to-sew handbags. Nancy Zieman starts with a Windowpane Patchwork Bag, using favorite fabrics and nonraveling accent strips. Next, she uses a serger to simulate a plaid on a handbag. She concludes with a "Cut, Stack, & Sew" handbag, incorporating appliques and satin stitching.
Sew Clever Bags, Part 2
Use a basic handbag pattern to make three bags, each showcasing a different technique. Handbags don't need to be dull or drab. Nancy Zieman makes a felted wool bag accented with Bohemian-style floral appliqu#s. The bobbin thread creates the design for a second bag featuring Bobbin Work. A third bag includes a dramatic geometric design created with fusible bias.
Sew Clever Bags, Part 3
Showcase expressive embellishment on three versions of a basic handbag. Fabric squares folded to imitate patchwork are featured on the first of Nancy Zieman's three handbag variations. She adds a flap and a "Tuck & Trim" closure to a bag accented with couched threads. Computerized embroidery stitched with a streamlined hooping technique and accented with fusible pearls stars on a third quilted handbag.
Newfangled Reversible Aprons
Make attractive, functional reversible aprons that are as easy to sew as they are fun to wear. Aprons are making a comeback! Mary Mulari is Nancy Zieman's guest, as they showcase streamlined ways of creating Mary's innovative reversible apron designs. They make adult, child, doll, and bottle size variations of a Hometown Cafe Apron using fabric fat quarters. They also make a TV Housewives half apron and a Blue Ribbon Apron which includes a bib and ties.
Machine Embroidery with Confidence, Part 1
Begin with the basics as you learn to machine embroider. Host Nancy Zieman walks you step-by-step through the basics of machine embroidery, outlining how to select a machine, use built-in embroidery designs, purchase notions such as thread and needles, choose and use stabilizer, hoop various types of stabilizers, prepare templates, and position the embroidery.
Machine Embroidery with Confidence, Part 2
Explore embroidery design options as well as tips for embroidering on various fabrics. Take a step beyond the basics and review various sources of embroidery designs including memory cards, floppy disks, or CDs. Nancy Zieman shows how to download designs from the Internet. She also discusses specialty hooping techniques for embroidering on collars, pockets, and knit fabrics, and she explains how to stitch more extensive designs using multiple hoopings.
Creative Kindness Encore
Volunteer your sewing skills to bring joy and hope into the lives of those in need. Gail Brown joins host Nancy Zieman in showing examples of how volunteers help worthy charities and explaining how viewers can help. They feature groups that make items for infants and preemies, dresses for underprivileged children, pillowcases for critically ill children, hats for chemotherapy patients, clothing for disabled service personnel, and diapers for needy Hondurans.
Cotton Theory Quilting, Part 1
Cut, stack, and stitch using fold and finish quilting techniques to make home decor accents. Betty Cotton, known for her unique reversible quilting technique, is Nancy Zieman's guest. They begin by teaching the basics of The Cotton Theory: quilt first, then assemble the project using the fold and finish process. They demonstrate highway and one-way seams while creating a reversible table topper, placemats, and trivets.
Cotton Theory Quilting, Part 2
Add interest to the center of fold and finish reversible quilt blocks. Again using the "quilt first, assemble second" process, Nancy Zieman and guest Betty Cotton add a new element to The Cotton Theory quilting by showing clever ways to add interest to the center of quilt blocks. Cotton illustrates using applique, outline quilting, quilted embroidery, and bobbin work to quilt the fabric layers. They make a reversible tote incorporating these methods.
Cotton Theory Quilting, Part 3
Make a floor quilt using reversible fold and finish quilt techniques. Nancy Zieman and guest Betty Cotton detail how to make an attractive, yet functional floor quilt. Cotton's signature reversible quilting techniques are perfect for this project. Nancy and Betty finish the project by demonstrating Cotton's reversible quilt binding technique.
Serge with Confidence, Part 1
Master basic three- and four-thread serged overlock stitches, plus a serged rolled edge. Nancy details how to set up, thread, and adjust a serger, then demonstrates stitching seams, turning corners, "reverse stitching," and troubleshooting. She shows how to use 3- and 4-thread overlock stitches and serged rolled edges for both utilitarian and decorative purposes.
Serge with Confidence, Part 2
Use versatile flatlock, cover, and chain stitches to add interest and creativity to serged projects. Nancy begins by showing how to adjust a serger for flatlocking, then illustrates several decorative uses for this stitch. She also discusses how to serge and troubleshoot a cover stitch and chain stitch, then presents options for combining overlock and coverlock stitches.
Serge with Confidence, Part 3
Use serger accessory feet and attachments to give your serging great pizzazz. Serger expert Margaret Tully joins Nancy in showing exciting effects that can be created using a serger Cording Foot, Ruffler Foot, Belt Loop Attachment, and Down Turned Feller. They create a ruffled pillow using the serger, plus illustrate applications for the other serger feet.
The Quilter's Edge, Part 1
Express your creativity by the way in which you arrange and join quilt blocks. Author Darlene Zimmerman is Nancy's guest as they discuss and illustrate examples of block setting options including block-to-block, block-to-block with sashing and cornerstones, uneven quilt blocks, one-strip sashing, alternate blocks, connector blocks, and setting blocks on point.
The Quilter's Edge, Part 2
Use quilt borders to frame quilts and give them an artistic edge. After detailing how to add simple borders to a quilt, Nancy and guest Darlene Zimmerman demonstrate interesting, yet easy border alternatives that add interest and vitality. They show how to add a pieced ice cream cone border, a prairie points border, and a knife-edge finish.
The Quilter's Edge, Part 3
Bind quilt edges with specialty finishing techniques. Nancy and guest Darlene Zimmerman illustrate how to carry the theme of a quilt design to the shape of the border and the binding. After explaining how to cut binding strips and join them to a straight edge, they demonstrate how to add scalloped, wavy, or notched edge bindings.
Easy Ribbon Accents, Part 1
Add easy accents to garments, accessories, and home decor using 1" ribbon. Nancy creates single rosettes, single rosettes with double petals, double rosettes, and easy leaves from 1" ribbon. She shows how to "arrange" and stitch the floral motifs to a crinoline base, then demonstrates options for making petal flowers, gathered leaves, pansies, and tea roses.
Easy Ribbon Accents, Part 2
Shape and stitch dramatic ribbon accents using narrower 1/4" silk ribbons. Learn to create chain, fern, and lazy daisy stitches, as well as French knots, using 1/4" silk ribbons. Nancy details how to set up the embroidery hoop, then demonstrates hand and machine techniques for each stitch. She shows finished embroidery on evening bags and pillows.
Easy Ribbon Accents, Part 3
Expand your repertoire of embroidered silk ribbon accents. Take silk ribbon embroidery to the next level making hand or machine stitched roses, irises, and lilacs. Nancy also illustrates how to use the bullion stitch to create rosebuds, leaves, or flower stamens. She shows finished embroidery on garments, accessories, and home decor accents.
Easy Silhouette Wardrobe, Part 1
Explore five options for making unique vests from an easy to sew pattern. Author and publisher Amy Barickman is Nancy's guest. They start with a simple vest pattern, then share ideas for serging, sewing, and embellishing single and double layer vests. They make reversible, cropped, needle felted, and color-blocked vests, as well as one using recycled fabrics.
Easy Silhouette Wardrobe, Part 2
Even novice sewers can create jackets that have pizzazz and style. Nancy and guest Amy Barickman start with a silhouette jacket pattern with five main pattern pieces. They make a wool single layer serged jacket with decorative stitching, bind jacket edges with ribbons, and embellish jackets with folk art needle felted appliques and denim appliques.
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