Nancy Zieman: ‘Seams Unlikely’ Autobiography

Sometimes I think life happens by accident. It’s the stuff that crosses your path while on the way to something else. Spend some time with Nancy Zieman in her new autobiography Seams Unlikely and enjoy reading how her path in the sewing world has been pocketed with bobbins of training, bias of love, lined with a strong work ethic and morals, trimmed with her beautiful heart, and pinked with the resolve to make things happen – even when they were uncomfortable and challenging. Read on for a video from Nancy, blog tour links and giveaway details.


Before I started the book, I wondered what would an autobiography of a sewist be like? How interesting to read the journey of a huge star in my field. Has a sewist done an autobiography before?

We already know and like Nancy, we feel she is a friend. We connect with her through her TV show ‘Sewing With Nancy’, classes/books, Nancy’s Notions, and now online at Facebook and Pinterest.

Nancy Zieman
Here’s Nancy on the set of Sewing With Nancy

In Seams Unlikely, Nancy chronicles her life from birth to current day, sharing life’s joys, trials and celebrations along the way. From an episode of Bell’s Palsy early in life, leaving her face asymmetrical, to starting a notions company to support her teaching efforts.

I was surprised to read what a big football fan Nancy is. Her favorite team is the Green Bay Packers, which makes sense given her roots in Wisconsin. She mentions the great Ice Bowl game of 1967 between Green Bay and Dallas. When I read that I immediately asked my hubster (a big Dallas fan) if he had the game in his extensive library of games and he did! After finishing the book, we sat down and watched the game and it nearly made this winter seem mild. I also didn’t know she likes to tell blonde jokes and once preferred to be called ‘Nan’, but it didn’t catch on.

Here’s Nancy in a short video to tell you about her book:

Sitting down with Seams Unlikely was like getting together in front of the fire, wrapped in a blankie with a hot cuppa cuppa and having Nancy tell me a story. Being true and relatable makes it so enjoyable. I loved getting to know Nancy and hang out with her each page of the way.

I didn’t want Seams Unlikely to end. As much as I wanted to know every word Nancy shared in the book, each page put me closer to the end and I wanted the story to continue.

Nancy Zieman

“Each of us faces challenges. Some are larger than others.
But what happens to us does not define us
unless we let it.” – Nancy Zieman

What you see is what you get with Nancy. She’s as true and delightful in person as she is in any venue in which I’ve had the good fortune to see her.

I’ve been watching Sewing With Nancy for as long as I can remember. Nancy has always been an idol for me. I know many of you feel the same way. So, get your copy of Seams Likely and enjoy getting to know Nancy and her story.

Seams Unlikely: Read Chapter 1 Online For Free
Nancy kicked off this blog tour with her own post full of great pictures, a giveaway and the opportunity to read the first chapter online for free. Hop over to her blog at the giveaway link below to enjoy the wonderful pictures and start reading Seams Unlikely.

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Book Giveaway
Nancy is giving away twenty copies of her Seams Unlikely book. To enter to win a copy, leave a comment on Nancy’s February 4th Seams Unlikely Blog Tour Posting to qualify for book giveaways.
Click here to go to Nancy’s blog and enter

I’m also giving away one copy of Seams Unlikely.
– Enter by posting a comment below with a nice message for Nancy.
– One comment per person.
– Be sure you type your email address correctly so I can contact you.
– I’ll pick 1 winner using the random number generator.
– Enter by Friday February 21, 2014, 10 pm Eastern time.
– I’ll contact winner via email.

Thanks for joining in on the fun of Nancy’s new book and blog tour (blog links below). Remember, comment at Nancy’s blog and below to enter the giveaways.


Seams Unlikely Blog Tour
Be sure to visit Nancy’s blog tomorrow when she wraps up the blog tour and giveaway here. Visit all of the blog tour stops listed below to read what others have to say about Nancy and her new book.

February 4          Nancy Zieman
February 5          Eileen Roche
February 5          Pat Sloan
February 6          Melissa Stramel
February 6          The Long Ladies
February 6          Tori Thompson
February 7          Amy Barickman
February 7          Melissa Mora
February 8          Shari Butler
February 8          Vicki Christensen
February 9          Carolina Moore
February 9          Kate Mclvor
February 10          Amy Ellis
February 10          Melissa Mortenson
February 11          Ilene Miller
February 11          Liz Hicks
February 11          Rachael Pannepacker
February 12          Bill Gardner
February 12          Elizabeth Evans
February 13          Amy Webb
February 13          Lindsay Wilkes
February 14          Gertie Hirsch
February 14          Veronica Philips
February 15          Jenny Gabriel
February 15          Laura Wasilowski
February 16          Frieda Anderson
February 16          Rita Farro
February 17          Cindy Cloward
February 17          Joan Hawley
February 17          Patty Young
February 18          Nancy Zieman

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45 Responses to “Nancy Zieman: ‘Seams Unlikely’ Autobiography”

  1. Carolyn — February 17, 2014 @ 9:17 am

    Nancy, thank you for sharing your life with us. I can’t wait to read your book.

  2. Joyce Boyer — February 17, 2014 @ 9:33 am

    What a lady, always so nice. I had the privelidge to attend a Tea with her at the
    Paducah Quilt Show a few years ago. Watch and tape her shows. AT 79 I still learn a lot from her and her quests. Looking forward to reading this book.
    Nancy, thanks for sharing with us. We love you.

  3. shirley tener — February 17, 2014 @ 9:36 am

    Congrats again, Nancy I wish you much success with this book, I have a few of your quilt books too and I am sure I will have this bio… Thank you for shairng

  4. Jan — February 17, 2014 @ 9:41 am

    Nancy is a true inspiration.

  5. Linda — February 17, 2014 @ 9:50 am

    Looking forward to reading the book – already asked the public library to acquire a copy.

  6. debbierhodes — February 17, 2014 @ 10:00 am

    I too have watched Nancy for a very long time. Her advice and patterns and her products have always been a part of my sewing room.

  7. Annette Crain — February 17, 2014 @ 10:01 am

    Sounds like a book of real inspiration, as we know you are! I think I would LOVE to have it in my library.
    Thank you for writing it!
    Nettie from Spanish Fork, UT

  8. Sharon Cumiskey — February 17, 2014 @ 10:02 am

    Nancy, your work ethic is an inspiration to all of us who love sewing. I have grown more confident as a seamstress thanks to your show. Your willingness to share your disability and life story with us is one more example of a strong woman with an honest work ethic and love for sewing.

  9. Barbara G. — February 17, 2014 @ 10:02 am

    Nancy has accomplished a lot. Would love to have a copy of her book to read.

  10. Donna Montibello — February 17, 2014 @ 10:03 am

    Looking forward to reading your book. Really looking forward to meeting you in April. At the three day retreat at Nashua Sew and Vac. Feel like a lucky lady!

  11. Char — February 17, 2014 @ 10:06 am

    Nancy has been on my “must watch” list for years. Few of my friends shared the same sewing passion as I, so Nancy has always been my long distance sewing friend. Looking forward to reading her book.

  12. Barbara Albury — February 17, 2014 @ 10:07 am

    I got to meet Nancy once when I was working at a quilt shop in Tampa. She was such a nice person and we posed for a pic together. Listening to her “talk” I couldn’t believe how funny she was. Yes, lots of blonde jokes.. I always thought her show was a bit dry for my taste. Wish they would let her be more herself. She’s a great lady.

  13. Christie Staton — February 17, 2014 @ 10:14 am

    Can’t wait to read this book. Nancy, probably the best lesson you have taught me over the years (no need to say just how many!) is that I really can do it! And that has moved me through many challenges, not all of them just sewing – some life related. Thanx for the “you can do this” approach” that is Nancy Zieman. Love and Prayers, Christie

  14. Nikki Moshier — February 17, 2014 @ 10:19 am

    I love sewing along with Nancy. I learn so much from her. Thanks for sharing your story with us.

  15. Sue R — February 17, 2014 @ 10:20 am

    Would love to win this book! Thanks for the chance

  16. Carolyn Howland — February 17, 2014 @ 10:30 am

    Nancy is so relatable that even a novice at the craft of sewing can follow. Her show covers so many different topics that any crafter wil enjoy and learn a great deal weekly. I would be thrilled to win a copy of her book.

  17. Mary Ellen Coumerilh — February 17, 2014 @ 10:30 am

    Nancy Zieman is my all-time sewing hero and mentor! I have learned sew much from her over a lot of years. Thank you for giving away her book!

  18. Susan Johnson — February 17, 2014 @ 11:25 am

    Sewing with Nancy is on my list of quilt shows to watch every Saturday morning. It has long been know in my house that Saturday is MY day to control the remote. Thanks for many years of enjoyment.

  19. Phyllis Ryan — February 17, 2014 @ 11:30 am

    I feel like I know Nancy when I read about her. I grew up on the farm across the highway from Richard and we had many good times as kids and those are fond memories. I love the connected feeling I have whenever I watch Nancy on TV and will definitely read her book.

  20. Stacy Tomlin — February 17, 2014 @ 11:38 am

    I would absolutely love a copy of Nancy’s autobiography! She is an inspiration! I wish her all the success in the world!

  21. Jan — February 17, 2014 @ 12:44 pm

    I’ve been watching Sewing With Nancy for as long as I can remember and she has taught me many things. Heck, I’m still learning from her when watching her show. She is truly an inspiration to all of us sewists, quilters, embroiderers, and crafters. Thank you Nancy and congratulations on your book!

  22. Robin Christensen — February 17, 2014 @ 1:43 pm

    I have watched Nancy on PBS for years – and LOVE her! I have learned so many things from her and I have been sewing for over 40 years! Looking forward to reading your book!

  23. sandy zoeller — February 17, 2014 @ 1:52 pm

    Love Nancy’s show, never miss it!

  24. Joan — February 17, 2014 @ 1:58 pm

    The book looks awesome!

  25. Jennifer Padden — February 17, 2014 @ 2:18 pm

    I’ve always admired Nancy and really miss her shows since my cable provider does not carry it. I’ve also purchased almost every pattern Joan has made and have had many happy recipients of “Grandma made” diaper bags from Lazy Girl patterns. Thanks to both of you for such quality work and giving so generously!

  26. Connie Jordan — February 17, 2014 @ 2:31 pm

    I am anxious to read Nancy’s book and to get to know her better. I have been watching her PBS show for many years and have learned so much from her. Thank you to Nancy.

  27. Kay L Ford-Sollimo — February 17, 2014 @ 2:57 pm

    Thank you for the post. I’ve been a Nancy fan for as long as we’ve had access to PBS, Cannot tell you how many of those shows I’ve video taped over the years. They were aired while I was in school so the VCR was programmed to copy the show so that I could watch later. We always learned something of value, too.

  28. Shirley in Canada — February 17, 2014 @ 3:19 pm

    I am totally amazed, Nancy, how far you have come! You truly are an inspiration to all! ?

  29. Monique — February 17, 2014 @ 3:37 pm

    Nancy, congratulations on your new book. I would be delighted to read it.

  30. Mari Anne Simpson — February 17, 2014 @ 4:06 pm

    Nancy, I have loved watching your videos through the years and look forward to reading your recently published book about your life. Thank you for giving us encouragement and knowledge to complete projects. You are a true inspiration. Mari Anne

  31. margaret — February 17, 2014 @ 4:54 pm

    What a well-thougtht oul review!

  32. Denise Z. G. — February 17, 2014 @ 5:33 pm

    Have watched Ms. Zieman for the 30 years she has been broadcasting & purchased notions from her prior to that.. I look forward to reading about her journey.

  33. Marijane — February 17, 2014 @ 5:44 pm

    I have watched Nancy for years. She is a talented seamstress. Always wondered what her story was. Bells Palsy — my husband had it twice. Thank you Nancy for having the courage to NEVER quit and share your talents with the world. Can’t wait to read her book.

  34. Sherry MayLee — February 17, 2014 @ 8:00 pm

    Joan, Thanks for sharing this information about Nancy’s book. I look forward to reading it. I have watched her for 30yrs on PBS. I use to tape her shows on VHS tapes…most of which I still have today. I started watching her while my family was stationed @ Ft. Bliss in El Paso, TX. She has been with me through my husband’s retirement from the US Army. While we were stationed @ Ft. Clayton, Panama I shared her with my sewing friends there.. I still share her with my friends & family members today. Love Nancy & you also Joan. Can”t tell you how many of your purses & wonder wallets I’ve made to date.

  35. Karen — February 17, 2014 @ 8:29 pm

    I have learned so much from Nancy it would great to thank her in person sometime.

  36. Mary Ann — February 17, 2014 @ 11:33 pm

    I am enjoying all the blog posts. Nancy is so knowledgable about all the facets and techniques in sewing, I love her show. Thanks for letting us get to know her a bit better.

  37. Hermina McNeill — February 18, 2014 @ 1:45 am

    Enjoy all of Nancy’s inspiring ideas~they are wonderful!! Can’t wait to read her story!

  38. Martha Sturgill — February 18, 2014 @ 11:49 am

    Nancy, You have been an inspiration to me for so many years. I have many of your books and learned so much from them and your shows. Thank you for sharing your talent with us.

  39. Lydia Stevenson — February 18, 2014 @ 1:55 pm

    Nancy, you are an inspiration. Since retiring 7 years ago, I took up quilting and then machine embroidery, and machine sashiko, etc., etc., I record your show on our fabulous PBS KTBS station every week. We have an Awesome PBS station here in the Puget Sound region in Washington. I’ve also enjoyed meeting you and seeing your programs at the Sew Expo, which will start February 27, 2014. You make everything look so easy by breaking down the steps of the process. I also love, love the products you endorse: Babylock and Koala cabinets (US made). Thank you so much for sharing your love and talent for sewing with all of us.
    Lydia Stevenson

  40. Sandra P. — February 18, 2014 @ 3:25 pm

    Thank you Joan for giving me an opportunity to win Nancy’s new book.

  41. Beth K — February 18, 2014 @ 8:13 pm

    It’s amazing how it feels like we all know Nancy. I am really looking forward to reading her inspirational story as I get back into sewing. Thanks for being part of her blog book tour!

  42. kate maeda — February 18, 2014 @ 9:47 pm

    Definitely an inspiring story. I love the recipes from the preview.

  43. Judy Garvin — February 18, 2014 @ 10:00 pm

    Nancy is such a wonderful person. Meet her once at a sewing event. Cannot wait to read her book. What a first class person

  44. Debby Howe — February 19, 2014 @ 1:56 am

    I think I’ve seen every one of her shows. Some more than once. Can’t wait to read her book.

  45. Patty Martin — February 21, 2014 @ 12:45 pm

    I’m sure Nancy does have an interesting tale to tell. Not all sewers are boring people.