Sewing A to Z with Nancy Zieman: Book Tour and Giveaway

Lazies, Being mostly self-taught in sewing, I don’t know if I know the right way, the complete way, or if I’m just making it through some of my sewing tasks. Nancy Zieman’s new book Sewing A to Z is a good resource for sewists like me.

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I’m thrilled to join in the fun of the blog tour for ‘Sewing A to Z’. Nancy Zieman has been showing us how to sew, quilt and fabric craft for years through her outstanding PBS series Sewing With Nancy, her namesake Nancy’s Notions and a multitude of books.

Getting back to my insecurities, when I see a technique explained with info new to me, I wonder – did everyone but me know that? Sewing insecurities – they are a bit unsettling, but most of us have them.

Right off the bat I discovered new things. When stitching along the edge of an applique, toward a point, reduce the stitch size. I could have used this tip when making my nephew’s Superman cape last year.

This tip must be how the queens of applique make their work look fantastic!

Sewing A to Z is a collection of more than 100 sewing and quilting tips and techniques. It is well written, the illustrations are excellent and it is peppered throughout with tips from Nancy. I love the spiral binding, allowing the book to lie open while you use it in your sewing space – nice!

Roll interfacing on a tube and store instructions inside.

I’m surprised at what I learned. A little embarrassed that I didn’t already know all of this. And I love how easy the book is to use. In short, Nancy delivers. She builds confidence and educates.

I learned long ago that everything of importance in a book is in the index. Every important word and topic will be there. The Table of Contents is an overview and sets the stage, but the index is where it’s all happening, alphabetized with related topics and page numbers. The index for Sewing A to Z has hundreds of entries. This book is chock full of good stuff.

Sewing A to Z offers a great opportunity to brush up on old favorites, learn more about topics we’ve only skimmed and discover techniques new to us.

Nancy Zieman is offering an incredible giveaway valued at $450 at her blog. Hop over to Nancy’s blog and leave a comment to enter for the giveaway. Details and links below.

Get the Book
Give yourself or a friend the gift of Nancy’s book: Nancy Zieman’s Sewing A to Z

Sewing A to Z blog tour:
15-Aug Nancy Zieman’s blog
16-Aug Whipstitch
17-Aug Sew Mama Sew
18-Aug Diary of a Quilter
20-Aug Amy’s Creative Side
22-Aug Quiltville
23-Aug Crap I’ve Made
24-Aug Eileen Roche’s blog
25-Aug I’m Just a Guy Who Quilts
26-Aug The Free Motion Quilting Project
27-Aug Sew Serendipity
29-Aug Lazy Girl Designs
30-Aug Pat Sloan Blog
31-Aug Tallgrass Prairie Studio
1-Sep True Up
2-Sep Sew News
6-Sep Off the Cuff Sewing Style
7-Sep V and Co.
8-Sep The Cottage Home
9-Sep Colette Patterns

Be sure and visit each of the blogs in the tour for their reviews and insights. Sew Mama Sew is even offering a free download of the Seam Finishes section of the book.

Thanks Nancy for another wonderful book!

Remember, comment at Nancy’s blog to enter for her giveaway.
Update 8/30/11: You can also enter the giveaway by sending your comment via email to The subject line should be “Blog tour giveaway entry”.

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46 Responses to “Sewing A to Z with Nancy Zieman: Book Tour and Giveaway”

  1. MarciaW — August 29, 2011 @ 12:04 pm

    Thanks for the informative review of Nancy’s book. Hope I win a copy. Liked your highlighting the tip you used for the sharp applique point on the superman cape.

  2. Robin (RsIslandCrafts) — August 29, 2011 @ 12:10 pm

    I have learned so much from watching Nancy’s show over the years. I think it is wonderful that she has come out with such a wonderful resource book.

  3. Melinda — August 29, 2011 @ 12:21 pm

    I am mostly self and internet taught (one quilt class though) so I know I would find this book super helpful. Thanks for the review!

  4. Pam Footen — August 29, 2011 @ 12:59 pm

    Would love to win the give away. Trying to teach myself and would love to learn how to applique. Just came across her blog so will be going back there to learn alot more. Will have to see when Nancy comes on my tv. Thanks so much Nancy.

  5. aeble (Tammy) — August 29, 2011 @ 1:30 pm

    So many great tips have been shared on this blog tour that you have to know that this book is just packed full of them! Thanks for sharing.

  6. Maeve Binder — August 29, 2011 @ 2:42 pm

    I do not use Facebook and could not sign up for the giveaway. Is there any other way to comment to be entered in the giveaway???? Please help, someone! Thanks much!

  7. mependleton — August 29, 2011 @ 2:55 pm

    I have followed Sewing with Nancy for 25 years. She has the most down to earth & practical ideas around. I have all her books & hope to add this new one to my collection!

  8. Susannah Wollman — August 29, 2011 @ 3:03 pm

    What a wonderful insight! That had not even occurred to me! If that’s a sample of what’s in Nancy’s book, I just know it would be the go-to for every question I have!

  9. Heather — August 29, 2011 @ 3:46 pm

    I had an ah-ha moment when I saw the tip about narrowing the zigzag stitch when approaching corners when doing applique. Neat!

  10. Judi — August 29, 2011 @ 4:30 pm

    I love this applique tip. I have always had trouble with that! Thanks

  11. Kathleen — August 29, 2011 @ 4:39 pm

    Thanks for your review! I’m cleaning out my sewing room and just uncovered Sew Serendipity. I HAD to take a break and get inspired!

  12. Sheila Perl — August 29, 2011 @ 4:49 pm

    When I want to learn a new technique I always check to see if Nancy Zieman has a book about it and she usually does!!
    Her teaching methods are always so clear, practical and down to earth.
    When my eldest daughter started showing an interest in sewing I started buying Nancy’s books for her.
    Nancy is my sewing hero! 🙂

  13. lynn — August 29, 2011 @ 5:07 pm

    There is always room for one more resource book in a sewer’s collection. The suggestion of narrowing the stitch is one I am going to try. I have also been told to sew off one side and then turn and start sewing, once again a stitch or two off the applique. I think the best tips come from fellow sewers.

  14. Robin Harris Pagels — August 29, 2011 @ 5:22 pm

    I too have followed Nancy for many years …thanks to PBS…have many binders full of her sewing techniques and pattern….it’s amazing how much I’ve learned from here programs.
    Today I watched a program about quilting with strips… was “right down my alley” ….can not wait to try it…looks like it will be fun to make especially for a baby. Love her catalog and notions too….!

  15. Nancy Zieman — August 29, 2011 @ 5:28 pm

    Thanks for being part of the blog tour! I appreciate your kind words and reading the comments of your readers. You made my day!

  16. Kyna — August 29, 2011 @ 6:03 pm

    Sounds like a fantastic resource! I hope I can win a copy!

  17. VickiT — August 29, 2011 @ 7:18 pm

    Another great review of Nancy’s new book. Thank you. Love the tip about the appliques you pointed out. I suppose that would make it a much cleaner turn. And you pointed out another part of the book which I have NO knowledge of; interfacings. I’ve not found anyone near me that does actual sewing lessons and I need them so badly so this book I’m sure will give me so much info that I am lacking given my high school home ec sewing education I’m working with. High school was a LONG time ago so I’m sure I’ve forgotten more than I ever learned way back then. LOL

  18. Teri McInerney — August 29, 2011 @ 7:21 pm

    Nancy is so clever & gives clear directions. I have always enjoyed watching her show, but have none of her books yet. I’d love to have her A-Z book, especially after reading your review on it. It would be wonderful to have her help at my fingertips. I really enjoyed your review.

  19. Sandra Davidson — August 29, 2011 @ 7:54 pm

    I have watched and enjoyed Nancy’s show for many years. I know I would really love her book after reading your review.

  20. Nora — August 29, 2011 @ 9:03 pm

    This looks like a great book from someone who enjoys teaching about sewing. I know I will benefit from it!

  21. Janice — August 29, 2011 @ 10:05 pm

    Thanks for featuring Nancy’s new book! I am impressed with the review of several pages at the Amazon website. So impressed that I added it to a recent order. I have been sewing for many years and continue to learn new tips and techniques! To Nancy, I am looking forward to receiving your new book!

  22. Jan Goppert — August 29, 2011 @ 10:19 pm

    Thank you for the opportunity to win a great book from an excellent teacher.
    I have always checked the Table of Contents but I will be checking the index now. Thank you for the tip!

  23. Anne Valsa — August 29, 2011 @ 10:56 pm

    This sounds like an incredible book. I have been sewing for over 35 years and always learning something new. Love both Nancy’s and Joan’s ideas! Both have inspired my sewing. Keep it up girls!

  24. Marie-Elena Baker — August 30, 2011 @ 12:53 am

    Thanks for the review ! I love her show and wouldn’t miss kids grew up with her and can’t believe that I STILL watch it! I have learned and am still learning sooooo much !

  25. Wendy — August 30, 2011 @ 5:14 am

    Great blog! Love all your tips.

  26. Judi — August 30, 2011 @ 8:23 am

    Nancy’s books are so to the point, easy to understand, and informative. Her T.V shows have never been available in my area so her books are golden. Now I’m using some of them with the Grandkids.

  27. Linda — August 30, 2011 @ 10:39 am

    Would love to win the giveaway and that book sounds perfect for me!

  28. Barb — August 30, 2011 @ 12:06 pm

    Nancy is a wonderful resource and I know this book will be every bit the same! I would so love to have a copy of this book–I know I would use it often in all my sewing.

  29. carol c — August 30, 2011 @ 3:04 pm

    i use to see her shows on tv, but our DISH-TV does not carry them anymore, this book would be a lot to me, definately need it, but sure would appreciate it more if I won it-lol
    thank you for this offer for everyone who wants one!

  30. Susan Brooks — August 30, 2011 @ 4:43 pm

    Comcast does not offer any sewing programs in my area. I know hard to believe. A book would be wonderful. Nancy Zimmerman’s books are so easy to follow. I have one on making gifts. Love it.

  31. Alice — August 30, 2011 @ 5:25 pm

    All Nancy’s books are so informative. I love them and have learned so much from them.

  32. Sylvia — August 30, 2011 @ 7:56 pm

    Nancy Zieman is my sewing Hero. Everything I learned is from her books.

  33. SusanM — August 31, 2011 @ 7:01 am

    Nancy has always provided the sewing industry with wonderful books and gadgets. Thanks Nancy !

  34. Kath — August 31, 2011 @ 12:24 pm

    Nancy shares a wealth of valuable techniques & skills over the years for sewing enthusiasts. Thanks.

  35. Deb — August 31, 2011 @ 3:32 pm

    I’d love to have this resource. I think I could learn a lot!

  36. Cheryl Greenleaf — August 31, 2011 @ 6:23 pm

    I agree, the index is the most important section of any reference book. Nancy’s books have easy to use indexes and very clear instructions (can you say “…explain it to me like I’m a four-year-old.”).

    Thank you for hosting this giveaway.

  37. Mindy — August 31, 2011 @ 11:45 pm

    I just found out about this book today. I’m putting it on the top of my wish list!

  38. Patti — September 1, 2011 @ 4:58 pm

    Thank you so much for reviewing this book. Boy do I ever need it that’s for sure. We don’t get Nancy Zieman here in the wilds of England and from what I’ve seen we really need her. Come on you Brits give us some Nancy please.

    Thanks so much for the chance to win this.
    Patti the displaced Yank xxx

  39. Terry Sams — September 6, 2011 @ 9:01 am

    I hurry home from church on Sundays to watch Nancy’s show. Would so love to have to book for easy reference and to learn the correct way to sew things.

  40. Charlie — September 6, 2011 @ 2:50 pm

    I love seeing what Nancy is explaining. It’s been so very helpful over the years.

  41. carroll campbell — September 8, 2011 @ 9:23 am

    I love Nancy’s books.. I loved watching her Tv.. She always explains things where anyone can understand things.

  42. Jaye Gause — September 8, 2011 @ 1:43 pm

    I’ve enjoyed Nancy’s shows, books and tools. Would love to add to my collection from this give away!!

  43. Nona C. — September 8, 2011 @ 2:13 pm

    I enjoy watching Nancy whenever her show is on and I love the online videos! This book would be a great addition to my collection! Good luck to me!!

  44. sign and sew — February 13, 2012 @ 10:46 am

    When I was much younger and I saw some of the things Nancy made, I thought how gifted she is. Now with the internet being available and the user friendly directions that Nancy shares, I’ve improved and have gained self confindence in my sewing projects.


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