Friday, January 31, 2014

Seams Unlikely

Seams Unlikely
by Nancy Zieman with Marjorie L. Russell

Nancy Zieman was been a staple in both my mother's and my mother-in-law's homes. In addition to watching the PBS show regularly, both women bought videos of the show, books by Nancy, and notions through her company. Both were great seamstresses whose skills are due, in part, to the lessons they learned on this show.

So I was very interested to find out more about this woman who has captured the hearts and needles of women across the country. Who is this woman, and how did she become such a good seamstress and instructor?

This book begins before Nancy is born and takes the reader through her life and thirty years of the Sewing With Nancy show. It is written in a warm, comfortable manner that makes you feel like you and Nancy are sitting next to each other on a long plane ride and she decided to share her background.

I tend to like to cut to the main point, and this book takes quite a while to get there. Nancy's early years are interesting, but I learned more about life on a farm that I expected to. But what I came away with is the sense that Nancy is 'just a normal person' like you or me, and she just happened to become an international celebrity! She seems a bit uncomfortable with all the hoopla surrounding her life, but has learned to deal with her celebrity status graciously. Underneath all aspects of her life she maintains a strong faith in God and is humbly thankful for all she has accomplished.

You can purchase a copy of the book on Amazon, and you can learn more about Nancy and this book at the website,

For the first time ever, Nancie Zieman shares her life story. The host of the longest-running sewing show on television takes readers behind the scenes of Sewing With Nancy and shares her heartaches and triumphs along the way.

Millions of women learned to sew while watching teh inimitable Nancy Zieman on public television's Sewing With Nancy. Many of them have Googled phrases like "Nancy Zieman stroke" in an effort to discover the reasons behind the partial paralysis of Nancy's beautiful face. Viewers purchased products Nancy used through Nany's Notions, followed patterns she created for McCall's and enjoyed meeting distinguished guests via the show.

Now nancy takes her viewers behind the scenes of her life. She shares about the Bell's palsy that not only afected her appearance, but also her esteem and phycical abilities. Readers learn about the growth of Nancy professionally: from addressing catalogs at the kitchen table to growing a multi-million dollar notions business -- and personally: marrying Rich, then growing a family through birth and adoption.

Through it all, the picture emerges of a hard-working woman who overcame various and varied obstacles to become what she is today: successful, skilled, gracious, and loved by millions of viewers.

Nancy Zieman—author, designer, businesswomen, producer, blogger and national sewing authority—is the host of the popular show Sewing With Nancy®, which appears exclusively on public television stations across the United States and Canada.

You can watch Sewing With Nancy® online at or from your mobile Apple® device, Click here for iPhone and iPad options.

Sewing With Nancy® is a co-production of Wisconsin Public Television and Nancy Zieman Productions. Broadcast since September 1982, the program is the longest-airing sewing series on television. Nancy organizes each show in a how-to format, concentrating on step-by-step instructions.
Nancy has written numerous books. She designs patterns for the New York-based McCall Pattern Company, designs sewing and quilting products for Clover Needlecraft, Inc., and also writes an interactive blog

In addition, Nancy is founder of Nancy’s Notions®, a division of Tacony Corporation. The company publishes the Nancy’s Notions® Catalog, a full color catalog containing hundreds of products including sewing books, notions, videos and DVDs, fabrics, and quilting products. Nancy is also the National Spokesperson for Baby Lock sewing machines and Nancy’s Notions®.
he Wisconsin Women Entrepreneurs Association named Nancy the 1988 Entrepreneurial Woman of the Year. In 1991, she received the National 4-H Alumni Award.

Nancy lives in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, with her husband, Richard. The couple has two children and two grandchildren.

Thank you to Glass Road Publishing for providing a copy of Seams Unlikely for this review.

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