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Nancy Zieman's Sewing A to Z: Your Source for Sewing and Quilting Tips and Techniques Spiral-bound – July 14, 2011


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Product Details

  • Spiral-bound: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Krause Publ; Spi edition (July 14, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440214298
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440214295
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 9 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,350 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Nancy Zieman is the producer and host of the popular show Sewing with Nancy, which appears exclusively on public television stations across the United States and Canada. Broadcast since September 1982, the program is the longest-airing sewing series on television. She has written numerous books including the popular Confidence series and Nancys 101 Favorite Notions (Fall 2010). Nancy also designs patterns for the New York-based McCall Pattern Company. Her distinctive patterns are found under the Sewing with Nancy collection. She founded Nancys Notions, now a division of Tacony Corporation.


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Nancy Zieman is host and executive producer of Sewing With Nancy, founder of Nancy's Notions, an author and product designer.

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It is very well written and easy to understand.
Fishinginoregon
A good book for the new sewer as well as those more advanced to remind you of those tips you might have forgotten.
Gloria J.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who sews ..
bzstampr

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55 of 56 people found the following review helpful By NuJoi VINE VOICE on October 8, 2011
Format: Spiral-bound
I am a big fan of Nancy Zieman's books. She can distill difficult techniques with clear and concise language. In that respect, this book does not disappoint. When I think about Zieman's contributions to the sewing community, to me, she is known for great gadgets and notions Nancy's Favorite 101 Notions: Sew, Quilt and Embroider with Ease and finding novel ways of doing things. This book delivers both.Read more ›
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Bobi Star on August 22, 2011
Format: Spiral-bound
This book has literally over 100 sewing and quilting techniques, organized alphabetically from A-Z! Nancy Zieman is the host of "Sewing with Nancy," the PBS show that's been in the air for, ahem, 29 years, so she knows a thing or two about sewing. It's one thing to know how to sew well, but it's another to be able to teach it well and Nancy is a thoughtful, patient and thorough teacher.

The book has step-by-step illustrations for every technique, from Applique, to Darts, Facings, Seams, Serging, Yo-yos and Zippers to name a few. Plus, it's a hardcover with a spiral binding, so it's easy to refer to while you're working and can lie flat right next to your machine or work space.

Definitely a perfect gift for any new or experience sewist, and a must-have for any sewing or crafting library!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By bzstampr on September 11, 2011
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I knew I'd love this book before it arrived and it did not let me down. I've been sewing off and on for decades and there are many things I will still learn from this book.
I know it will be my go-to guide for all future sewing projects. Nancy did a great job showing machine and hand-sewing methods. She included her personal tips which adds such a personal touch to the book.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who sews .. beginners and experienced alike.
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Format: Kindle Edition
What I especially liked about this book was that it contains step by step instructions, combined with as many step by step illustrations - all of which cover the basics of everything you'll need to know for sewing any garment. Further, with the books ABC format, exceptional table of contents, plus its detailed index, the information is logical and easy to find. I've been sewing for most of my 40+ years and Nancy introduced me to a several techniques that I'd never seen, (literally, because of the illustrations), or even read about. Specifically, using wrapped corners verses pivoting on pillow corners - that's new to me! Lastly, because the information is so easy to find and decipher - you can refresh yourself if you need to review any information when you start a project with a rarely used technique - such as corded buttonholes.

What I didn't like about the Kindle version of this book was something that could be easily fixed by the publisher. Nancy so kindly and consistently uses both inches and millimeters when giving her detailed instructions. However, when the book was translated into digital format it appears that it was not edited as quite often the inches will be shown as question marks; here's an example from her book: "cut appliqué shapes directly from the fabric, adding ?" (3mm) around the outer edges." Further, I noticed a few instances where additional grammatical errors caused by the digital translation. I assume that Nancy's publisher will fix this as soon as possible. This is the only reason I gave the book 4 stars.

I borrowed this book from the Kindle lending library. As I've stated in previous reviews, I borrows all my sewing/quilting books from Kindle or my local library before I commit to the purchase.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Alfred Flores on September 25, 2011
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I mainly bought this book for Nancy's section on lining a jacket but I have learned much more of her handy tricks to make sewing simpler. I like the spiral-type binding, which makes using it while sewing easier.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By madison on December 29, 2011
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I saw Nancy's companion TV show special on PBS that follows this new Sewing A-Z book, and then I had to have it! I'm getting back into sewing after decades of not sewing, and find that most things are different now and I need a lot of help! Love this new book of Nancy's and would highly recommend it for all levels of sewing experience.
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