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About the Author

Nancy Zieman is the founder and former president of Nancy's Notions, the premier mail-order/online source for sewing and quilting notions. In 2003, Nancy sold the company to Tacony Corporation, but remained president until December of 2007. She continues as their national spokesperson. She is also national spokesperson for Baby Lock sewing machines (Tacony Corporation), and has recently launched a new line of branded notions with Clover NeedleCrafts USA.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Krause Publ (October 28, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0896899594
  • ISBN-13: 978-0896899599
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.4 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #755,437 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By NuJoi VINE VOICE on October 7, 2011
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Rest assured that if there if there is a notion to make time spent behind the sewing machine easier or faster, Nancy Zieman knows about it. It's a good book for the gadget-curious, but not a must-have library addition for more seasoned stitchers and quilters. If you are just starting out and trying to figure out what to buy, the book is an excellent guide. The beauty of this book is that if you do the majority of your notions shopping at the two main chain stores, you will discover cool gadgets that aren't carried in those stores.

For each of the notions, Zieman provides a color illustration, its featurss and uses. In some instances, she also provides a budget-friedly option for the notion. Zieman has a wonderfully clear writing style and this book showcases it well. My one complaint is at least with one particular notion, I had to search the web a bit for it. I figured that if this was one of her 101 favorites, it would be stocked at her website.
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This book is a virtual catalog of tools that every seamstress or dressmaker needs in order to be successful. Granted, some of the items are more specialized, like tools specific to embroidery or quilting, but each item is categorized, as well as being fully described and illustrated, so you'll know whether it's something you need or not. Many of the items shown are standard tools that you simply cannot sew without, such as shears, chalk pencils, pins, and so forth. But then there's tools that not everyone knows about, such as bias tape makers, bodkins, specialty presser feet, and so forth.

My only complaint is that the book occasionally feels like an advertisement for Nancy's Notions. Some of the tools described are made exclusively by Nancy's Notions, so it seems like she's using the book as a platform to sell more of her products. I can forgive this, since many of the exclusive products are, in fact, quite useful tools to have. (But geeze! They're expensive!)

I'll give "Nancy's Favorite 101 Notions" four stars, subtracting a star for the blatant advertising. Otherwise, it's a very useful book for those who are just learning to sew. Even if you're more advanced, you might want to take a look and see if there's any sewing tools you've overlooked. I keep a copy in my sewing library, just so I can loan it to my students.
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I love to make stuff my most recent passion is sewing and I always believe that having the right tools for the task at hand makes the job easier. Nancy has a proven record not only of sewing as a professional, but as an excellent teacher. I love looking at all the different things, learning what they are for, and reading what she recommends. I like this book and would recommend it to anyone who wants a good reference of all the different tools one can use for sewing.
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I'm new to sewing so I don't know what I don't know. Reading this book I realize there's a lot of things I don't know and a lot of things to help me learn and make selling easier and quicker. I recommend.
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This is a great book for newbies or oldsters alike. You can always pick up a new hint or a bit of new information. This book, particularly has the reasons why you need certain notions to make your sewing a bit quicker and easier. There are so many new things on the market that our mothers who sewed didn't have. It's fun to review them and learn what's out there.
this book was published a while ago but for the price, wanted to buy it so I could go over them again. Sometimes we forget the notions that help us.
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I PURCHASED THIS BOOK TO DECIDE WHICH SEWING NOTIONS I NEEDED TO BUY DUE TO A LOSS IN A STORAGE FACILITY FIRE.

SINCE THE ITEMS WERE STORED AWAY IN A SEWING KIT, MANY I HAD NOT BEEN ABLE TO USE FOR A WHILE DUE TO PREVIOUS SURGERY.

THIS IS AN EXCELLENT GUIDE AND THE COLOR PHOTOS ARE AMAZING. I LIKE THE WAY THEY DESCRIBE THEM AND THE DIFFERENT WAYS YOU CAN USE THESE TOOLS AND NOTIONS.

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Have you ever wandered through the notions department of your local fabric store, wondering what some of the tools do, or how well they work? I am always looking for new sewing notions to make my projects easier and better. This book includes photos, descriptions and uses for 101 notions. No matter how experienced a sewer you may be, you will probably discover something new, that you can no longer do without.
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Detailed information about each notion that makes me want to fill in with ones I don't yet have to make sewing a simpler task.

You will be pleased to have this in your sewing library...referencing it often.
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