Best of Sewing with Nancy

The Best of Sewing With Nancy continues the tradition of bringing the best in contemporary sewing, quilting and home decorating ideas to public television viewers. Join Nancy Zieman and her guests as they share their love of the sewing arts by exploring the latest ideas in one of the country’s most popular crafts.

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30 Minute Doll Clothes, Part 2

Episode #102 · Nancy and guest Joan Hinds demonstrate a streamlined way to sew 18" doll clothes. You'll learn techniques on how to avoid underarm seams by sewing a continuous yoke, update a basic jumper with a clever ribbon layout, and get a finished look easier by lining small pieces Create 21 doll clothes to mix and match. Best of all, with a little sewing know-how, each component can be cut and sewn in 30 minutes or less.

Fast and Fleecy Accessories, Part 1

Episode #103 · Learn how to make comfy fleece accessories using easy sewing techniques and simple pattern shapes. Accessories are made from various types of fleece and use a variety of seam finishes. Fleece has so many possibilities. Make comfy No-Slip Wrap that stays firmly in place whenever you wear it. Nancy also details several options for seaming and edge finishing.

Fast and Fleecy Accessories, Part 2

Episode #104 · Learn how to make comfy fleece accessories using easy sewing techniques and simple pattern shapes. Accessories are made from various types of fleece and use a variety of seam finishes. Fleece has so many possibilities. Make comfy No-Slip Wrap that stays firmly in place whenever you wear it. Nancy also details several options for seaming and edge finishing.

Ultimate Fancy Footwork, Part 1

Episode #105 · Upgrade your sewing ability with popular presser feet and instructions from Nancy. Nancy's techniques are amazingly simple for using the Invisible Zipper Foot, Roller Foot, Walking Foot, and Satin edge Foot as you make samples for this workbook lesson. Basic techniques and new ideas merge for a comprehensive class on presser feet.

Ultimate Fancy Footwork, Part 2

Episode #106 · Use specialty presser feet to help improve your basic and decorative sewing skills. Nancy includes characteristics, uses, settings, and how-tos for the Stitch-N-Ditch Foot, Teflon Foot, and the Flower Stitch Foot. Learn new options for binding, sewing difficult fabrics, and making beautiful circular flowers. Store the samples you make in the designated spaces in the workbook for future reference.

Ultimate Fancy Footwork, Part 3

Episode #107 · Do you have extra presser feet hiding in your accessory box? Dig out your specialty presser feet and save some sewing time and effort using the Bias Binding Foot, Buttonhole Foot, Sequins 'n Ribbon Foot, and the Free-Motion Quilting Foot. Nancy teaches you how to use these feet to their full potential in this workbook style class that has you sew and save your samples.

Travel Gear Made Easy, Part 1

Episode #108 · Organize and tote your valuables for vacation, shopping, and work with quick and classy gear. Nancy's guest, Mary Mulari, has designed unique travel accessories that are clever and trendy. She and Nancy show how to make a roll-up blanket, easy zipper pulls, a roomy fold-up tote, a tray for gathering travel supplies, and much more. Organize your stuff so you can kick back and enjoy the ride!

Travel Gear Made Easy, Part 2

Episode #109 · Stitch travel projects that "rock" with inspiration from Mary Mulari's ingenious creations. Author and designer Mary Mulari teams up with Nancy to make travel gear perfect for gifts or yourself. Learn the basics of making a travel trio bag set, a jewels and treats bag, a curling iron tote, a tee with secret pockets for valuables, and other travel inspired projects. Versatile designs-simple enough for beginners!

Machine Embroidery In 6 Easy Lessons, Part 1

Episode #110 · Nancy and Eileen Roche discuss the first three easy lessons for machine embroider. Lesson one: beginning basics provides necessary information on the top six machine features to look for in an embroidery machine and using appropriate stabilizers. Lesson two: embroidery designs enlightens embroiderers as to the differences in types and categories of designs. Lesson three: placement discusses using design templates and positioning aides to enable embroiderers to get the design to stitch in a precise location, as well as embroidery blanks.

Machine Embroidery In 6 Easy Lessons, Part 2

Episode #111 · Nancy and Eileen conclude their machine embroidery lessons with four through six. Lesson four: hooping provides information on different hoops, tools, and techniques that assist with the hooping process, as well as how to hoop the fabric and stabilizer. Lesson five: stitching covers final adjustments to make just before stitching out the embroidery design and fixing mishaps. Lesson six: finishing discusses simple yet important steps to follow after your design is complete, both before and after removing the hoop.

Ultimate Serger Techniques, Part 1

Episode #112 · Use your serger for more than finishing fabric edges. Take the lead from Nancy and serger pro Pam Mahshie to get your serging skills up to speed! Learn the basics, and get the confidence to gather, add puffing or textures, and serge on ribbon trim with ease. You'll be surprised as you learn new-age serging techniques for your projects.

Ultimate Serger Techniques, Part 2

Episode #113 · This fun and facts serger class will teach you the basics and beyond. If you keep your serger set at the basic 4-thread stitch, join Nancy and serger pro Pam Mahshie to take your creative sewing and serging in a new direction. Explore stitches and threading possibilities as the journey continues and you learn the basics. Then branch out into new directions with techniques you'll love, for an ultimate serger experience!

Stress-Free Quilting with Machine Embroidery, Part 1

Episode #114 · Piece perfect quilt blocks with ease using your embroidery machine. Nancy and embroidery guru Denise Abel teach you how to piece quilt blocks using a combination of machine embroidery and techniques borrowed from paper piecing. There's no precise measuring or cutting needed! Piece blocks by layering fabric over guidelines that the machine stitches onto stabilizer. Perfect blocks every time!

Stress-Free Quilting with Machine Embroidery, Part 2

Episode #115 · Turn your embroidery machine into a quilting machine. Easily achieve amazing results when you combine quilting and machine embroidery. Nancy and Denise Abel, embroidery guru, demonstrate how to get the look of free motion quilting without the stress-let your embroidery machine do the quilting for you! Quilting in the hoop creates superb consistency for prize-winning quilts.

Fearless Quilting Finishes, Part 1

Episode #116 · Frame your quilt with beautiful borders that are not only artistic, but "fearless." Nancy addresses basic border options with ideas for cutting, mitering, working with odd angles, flanges, and cornerstones. She includes pieced border techniques that are simple, yet inspiring, such as piano key, scrappy checkerboard, and 4-patch.

Fearless Quilting Finishes, Part 2

Episode #117 · Finish up those stashed quilts with simple layering and quilting techniques and...no stress. Nancy takes the "ouch" out of finishing quilt tops-fearless and fun! Start by layering and pinning (or fusing) , then learn easy no fear quilting options, basic to creative, and all done on your sewing machine - no hand sewing. Quilt layers by stitching in the ditch, "decorative tie" stitches, or fearless stippling.

Fearless Quilting Finishes, Part 3

Episode #118 · Are your stashed quilts "in a bind?" Overcome the fear of applying binding with Nancy's easy methods. Learn how to cut and apply traditional binding and binding for unique shapes (curves, hexagons, and more) including effortless mitered corners. Plus, Nancy shares ideas for using prepackaged binding with perfect results.

Sew Simple with Rectangles & Squares, Part 1

Episode #119 · Make easy projects all starting with rectangles and squares. Nancy creates timesaving gifts such as a cosmetic bag, tote, and luggage saddlebag using comparable sewing steps, straight stitching, and double-sided quilted fabric. Plus, all of the projects start with easy patterns - rectangles and squares!

Sew Simple with Rectangles & Squares, Part 2

Episode #120 · Streamline sewing for modern projects with a little ingenuity. Hold-it Sacks for electronic devices, fabric bins for organizing, and wall pockets with a decorator's touch create pizazz in your home. Nancy uses easy rectangles and squares for patterns. Work with cotton or laminated fabric in your own customized color range - fresh and functional!

Sew Simple with Rectangles & Squares, Part 3

Episode #121 · Organize accessories, update decor, or travel with these simple yet handy projects-great gifts! Start with rectangles and squares, then add specialty fabric and trim to create attractive usable projects. Nancy highlights projects such as jewelry caddies, ironing blankets, a closet organizer, and a pillow wrap. Sew these simple projects using straight stitches, unique fabrics, and easy sewing techniques!

No-Hassle Triangles Quilt Blocks, Part 1

Episode #122 · Take the annoyance out of creating quilt blocks that contain triangle shapes. Nancy demonstrates how to make no-hassle 1/2 square triangles using the speediest, most accurate and no-math ways. Among the 1/2 square triangle quilt blocks featured in this program are the Box Quilt, Shadow Play, Godey Design, Square in a Square, May Basket and Nancy's Spool blocks. Nancy uses these blocks in a sampler quilt featured in the series.

No-Hassle Triangles Quilt Blocks, Part 2

Episode #123 · Make 1/4 square and 1/2 square triangles without cutting a single triangle! Learn to make 1/4 square triangles and modified 1/4 square triangles-Nancy teaches an easy method where no actual triangles are cut, only squares. Quilt blocks featured in this program range from beginner to experienced levels including the 1/4 Square Dance, Boy's Nonsense, Silent Star, Ohio Star, Star of Hope, and Card Trick blocks. Nancy uses these blocks in a sampler quilt featured in the series.

The Absolute Easiest Way to Sew, Part 1

Episode #124 · Nancy shows tried and true methods for simple sewing. Over the years Nancy tweaked sewing and quilting steps to make them easier and for the best looking results. In this program she shares some of the easiest ways to layout, cut, and mark fabric; sew darts; gather four different ways; and add elastic. Whether you're a new sewer or looking for a refresher class, these techniques are the easiest!

The Absolute Easiest Way to Sew, Part 2

Episode #125 · Nancy takes the most requested sewing techniques and simplifies them. Nancy minimizes sewing effort and makes it easy and fun to sew clothing and home dec accessories using nontraditional methods. Learn the "hands-down easiest way" to sew collars, corners, and sleeves.

The Absolute Easiest Way to Sew, Part 3

Episode #126 · Nancy shares straightforward advice for making sewing fun using easy techniques. Sew simple pockets, facings, and even an invisible zipper-Nancy shows you how, using the absolute easiest techniques. She includes the easiest method for mitering a corner, grading seam allowances, stitching facings that lie flat, and a new approach for stitching an invisible zipper.

Quilt with Carefree Curves, Part 1

Episode #201 · Create carefree curved designs without ever cutting a curve! Nancy Zieman takes the stress out of piecing traditional quilt block designs such as the Drunkard's Path, Blackbird Pie, and Mill Wheel. Learn the secret that eliminates concave and convex curves as you create easy quilt projects.

Quilt with Carefree Curves, Part 2

Episode #202 · Make traditional to super-sized quilt blocks with easy carefree curves. Tedious quilting methods are a thing of the past! Nancy Zieman gives a facelift to timely quilt block designs such as Hearts and Gizzards, Fan, and Wagon Wheel. Learn unconventional yet simple techniques for quilting curves, plus options for making big, dynamic quilt blocks.

Fearless Quilting Finishes, Part 1

Episode #203 · Frame your quilt with beautiful borders that are not only artistic, but "fearless." Nancy Zieman addresses basic border options with ideas for cutting, mitering, working with odd angles, flanges, and cornerstones. She includes pieced border techniques that are simple, yet inspiring, such as piano key, scrappy checkerboard, and 4-patch.

Fearless Quilting Finishes, Part 2

Episode #204 · Finish up those stashed quilts with simple layering and quilting techniques and...no stress. Nancy Zieman takes the "ouch" out of finishing quilt tops-fearless and fun! Start by layering and pinning (or fusing), then learn easy no fear quilting options, basic to creative, and all done on your sewing machine-no hand sewing. Quilt layers by stitching in the ditch, "decorative tie" stitches, or fearless stippling.

Fearless Quilting Finishes, Part 3

Episode #205 · Are your stashed quilts "in a bind?" Overcome the fear of applying binding with Nancy Zieman's easy methods. Learn how to cut and apply traditional binding and binding for unique shapes (curves, hexagons, and more) including effortless mitered corners. Plus, Nancy shares ideas for using prepackaged binding with perfect results.

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