August 27, 2011

Nancy Zieman Sewing A to Z Blog Tour and a Giveaway!


THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED!

It is my turn to host the tour for Nancy Zieman's new book, Sewing A to Z. Nancy has really outdone herself this time by addressing just about anything you have ever had a question about regarding sewing! Seriously, this book is an amazing resource for all kinds of techniques that we tend to forget how to do after a while...or maybe I am just speaking for myself here. I never can remember how to miter the binding on a quilt....oh wait, I know why, it is because I hardly ever do that being a "poser" quilter! (By "poser", I mean that I really don't have the attention span or accurate enough 1/4" seams to get through a large quilting project.....just sayin'!) Never fear, Nancy has covered how to add that pesky binding and how to make it look professional.

That is probably my favorite thing about Nancy...she is a sewing professional in every sense of the word. I love her clever techniques. They save you time and the result is always perfect.

Here are the two techniques that Nancy addresses in her new book that really stuck with me the most:
1. Darts: I have been making darts in clothing for years, but it never occurred to me to do the clever thing that Nancy does to keep the line from the point to the edge of the fabric perfectly angled...she uses a piece of thread as a guide....now that is ingenious! I always "eyeball" it and most of the time it works, but this thread technique works EVERY time! Thanks for that one, Nancy!
2. Easing: There are a couple of places that Nancy addresses easing seams together. This is such an important technique to master, especially when making clothing. There are a lot of times where a seam will need this type of treatment, such as for sewing princess seams or adding a set-in style sleeve. Nancy gives you at least three different techniques to try. I love that she tells you that you might need to practice a little bit to get the technique just right. It does take some practice with easing before you are comfortable, and Nancy puts you right at ease.

The book is arranged as you would think. Since it is literally sewing A to Z, the techniques are alphabetized. This is great because it is like the book is already indexed! Have a question about zippers? Go to the "Z" section. Want to know about facings? Go to "F". Super easy and very well illustrated. Nancy is right there also with helpful tips throughout putting you at ease, which she does so effortlessly.

Be sure to go to Nancy's post, as she has a HUGE giveaway of goodies and you have to visit there to leave a comment in order to be entered.


I am also hosting a giveaway here, so be sure to leave a comment if you would like to win a copy of this wonderful resource book. I guarantee you will love it! It is destined to be your go-to book whenever you have a sewing question. The giveaway here starts now and a winner will be announced on September 10. Please submit only one comment to enter.

Here is the full tour, so be sure to check out everyone's review. There are some great ideas, tips, and even a video or two along the way.

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 Girls 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

Happy Sewing!

165 comments:

Andrea said...

Sounds like a great book. Thanks for the review.

liberal sprinkles said...

Hi, I would love to have this book as a resource for sewing techniques and tricks. Thanks for the chance!

Tas said...

Sounds like a fantastic reference book. I'd love to win a copy :)

Robin (RsIslandCrafts) said...

I have been having a good time following the tour. I like seeing what each blogger likes about the book. It definitely looks like a great resource.

SewLindaAnn said...

Happy Saturday! Good review, I'm looking forward to seeing the book.

Sasha said...

I would love to have this book!!! Thank you for the chance!!!

Rachel said...

I certainly could use such a great resource! Looks wonderful!

ferne said...

This is a book I think I would turn to time and time again.

Sallie said...

I would love to win this book! Thanks for the chance!

Dawn said...

I'm looking forward to this book. I put it on my Amazon wish list as soon as I saw it a few days ago!
Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

tina said...

I just love Nancy Zieman, I've been a lifelong fan. You can't be other than awed that the career she's made in the craft she loves. A true and inspiring pioneer!

Linda said...

Glad I was checking out blogs that I follow this morning and found this review of her book. Love to win the prize. I have truly learned a lot from Nancy over the years through her books and videos.

Rachel Z. said...

Sounds like a great resource! I'd love to win a copy of it.

Anita said...

This book looks like a sewing library essential. I can't wait to check it out.

Shawnta said...

I would love to have this book!

VickiT said...

From everything I have seen so far during this blog tour, I LOVE (and definitely NEED) this book! My working knowledge of sewing comes from only a high school home ec class which was very many years ago and now that I have one Granddaughter to sew for and as of next Tuesday, our 2nd Grandchild, a boy to add to my sewing needs. And yet another Grandchild set to arrive in February, I REALLY need a book like this that I will be able to reference to help me through all the techniques I haven't got much knowledge of.
Thank you for your review of her book.

KrisP said...

I agree that Nancy Zieman is an inspiration, but then so are you. I think this book looks like a "must have," and thanks for adding your review.

♥Duff said...

I'm really loving these blog tours--the ability to learn about the book as well as the author is fabulous!

bmerves said...

I have been watching Nancy on public television for many years. I have learned so much from her.

Mellisa said...

Great giveaway, thanks for the preview of the book!

Allison C said...

Definitely need this as a reference book. Have been sort of teaching myself and I could use a little help.

Melony said...

Would love to have this book as a reference tool!

Marie-Noëlle said...

What a fabulous giveaway, please count me in.

Lavonne said...

I would love to win a copy of Nancy's book. Thanks for the review!

MrsDoodlepunk said...

Since you got me started sewing again last summer, I've had so much fun! Right now making dresses for my mother to wear, she needs snaps up the front. I'm having so much fun with my ruffler and all the quilt fabrics! Nancy's book would be really nice to have, hope I win it!

Kim said...

Looks like a great book!

Shawna Magrum Pederson said...

This sounds like a must have book! I am excited about it and finding your website. I love what I see so far and will "follow" you with a smile.

Emily Sands said...

I like how this book seems to have the approach that there are some awesome tips that you might not have NEEDED to have, but once you know them it will make you a much better sewer.

Mimi said...

This really is an essential tool for anyone who sews!! Thanks for the chance!

Kristy said...

I would love to own this book! Thanks for the chance! :)

Missy said...

What a great resource, I always have questions about sewing that I am searching for on the internet!
missysaprons@yahoo.com

Gretchen said...

Amazing book and giveaway Kay! You sure know how to throw a blog giveaway!! Hope I win :) . Love it!! Gretchen Jewell ( starfishjewell@yahoo.com)

dopey said...

I am thrilled to have had the opportunity to "get" into the book from Sew Serendipity. I want it!!
It would be such a good resource book.

Sarah said...

Wow! Sounds like a must have for any sewing library. Can't wait to see it!

DianeY said...

aLWAYS LOVED sEWING WITH nANCY-SHE HAS TIPS FOR EVEN AN EXPERIENCED SEWIST!

Learn How To Make Quilts said...

more tips are always helpful. Would love to have this book.

Terri said...

I love this resource, especially since my 12yo daughter is interested in sewing!! She just designed a custom book cover for her little Bible. So cute & fun! I love that I can pass the tradition of sewing on to her. Blessings!

Marcia W. said...

Thanks for your book review. This sounds like one that we need as move into making more garments for grandnieces, especially sewing with knits. I would love to win a copy.

Niki said...

I would LOVE to win this book! I love to sew for myself and my children, and can use all the help I can get :)

pawprintz said...

i enjoyed your book and I am sure that this onne is too since it has your seal of approval

Cindy W. said...

Looks like a really nice book. Thanks for a chance to win.

Saint Nolt Sews said...

I would love to add to my sewing library! Thanks!

eye_on_sparrow said...

That book looks so nice I would love to have a look at it.

Mary said...

Wow! Thanks for your review and giveaway. I'm so pleased to discover Nancy's blog! (Fingers crossed that I win the new book.)

karencole606 said...

This sounds like a must have book! Thank you for the review.

Lisnaweary Quilts said...

This looks like a great book, would love to get a copy!

Kathryn said...

My sewing career started as a garment sewer in 4H. I still love it. Nancy is a favorite of mine on PBS. Kathie L in Allentown

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Kati Mills said...

I did not know much about Nancy Zieman when I moved to the States. I came with home taught knowledge of how to sew and have been sewing since my toes barely reached the push pedal of the machine. I happened to watch one of Nancy's shows on TV and was very impressed how simply she put everything, even complicated adjustments did not seem so hard when she explained them. I am sure, the book will be a blessing to the one who wins it.

Ellen said...

Sounds like a wonderful resource! I just purchased my copy of your book and I love it. Hope to get a skirt or two made soon!

~Ruth said...

I've been following the blog tour and love how each of you have described what you love about this book. I've got it on hold at my library but would love to have a copy permanently at my house. Thanks for the chance to win one!

Karen said...

I have grown up with Nancy on TV and she really does know the art of sewing. I would love to have the book.

Susan said...

Not sure if you are posting overseas but I'd love to be in the running to win! Susan

Jodi said...

I'd love to have this book in my library. I know there are things in the book that I don't know. Probably things I've never heard of. Thanks for a chance to win.

pocketofsun said...

Thanks for the book review and tidbits from the book.

Quilter in the Gap said...

This book seems like one smart puppy...oh wait that would be the author of the book. Thanks for sharing.

Pam said...

I would like to teach my daughter to sew and this book seems to be a great resource for that.

Vicki ♥ said...

The book looks great and your review was terrific! Thanks :)Hugs Vicki x

java diva said...

I can't wait to get this book! Nancy is brilliant.

Olive Voile said...

Ooooo, I can't wait to dive into the book AND the blog tour. Thanks for the giveaway and the chance to win. Oh, and thanks for the Claire Cami...just finished my first one today and I love it.

All Things Beautiful said...

Sounds like a book I could use. I am always forgetting things. Thanks for hosting a giveaway.

Cindy Sews said...

Nancy's book sounds great. Thanks for the review.

MicheleQ said...

Thanks for the review. This book is on my wish list and I would love to win a copy!

Ginger said...

Thanks for the review. When I first heard of this book I thought "I don't need this, it's only for beginners." But as I hear more and more about it, I realize I am wrong. Like you there are things we all need refreshing or relearning from time to time. I'm adding this book to my wish list.

ginger c at gmail dot com

Joshua and Stephanie said...

I am always learning!!! Would love to own a copy.

Audra said...

I would love to get the chance to own the book - sounds like a great reference book!

jbsews said...

I have learned so much from Nancy over the years. What a wonderful give away! Thanks!

Mona @ la la by mona said...

Thanks for the review and opportunity. I can't wait to see it and am excited at the possibility of winning it! My luck has been pretty good these days! :)

Beth said...

There is so much I can learn from Nancy Z. Thanks for the chance to enter.

wordygirl at earthlink dot net

Mel Makes Pretty said...

Great book. I'd love to win.

Eileen said...

By following Nancy's techniques I've made some great looking clothes--she's great! Thanks for the chance to win.

Georgeanne said...

I would love a chance to win this great book!

MellieWo said...

I would love to win this book as I am a newbie sewer/quilter. Thanks for the chance!

Sue the Skirted Lady said...

Sounds like a treasure trove of a book! Thanks for the information about it!

Linda said...

I am just getting back into sewing clothes--I would so love to win this book---Love your patterns....

Shalea said...

Great resource. Would love a chance to win this book.

gMarie said...

Wow! That book looks amazing. I love Nancy's book on fitting. It's my go-to book for alterations. g

bykatrinekarlebo said...

I'd love to win it. :-) I'm in!

CJG said...

This sounds like such a great all-around sewing book and better than anything I currently have on my shelf. I've always had trouble getting my sleeves to set in nicely, so it's great to hear that there are a few techniques I can try too make it a little easier. And, Nancy's blog tour has introduced me to some great blogs, too!

The Junk-It Folk said...

Great resource for any level seamstress. Great visuals, too! Love your blog! Thanks for the give-away!

kbo said...

Nancy shares lots of valuable information to help one become better at one's sewing ability.

Debbie said...

Such a nice review, Kay. Seems like a 'must have' book! Thanks for counting me in.

æble said...

Thanks for the review and the chance to win a copy.

gill said...

This looks a great book - I would love to win a copy!

KnitCave said...

Wow, the book sounds so useful as I have only just started sewing again since my school lessons over 20 years ago!

LisaVH said...

This book sounds like a perfect addition to my sewing room!

932dd3ca-d241-11e0-b926-000bcdcb8a73 said...

I received your book, Sew Serendipity, on Friday. It is just beautiful! I hope to be able to get Nancy's book soon... I just bought my sewing machine last week and I am anxious to get started (and a bit nervous, too!).

Heather H said...

I have been following this book tour and ever review makes me want it more. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy!

Cecilia said...

This book would make a great reference book for my library. I would love to win one. Thanks!

Marci Girl said...

I would love to win a copy of this book, I know it would be so handy to have!

Jody said...

Would love to add this book to my small but growing sewing resource shelf. ;)

Cindi said...

Thanks for the review of the book. I have always avoided patterns with darts for the same reason. They never lay flat, maybe they will now with the thread technique.

pamdux said...

Nancy has always had the best ideas for sewing. Thank you for the chance to win.

Cadovius said...

I would love to be entered in the drawing!!

bellsknits.com said...

delurking to comment and enter! It does look like a great book. I'm still only in my first year or so of sewing and am gathering as much information as possible.

Kyna said...

If I can't win this book in your giveaway, I'll for sure buy it myself :)

Katherine said...

I have to say this sounds like the perfect book for someone looking to move a little off the buy the pattern, make the dress into making it just right. I'm looking at the Diane kimono at my local quilt store for a dressy party and suspect that A-Z would fit nicely into the sewing experience.

Jessie said...

Just wanted to let you know I was given a monique dress pattern for my birthday and I really loved the directions and pattern. I wear the dress a lot.

Lee said...

Looks like a fabulous book! I would love to have that one on my worktable! j-j-s AT juno DOT com

fun2sew said...

I would love this book too! Sewing all my life I am sure her book has some more inspiration and advice I could use! THANKS SEW MUCH for offering this!

JanetK said...

I would love a copy of this book - thanks for the giveaway!

periblue2 said...

Nancy is a pro and a great sewer. You can never have too many great sewing books. Thanks for the chance to win!.

Lisa D said...

I am in the beginning learning stages so I could use this book.

sahera said...

Maybe I'm the "lucky one"?? Learning sewing and English with one step - great idea, isn't it?? :) I'd like to win a copy of the book.

hueisei said...

Thanks for the review!! :)

Adrienne said...

This sounds like a really goo book~ can't wait to see one in person!

Debbie said...

I would love to own this great resource book.

Lee said...

Thank you for the review and giveaway!

Barb said...

I would definitely love to win a copy of this wonderful book! What a fantastic reference tool to have and use! Thanks.

Henria O. said...

Very interesting book! Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

GalNation said...

I need that book. Thanks for sharing your review.

Kori said...

Oh this would be wonderful since I'm venturing into teaching my daughter to sew!

Janan said...

I just love Nancy. Thanks for the chance to enter. I am sure this book will be a great useful sewing tool, and it will look right at home on my bookshelf right next to Sew Serendipity!

Susan said...

Thank you for the opportunity to win Nancy's book. :)

Robin said...

I would love a copy of this book. I need all the help I
Can get!

country charm said...

Looks like a great book!

country charm said...

Sounds like a great book!

Lucid Moon Studio said...

This looks like a very handy resource! Thanks for the review and giveaway!!

Jodi said...

This sounds like a great resource to have!

Deb said...

I think this would be a great resource.

Debstamps said...

I've been looking for a great book to give my daughter who loves to sew! [She loves the Sew Serendipity we gave her for sweet 16!] Can't wait to check out the rest of the tour! Thanks for your inspiration!

Cheryl Greenleaf said...

I don't just want this book, I need this book!

Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

GG said...

This looks like a great book to add to anyones sewing library. I would love to win a copy for my library. I know it will be used for sure.

abaco said...

Thanks for hosting! Looks like a terrific book.

Barn mom said...

I can always use helpful sewing tips and ideas !!!

Carrie said...

I would love a chance to win this book! It would really help brush up on many techniques.

Unknown said...

I would love this book I think it would be very helpful!

Henria O. said...

Would love to win this book! I'm following the blog tour!

Anna said...

I have heard so many great comments about this book that I have bought it. I look forward to it arriving by post on my front door step in time for my birthday.

Martine said...

I would love to have such a wonderful reference at my fingertips. Thank you for the giveaway.

Debbie said...

I would love to have a copy of this book! Winning would be great; thank you for the chance!

Vicki said...

Thanks for the review, sounds like a great book.

cjmama said...

I have always enjoyed watching Sewing with Nancy on PBS. I know her book would be especially terrific and full of valuable techniques for sewing. Thank you so much for the opportunity to win. I can't wait for your new book!

Sewing Princess said...

I would love to win a copy of this great book

Mary T. said...

This looks like a fantastic book, as all of Nancy's books are. Kay, thanks for reviewing it for us and for the giveaway chance!

Kelly said...

It would be much easier to open up her book, than to search the internet every time I have a question! :)

CathyB said...

Wow! would love to win a copy of this book!! Thanks

Susan said...

This looks like an amazing book.Thanks for doing the giveaway!

juneil said...

Thanks for the giveaway! Would enjoy such an informative and helpful resource.

Vicki in UT said...

This book looks amazing.

Becky in Frisco, TX said...

Like many of you I have been watching Nancy Zieman for years. I would love to have a look at this book as a reference for my sewing students. There are many books out there, but it would be nice to have a more complete volume of sewing instruction.

Becky in Frisco, TX

Alessa said...

Sounds like a really cool book, I could definitely use some more tips for sewing techniques!

Wendy said...

Great review...I 'm loving this blog tour.

Sandra said...

Just wanted to say to both you ladies (Kay and Nancy), I love the way you both have inspired me to want to sew. I have books from both of you and love them all; adding another would be great! Being around people like you and others involved in sewing makes me feel good about myself and what I can do. Even if it is just me, the books, and/or the TV show, I feel like you are right here with me helping me conquer every stitch!

Koren said...

What a great looking book.

Kim said...

Looks like a great book. I can always use advice :)

CJ & Mel said...

This is the book I need sitting by my machine.

Zoe said...

What a wonderful book to have as a resource!

CaroleWoods said...

I would love it...pick me, pick me!

Mary said...

Nancy always has great information in her books! I always learn new sewing tips!

Elizabeth said...

I would love to win this book!! Thanks for having the giveaway!

Jennifer Bieniek said...

I have always thought Nancy was brillian. And while I've been sewing for quite awhile I am self taught and there are always techniques that I could use a little help on. This book is definitely on my list of must haves.

Frances from Texas said...

I've been following Nancy for oh!-so-long and have many of her books (the original releases!). This looks like a wonderful go-to reference with all the "important" stuff in one place. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy!

jwalker said...

Looks like a great book. Thanks for the review!

Gloria said...

Nancy is a great teacher! Love her and her books! Enjoy viewing your Sew Serendipity website!!

Gloria said...

Love Nancy and her books! Enjoyed Sew Serendipity website!

nicole / Twitter: BTHM1 said...

i would love to win this to give to my BF as a christmas gift!

momof9 said...

Oh, my 13 yo daughter would love to get this book for Christmas! She loves your patterns and makes her own skirts and dresses.

cookingandsewing said...

Would love, love, love to win this valuable resource. I started watching Nancy several years ago and I have learned so much.

cookingandsewing said...

What an awesome givaway! And the A to Z book looks like the perfect new resource for my sewing room.

ilovemyfamily6208 said...

OH WOW!! I would love that book!! :)I am really enjoying your blog and facebook page, too!! :)

connie said...

I'd love a chance!

Sew Lovins said...

I. want. book. :)

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