Sewing A to Z
is pretty much everything you wanted to know about sewing in one book! Written by Nancy Zieman of PBS's Sewing With Nancy fame, this book is filled with sewing info for quilters, everyday sewers and especially for those once and awhile sewers. It's like having Nancy right there next to your sewing machine!
The book is organized alphabetically by technique which makes finding the information you need quick and easy. I love quick and easy. I sew more than just quilts and some of that sewing I don't do very often and frankly, I forget things. This book helps a sewer like me who doesn't sew a zipper all the time and who needs a quick, clearly written refresher.
There are quilting techniques so quilters will find info they need.
There is lots of general sewing information that I found very helpful. Needles can be so confusing...what do those numbers mean anyway? It really is good to know. Choosing the right needle can make all the difference in the quality of a project. Nancy explains each topic clearly, briefly, and with effective illustrations.
Sewing A to Z is on a month long blog tour and Nancy kicked it off here
. Check out her post
for a chance to win this fabulous prize package worth $450! Wowsers!
Leave a comment on this post for a chance to win a copy of her book. Tell me what sewing skill or technique you need to brush up on! The next stop on the tour is tomorrow at True Up
. Be sure to drop by the rest of the stops on the tour to read more about Sewing A to Z! I'll do the random number thingy on Friday!
August 15 Nancy Zieman
August 16 Whipstitch
August 17 Sew Mama Sew
August 18 Diary of a Quilter
August 20 Amy's Creative Side
August 22 Quiltville
August 23 Crap I've Made
August 24 Eileen Roche's
August 25 I'm Just a Guy Who Quilts
August 26 The Free Motion Quilting Project
August 27 Sew Serendipity
August 29 Lazy Girl Designs
August 30 Pat Sloan
September 1 True Up
September 2 Sew News
September 6 Off The Cuff Sewing Style
September 7 V and Co
September 8 The Cottage Home
September 9 Colette Patterns
PS....I did draw a winner for Mary Lou's book. Sorry I didn't get around to posting about it. Lisa was the winner! Has your book arrived? Hope so, you lucky gal, you!
I'd loved to win this great book as I am a huge fan of Nancy .I guess I would like to improve my zipper skills .
Sewing zippers - I don't know why they're so scary.
I need practice soooo bad ... I shy away from scary buttonholes! :-) Good luck on your move to Chicago! I live in the NW burbs ... super great town ... you will LOVE it! Thanks for the give-away!
Tee-hee! Make that three for zippers. They never cease to freak me out. >.>
I would love to win this book! I could use help with just about everything. I learned to sew by winging it on Bridal Dresses (!!) when the seamstress at the Bridal Store I worked at got behind in her alterations. I've been teaching myself ever since.
I love all the little tips she has to offer (like making a sharp corner). This book looks great!
I haven't sewn a buttonhole in years and, the ones I did sew way back then were not so good. I would also like to brush up on zippers as it's been awhile since I sewed one.
I need to learn how to make corners for bags....basically any sewing that is not quilting:) Thanks for the chance!
I would love to have this book as a reference! Nancy has always inspired me to try new techniques.
I'd love to win this book to give to a young woman who just married a great friend of our families. She just got a sewing machine and has begun her journey. This book would be a wonderful resource for her!
I am just getting started sewing and quilting. I don't remember much from my home-ec class 20 years ago and hope to improve my skills with her book and kit.
I think I'd have to say zippers are the most difficult for me! It seems I'm always ripping out and saying to myself " This could look alittle more professional " I'm really a quilter but I'm addicted to handbag patterns lately.
I have been quilting for over 20 years, and I still don't know how to do traditional applique. That's probably what I should learn next, but I just don't have a strong desire for it.
OK, I LOVE the looks of this book. REALLY. LOVE! Here is a dose of honesty...which skill could use improvement...well, ALL of them. LOL. Really!Thanks so much for the opportunity!
I love to make blankets and other crafty things, but my binding technique is not quite up to par. I can make a great top, but when it comes to binding and finishing I get frustruated and it never turns out like I imagine.
This book looks wonderful! I have just started my first quilt so I would use this book to help me with that. Thanks for the chance to win!
What a great book and thanks for the oppurtunity for us to win a copy. Tough question as there are so many skills I need to work on. Since it is a sewing book in addition to a quilting book I have to say garment sewing techniques especially hems and zippers.
Facings are something that I find particularly tricky--I could use a brush-up on that skill!
There are so many skills I need to brush up on, zippers, buttonholes, putting in a sleeve and so forth. Would love to start making clothes for myself again, and looks like this book would help!
I'd like to learn elastic better!
I love the idea of a book to look up any specific problem I might currently be having. I always have to look up how to make a biased binding. Great book, would love to own it!
I need to brush up on making buttonholes mostly and zippers. Haven't done either in a while
but usually comes back to me once I do it. Would love to win this
book from Nancy. Thanks for the chance.
I need practice with zippers, too, and bound buttonholes.
I could always use a ready referency for zippers & buttonholes--I just don't do them very often--but I want them to look good when I do!
I love Nancy watch her every weekend on PBS, don't have cable!
Perfect corners is my hang up.
Jacquie, thank you for being part of the Sewing A to Z Blog Tour! I appreciate your kind comments. Good luck with your move to Chicago!
I need to practice free motion quilting... at the moment when I do it, everything wrinkles. Somehow I can't stretch the fabric in the right way.
That looks like a great book! I'm a novice, so there are LOTS of things I need to work on!
I want to learn the very best finishing techniques for silk chiffon...not a quilting fabric, but so perfect for making dressy dresses for my granddaughters. Any wise advice would help, and Nancy is wise. I've consulted my own library enough to want more help. Help! (Honestly, I wouldn't do this if I didn't love a challenge!)
Thanks for the review! This looks Like a great reference! I think there would be several things I would benefit from, but I've been learning about sewing with knits recently (with a couple quilts going in the background,of course), so I think those are the techniques I'd brush up on first! Thanks for the chance to win a copy!
I was impressed on the little information you showed about needles. I love books that don't preach but just remind you of things you once knew but have forgotten.
I need to get over my fear of stitching anything round. I tried it once, failed miserably, and have never done it again.
That'll be zippers for me too!!
I used to sew on my grandmother's old sewing machine when I was a little girl, and now I'm ready to start again! I'm excited to make a quilt for my new niece...
I following the book tour :) I need brush up my quilting skill!!
THANKS FOR THE TOUR!
THANKS TOO,FOR SHARING!
This book looks like an awesome resource. I am still a beginner when it comes to sewing and I don't know anyone local that sews. The illustrations look like they would be extremely helpful and a quick scan of the table of contents showed me a whole list of things that would be helpful to me. Buttonholes, grainlines, casings, and tension just to name a few. I would love to have a chance to win it... Thank you!
As a newbie to quilting, I have so many things to learn. The one thing that comes to mind is circles. I love circles but haven't quilted any yet.
I love the book. I could use a refresher on finishing seams and invisible zippers.
I taught myself a few years ago to quilt so I really only know the basics of sewing. I would love to have a book with some detailed information so I could learn more about sewing in general!
I need brushing up on my buttonhole skills. I'm constantly disappointed with my end result. Sew glad velcro was invented!
Waistbands. I would like to make myself some clothes that fit properly since the clothing industry hates me and I've always had problems with waistbands looking like they're done by a complete amateur, which of course, I am.
I need to brush up on buttonholes. I would love to win!
After a long hiatus, I am getting back into garment sewing. I need a brush up on zippers and button- holes. Scary!
Sewing knits is always a scarey endeavor - Nancy's books are as great as her show so it would be nice to win - Thanks for the opportunity.
I have never taken a quilting class so I learn from the books...this looks like one that I need!! I love the fact that the index is broken down into specific needs...so VERY handy as a reference! Technique and little tips on how to be precise is what I would like learn. Thanks for the chance to win this book!
Zippers. I need to learn how to sew them.
This book looks like a wonderful resource to have. I could use some help with pockets.
I have the hardest time with zippers! A book to "hold my hand" while I sew one would be great!
I could use some help with zippers. Would love to win this book. Thanks for the chance!
Improvement needed in sewing knits and other stretchy fabrics! Nice prize and I love your blog...
I could use a brush-up on zippers and button-holes.
I want to learn how to sew garments, and I'm intimidated by curved seams and setting sleeves. This looks like a very helpful reference!
I'd love to win a copy of this book! I sew a lot, but most of it is thrown together with what I can figure out. I really need to improve zippers...I hardly ever do them so when I do, they look horrible!
Looking at the list of techniques, I'd say that I need to "brush-up on" (aka LEARN) most of her techniques, as I'm a very beginning sewer! Thanks for the chance to win this book!
I need to learn how to do anything clothing related and I would love to learn how to do zippers...UGH...zippers frighten me! Thanks for sharing.
Sleeves, definitely! And buttonholes...anything clothes related, really :)
This book looks amazing. I am a new quilter and I already LOVE Nancy's Notions. What a perfect companion for any one to have. I would just love to read it front and back and learn
It's not so much the techniques as the motivation that is my problem right now. Maybe a book would help!
Zippers are what I need help with, I avoid them whenever possible. Actually I just don't sew anything that would require a zipper.
Buttonholds always take practice. Need to review what makes them look good before I ever start sewing one!
Even with the automatic button-holer on my machine, I could still use some help there.
I need to brush up on my garment sewing skills. The last 20 years or so have been mostly quilting/home dec sewing. Would love to win the book!
I need zipper help. I just can't get it right!
Need to relearn buttonholes. Would love to win the book.
The book looks great. I culd use hints on sewing on knit and zippers. Thanks for the opportunity.
This looks like a great resource book. I am just now starting to take interest in garment sewing and I am soaking up all the useful information I can find about it. Thanks for the chance!
Oh, I just need to really brush up on a lot of basics. However, buttonholes always make me crazy.
Needles can be a confusing lot! Definitely would like to have a great reference to quickly remind me which is which. There have been so many great tips shared, this book just seems like one that I may never close and put a way. Thanks for the opportunity to win it.
I would like to learn more about sewing knits and any hints she might have for sewing better would be nice.
I sure would like to win.
Looks like a fantastic book! I just bought myself a new sewing machine and had a lesson on how to use it yesterday and realized there is so much possibility! I am really excited to learn about heirloom sewing and garment making...so I'd have to say anything to do with that is what I am excited to learn and "brush up" on.
Like so many others zippers are the one thing I shy away from. There are many other things I need help with and hopefully some day I'll overcome them all. I now have two grandchildren to sew for with a 3rd one on the way soon too.
I'd like to see any tip I could about sewing a straight seam.. I sew and sew but really have to concentrate on keeping those seams all in a row. I found you through the blog hop and looked around your blog, very nice. I'll be back to visit.
Zippers scare me. I don't know why but I'd really like to get over that. Thanks for the giveaway!
This looks such a great book - I would love to win a copy!
I've been watching Nancy on Public Television for years. I avoid zippers because I still find them daunting.
I could use help with fitting, but I'd probably give this to my 20 something daughter who recently got a sewing machine.
Zippers, zippers, I always need help with zippers!
I've learned so much from watching Nancy years ago. I need to adjust some patterns to fit *me*, and I know she has the techniques to do it. Thanks for the chance to win her book.
What a fabulous reference book!! Thanks for a chance at the giveaway!
Need to learn how to put in a zipper. Been doing envelope backs on pillows for a while!
Every time I see Nancy I think of watching her when I was little and just learning how to sew. Such a talented teach and sewist. I would love and really use this book!
I'm a learn-by-doing person, so when I started learning to sew I just picked projects and jumped in. I can pretty much do what I want now, but I probably missed learning some fundamentals!
Nancy's book looks like just the thing for someone who learned to quilt, but not to sew! I'd love to win it!
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I'd love to win the book. I think I could learn a lot from it.
Hmmm, I need some good info on which feet to use when on my machine. I could also use some zipper confidence! starfishlover615 (at) hotmail (dot) com
this looks like a very comprehensive book, pleating is something i would like to look at....thanks for the chance.
I'm a newbie so there's a lot I need pointers on. Doing a zipper, binding, umm pretty much anything :)
Thanks for a chance at the book!!
I've watched Nancy for years on PBS. It looks like she's put together a great book. Kathie L in Allentown
I would love to have a good resource like this. Thanks for the chance.
Fusible information, that's definitely what I need!
Now that our local PBS has dropped all quilting shows, including my old fave NancyZ, this would be a most helpful resource to have. It's like having NancyZ sitting next to you with tips! Thanks for the chance to enter the giveaway.
After sewing for many years, I still fear the zipper. Any kind... my fear isn't picky. Thanks for the chance to win such a wonderful resource!!
I'd love to learn more about hemming .. blindstitch and of course how to handle the sheer fabric hems, so maybe a rolled handkerchief hem too. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful review of Nancy's book.
I need to learn about binding.
Everyone can benefit from Nancy's expertise in some way, from tips to techniques. I haven't done a zipper in years and would like to do some bags and pouches with zippers. And buttonholes--and special finishes--and info about thread and needles--and there are many things I'd like to read about. Thanks for being on Nancy's blog tour.
I've been sewing lots of quilts and things for my home, but I really want to get into sewing my own clothes. I'm just so intimidated! I worry I won't be able to get anything to fit.
Everything Nancy does is great so I'm sure this will be too. I haven't done any hand quilting and would like to learn how.
This book seems super! Nancy is the queen of the needle! I really need to brush up on my alteration skills.
I am a beginning quilter with high hopes but my skill set is sorely lacking.
Besides not being able to sew a consistem 1/4" seam, I have no idea how to bind a quilt. However, I have a feeling that as I page thru "Sewing A to Z" (if I am fortunate enough to win it) I'll find all kinds of things I didn't know I didn't know.
I need to learn applique! thanks!
I am self taught so pretty much all my technique could use some tweaking. thanks for the opportunity.
Everyone can use a good reference book! You never know what you may need to look up one day.
I actually don't own a reference book so this would be perfect!
This book sounds just what I need - to brush up thinking for starters is free motion and sewing tension
I watch Nancy every Saturday morning. I would love to have her book.
A single skill? I need "refreshers" on them all! I'm a newbie quilter so this seems like it would be an ideal book for me. I have been basically teaching myself and that has been a lot of banging my head against the wall...and my seam ripper is dull.
Flat binding corners allude me and zippers scare me! Thanks Jacquie. Good luck in your move. It makes me kind of sad that you are moving!:) Sounds like you are ready tho'. Did you get a taker for the moose?:)-Your friend in Idaho.
I want to learn some up-to-date quilting techniques. Also, I have to sew cushions for a bench. I've never done that before. I know Nancy can help. Thanks for the opportunity to win.
Buttonholes, for sure. I dread them...
You name it, I need help with it! I learnt to sew by copying my mum, have been sewing on and off for years, but I'm about to attempt to make a bridesmaids dress, so I need all the help I can get!
My corners on my quilts always need help! I am getting better but still room for improvement...
I need to buckle down and work on improving my seam finishes!
Ooh, I see folks mentioning buttonholes, but I'm not ready to tackle those yet! I'd love to know more about finishing seams nicely.
Because the only thing I can do is sew a straight line with a 1/4 inch seam, I need to brush up on everything else. I'd really like to work on set-in seams (Y seams). I know there is a lot I could learn from Nancy Z.
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I would actually love to know more about needles since I know very little.
Thanks for the giveaway!
The blind hem stitch, fingers crossed there's a good explantion of it, b/c I've failed every time I've tried it/
I need to brush up on zippers and button holes. I'm not sure if the button hole thing is me or my machine somehow we don't get it right.
Oh, how I'd love to have this book, I'm going to add it to my wish list right now!
I'd like to try my skillz on some clothing...
I'd like to get back into sewing clothes, which I haven't done for years. There are lots of skills in that genre that I need to improve on, gathering, zippers, etc.
I too would like to be better at garment construction and button holes. I have never been able to master buttonholes.
I'm enjoying the blog tour and finding out about Nancy's book. I know I can use the knowledge within!! Thank you for the giveaway and a chance to win.
Hmm... I don't think there's anything I COULDN'T stand to get better at.... Curves, easing in fullness, zippers, finishing, you name it!
I'd love to learn sewing A-Z ;D
Thanks for the chance!
Finishing seams...this is something I really would like to learn more about!
Zippers, buttonholes, would love to be able to do these with confidence. Thanks for the chance to win this book.
I retired a year ago and started quilting, which has lead me to try and brush up on my sewing skills I learned as a teen. This book looks like it would have lots of great tips! Thanks for the giveaway!
I'm a longtime quilter who doesn't really know how to sew. I'd love some information on basic techniques for reading patterns, using zippers and elastics, things like that. Thanks for the chance to win!
Hi,I'm Sara, from Argentina, I follow your blog, Kisses
I've been watching her show every week and these A - Z tips are amazing! She is such a good instructor and I'm loving every minute of the shows.
Thanks for the giveaway. Looks like the book has great info,its always good to brush up on some of those basic skills.
would love to win this for my daughter!
Is there anything I DON'T need to brush up on?!! I guess machine quilting is something I see but haven't done. Might like some help there.
I'd like to brush up on the fundamentals - I jumped into sewing & quilting with projects but I'm probably missing something!
I could definitely use a quick guide to needles! Hmm, maybe I will google that, surely one exists!
Buttonholes give me the most problems...sizing, lining them up and just making them look not so home-made. Oh, and recently I finished my first real quilt - large and I spent hours trying to figure out how to miter the borders using so many web links...it was hard
I would love to know of a fast, professional way to accurately cut fabric using a rotary cutter and mat-- 'specially large cuts for curtains etc.
this would be a great addition to my quilting and sewing tools. as a sewer/quilter, i always need a good reference souce close to my sewing machine.
What a great book (and review!). I'd love to improve my zipper skills (and pattern deciphering skills too, while we're at it!). I wonder if this book has a comprehensive explanation of different types of stabilizers/interfacings and the various uses of them. I find that so confusing!
I'm still woefully a beginner sewist/quilter - I know I need this book. Best of luck with the move!
I could use some help with buttonholes - just tried one the other day, and it was a hot mess! Hope you enjoy Chicago (and get your house sold quickly - speaking from one who is still trying 4+ years later!). If you haven't been to the Botanical Garden there, you should make that an early outing (along with a trip to Quilter's Heaven in Northbrook, while you are in that direction!). I was just visiting family there last week and thinking what a great town it is!
I need lots of practice and great directions on binding corners. They sure seem to stump me.
This book looks fantastic-I would love to win it! I need to learn how to do buttonholes and zippers! Thanks!
I need to make cushions for a new bench. I want to have zippered covers and corded edging on the cushions. I don't know how to do ANY of this. I know Nancy can help.
I need to brush up on my machine quilting. It's improving, but still needs more work.
I have a place waiting on my self for such a complete refference. Thanks for the review and the giveaway!
Great looking book. I need to brush up on fitting.
I would love to win this book to brush up on all of my sewing to better myself. Thanks.
I just love all her stuff. Her directions are so clear and it's like learning from your favorite teacher.
I need to brush up on binding the most, I think. I've never done it, even though it looks so easy! :)
I would love to win this book! I could use help with just about everything. I've been teaching myself. And I can use all the help I can get.
I would have to say putting in zippers. Thanks for the review.
ZIPPERS! I even took Katie's class (up here in Seattle) and altho I was SURE I got it, I'm still have some trouble! Thanx for the chance!
Like so many others... zippers
Piping, buttonholes, pockets...fiddly type things! :)
I need to brush up -- REALLY brush up! -- at how to make clothing fit!
That book looks great! I need to practice zippers. Blah.
Thanks for the giveaway!
I am SO wanting this book. Yesterday my biggest need was advice on double or twin needles. Arrgh! It just wouldn't work right. Probably operator error and perhaps Nancy could fix that.
I would love this book! I need all the resources I can get to help me conquer new things in sewing.:)
I just, just started sewing and at this point I still need help sewing in a straight line. Ha! I'm sure I could learn tons from her book. It looks wonderful!
I would love to win this book. I have only sewed a couple zippers and my only attempt at button holes were a disaster. This could help me enormously!
I need to review specialty seams like flat fell and French.
I agree with many others that zippers strike fear in my heart. Nancy knows all the answers and I would love to win. Thanks for the opportunity,
Oh, I desperately need this book! I learned to quilt a year ago, but I've never learned to sew. Does that make sense? I need basics and a good reference book and this seems like it would fit the bill nicely.
I'd like to know how to sew a french seam (need a refresher big time) and make good buttonholes (I want to try sewing clothing again, instead of just quilts).
I've been watching Nancy for - well, I don't want to date either one of us!!! Would L O V E to have her book. And since I need to brush up on my zippers, I could definitely use it!
Thanks for the opportunity to win.
I'm a beginner with the sewing machine so there's lots I still need to do properly and well. I would also love to learn to free-motion quilt. Thanks for the chance to win this!
I want to learn to use the paper backed fusible web. I haven't done any paper piecing, or any applique, yet! (Is that what it would be used for, LOL LOL LOL ??)
I would want to improve my buttonhole skills!
I need how to learn to do mitred corners.
I mainly quilt so I need to brush up on mending/garment making.
Thanks for the chance to win!
I need help with just about every aspect of sewing. I'm not much of a sewer, but would love to learn, and this would be just the book to help me.
I'd like to get better at using the blind hemstitch on my machine and I'd love to be able to make those cute little zippered pouches for gifts!
This book looks great! I too have to look up how to do zippers every time I do one (which isn't that often, and probalby why I have to look it up each time!)
i need help with sewing zippers. thanks for the giveaway.
I'm terrified of making clothes so I'd love any tips to get me started.
this sounds like a good book to have on the shelf in the sewing room, I need to practice my buttonholes and hidden zipper :O)
Ooh! Fingers crossed! I'd like to review different hemming techniques.
Zippers! Can do it but always with trepidation, this would be handy. Jane
I am enjoying the book review and would so love to win a copy! Please include me. Thanks so much!
Does she talk about hemming? I'm getting comfortable with piecing quilts- but I'm challenged on the height scale, and would love to learn how to hem my own pants without it looking like I hemmed my own pants. . .
Good luck with the move! I absolutely adore Chicago!
New to sewing here, so anything in the book will be helpful! LOL I am really afraid of zippers (especially after reading that you can sew over your finger with the zipper foot).
Great looking book.
Great looking book, thanks for the review. I used to be afraid of zippers, but got some help from my local quilt guild members in Houston on that so that fear was taken care of! I'm embarrassed to say I've never done a french seam and though I'm sure it's easy I've never taken the time to look at how they're done!
Zippers and sewing with knots are two things I really need to work on.
I love Nancy. I was lucky enough to go to her schoolhouse.
There are a lot of techniques I would like to brush up on when it comes to garment sewing, particularly binding.
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