National Sewing Month’s Notion Round-Up

SewingNotionRoundUp Nancy Zieman

National Sewing Month’s Notion Round-Up

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September is National Sewing Month. If you ask me, it is a wonderful theme to celebrate all month long! Today, I’m sharing a few of my favorite and most-popular sewing and quilting notions. These tools will make your next project assembly smoother and hopefully, more successful.

Trusty Triangles—A New Row-by-Row Quilt

Trusty Triangles a Row-By-Row Quilt Sampler by Nancy Zieman | Sewing With Nancy | No Hassle Triangle Gauge

Here’s a rhetorical question: How do you create a quilt? My guess is that your answer is “one block at a time”—a legitimate response. But there’s another answer, “one row at a time.” During this first episode of the two-part TV series, Trusty Triangles—a Row-by-Row Sampler Quilt, I show how to stitch three of the six rows from my new Row-by-Row Sampler Quilt. Using only one type of quilt block, a trusty half-square triangle, plus a few squares of fabric, I’ll show you how to design, stitch, and enjoy a row by row quilt.

Nancy Zieman No Hassle Triangles Gauge by Clover IMG_4142

Learn how this  No-Hassle Triangles Gauge makes creating this quilt a breeze. Watch the episodes and hop over to the sewing tutorial here.

Sewing Notion: Supersize 5-in-1 Sliding Gauge

New Sewing Notions Super-sized 5-in-1 Sliding Gauge by Nancy Zieman

Notions are a cornerstone of my sewing and quilting. See what great projects you can create with the use of the Clover 5-in-1 Sliding Gauge and it’s big brother, Supersize 5-in-1 Sliding Gauge. Use it for sewing, quilting, home décor, and long-arm quilting projects. The slide locks into place allowing you to accurately mark projects. Let me demonstrate a few of my favorite uses for this larger sliding gauge. Watch the demonstration of the original tool online, here.  Check out the original blog post introducing the Supersize 5-in-1 Sliding Gauge, too.

6-in-1 Stick’n Stitch Seam Guide

6 in 1 Stick n Stitch Nancy Zieman StraightStitch

In this age of multitasking, your seam guide of choice should be able to do more than provide a single seam allowance. Have you tried Clover’s newest go-to seam guide for perfect stitching? This guide offers six different uses in its innovative design. From garment sewing to perfect quilt seams, the 6-in-1 Stick’n Stitch is the tool for the job.

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These two-piece interlocking guides are ideal shapes with edges created for perfect stitching. The tool is reusable and repositionable with an adhesive on the underside of the guide to work smoothly on any machine. See more about this tool’s uses here.

Super-Quick Circle Skirt and New Elastic Bodkins


I think you will enjoy the Flex ‘n Glide Bodkin, the Clip ‘n Glide Bodkin, and the Elastic Lock Set! These three useful new sewing notions work well independently or together. Learn how to use them in garment sewing. I won’t have to tell you, they are particularly helpful in waistbands!

Sharp Tips for Rotary Cutting

It was in the very early 1980s when rotary cutters made their debut in the sewing and quilting market. The rotary cutters came first; the mats out of necessity—oh boy, shortly thereafter. Interestingly enough, because cutters and mats didn’t launch at the same time, it resulted in many ruined cutting surfaces. Ask me how I know this! Regardless, rotary cutters are used by quilters, sewists, and crafters alike. The blade size has expanded and also the accessories. Gathering all the sizes and shapes of cutters from my sewing lab, I thought I’d share a few rotary cutting tips with you. Read them all here.

Seams Right—One of the Handiest Sewing Notions

Seams Right sewing notion by Nancy Zieman

I was recently asked what I like about the Seams Right sewing and quilting notion. I like it when I’m asked easy questions! The only difficult part is narrowing down my answer. See the complete list of the Seams Right tool’s uses, here.

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  • Margaret Schenk
    September 9, 2017

    Wishing you well

  • RitaMarie
    September 9, 2017

    I have several of these. Great tools that make sewing so much easier! Thanks Nancy.

  • Peggy Mitchell
    September 9, 2017

    I have the No Hassle Triangle Gauge. It is the easiest way to go for making half square triangles. I

  • Amparo Eisenmann
    September 9, 2017

    Nancy wishing you the best, thanks for everything

  • martha wertz
    September 9, 2017

    Blessings to you, your family and friends.

  • alexandra bojcun
    September 9, 2017

    Still listening and learning.
    You are in my prayers

  • Sue Horton
    September 9, 2017

    Nancy you have been a great inspiration to me in my sewing and quilting . I have learned so much over the years from you. My prayers are for you and your family in this next chapter of your life. May you be filled with peace and love.

  • Maggie Drafts
    September 9, 2017

    Nancy, thank you for being such a wonderful blessing to so many! I am so blessed to have been in your audience! God bless you and your dear family.

  • thelma weaver
    September 9, 2017

    i feel like i personally know Nancy, and i will miss her , and hope she finds peace and rest, and like she says, bye for now.

  • Deborah Wright
    September 9, 2017

    Thank you for sharing your talents with so many of us.
    Peace and prayers for you and your loved ones.

  • Cindy Wilson
    September 9, 2017

    Like so many others I have watched Nancy Zieman’s shows and have been inspired to complete several projects. My sewing room is filled with several of Nancy Notions. Thank you for all your help and encouragement. Our prayers are with you now. Know that we all love you!

  • Hazel
    September 9, 2017

    Dear Nancy
    I have watched you regularly since I came to America in 1982. You have a gift for teaching that has obviously come from the Lord and you have used it to bless so many of us. I pray you will feel the loving arms of the Lord around you as you hold His wonderful nail pierced hand and walk with Him into your heavenly home.
    It has been a priviledge to know you dear sister.
    See you in heaven.

  • Gayle Gilbert
    September 9, 2017

    Thank you for all of your wonderful shows & products! You have been a blessing, as well as teacher! The world has been a better place because of your honesty about your health, as well as a very talented seamstress! We have never met, but I feel like you are a dear friend! I pray for a miracle & that God will touch you & heal you! Peace be with you!

  • Brenda Cain
    September 9, 2017

    Prayers to you an your family .

  • Mary Bennett
    September 9, 2017

    Dear Nancy,
    I, too have learned so much from you. Thank you for your
    wonderful smile, it has touched many hearts. I read your book
    a few years ago and was blessed by your story. You are an
    amazing woman of God and an inspiration to so many.
    May our Lord Bless you and your precious family.
    Love and prayers Mary Bennett

  • Janet Hansen
    September 9, 2017

    Nancy: Keeping you and yours in my thoughts and prayers. You have been an inspiration in so many ways over the years and have given so many people more confidence in their sewing. You will be so missed and I hope they keep your show going as well. I have watched many episodes over and over again. Happy you are able to find peace in your faith.

  • Jan Butler
    September 9, 2017

    Dear Nancy, My Saturdays will not be the same unless they keep your inspirational show going. You have certainly been a blessing to so many of us…from novices to the experienced sewists. God will be with you in your journey home, and also with your family. May your journey be an easy one. Thank you for all you have done to make the world a better place.

  • Sherian
    September 9, 2017

    Thank you for all your years of teaching and helping everyone with Sewing, quilting, working with sewing machines as well embroidery machines etc. How to use all the tools, books, shows, video’s. You have so much you have given and taught us to give. Thank you, your family and co worker. Also shows where we could see the quilt shows, I would have never be able to see one. Thank you take care!
    Bless you and your family!

  • Linda Morales
    September 9, 2017

    Dearest Nancy,
    I was blown away by the news of your health and I do understand why you have chosen to retire. I must say for me it will be a huge void, i have learned so much from you and it shows in my sewing. I am still trying to collect your books (looking @ yard sales and book stores). I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. Thank you and I know God has blessed you and will continue because of your generous and loving way. Keep the faith and know you are not alone, God is always near.Linda

  • Annette T
    September 9, 2017

    May God bless you.

  • Marci
    September 10, 2017

    Have been inspired by you on so many occasions, thank you.

    Wishing you well from Canada.

  • Donna
    September 10, 2017

    Thank you for your show and your products. I will miss seeing you on Saturday and Sunday. I have learned a lot from watching your shows. My mother was a great sewer and has taught me so much, but I have learned several new ways by watching you on your show. I wish you the best. Keeping you in my prayers Take care and God Bless

  • Carol
    September 10, 2017

    I’ve been watching your program for many years and have learned a lot and will surely miss your programs. Wishing you well Carol

  • Anne Z.
    September 10, 2017


    Thank you for all the inspiration over the years. I have learned so much from you. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Marlene R. Bottomer
    September 10, 2017

    Dear Nancy, You are and have been my inspiration. You, not only touched my life with your talent, but you have shared it others. My mother use to tell me that touching the lives of others is a special gift from above.
    My one daughter presented me with a gift certificate to “Round Bobbin” where I began quilting a few years back. Then I was fortunate to pick up a sewing book you prepared and wrote. I thought it is the best and if I follow “this lady” I should be able to get a grasp on quilting. So a few days ago, I went to your site hoping you had information on “free motion” quilting which you did. Though I was happy for that bit of information, I was sad to read about your beginning diagnosis of cancer and your current challenge you are facing. I will be praying for you and your family for strength, courage, and faith to guide you. Additionally, I will be praying to my special saint. Praise to you for touching the lives of many and me.

  • Brenda
    September 11, 2017

    Prayers for you and all your family. You have taught me so much over the years.

  • Rosemarie Burnham
    September 11, 2017

    Your program has brought much joy to me and to others through the many outreach programs that you have featured through the years. Through them you have provided ways for us to minister to those in need.
    When I moved from the mid west to the eastern shore it took me several months to find you again! But I did!
    I thank God for the blessing that you are. Just know that He will continue to keep you under His wing.

  • Marcia Wielenga
    September 11, 2017

    I have enjoyed watching your program and getting to know you through your biography. Your color combinations are breathtaking and you always have the latest sewing gadget I just “have to have”. You have been an inspiration to all of your viewers.
    Sincerely, Marcia

  • Margaret
    September 12, 2017

    Your video have given me more confidence to try more techniques in
    my sewing and quilting . Thankyou

  • Gloria
    September 12, 2017

    Nancy, you have taught me a lot over the years. You will be missed, God Bless to you and your family, and to the staff . Keep up the faith.

  • Bitzie Brooks
    September 12, 2017

    I want to thank you and all the people involved in producing your shows. I have enjoyed and learned from them since the very beginning. You are truely aleader in the field of sewing. May God bless and be with you and your family.

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