Nancy’s Absolute Easiest Sewing Techniques

The Absolute Easiest Way to Sew by Nancy Zieman

Nancy’s Absolute Easiest Sewing Techniques

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We generally think of two or three different ways to stitch most techniques, yet we generally use just one method. Which one? The absolute easiest way, of course!

This week’s featured online Sewing With Nancy program is the first of a three-part series on The Absolute Easiest Way to Sew.

Use just a few pins for pattern layout.

  • Starting with pattern layout, cutting, and marking, learn ways to streamline and improve your sewing skills.

The Absolute Easiest Way to Sew by Nancy Zieman

Do sewing darts have you in a dither?

  • Learn how to use an index card or sticky notes as the sewing guide for effortless dart stitching, It’s the next Absolute Easiest technique.

The Absolute Easiest Way to Sew by Nancy ZiemanOne size does not fit all when it comes to sewing gathers!

The Absolute Easiest Way to Sew by Nancy ZiemanChanging the rules is part of the sewing game.

  • When adding elastic to knits, you’ll find this, by far, the simplest way to a sew casing. You’ll be stitching less and enjoying it more.

The Absolute Easiest Way to Sew by Nancy Zieman

There’s a secret trick when sewing a casing in sportswear.

  • You’ll think to yourself, “Why didn’t I think of that!” (Watch online for the trick.)

The Absolute Easiest Way to Sew by Nancy Zieman

All of Nancy’s favorite sewing tips are in one book.

  • The Absolute Easiest Way to Sew chapters include:

    • Sewing Notions
    • Sewing Machine Confidence
    • Serger Spotlight
    • Patterns
    • Fabric Facts
    • Sewing Basics
    • Beyond the Basics

The Absolute Easiest Way to Sew by Sewing With Nancy Zieman

Watch The Absolute Easiest Way to Sew (Part One, Part Two, and Part Threeon Sewing With Nancy online.

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For your chance to win a copy of The Absolute Easiest Way to Sew from Nancy’s Notions, leave a comment sharing your most common sewing challenge.

The Absolute Easiest Way to Sew by Sewing With Nancy Zieman

Nancy Zieman's Giveaway Winner

The randomly selected winner of a copy of the No-Hassle Triangles Quilt Blocks book, is Kathy Hartwell.

Screen Shot 2018 12 31 at 12.02.45 PMHer comment is: The first thing I would make is the sampler quilt. I love the colors in this one and would try to find the same fabrics. Then, I would try any number of patterns to make quilts for the people going through chemo that don’t have a quilt to snuggle into. Thank you for this opportunity.


Happy Sewing,

Team Nancy Zieman

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  • Jane McLean
    January 17, 2019

    I would love to use this book. My sewing issue is that I use techniques learned in junior high home ec in the 60s and have kept up only randomly with modern trends. Thank you!

  • Candy Abel
    January 17, 2019

    My sewing challenge is always when I try to sew in a straight line, especially when sewing embellished fabrics.

  • Candy Abel
    January 17, 2019

    My sewing challenge is always when I try to sew buttonholes on embellished fabrics.

  • Lorna
    January 17, 2019

    Most common challenge? Adjusting thread tension.

  • Nancy Nichols
    January 17, 2019

    Shortening a formal full skirted gown into a street length dress is my worst most difficult challenge. Can this book help me make the job easier?

  • Linda C
    January 17, 2019

    My sewing challenge is putting sleeves in a garment.

  • Jo Savino
    January 17, 2019

    Oh my. I could definitely use this book. Especially if it tells me a good way to do elastic. That has always been my downfall.

  • diane c
    January 17, 2019

    My biggest challenge is zippers.

  • Julie Kill
    January 17, 2019

    I have this book! Itr’s wonderful! My biggest Challenge was Zippers!
    It isn’t anymore. I forge ahead. If I were to win this book, I would give it to my friend to help her find easier, more efficient ways of sewing!

  • Martha Morgan
    January 17, 2019

    Bust – anything to do with busts. But I am currently really learning how to make garments.

  • Carol R
    January 17, 2019

    This book really helps us make the most efficient use of our precious sewing time. It is a valuable addition to any sewing room.

  • June Grigg
    January 17, 2019

    I think this book would be great to help get back into sewing clothing. Right now I am sewing doll clothing but plan to sew some bath robes and women’s tops.

  • Twyla
    January 17, 2019

    This book would come in handy when teaching my Granddaughters how to sew. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Suzanne R
    January 17, 2019

    My problem is sewing knits. I need to shorten a silky knit tunic top, and I’ve been avoiding even looking at it. 🙂

  • Bonnye
    January 17, 2019

    My challenge is joining the elastic in a pair of pants. The thread always bunches up.

  • Janet johnson
    January 17, 2019

    I really liked learning Nancy’s way to apply elastic in a casing. I am going to try it soon — I have a stack of fabric to make pj pants for everyone in family. It’s been years since I’ve sewn garments so I’m hoping this will be an easy first step to get back into the habit.

  • Anne Z
    January 17, 2019

    My most common sewing challenge is sewing hems in knits.

  • Kim
    January 17, 2019

    I would really like to win a copy of this book for my daughter. She is just starting out sewing clothing and I think it would be a big help to her. I especially like the one on replacing a zipper that I read on the website. I spent hours trying to replace the zipper in the hubs hoodie and could have used this tip.

  • Enid
    January 17, 2019

    I would love to give this book to my granddaughter. It would be a great reference book.

  • Noreen
    January 17, 2019

    Sewing with knits can be really challenging. I’d love to be able to do hems without them crinkling.

  • Crystal Conrad-Kauffman
    January 17, 2019

    My challenge is in gatherings. Getting things equally matched, breaking the thread when pulling, trying to use my gathering foot and adjust machine tension…ugh! I am looking forward to checking out Nancy’s tips!

  • Joyce Migliore
    January 17, 2019

    My biggest challenge is anything with a casing.

  • Marylou
    January 17, 2019

    Let’s see I have 2 sewing challenges-zippers and the setting of tension. Too many times my zippers do not come out even?? and the tension thing drives me crazy as to which way to set it !

  • Sue Camino
    January 17, 2019

    I would love to learn all I can about casings I am sure Nancy has some great tips to guide me as I plan to make several pairs of pants and skirts.

  • Suzan
    January 17, 2019

    Well, last night I was trying to sew a narrow double folded hem on stretch embossed velvet on my machine so that’s my challenge right now. I’ve decided it would be easiest to do it by hand.

  • Denise Wichman
    January 17, 2019

    My challenge is top stitching especially on zippers. Nancy’s skills give a novice like me the confidence to sew with boldness.

  • Renae Walters
    January 17, 2019

    Sewing hems. Getting the length right and hem even.

  • deanna klintworth
    January 17, 2019

    My challenge is hemming up jeans, I could use the book.

  • Beverly
    January 17, 2019

    I have sewn for a long time and my biggest challenge has always been making adjustments when a pattern just isn’t a good fit. I love Nancy’s tips and they have helped often.

  • shirley marvin
    January 17, 2019

    would love to be the winner of this book. You can always learn something new if you are willing to try.

  • Deborah Herold
    January 17, 2019

    Though I’m a good sewer, since I’m short, and my upper body is large & my legs & lower body don’t match , I always have to alter clothing. Nancy’s shortcuts would be a dream to refer to while trying to alter all the patterns I use. I can’t always find time to watch her shows on the internet or TV.

  • Margaret C.
    January 17, 2019

    My biggest challenge is knowing what is the most efficient way to tackle the issue. Is it best solved using a sewing machine or a serger.

  • Barb K
    January 17, 2019

    Zippers were always a little challenge for me.

  • Kathryn Englebretsen
    January 17, 2019

    Putting in zippers is a challenge. Especially invisible zippers.

  • Teri
    January 17, 2019

    My biggest sewing challenge involves sewing slippery knit fabrics.

  • Joyce Schofield
    January 17, 2019

    I’m a quilter, sewing clothing is new and different for me. My daughter bought her first home and we have a long standing joke about “Bee’s”. I found/bought gorgeous material to make 2 pillows over a year ago and I’m still intimidated because I want to do it up right and professional looking with cording and a zipper. I want to channel my inner Nancy. I need your guidance!

  • Jean Palionis
    January 17, 2019

    I certainly would love to have this book! I have sewn almost my whole life, starting at age 10. But as I get older ,I am into SIMPLE, but I don’t want to look “homemade”. Learning the new technics will help take care of that. Thank you.

  • Jennifer Mead
    January 17, 2019

    My biggest sewing challenge is fitting. I have sewn several garments in the past only to give them to someone much tinier than me! I also struggle with hems and waistbands. I love all the tips in this book. I miss Nancy.

  • Bonnie Thiem
    January 17, 2019

    My most common sewing challenge is mitering a corner of binding anything. It doesn’t always come out square and pointed.

  • Tina Julich
    January 17, 2019

    My challenge is knowing when to use the serger and when to use a ‘fancy’ stitch on my sewing machine. I would love to learn methods that will make sewing easier and quicker.

    January 17, 2019

    I’ve been sewing for 50 years and I learned some new things just from this post! I’d love to see ALL the tricks I’ve been overlooking! Pick me! Pick me!!!

  • Janice Schultz
    January 17, 2019

    Sewing is my therapy; therefore, I don’t want to deal with complex construction or the “latest”, “bleeding edge” methods. When I sew I want simple methods that give a professional result. I love ❤️ to sew; this book could be my muse to do better, look better and feel better.

  • DebbieW
    January 17, 2019

    Knits are challenging.

  • Susan
    January 17, 2019

    My zipper technique could use a little zipping up so to speak. I cna put in zippers, but must admit that towards the top and bottom of the zippers that the casings can lose some of their precision. Any helpful techniques would be welcomed!

  • Rita Skraba
    January 17, 2019

    I would love to learn the easiest way to make a casing. All of the tips sound helpful even to someone who has been sewing for awhile. I’m always up for learning something new.

  • cindy buzduhanov
    January 17, 2019

    love the show a lot of information looks like the book has a lot of information

  • Clovis
    January 17, 2019

    My sewing challenge is sewing 1/4 seams.

  • Rosie
    January 17, 2019

    My problem is getting a zipper in the waistband of a pair of pants and getting it to overlap and lay correctly.

  • Janine
    January 17, 2019

    My most difficult challenge is sewing elastic to anything so that it doesn’t grow in length due to the stitching.

  • Judy
    January 17, 2019

    Buttonholes are probably my biggest sewing challenge.

  • Sharie
    January 17, 2019

    Zippers are always a challenge for me !

  • Lisa Koen
    January 17, 2019

    Casings, zippers, and buttonholes! Oh my! I am thankful for Nancy’s expertise to help me improve what I love to do…making things for my family!

  • Renie Arrigo
    January 17, 2019

    My toughest issue right now is thread painting/free motion quilting. Nancy always made it look easy. I sure do miss her.

  • Diane L. Putzer
    January 17, 2019

    Zippers are my least favorite sewing task.

  • Gail Beam
    January 17, 2019

    Zippers, buttonholes and sewing on stretchy knits are the most complicated for me . I would love t have this book. Thanks for the chance to win it.

  • Patricia Lish
    January 18, 2019

    My biggest challenge was finishing up a pioneer dress, collar and bonnet with a broken arm and wrist. I wanted the outfit to be authentic so I was hand sewing it. The challenge was trying to sew gatherings. I could not hold the fabric so I found more ways of not holding then holding. I made a “hand” to hold the fabric by taking a old metal embroidery hood attached two metal coat hangers to put around my neck.
    I finished the outfit and my niece loved it! Seeing the joy on her face and the pride she had for her outfit was worth all the pain

  • Bonnie
    January 18, 2019

    My most common sewing challenge is fitting. Making pattern adjustments to fit my figure is always challenging. This book would be very helpful in solving this problem. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  • Carol
    January 18, 2019

    My biggest challenge comes at the very beginning of a sewing project when I need to adjust the tension.

  • Lee Ann Wagner
    January 18, 2019

    Buttonholes have always been a challenge. Very difficult to make them look good.

  • Suzanna Bowman
    January 19, 2019

    I am always looking for new tips on sewing. I have became a better sewer due to watching Nancy’s videos. I would greatly appreciate this book.

  • Peg Cox
    January 20, 2019

    Can use that elastic technique illustrated in this tutorial on a sewing project I’m presently working on. Thanks for bringing this idea of same to us.

  • Brenda Martin
    January 20, 2019

    I have a new granddaughter and am starting all over learning garment sewing. My biggest challenge is lining the Bodice of infant dresses. I would love to have this book. I have learned so much watching Nancy’s videos

  • Deborah Klich
    January 20, 2019

    My biggest challenge as a newer sewer is to stay consistent at building my sewing skills. I’ve learned so much from Nancy and I am hoping to build upon my skills.

  • Liz
    January 21, 2019

    I want to win this book for my granddaughter who is 11 years old and loves sewing. I know she would learn so much from it and since we don’t get to have as much time to sew together as we would like, it would be a great help to her. Thank you for this opportunity.


  • Mindi Parsell
    January 22, 2019

    My most common issue I have is making sure I cut evenly when cutting out a pattern. Second most common issue is even hems.

    January 25, 2019

    Fitting can be a problem. It would be nice to have a reference
    book for this.

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