The Absolute Easiest Way to Sew, Part One

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The Absolute Easiest Way to Sew, Part One

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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.

The Best of Sewing With Nancy TV Show hosted by Nancy Zieman

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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

Giveaway Winner 5 131The randomly selected winner of an electronic quilt pattern created by Tammie Bowser, plus a video course in her stitched art techniques. Tammie will personally create the winner’s quilt pattern using their random photo, is Jackie Cheek.

Her comment is: I have two thoughts in mind, I would Ike to do one of my family when we were all much younger. My mom’s birthday is in November and it would be such a surprise for her. I think I only have the picture in black and white but I can check on it. I have it electronically and it would need to be enlarged. The other idea is to surprise my brother with his because he’s always been supportive of my creative interests.


Nancy Zieman Productions I Sew For Fun Kids' Sewing Challenge Badge 2019

All youth, age 15 and under, are invited to participate in the NEW! 2019 I Sew For Fun Kids’ Sewing Challenge! Enter the challenge by purchasing the Official 2019 I Sew For Fun Kids’ Sewing Challenge Cinch Sack Kit, at the NEW! NZP Shop. Quantities are limited! Find challenge details in the September 24 NZP Blog Posting.


Happy Sewing!

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  • Emma Smith
    September 26, 2019

    My challenge is putting in invisible zippers. I can never seem to get each side even.

  • Cindy K
    September 26, 2019

    Putting a bias cut binding on a quilt with a lot of curves

  • Chantal Lapointe
    September 26, 2019

    I find it challenging to finish necklines with pre-packaged bias tape.

  • Dixie
    September 26, 2019

    Zippers are always a challenge for me.

  • Joyce
    September 26, 2019

    This book would solve a lot of issues I have when sewing LOL! I would love to have it.

  • Genevieve Schultz
    September 27, 2019

    Putting in invisible zippers and sewing lightweight fabrics without it puckering.

  • Susan
    September 27, 2019

    Getting a nice even clean finish with zippers is a challenge for me. Any tips are welcomed and sounds like this book would be a help.

  • Carolyn T
    September 27, 2019

    My most recent challenge is learning my (inherited) sewing machine ‘s features. Nancy’s back-to-basics book and this video will help me overcome that challenge.

  • Kelly Sasman
    September 27, 2019

    Seeing slippery fabrics like silk or sheer thin fabrics I still struggle with. How to avoid puckering or slipped stitches with this fabric 100% is frustrating at best.

  • Pam P
    September 27, 2019

    Keeping the seam allowances consistent and straight is my constant challenge.

  • Deanna
    September 27, 2019

    Finding enough time to sew all my ideas. Sewing using the easiest method would allow me to get more accomplished!

  • Amy B
    September 27, 2019

    Setting in a sleeve so the gathers are even – no pinches – often takes me several tries.

  • Janet
    September 27, 2019

    My biggest problem is threading the sewing machine.

  • Noreen
    September 27, 2019

    I would say button holes are my biggest sewing challenge. Even though the button hole foot is supposed to do all the work, it never seems to work quite perfectly for me. I do like creative sewing tips.

  • Sherry P
    September 27, 2019

    Making sure I don’t clip my curves too short or everything will be off!!! Like the oven mitts I made everyone one year for Christmas. They couldn’t get their thumb in the thumb hole!! Not good!!

  • Joyce
    September 27, 2019

    My biggest challenge is sewing in zippers. They never look right! Very discouraging.

  • Lorraine Alves
    September 27, 2019

    Oh, so many challenges but my most challenging sewing is setting in sleeves. I find I use so many pins that I am constantly stabbing myself. A simpler and less stabbing technique would be greatly appreciated.

  • Rosie
    September 27, 2019

    Buttonholes and zippers are my biggest challenges.

  • kathleen sweet
    September 27, 2019

    My daughter just told me she is getting rid of the huge desk that she doesn’t use and putting up a table so she can learn to sew!! What a great gift this would make.

  • Judy1522
    September 27, 2019

    Zippers and buttonholes are always my biggest challenge.

  • Sandra C
    September 27, 2019

    I love to sew but having RA it is a struggle to use my hands so anything that makes it easier for me is wonderful. I love all of Nancy’s books that I have and would love to have this one too.
    I do struggle with zippers and always have.

  • Marilyn Dunstan
    September 27, 2019

    I’ve been quilting for a while and trying to get back to some general sewing. I realize it’s not coming as easy as it once did when I sewed all the time. I know this book would help me get my mojo back. Nancy’s instructions have helped me in the past and still will be helping me now and in the future. I’m so glad for her continuing TV show.

  • Bonnye
    September 27, 2019

    My biggest challenge is finding the time to sew. I love to sew but so many of my friends and neighbors need repairs or alterations. I love to help them.

  • Karen Talley
    September 28, 2019

    The hardest thing to sew is the finishing touches. I can follow many projects to completion. But once I hit a snag, I tend to move to another unfinished project because I’ve become frustrated with the prior project. When I see a great pattern or beautiful fabric, it’s over.

  • Cynthia T
    September 28, 2019

    I have issues when cutting silky fabrics.

  • Martha O.
    September 29, 2019

    Wish I had a time-saver for adding lining to my daughter’s store-bought dresses and jackets.

  • Barb K
    September 29, 2019

    Zippers and buttonholes are a little challenging!

  • Delois Campbell
    October 2, 2019

    These tips would be so helpful to me as I teach myself.

  • Natalie
    October 11, 2019

    Finding the time & space to sew; getting past unfinished and unbegun projects. Nancy’s always been an inspiration — her tips have never failed.

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