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

Nancy Zieman's Giveaway Winner

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

Screen Shot 2018 12 31 at 12.02.45 PMHer comment is: Card Trick and Nancy’s Spool are my favorites. Love how Nancy has turned this sampler quilt into something even a beginner, like me, can be successful at and enjoy making.



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Happy Sewing!

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  • L H
    July 18, 2019

    Hardest thing for me when sewing is zippers

  • Lorna DeSantis
    July 18, 2019

    Zippers pose the greatest challenge

  • Nancy Lewis
    July 18, 2019

    I have a new sewing machine that doesn’t have a buttonhole attachment, so sewing them manually has became a challenge.

  • Jo Savino
    July 18, 2019

    casings to put elastic in. No matter what size elastic, I always have trouble getting it to lay flat and be even.

  • Martha O.
    July 18, 2019

    Zippers and buttonholes are two aspects of sewing I avoid!

  • Marie
    July 18, 2019

    The hardest thing for me is free motion quilting square loops.

  • Rosie
    July 18, 2019

    I try to avoid zippers and buttonholes at all costs. I just can’t seem to get them to look professional.

  • MonicaAD
    July 18, 2019

    Zippers, even though I’m getting better at it, but we are still not a 100% couple – LOL … FIESTA 🙂

  • Shirley C
    July 18, 2019

    I have been sewing since middle school, but I still need to know how to do a better job of gathering of fabric. Thanks Nancy for your vast knowledge of tricks and tips.

  • Cheryl K
    July 18, 2019

    Hemming by hand is my biggest challenge. I’ve never been able to keep the stitches level and the same distance apart.

  • jean brazelton
    July 18, 2019


  • Teri
    July 18, 2019

    My biggest challenge in sewing is sewing elastic.

  • Theresa Kennedy
    July 18, 2019

    Like many sewists, my biggest challenge is zippers and altering a pattern to fit. Nancy always had lots of good tips and tricks in all areas of sewing.

  • Dixie
    July 18, 2019

    Zippers and buttonholes are a challenge for me.

  • Sandi
    July 18, 2019

    Oh, how I wish this book had been around when I started sewing. What a great gift for someone just staring to sew and a nice reference guide for the experience sewer.

  • Constance Smith
    July 18, 2019

    my hardest thing is even looking top stitching

  • Linda H
    July 18, 2019

    The hardest part of sewing is making button holes and putting in zippers. This book would be very helpful.

  • Penny Fern Dudley
    July 18, 2019

    My most common sewing problem is attaching bias tape to an item. No matter what I do it always looks sloppy on one side r the other.

  • Karen King
    July 18, 2019

    I do mend items for my family and I am amazed I have not thought of some of these great ideas. As a teacher I often would fix clothing for my students-like patches over holes and torn hems. Here is a tip rather than pin boy/girls scout patches use glue sticks, makes it much easier to sew. Gluing also keeps one from bending all of their pins!

  • Gail K
    July 18, 2019

    My nemesis is creating nice turned-out corners; usually one of a matching pair will turn nicely, the second one will be a real bear.

  • Margaret C.
    July 18, 2019

    My serger needs a work out. Every year it is on my skill list.

  • Sandra C
    July 18, 2019

    This looks like one of Nancy’s best books as I love EASY TIPS and elastic casing is a problem for me. Would absolutely love this book to add to my Nancy’s book collection. I call them my Nancy’s Enclopedias to Seeing. Every volume is priceless.

  • Julie Kill
    July 18, 2019

    Proper Fitting is my biggest problem, so the tricks with darts and elastic ideas help me!

  • Shirley Wright
    July 18, 2019

    I have found that everything that I have tried that Nancy suggest has been the easiest way to sew Just remembering the tip when I get ready to use it is the problem. A book would be a great reference. Thanks Nancy.

  • Amy B
    July 18, 2019

    Sleeve caps on set-in sleeves. I’ve rarely accomplished one where the gathers did not get pinched. Also, invisible zippers are always a mystery.

  • Pamela Benson
    July 18, 2019

    Using a double needle!!! I ALWAYS end up with skipped stitches!!! Accckkkkhhhhhhh

  • Barb K
    July 18, 2019

    Button holes and Zippers are challenges!

  • Martha
    July 18, 2019

    Zippers, that is something I have always had a problem with. Sewing, then taking out and then sewing again.

  • Brenda Terrell
    July 18, 2019

    I seem to have a difficult time attempting to do free motion quilting. It always looks so easy, but not for me. I will keep up the practice tho.

  • Clovis
    July 18, 2019

    Zippers are a challenge for me.

  • Chris Vick
    July 18, 2019

    Elastic drives me crazy, getting the right length for give and take

  • Lorraine Alves
    July 18, 2019

    Princess seams give me a great deal of trouble. Do you sew with the larger curve on top or on the bottom? What presser foot would be best to use? So many question and Nancy had the answers.

  • Noreen
    July 18, 2019

    I still sew hems by hand. I need to feel confident in using the hem foot so my sewing will be quicker and easier. I would love Absolute Easiest tips! Thanks for the chance to win it.

  • Linda R Vernon
    July 18, 2019

    Button holes and Lining are difficult for me. Thanks

  • Cindy K
    July 18, 2019

    Buttonholes and zippers are my biggest challenge.

    • Bernadette Hoeller
      October 27, 2020

      I am 94 and sewing dresses for Little African Girls. I would love the book so I could teach my 14 year old Greatdaughter how to sew. Blessings to all.

  • Kathie Robbins
    July 18, 2019

    Oh, my goodness! I make quilts (not advanced level, but confident intermediate, I would think), but I do NOT sew clothes! My greatest challenge was teaching and helping several young women (ages 12 – 17) at church how to make Pioneer Trek re-enactment clothes! THAT was hard, but I did it!!

  • Jan C
    July 18, 2019

    I would be so thrilled to gift this to my granddaughter.

  • Martha Morgan
    July 18, 2019

    Fitting – period.

  • Ruth Falk
    July 18, 2019

    My biggest sewing challenge is simply finding time.

  • Charlotte Brown
    July 18, 2019

    My serger intimidates me so much so that I have never tried to use it. (I bought it 20 years ago).

  • Anita
    July 18, 2019

    Zippers are my nemesis. No matter what I do, I always have an error around the pull tab.

  • Nancy McFall
    July 18, 2019

    replacing elastic and zippers AAARGH!!!

  • Michelle
    July 18, 2019

    Zippers and darts! They make me have to meditate before and after working on them.

  • Joyce
    July 18, 2019

    Elastic in waistbands. They always roll on me!!

  • Sue C
    July 18, 2019

    While being taught how to sew in Jr. High school, my instructor would tell us that it takes time and patience to perfect zippers and buttonhole. Now 40 yrs later I must say that it takes time, patience and Nancy’s tips.

  • Joyce Ciembronowicz
    July 18, 2019

    Now my elastic won’t have that “bump” left when bringing the ends together. I love that tip.

  • Jane Kolterman
    July 18, 2019

    My biggest challenge was myself! I was so scared to start anything, but I watched Nancy and she inspired me! She showed me all the tricks and I felt that it was possible! I never met her, but I feel like I lost a friend! She was so clever! Now I make quilts with ease! I am unstoppable! Thanks Nancy, my friend!

  • Averil Brownhill
    July 18, 2019

    Sewing pants that fit. Impossible? !

  • Diane Putzer
    July 19, 2019

    Putting in zippers. The lap near the pull usually looks off.

  • Regina Harris
    July 19, 2019

    Buttonholes and zippers are my biggest challenges, especially repairing a zipper.

  • Sherri G
    July 19, 2019

    Making clothes that fit is my biggest challenge.

  • Margie V.
    July 19, 2019

    Buttonholes and darts but the tip to use an index card etc to mark the placement is great.

  • Linda
    July 19, 2019

    Sewing sportswear and elastic are always a challenge for me! This would be great to share with new sewers in our 4-H Program!

  • DeAnns S
    July 19, 2019

    My most challenging issue is sewing plackets! They are always bulky around the corners and don’t lay flat. Invisible zippers would be next on the list.

  • sonja
    July 19, 2019

    Zippers clothes that fit time to sew

  • Bev Bolduc Aldridge
    July 19, 2019

    I have a machine that is great for quilts with teeny tiny stitches, it is bad when making clothing – it is a disaster. There is no way to adjust stitch length or width therefore I cannot make gathers or basting stitches or zigzag stitches. Still ‘the absolute easiest way to sew sounds fantastic.

  • GrrannyH
    July 19, 2019

    Zippers used to pose a problem until I watched Nancy’s video and re[;aced the zipper on my grandson’s hoodie. EASY!

  • Peggy V
    July 21, 2019

    Nancy had so many clever ideas, would love to win this book!!

  • Cynthia U Barnett
    July 23, 2019

    Nancy continues to be such an inspiration for all who watch and learn from her talents!

  • Cynthia U Barnett
    July 24, 2019

    Finding time to sew is one of my biggest challenges. I’m going to start following Nancy’s advice is 10-20-30 Minutes to Sew!

  • Susan
    July 25, 2019

    What can I say, zippers can be a challenge. It seems that I am always a stitch or two off around the top of the zipper. Any tips are most welcome!

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