The Absolute Easiest Way to Sew Part Two on Sewing With Nancy

The absolute easiest way to sew a collar by Nancy Zieman

The Absolute Easiest Way to Sew Part Two on Sewing With Nancy

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The absolute easiest way to sew a collar by Nancy Zieman

Collars are so easy to sew that even a first time stitcher will have success! Learn Nancy Zieman’s “hands-down easiest way” to sew collars, corners, and sleeves.

The Absolute Easiest Way to Sew Collars

In the second episode of The Absolute Easiest Way to Sew Collars on Sewing With Nancy, Nancy shares her favorite absolute easiest way to sew collars, corners, and sleeves.

  • Interface the collars: Cut out two collar shapes from lightweight fusible interfacing and fuse one to the wrong side of upper collar, and one to wrong side of under collar.
  • Meet collars right sides together. Stitch outer collar seam.

The absolute easiest way to sew a collar by Nancy Zieman

  • Grade seam, trimming under collar seam allowance narrower than the upper collar.

The absolute easiest way to sew a collar by Nancy Zieman

  • Press seam flat; then press toward under collar.
  • Understitch, stitching seam allowance to the under collar: We like to use a multi-stitch zigzag. Or, you could use a straight stitch.

The absolute easiest way to sew a collar by Nancy Zieman

  • Fold collar along first stitching line, right sides together. Meet collar front edges. Notice outer collar seam allowance is already graded (trimmed) and completely understitched. Nancy Zieman’s wrapped-corner sewing technique is what makes it the absolute easiest way to sew collars!

The absolute easiest way to sew a collar by Nancy Zieman

  • Stitch both collar front seams.
  • Grade seam allowances, and angle cut corners.

The absolute easiest way to sew a collar by Nancy Zieman

  • Turn collar right side out and press. That’s it!

The absolute easiest way to sew a collar by Nancy Zieman

All of Nancy’s easiest 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 Three) on Sewing With Nancy online.

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Join the 2019 NZP Table Runner Sewing Challenge by stitching a table runner and showcasing your sewing and quilting talents. Table runner entries may be any color palette, feature any sewing, quilting, or machine embroidery techniques, and must be a size that fits on a kitchen or dining table—use your imagination! Find challenge details in the October 1st NZP Blog Posting.


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  • Martha O.
    October 3, 2019

    Sewing darts so tip looks nice is sometimes a challenge for me with finer, thin fabrics.

  • Lorraine Alves
    October 3, 2019

    A great sewing challenge of mine is to get perfect points on lapels when making jackets. Next time I sew lapels I will try Nancy’s wrap method.

  • Joyce
    October 3, 2019

    Sewing on pockets is frequently a challenge of mine.

  • Clovis
    October 3, 2019

    Seems like each item I sew I have sometime of problem.

  • Susan
    October 3, 2019

    A big challenge is installing zippers to have a nice crisp, even casing. Any tips would be welcomed and this book seems like a good place to start.

  • Carolyn T
    October 3, 2019

    I haven’t sewn a collared pattern for a while and feel ready to begin again with the varied grading technique shown in today’s blog.

  • Sandra C.
    October 3, 2019

    I love all of Nancy’s books I have. I would love to have this Easiest Ways to Sew book!
    Sandra C.

  • Joyce West
    October 3, 2019

    It’s been many years since I made any clothes for anyone so my sewing techniques are a bit “rusty” and tedious. Newer and faster techniques would be a great incentive to begin sewing garments again. This book would be a great help. Thank you for this opportunity.

  • Anita P.
    October 3, 2019

    Zippers and necklines. Can never get both sides to look the same. Buttonholes aren’t fun, either. Hence why I prefer quilt piecing to apparel sewing.

  • Noreen
    October 3, 2019

    Buttonholes. I still find buttonholes a challenge.

  • Rita Skraba
    October 3, 2019

    My challenge area of sewing is button holes. Even with a newer machine that practically does it all, I still struggle with placement and sizing.

  • Beverly
    October 3, 2019

    Well, it used to be collars, because I had always followed the pattern instructions. But now I see Nancy’s way is not only easier but also sure to give a beautiful finished look.

  • Teri
    October 3, 2019

    My challenge is shirt cuffs.

  • Janet
    October 3, 2019

    I’ve seen this method on collars before but I guess I just forgot about it. This time I will make a practice collar and keep it so that I do not forget again. Thanks for the refresher.

  • Martha
    October 3, 2019

    I have the most trouble with zippers, collars and sleeves. Been sewing long time, but still have problems in these areas. Thanks for this help with the collars, and all the other tips you give each day.

  • Martha Morgan
    October 3, 2019

    Darts – especially if I need to make a full bust adjustment

  • Suzy C
    October 3, 2019

    I would like to perfect my sewing techniques with collars and sleeves. I like the thought of this book having full photo illustrations to actually see examples of projects to guide you through.

  • Bev Bolduc Aldridge
    October 3, 2019

    making gathers or running stitches. have to do by hand as machine only does teeny tiny stitches. my hang stitching is irregular but does work for gathering where stitches never show.

  • Joyce
    October 3, 2019

    Collars are a real problem for me!!

  • Rosie
    October 3, 2019

    Buttonholes. I dislike them so much, I’d rather make a knit top than a woven one that needs buttonholes.

  • Jan N.
    October 3, 2019

    I have two challenges … sewing set-in sleeves and buttonholes.

  • Leslie A. Coduti
    October 3, 2019

    My biggest sewing challenge is finding the time to sew, and when I do find it, I hurry; which often causes me to un-sew.
    There is truth to the saying: “Never enough time to do it right, but always enough to do it over.”

  • Bonnye
    October 3, 2019

    My challenge is finding enough time to sew. There is always someone else who needs helping in alterations or sewing problems. Next year I plan to set aside a time for me to sew.

  • Carol
    October 3, 2019

    Finding time to sit down to sew and then trying to sew quickly are some of my challenges.

  • Helen Heise
    October 4, 2019

    It has been a long time since I have done garment sewing, but I think the book would give helpful reminders of stitching, grading and ironing techniques that I have read about and tried in the past. The bottom line is to keep sewing and using the helpful methods more often. Thanks for the opportunity for this useful book.

  • Barbara Gesell
    October 12, 2019

    Zippers, zippers, zippers are my challenge.

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