Nancy Zieman – Seams Unlikely

a099_Nancy_Zieman-copyNancy Zieman is the most recognized sewing personality in the world. Millions of women learned to sew while watching the inimitable Nancy Zieman on public television’s, Sewing with Nancy — the longest-running sewing series in the history of North American television.

Nancy’s love of sewing and teaching is rooted in Wisconsin’s 4-H program.  As a girl, she learned how to sew and how to demonstrate to a group. She had no way of knowing these skills would help build her confidence and one day help build a multi-million dollar business.

First and foremost — Nancy Zieman is a teacher. After college, she worked for a large sewing chain, where she honed her teaching skills. As a young newlywed, she became a freelance sewing instructor, traveling all over the Midwest.  She realized many of her students didn’t have access to the notions she was demonstrating. In 1979, with a typewriter on her kitchen table and a shelf of merchandise in the basement, she founded Nancy’s Notions — a direct mail company specializing in sewing notions and supplies.  The company was purchased by the Tacony Corporation in 2003.

abook-cover-largeNow, with her autobiography, Seams Unlikely, Nancy takes her viewers behind the scenes of her life. She shares about the Bell’s Palsy that not only affected her appearance, but also her esteem and physical abilities. Readers learn about the growth of Nancy professionally:  from addressing catalogs at the kitchen table to growing a multi-million dollar business — and personally:  marrying Rich, then growing a family through birth and adoption.

nancysuccessEileen Roche, Editor, Designs in Machine Embroidery Magazine, credits Nancy with inspiring her own love of sewing. After reading an early copy of Seams Unlikely, Eileen said,  “My first mistake in reading this book was starting it late at night – I couldn’t put it down and had an early flight the next day. My second mistake was in reading it on the plane where I uttered sympathetic groans, shed crocodile tears and let a few peals of laughter rip from my lungs in the company of a plane full of strangers. My third mistake was in assuming I knew everything about Nancy Zieman. Her success has been built on true grit, honesty and control of her destiny. She is the American success  story.”

Seams Unlikely will hit the bookstores in February 2014. If you are in the Pacific Northwest — you could attend the official launch at the Sewing & Stitchery Expo in Puyallup, Washington (February 27 & 28, March 1 & 2). Joanne Ross, Director of Sew Expo, says “Nancy Zieman, an artful business woman and educator, has done more for the sewing industry than any other.  Her enormous success is a result of very hard work and boundless enthusiasm for sewing, education, and for helping others. Seams Unlikely is another example of Nancy’s strong appetite for teaching and sharing. A great example of how to succeed in business.”

Bonne Swett, Nancy Zieman, Jan Potter and Rita Farro

Bonne Swett, Nancy Zieman, Jan Potter and Rita Farro

If you are a Sewing with Nancy fan — you will love reading this book.  Seams Unlikely  is also a wonderful gift idea for anybody who might be struggling with adversity. Or, obviously — for anybody who loves to sew.

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