Sewing With Nancy Videos
Premiered: December 2, 2013
Mary Kolb, the “Zipper Lady,” has repaired over 1300 coat zippers for Clothes for Kids. This project keeps kids warm, and keeps jackets out of landfills. Mary gives a brief rundown on the process she uses to repair a zipper if all parts have been saved. Her advice for zipper longevity is to teach children to pull zipper tab upward to close or push downward to open—don’t pull straight out.
Premiered: September 8, 2014
Maryanne Arthur designed Pretty Pockets for breast cancer patients, to hold drain tubes and bulbs after surgery. Maryanne’s friend Ann Marie sewed the pockets, and several hundred patients later, this soft flannel pocket is in demand for all kinds of surgeries. Spread some joy through creative giving by making these pockets for hospitals or to accommodate friends and family members having surgery.
Premiered: August 19, 2012
Mena Trott, The Sew Weekly blog, shares her personal challenge of sewing a dress a week. In 2009 Mena started a blog about sewing her clothes for a year—one dress per week. Each week there is a different theme. Her fun and frugal creations included vintage patterns. She found that her followers loved to be motivated and inspired to create—and she encouraged them to sew.
Premiered: December 9, 2012
Michele Cuppy, of Sew Much Comfort, joins Nancy via Skype to explain the compelling mission of her organization—to provide custom-made adaptive clothing to wounded service members. See how you can be involved in adapting pants, shirts, and sweatshirts, giving comfort and dignity.
Premiered: December 30, 2012
Physician Michele David prescribed quilting as part of a healing process, not for a patient, but for herself. She joined Nancy via Skype from Boston. She has overcome a debilitating illness with the therapeutic process of working with color, fabric, and thread.
Premiered: December 16, 2012
Nancy Daly’s Hat Ladies group has made about 26,000 fleece hats and given them away to children in the Madison, WI area. Learn how you can set up your own “Hat Ladies” group and provide comfort and warmth to children in need. Also, learn how you can sew in schools, allowing the children to choose their own fabrics and learn about the sewing process. Contact Nancy Daly at email@example.com.
Premiered: September 1, 2014
Create artistic patchwork designs using tacks instead of stitches, plus barn boards and metal instead of fabric. That’s what designer, Nathan Winkler uses to create his rustic artwork at The Steel Quilt Company. Many of his traditional designs are patterned after the Underground Railroad series of quilts by Eleanor Burns. Nathan is promoting a quilt trail of his work on Lookout Mountain in AL.
Premiered: August 21, 2011
With his background in architecture and web site design, Bruce Seeds has found a most satisfying way to marry his love of color, geometry and artistic discovery with his inclination towards precision and detail. His quilted textile mosaics are created not from patterns but through a process.
Premiered: December 18, 2011
Lynda Pracht has been involved with the Partners of the Americas for thirteen years. Lynda and her volunteers teach sewing and other skills to the women of Nicaragua, Wisconsin's partner country. Hear the heart-warming story of how the skill of sewing has enriched and improved the lives of the volunteers and the students.
Premiered: December 25, 2011
Lynda Pracht, coordinator for the Wisconsin Nicaragua Partners of the Americas, shares how she found a niche market to sell the Nicaraguan women's creations in order to supplement their income. The women use their free motion embroidery skills to embellish 18" doll dresses they make. Most of the work is done on treadle machines.
Premiered: December 30, 2013
Pat Lyon and a friend started with a trip to Cambodia to teach English; after incorporating a little sewing into the teaching, a new skill began for the Khmer people. Peace bags are made and include an added personal message translated by Pat. Income from the projects helped to finance 88 wells, 33 toilets, 54 piglets, 30 pens, and put seven youth through college, plus start a culinary arts school
Premiered: October 6, 2014
Nancy’s guest created a simple sewing project to help at-risk children who are neglected or abused. These small Lil’ Bits are made from printed fabric, and have soft cotton flannel backs. The toys are soft, quiet, and nonthreatening. Make your own version of these soft cuddly toys for your favorite charity and find joy for yourself as you help little children.