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Nancy's Bio


Nancy Zieman (June 21, 1953 – November 14, 2017) was an American author, designer, businesswomen, TV producer, blogger and national sewing authority, and  host of the popular show Sewing With Nancy®, which appears exclusively on public television stations across the United States and Canada. You can watch Sewing With Nancy® online at

Nancy has written numerous how-to sewing and quilting books, and released her autobiography, Seams Unlikely, in 2013. She designed patterns for the New York-based McCall Pattern Company, designed sewing and quilting products for Clover Needlecraft, Inc., designed fabric collections with Riley Blake Designs, and also authored an interactive blog at 

In addition, Nancy is founder of Nancy’s Notions®, a direct mail business and division of Tacony Corporation. The company publishes the Nancy’s Notions® Catalog, a full color catalog containing hundreds of products including sewing books, notions, videos and DVDs, fabrics, and quilting products. Nancy was also the National Spokesperson for Baby Lock sewing machines and Nancy’s Notions®.

The Wisconsin Women Entrepreneurs Association named Nancy Zieman the 1988 Entrepreneurial Woman of the Year. In 1991, Nancy Zieman received the National 4-H Alumni Award. Nancy Zieman was elected as the first member of the Sewing Hall of Fame in 2001. In 2013, the University of Wisconsin-Stout honored Nancy Zieman with the Distinguished Alumni Award. The University of Wisconsin-Extension 4-H Youth Development Program inducted Nancy Zieman, with honors, into the Wisconsin 4-H Hall of Fame in 2014.

Nancy lived in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, with her husband, Richard. The couple have two children and three grandchildren.



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