Special Free Stuff Friday!

We are happy to announce a special Free Stuff Friday giveaway today! We are hosting a stop on the blog tour for the new Sewing A to Z book by Nancy Zieman from Krause Publications. Y0005 NZ SewingAtoZ 242x300 Special Free Stuff Friday!

Nancy Zieman’s new book is a great resource for beginner and advanced sewists. It’s perfect to keep by your machine for quick and easy reference for a variety of techniques, such as piping, serging, interfacing and binding.

For your chance to win a copy of Sewing A to Z by Nancy Zieman, answer this question in the comments section:

What sewing techniques do you usually need to reference during a project?

Post your answer by 9 AM ET on Tuesday, when we’ll announce the winner.

In addition to our giveaway, Nancy Zieman put together a grand prize package filled with books, templates, pin cushions and piping (worth $450) to give to one lucky reader.

For a chance to win the grand prize package, leave a comment on the first blog tour post at Nancy Zieman’s blog here. A winner will be chosen at the end of the blog tour.

Follow the rest of the blog tour:
8/15 Nancy Zieman’s blog
8/16 Whipstitch
8/17 Sew Mama Sew
8/18 Diary of a Quilter
8/20 Amy’s Creative Side
8/22 Quiltville
8/23 Crap I’ve Made
8/24 Eileen Roche’s blog
8/25 I’m Just a Guy Who Quilts
8/26 The Free Motion Quilting Project
8/27 Sew Serendipity
8/29 Lazy Girl Designs
8/30 Pat Sloan Blog
8/31 Tallgrass Prairie Studio
9/1 True Up
9/2 Sew News
9/6 Off the Cuff Sewing Style
9/7 V and Co.
9/8 The Cottage Home
9/9 Colette Patterns

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228 Responses to Special Free Stuff Friday!

  1. Janice Wagner says:

    Zippers, bias binding, serger settings and uses, button holes. I love to watch Sewing with Nancy. There is always something to learn.

  2. Sarahbeth says:

    Everything, I’m a beginner. I have read the directions four or five times before I get it right.

  3. Amanda says:

    I like to review tips on cutting because I always get just that bit nervous before slicing into that gorgeous fabric!

  4. meg's mom says:

    buttonholes! always review how the machine is set up, where is the top, where is the bottom and where does that darn lever go!

  5. Krystal Bennett says:

    I haven’t gotten to sew as much the last few years, so I need to look up pretty much everything before I attempt it. Better to check than mess up good fabric :)

  6. Paula says:

    Serger – I sew with the serger manual on my lap.

  7. Linda says:

    This wopuld be sooo handy!!

  8. Tawny Port says:

    Hems! I always need to look up options based on the type of fabric and what I’m making. I’m never sure on which foot to use or which technique to use!

  9. Barbara says:

    I always feel I need to review binding. I have problems doing a mitered corner and always have to re-read and practice to get it correct. Would LOVE, LOVE ,LOVE Nancy’s book!!!!!

  10. Maria Caprile says:

    Buttonholes! Also invisible zippers.

  11. Pat says:

    Buttonholes are my dread – and yet I want so bad to learn how to do them. I have a jacket I just made in fleece and I’ve got to practice making the buttonholes – just thinking about it I break out in a sweat!!!

  12. MarciaW says:

    knits zippers plackets buttonholes hems — it has been a while since sewed garments so essentially have to stop at each step to figure out what to do — Nancy Z’s “Sewing with Nancy” has been a favorite of ours on PBS for years. hope we win.

  13. patty truitt says:

    I usually look up everything. Just to be sure. Zippers, binding, buttonholes, etc.

  14. Natalya Hoak says:

    I always review the binding, especially mitered corners.

  15. Leslie Ziminsky says:

    I sew with my serger manual on my lap.

  16. Anne Butcher says:

    I always have to review how to make bias strips.

  17. I don’t make enough binding so I frequently review how to cut on the bias.

  18. rho says:

    Zippers, they never seem to look as neat as I think they should!

  19. Tammy Wachter says:


  20. rozevelyn says:

    Zippers on satin always make me nervous. Slip slidin away.

  21. Patti says:

    Zippers have always been a troublesome nuisance to me! I do have a new sewing machine now, so hopefully when the time comes to try them again, I might have better luck. Thanks for this giveaway. The book looks really amazing.

  22. K Hoffman says:


  23. Carol says:

    I always check everything–twice. Buttonholes, zippers, binding. I have to work myself up to doing them!

  24. Pam Wright says:


  25. Kaye Conner says:

    zippers and flies

  26. sammantha seals says:

    tailoring!!! how to get a pair of pants to fit ; no two butts are alike!!!!!!

  27. Maggi S says:

    I recently reviewed hand stitches for a skirt hem.

  28. Patty willis says:

    Every time I sew I have to look up something because the time gaps between projects is too long.

  29. Joyce Jensen says:

    I always have to look up how to cut bias binding.

  30. Brenda Werntz says:

    I need to reference about how to install a zipper.

  31. Greta says:

    Every time I have to change the settings, rethread or change the needles on my serger the book comes out…

  32. Joy V says:

    I always check my needles and thread. It is so frustrating if you sew with the wrong size needle and get those little/big(?) blobs of thread on the underside and then have to ‘reverse sew’ the whole seam, just because you used the wrong thread or needle.

  33. Donna says:

    I look up what kind of stabelizers I need for different projects.

  34. Cheryl says:

    How to make alterations. It scares me….

  35. Allison C says:

    I’m new at sewing so I have to reference EVERYTHING. Practice makes perfect, right? I could really use this book!

  36. Brenda says:

    Zippers, hemming and buttons

  37. Brenda Green says:

    I have had to do a lot of reviewing lately. After several years of not sewing, I have started sewing again for my grandchildren.

  38. VickiT says:

    Definitely zippers. That’s my weak point for sure. I’m one of those who is afraid of them.

  39. Kim Crosbie says:

    I love my Embroidery machine…..I am always looking at the design and making sure I have it centered in the hoop and the correct size. I always have to keep an eye on the next color coming up, or else you end up putting on the wrong color.

  40. Denise says:

    I usually like to reference collar setting. Nancy’s techniques always make so much sense to me.

  41. Sue Knarr says:

    Usually I have to reference mitered corners; keep praying that it will stick in my head but so far it hasn’t.

  42. Cookie JEan says:

    zippers and button holes

  43. Kathy says:

    I keep a notebook with “how to’s” and how to make continuous binding is one I review alot. It’s a little tricky for me. I also refer to my serger and sewing machine manuals. I can never remember how to thread my serger for each type of stitch it does. The manual also tells me what stitch to use with the type of fabric I’m sewing with. And when I clean my machine remembering how to get the bobbin holder in/out is easier if I have the manual to refer to.

  44. Elaine Stephenson says:

    I review zippers, mitered corners, and buttonholes. I’m mostly a self-taught sewer I love to just read sewing and quilting books to learn new techniques.

  45. Maureen Vonnahme says:

    It would probably have to be button holes since I don’t use them very often & mitered corners for the same reason.

  46. carla vachowski says:

    Everything! I am the most uncertain sewer alive…

  47. Chuck says:

    I don’t reference. I just do.

  48. Regina Meeks says:


  49. Hueisei says:

    I need help whenever sewing a zipper!!

  50. Jqluo says:

    Invisible zipper, really tough for me.

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