Sewing with Nancy
TV's longest-running sewing program continues the tradition of bringing the best in contemporary sewing, quilting and home decorating ideas to viewers. Host Nancy Zieman and her guests share their love of the sewing arts by exploring the latest ideas in one of the country's most popular crafts.
Sewing with Nancy Previous Broadcasts
Innovative Bags & Totes, Part 2 (Episode #2602)
KQED Life: Wed, Oct 31, 2012 -- 2:30 PM
Use savvy techniques for both decorative and functional changes to your bag patterns. Tweak your bag patterns to make them more innovative. Learn a smocking technique achieved with yo-yo makers, add a secure zipper closure to an open-top tote, change your bag into a backpack, or add a drawcord top to your tote. Make any of these unique changes for a new look to your bags and totes.
Innovative Bags & Totes, Part 1 (Episode #2601)
KQED Life: Wed, Oct 31, 2012 -- 2:00 PM
Design smart and innovative bags by making easy changes to your pattern. Add a strap variation, work with a palette of fat quarters, use gathers and ruching accents for piping, plus more. You'll learn ways to make a bag with panache for a fraction of the cost of a designer bag.
Sewing Then and Now, Part 2 (Episode #2426)
KQED Life: Wed, Oct 24, 2012 -- 2:30 PM
Take a virtual trip to sewing in the past, and then fast-forward to convenient sewing of the present. Nancy demonstrates how easy sewing has become over the years. She compares the sewing techniques from decades ago with present techniques made fast and fun with one-task wonders and other tools made to simplify our sewing, quilting, and embroidering.
Sewing Then and Now, Part 1 (Episode #2425)
KQED Life: Wed, Oct 24, 2012 -- 2:00 PM
Learn about sewing techniques great grandma used, and see how much easier sewing has become today. Nancy takes a look into the past and compares sewing techniques from sewing books written in the 1920s-1950s to the same techniques sewn now. Among the techniques included in this 2-part series are stitching pockets, piping, hems, and zippers, plus many more comparisons between sewing "then and now."
Sew Elastic-Stretch Your Options, Part 2 (Episode #2424)
KQED Life: Wed, Oct 17, 2012 -- 2:30 PM
Choose elastic for great shaping details-the perfect stepping stone to creative projects! Nancy uses clear, narrow, and fold-over elastic plus elastic thread in conventional and creative ways. Stabilize shoulder seams and add stretch to neckline seams with clear elastic, use 1/4" elastic for stretchable gathers, elastic thread for smocking, and soft flexible foldover elastic to finish soft knits such as baby clothing and fleece.
Sew Elastic-Stretch Your Options, Part 1 (Episode #2423)
KQED Life: Wed, Oct 17, 2012 -- 2:00 PM
Learn timesaving tips for sewing a variety of elastics. Nancy reviews various types of elastics including braided, knitted, and woven, and then she teaches updated techniques for buttonhole and drawcord elastic. In addition, learn how to make a traditional elastic casing and a ready-to-wear technique for a no-worries elastic casing, especially nice for knit garments.
Runway Finishes for Cool Edges, Part 2 (Episode #2422)
KQED Life: Wed, Oct 10, 2012 -- 2:30 PM
Enjoy a unique sewing experience finishing seams and hems with runway-style sewing secrets. Linda Lee, pattern designer and author, joins Nancy to showcase runway raw edge finishes suitable for woven and knit fashions. They extend cool edges to home decor using bold fringe that effortlessly fits into seams. They also feature fuse and stitch underlays for couture garments, including a selvage with ribbon and fringed edges, plus a petticoat edge on a T-shirt.
Runway Finishes for Cool Edges, Part 1 (Episode #2421)
KQED Life: Wed, Oct 10, 2012 -- 2:00 PM
Learn to sew runway finishes for seams and hems, creating artistic details on fashion fabrics. Nancy and Linda Lee, fashion designer from The Sewing Workshop, share their penchant for sewing to create cool runway finishes such as mitered corners for hems, a trendy method for sewing a detailed Hong Kong Finish, baby hems for sheers, and a crisp shirttail hem on a classic shirt. The finishing steps are all simple, yet effective.
Stress Free Zipper Creations (Episode #2420)
KQED Life: Wed, Oct 3, 2012 -- 2:30 PM
Take a carefree approach to zippers by creating fast and fun zippered projects. Designer Mary Mulari joins Nancy to "zip up" functional and decorative projects! Learn easy zipper techniques for lanyards, picnic totes, cosmetic bags, storage for electronic devices, and more. Plus, you'll find new options for using zippers in unique and unusual ways to make trim such as piping and appliques for all your projects.
Landscape Quilting Workshop, Part 3 (Episode #2419)
KQED Life: Wed, Oct 3, 2012 -- 2:00 PM
Get the self-assurance you need to do landscape quilting in small step by step lessons. The final episode in this series deals with the trickiest part of landscape quilting-ground cover! Nancy and her quilting buddy Natalie Sewell show how to achieve movement and depth in ground cover by layering and working with a multitude of fabrics in a random and unruly way. Give life to your designs by highlighting and shading with markers and oil pastels. Then stipple to your heart's content following the movement of the fabric.