“Seams Unlikely” and Nancy Zieman


I just finished reading this autobiography written by Nancy Zieman. It was excellent! If you sew, you probably know Nancy Zieman as she is well known for her television show “Sewing with Nancy” and for Nancy’s Notions.

I’ve really never known much about Nancy besides what I see on television. What I learned about her was utterly fascinating. She grew up on a farm in Wisconsin and was raised in an environment centered on family, hard work, and church. She was a member of the 4-H club and her experiences there gave her confidence and skills that she uses to this day.

It was fascinating to read about her physical challenges and her perseverance despite those. She completed college with an end in mind. Her dream job did not appear right after college, but she took many fortuitous steps that kept her moving in the right direction.

While she was working on “Sewing with Nancy”, she was also running her side business “Nancy’s Notions” with her husband Rich. Again, it is marvelous to hear how her business grew from a small operation in her home (complete with typewriter for address labels) to a full blown thriving and modern business.

I love to see people succeed. And it is wonderful to see how, in Nancy’s life, doors close and open as needed with one experience providing the foundation for the next. Difficulties can become sources of strength. It is wonderful to read about someone who stands solidly amongst her family and friends and upon a value system that promotes the best in all of us. Congratulations, Nancy, and thank you for sharing a little bit of your life with us.


  1. Thanks for this review Lynne! I’ve been wanting to read Seams Unlikely but I was questioning if it would be interesting and worthwhile. I met Nancy Zieman once (at a sewing expo in Wisconsin) and she was absolutely lovely: tall, elegant, and very gracious. I really admire her and now I’m looking forward to reading her book.

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