Designer Handbags by Nancy Zieman and Eileen Roche

Designer Handbags with Nancy Zieman and Eileen Roche

If your sewing skills are holding you back from tackling complex projects, you might be interested in seeing how an embroidery machine can simplify complicated sewing tasks. How? The tough/challenging/persnickety steps are handled by digital files completely eliminating the need for top-notch sewing skills. You’ll be amazed to see how easy it is to duplicate four corner accents; how the embroidery machine ensures both straps are attached at the same location and how two fabric rectangles are all you need to make a great-looking handbag.

Did I get your attention? Nancy Zieman and I are happy to share the steps with you. In fact, you can watch on your computer by clicking here, Click on the EMBROIDERY link. On Dec. 4, 2011 you’ll see the latest episode of Sewing with Nancy, featuring this hot new technique. Nancy and I joined forces to simplify one of our favorite sewing projects – making handbags. Next week, on Dec. 11, 2011, you can watch the second episode of the two-part series. Of course, feel free to check your local PBS channel listing for the airing of Sewing with Nancy.

Ever wonder how these television shows happen? Well, usually it starts with a phone call from Nancy, followed by an enthusiastic YES! by me. Then after the glow fades, it’s time to get to work, to define the tasks, buy the fabrics, make the samples, dissect the steps, make more samples, throw out some samples, make more samples and regret you threw anything out! Of course, all of this happens with 1100 miles separating us.

We depend on email, telephone calls and some unsophisticated photography to relay visions back and forth. Here’s an early shot of the results of one of my early fabric buying trips.

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Then it’s time for me to head to Beaver Dam, WI, home of the sewing world’s top television star, Nancy Zieman. What do I do when I arrive? Basically, I implode in the conference room.

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After careful screening and organizing, Nancy gets me back on track. It’s quite clear why she’s been so successful all these years. Organization is her forte!

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We pack for the next day’s taping.

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And before you know it – it’s over! And I can’t wait to do it again!

Eileen Roche and Nancy Zieman, on the set for Designer Handbags

Here’s your assignment this week:

Want to win a copy of Designer Handbags? Just post a comment to tell me which of the fabric choices, Group A, B, C or D, shown above, did Nancy select for the taping and you could be the winner. The winner will be announced December 7, 2011

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82 Comments on Designer Handbags by Nancy Zieman and Eileen Roche

  1. Becky
    December 2, 2011 at 3:01 pm (9 years ago)

    I’m going to guess group C. That’s looks like a pleasing color choice for TV.

  2. Denise Cornell
    December 2, 2011 at 4:01 pm (9 years ago)

    Group C

  3. Clem
    December 2, 2011 at 4:08 pm (9 years ago)

    i love group A. I think the green is a great “pop” accent.

    • Zoe
      May 22, 2014 at 7:08 am (6 years ago)

      Group D is my choice

  4. Rachel
    December 2, 2011 at 4:18 pm (9 years ago)

    I’m guessing Group B. Something just tells me.

  5. Mai-Britt Trasborg
    December 2, 2011 at 4:18 pm (9 years ago)

    Group c

  6. kris kopsell
    December 2, 2011 at 4:34 pm (9 years ago)

    my guess group A

  7. Patricia
    December 2, 2011 at 4:45 pm (9 years ago)

    My choice would be “group A”!

  8. Carol Seavitt
    December 2, 2011 at 4:52 pm (9 years ago)

    Group C is my choice; can’t wait to see the show!

  9. Sandi Rice
    December 2, 2011 at 4:56 pm (9 years ago)

    Group C

  10. Joanne
    December 2, 2011 at 5:24 pm (9 years ago)

    Have to go with C!

  11. Darlene Jacolik
    December 2, 2011 at 6:05 pm (9 years ago)

    I’m going to guess Group C. Can’t wait to see the show.

  12. Kathy
    December 2, 2011 at 7:13 pm (9 years ago)

    I think it was group C

  13. MJE
    December 2, 2011 at 7:38 pm (9 years ago)

    Tricky question! I see some of Group C peeking out of the “organized” photo, but there is definately some of the cute green check from Group A in the tote getting ready for filming. And where did that adorable little blue print in the tote come from??

    Definately looking forward to seeing the show!

  14. Dolores Hollen
    December 2, 2011 at 8:49 pm (9 years ago)

    I think it was group A

    • Froma sommers
      December 2, 2011 at 9:54 pm (9 years ago)

      Group “C”.

    • Joan C Johnson
      December 3, 2011 at 8:21 pm (8 years ago)


  15. Shirley Privette
    December 2, 2011 at 9:54 pm (9 years ago)

    Group D

  16. Judy Carter
    December 2, 2011 at 10:05 pm (9 years ago)

    Group C

  17. Norma
    December 2, 2011 at 10:16 pm (9 years ago)

    Group C

  18. Bettie Papajohn
    December 2, 2011 at 10:22 pm (9 years ago)

    My guess is Choice D.

  19. Shirley R
    December 2, 2011 at 10:24 pm (9 years ago)

    Group C.

  20. Sue
    December 2, 2011 at 10:27 pm (9 years ago)

    I think Nancy choice A

  21. Dyane Frig
    December 2, 2011 at 10:34 pm (9 years ago)

    I am going with Group D.

  22. Kandy Lewis
    December 2, 2011 at 10:41 pm (9 years ago)

    I think A only becasue of the green material. I’ve looked at this set and really wanted it so I’m keeping my finger crossed. Looking forward to seeing this series.

  23. Evelyn Gonzalez
    December 2, 2011 at 10:58 pm (9 years ago)

    Group A. Nice pinks and a great pop of green.

  24. Donna G.
    December 2, 2011 at 11:14 pm (9 years ago)

    I’ll go along with Group C, although I could wait to watch the show tomorrow then “guess”! Regardless, I love this concept and can’t wait to see it!

  25. Gail Beam
    December 2, 2011 at 11:15 pm (9 years ago)

    I am going to go with group C.

  26. Stella Penalver
    December 2, 2011 at 11:31 pm (9 years ago)

    I think she will use group A.

  27. Rosa Smith
    December 2, 2011 at 11:49 pm (9 years ago)

    I think group C because I see the print in the packed up group. But I really liked the B group too. I would love to win this set.

  28. Greta
    December 3, 2011 at 12:29 am (9 years ago)

    I’m going to go with C based on the stash in the plastic box… whichever she chooses, am sure it will be a winner 😀


  29. Rosie Zickefoose
    December 3, 2011 at 12:32 am (9 years ago)

    I am German And I realy dont know what tabing means I awsom its the inside of the bag I say Group A

  30. Joyce
    December 3, 2011 at 12:51 am (9 years ago)

    I really like group C. I don’t know about Nancy, but it seems to be calling my name. But my daughter never likes my color choices until it’s made up and then it’s hers.

  31. Elaine Tabor
    December 3, 2011 at 4:43 am (9 years ago)

    I’m going with Group C.Love the colors.I look forward to watching the show every Monday. For me, it’s a reward after a long day at work.

  32. Sara Ruth
    December 3, 2011 at 5:47 am (9 years ago)

    Im going to guess group C

  33. Anne Marie Reilly
    December 3, 2011 at 6:41 am (9 years ago)

    I’m guessing group A.

  34. Nancy Rosetto
    December 3, 2011 at 7:49 am (9 years ago)

    I like group B so that is the one I hope she has chosen

  35. Carol Morrow
    December 3, 2011 at 7:58 am (9 years ago)

    I’m going to guess group C.

  36. Judy Zumbahlen
    December 3, 2011 at 8:23 am (9 years ago)

    I like group C. I look forward to the show!

  37. Alice M
    December 3, 2011 at 8:25 am (9 years ago)

    I think group A.

  38. Diana M
    December 3, 2011 at 8:59 am (9 years ago)

    I am going with group C. Can not wait for the show

  39. Barbara
    December 3, 2011 at 9:21 am (9 years ago)

    My guess is Group C, but I’d love to see what happens with Group B! (or any of the others, for that matter!)

  40. Irene Clark
    December 3, 2011 at 9:24 am (9 years ago)

    I am going to guess A

  41. Vonee
    December 3, 2011 at 9:29 am (9 years ago)

    I am think group B. I watch her show religiously and I think the black would be Nancy’s choice.

  42. Sue Duisenberg
    December 3, 2011 at 9:45 am (9 years ago)

    I like group c, very wearable

  43. Tricia Kemp
    December 3, 2011 at 11:34 am (9 years ago)

    My guess is group B. It is sophisticated and would go with everything.

  44. Ann Rogers Zentz
    December 3, 2011 at 1:21 pm (9 years ago)

    I choose Group B, so classy for the holidays and this time of year.

  45. Laurie
    December 3, 2011 at 1:38 pm (9 years ago)

    Wow! They all so nice. But I think A. I can see a bag made out of these fabrics. I think these fabrics say Nancy! Thanks to both of you for all you do to help keep sewing alive!

  46. Helen Dyckson
    December 3, 2011 at 1:52 pm (9 years ago)

    I think it was group A. It seems like something Nancy would choose.

  47. Marge Jansonius
    December 3, 2011 at 2:29 pm (9 years ago)

    My guess is group D, hope I’m right.

  48. Beth Shelton
    December 3, 2011 at 2:45 pm (9 years ago)

    It looks like it could be group A because the purse already made in another picture is close to that material grouping. However, I would like to see group B made as it would be for a more “evening” use.

  49. Betsy
    December 3, 2011 at 2:52 pm (9 years ago)

    I think Group C would be the best choice for the show.

  50. Lila W Smith
    December 3, 2011 at 2:59 pm (9 years ago)

    I like Group B. This fabric would go well with dressy or casual clothes. Guess that I like the less colorful best. Wish I had a couple of yards now of the “basket weave”. Lila

  51. Chyrel Holshoe
    December 3, 2011 at 4:40 pm (9 years ago)

    I choose color Group A it looks like the perfect colors for the Holidays!

  52. Kathy Schmidt
    December 3, 2011 at 5:11 pm (9 years ago)

    She might have picked them all, but if only one….
    Group B

  53. Jackie
    December 3, 2011 at 5:36 pm (9 years ago)

    I chose group C as I love the colours, bright and cheerful.

  54. Lillian Moser
    December 3, 2011 at 7:24 pm (9 years ago)

    I believe she went with Group D.

  55. Joan Davidson
    December 3, 2011 at 7:32 pm (8 years ago)

    I am going to go with Group A. All the fabrics are great, though.

  56. Claudia Wade
    December 3, 2011 at 7:56 pm (8 years ago)

    I am guessing Group C.

  57. Wynell
    December 3, 2011 at 8:39 pm (8 years ago)

    I like Group B. It seems more sofisticated.

  58. Mary
    December 4, 2011 at 1:23 pm (8 years ago)

    I think it will be Group A.

  59. Janet Kirby
    December 4, 2011 at 6:35 pm (8 years ago)

    I choose Group A. I think this group would show up best for TV.

  60. Sandra Sanders
    December 4, 2011 at 7:09 pm (8 years ago)

    I think Group C is the fabric choice for the program. All of the fabrics are pretty.

  61. Jean
    December 4, 2011 at 7:19 pm (8 years ago)

    I will go with Group C

  62. Beth R
    December 4, 2011 at 7:35 pm (8 years ago)

    Group C fabric. But every group would look great!

  63. Whitney H
    December 5, 2011 at 10:01 am (8 years ago)

    I’m gonna go with Group D because no one else is, and because I actually think it could make a decent neutral bag.

  64. Mitzi
    December 5, 2011 at 1:16 pm (8 years ago)

    I think it’s C – figure that although the show was taped now, it will be shown in the spring.

  65. Chloe Fisher
    December 5, 2011 at 3:56 pm (8 years ago)

    Wish I could say all of the above, every group seems to be a winner, but I think C is the awnser. Can’t wait till the shows airs. I know I will be making a lot of handbags in the near future thanks to this new in the hoop technique.

  66. Denice
    December 5, 2011 at 6:23 pm (8 years ago)

    I am guessing that C is the one chosen. I like the retro look to the prints.

  67. Pat Sheldon
    December 5, 2011 at 6:53 pm (8 years ago)

    Group C would be Nancy’s choice. What a great idea to use the embroidery machine.

  68. Sherry
    December 5, 2011 at 7:59 pm (8 years ago)

    Group C is what I thought she would choose…love all of them but think those colors would show up best to demonstrate….

  69. Jacque
    December 6, 2011 at 10:19 am (8 years ago)

    Group C

  70. Bonita
    December 6, 2011 at 9:34 pm (8 years ago)

    I believe it is Group C that Nancy picked.

  71. marilyn buschini [the nut on the hill
    January 2, 2012 at 1:08 pm (8 years ago)

    goup D

  72. JUDY
    January 13, 2012 at 9:58 pm (8 years ago)

    That would be group C!

  73. Judy
    January 13, 2012 at 10:13 pm (8 years ago)

    It would be group C!

  74. Eileen O.
    May 25, 2012 at 1:01 pm (8 years ago)

    It was group c, but I just now saw the episode. Fun. I must order this set.

  75. Clara
    November 29, 2012 at 1:02 pm (8 years ago)

    I think group A, because there are 3 or more different colors to chose from and to make stunning bags

  76. Linda
    November 1, 2013 at 6:04 pm (7 years ago)

    I think group A.

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