I Sew For Fun

To all of us, Nancy Zieman was an industry icon but to her granddaughters, she was Grandma.

Nancy loved hanging out with all of her granddaughters. Sometimes she would sew with Avery and Luella (the older granddaughters) but often they would bake. Playing in the kitchen with Grandma is something every child wants to do.  Nancy Zieman’s children were no different.  Nancy enjoyed not only baking in the kitchen but also playing on the computer with her granddaughters while they decorated cupcakes and other bakery items in a popular software program.  She marveled at how engaged her granddaughters were, how they intuitively knew what buttons to click and how pleased they were with their creations.

She really wanted to experience something similar with them for sewing.  She shared this desire with me in early 2017. I listened to her thoughts and then explained the possibilities that we could make happen here at dime.  After Nancy and I defined what we wanted the software to do, the dime software development team jumped into action. They understood our goal of creating a one-of-a-kind software program that children and adults could enjoy.

Nancy and I knew that kids would jump right into this program because they love technology. To them, it’s a natural first step in the sewing process. Create the fabric, print the pattern and move to the sewing machine!  That’s what Click, Print & Stitch does.

Imagine what fun it would be to help a youngster design an outfit for an 18” doll.  They can make capris, a skirt, sundress, top and skirt.  Of course, they can personalize the fabric by drawing their own embellishments like dots, diamonds, squares, hearts and more.  Unlimited color choices are just a click away or they can choose from a built-in repeatable pattern.

 

Kids love the cat and dog pillows.  Here we show a purple cat but this kitty could be any color under the rainbow.

 

Our blue dog is a big hit with everyone. In just three simple steps, the project is complete!

 

Click, Print & Stitch is just one element of Nancy Zieman’s I Sew for Fun line of youngster-friendly sewing notions, a child’s book, Amazing Design embroidery collection and more. This new line of products ensures Nancy’s legacy of making sewing easy is passed down to the next generation. I’m looking forward to using all of these products with my 5-year old grand daughter – lots of memories in the making!

What project would you like to do with a youngster?  Share your thoughts below and one random winner will receive a copy of Nancy Zieman’s I Sew For Fun Click, Print and Stitch software program.

To Learn more about Click, Print and Stitch, visit Nancy’s Notions.   To watch the I Sew For Fun episodes on Sewing with Nancy, click here. You can watch online, anytime at WPT.org!

 

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40 Comments on I Sew For Fun

  1. Alice Cornelson
    December 13, 2017 at 1:26 pm (2 years ago)

    Wow! What a great product! Nancy was amazing! Her idea and your (DIME) resources have come up with a product that not only am I am excited about, but parents and grandparents can all be excited about. We can use this fun tool to help teach daughters and granddaughters about sewing using kid friendly technology while making neat things they will be proud of. I can’t wait to get Click, Print, and Stitch and sew with my girls.
    We are looking forward to seeing what else may come in the “I Sew For Fun” line.

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  2. Donna Magee
    December 13, 2017 at 1:53 pm (2 years ago)

    I have a toddler granddaughter and one soon to be born. These innovations will be fun. Last Christmas I worked with a grandson on presents; he made six stocking caps and was pretty pleased. I can envision him using this to make presents. Thanks!

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  3. Judy
    December 13, 2017 at 1:53 pm (2 years ago)

    This is fantastic!!! I would love to be able to design doll clothes with my granddaughter

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  4. Cathie Lanier
    December 13, 2017 at 3:23 pm (2 years ago)

    Nancy was such an amazing woman. I have long admired her grace and determination in fighting her many health issues. The face she showed was still one of happiness and determination in teaching the talents she and many others shared, while fighting these issues in the background. I am not sure I could do the same under the same circumstances. May she rest in peace.

    I am so excited to see Click, Print and Stitch! I have an 11 year old mildly autistic granddaughter, who is difficult to find something that holds her interest for long. Surprisingly, she has indicated an interest in sewing. I would like to use Click, Print and Stitch to see if she could create a personalized book bag for school…

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  5. Caroline Kalokerinos
    December 13, 2017 at 3:33 pm (2 years ago)

    Yes: Nancy was an amazing& very smart lady.She knew what she was doing.
    I have most of of books.I refer to her books if ever I forget how to do things.
    She will be greatly missed.My condolences go out to her family&staff.
    This software looks great.
    Caroline

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  6. Ellen
    December 13, 2017 at 10:24 pm (2 years ago)

    What a great idea. Nancy was a wonderful creative person. Costumes for my grandchildren. They love to play dress up

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  7. Lauren
    December 13, 2017 at 10:26 pm (2 years ago)

    I learned to sew watching “Sewing with Nancy”. First I sewed for myself, then my children and now I’m teaching my granddaughters. I always recommend her books and programs to new sewists. Two years ago, I ventured into machine embroidery, introduced to you by one of Nancy’s programs. I will miss her calm demeanor and encouraging spirit. What a beautiful legacy she has left for us and future generations as well!

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  8. Sandra Bassett
    December 13, 2017 at 10:28 pm (2 years ago)

    So much fun. One of my granddaughters has asked to make a doll quilt with me over the Christmas holidays. Wouldn’t it be fun to use this software to not only make the quilt but dress the doll in matching pajamas.

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  9. Kiki Sealy
    December 13, 2017 at 10:51 pm (2 years ago)

    I’d love to teach my granddaughters to sew doll clothes, just as my grandmother taught me. What wonderful memories we’ll make!

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  10. Carol Coleman
    December 13, 2017 at 11:27 pm (2 years ago)

    I would like to teach my great grandchildren how to make a simply pair of pajamas, since they are eight and 14.

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  11. Michelle Hall
    December 13, 2017 at 11:37 pm (2 years ago)

    Nancy was such a creative person and so ahead of the curve. i would love to make the tote bags or doll clothes with my granddaughters

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  12. Pam
    December 13, 2017 at 11:52 pm (2 years ago)

    My grandsons often take over and my sweet granddaughter waits her turn. How fun to take the opportunity to explore and learn sewing projects with her. She may have those boys attention.

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  13. Janet Rettig
    December 14, 2017 at 1:18 am (2 years ago)

    Making doll clothes with my grand daughter

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  14. Terri
    December 14, 2017 at 6:08 am (2 years ago)

    Nancy and you have come up with a fantastic product. This product would provided an opportunity to spend time with my granddaughter and pass on something that I enjoy doing. I have made her a quilt, so she knows the process. . I think this would give my granddaughter a good understanding of the sewing process and use something that she designs and makes. I should have spent time with my Grandmother and learned how to make her Dutch cookies.

    Nancy will be missed by her grandchildren and the public.

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  15. Peggy Ott
    December 14, 2017 at 6:20 am (2 years ago)

    Nancy had great visions for our sewing world. And I believe that we cross those paths to carry on that vision. You have taken that journey with her and now will carry her visions forward. Great product to give to our young artist who loves to sew. RIP Nancy.

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  16. Nancy Weber
    December 14, 2017 at 7:34 am (2 years ago)

    I am thrilled to hear about Click Print Stitch. My granddaughters (ages 7 and *8) are showing an interest in sewing and I think small pillows and doll blankets are the perfect beginner projects.

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  17. Terry P
    December 14, 2017 at 7:36 am (2 years ago)

    I know my little grandson would love that blue dog…I can even see combining that with teaching him how to use my embroidery machine to add some extra special touches to his projects!!

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  18. Tee
    December 14, 2017 at 8:31 am (2 years ago)

    So glad this product will keep Nancy’s legacy alive!!! I love making no sew fleece pillows and pillow cases with youngsters. I have an event planned in April with youth in my church to make little dresses for girls in Africa!!!

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  19. Joanne Dillon
    December 14, 2017 at 8:34 am (2 years ago)

    What a wonderful legacy our beloved Nancy has left for us to share with our grandchildren! Let’s do our part to keep her legacy alive! She surely will be missed.

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  20. Barbara Murray
    December 14, 2017 at 9:02 am (2 years ago)

    My grandchildren live on opposite coasts — and I’m in the middle. This is the perfect experience for me to share with them from afar. I want to be able to teach them to create something of their own — where is the crossover bag they can design and embellish?

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  21. Wanda Hardee
    December 14, 2017 at 9:43 am (2 years ago)

    Wow! This will be great for costumes and pillows as well as stuffed animals. I know my grands would love it. They enjoy hanging out in my sewing room and trying to make their own creations on my spare sewing machine.

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  22. Phyllis Marshall
    December 14, 2017 at 9:56 am (2 years ago)

    I am giving my soon to 8 years old granddaughter a sewing machine for Christmas. What fun it would be to have Click print and stitch to go with it. She loves to help me sew. Loved All of Nancy ‘s shows. I have learned a lot from her.

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  23. maria blecha
    December 14, 2017 at 1:58 pm (2 years ago)

    I started watching Nancy when I lived in Denver and was taking sewing classes at the Opportunity school, while an uncle was taking classes to learn English, seems like so long ago!!! It was!! I have two granddaughters and I would love for them to have the love of sewing that Nancy instilled in me. My eight Yr old loves my sewing room with all my scraps and pins!! I would love to win. Thanks Merry Christmas

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    • jackie kraemer
      December 14, 2017 at 2:44 pm (2 years ago)

      what a wonderful legacy nancy zieman has left for family and for us, her adoring fans. she will never be forgotten. we all should strive to be a better person and to share r love and talents with others. we need to leave r mark on the world like nancy has done.

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  24. Carolyn
    December 14, 2017 at 5:56 pm (2 years ago)

    What a wonderful concept! I have just given one of my sewing machines to a child at church and am going to teach her to sew. This would be an awesome way to combine sewing and technology.

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  25. eileen costello
    December 14, 2017 at 6:31 pm (2 years ago)

    loved the idea of kids designing their own sewing project. I will miss seeing nancy she taught me so much .

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  26. Marilyn S
    December 14, 2017 at 8:25 pm (2 years ago)

    We have cats in our house, so it would be fun to sew a cat pillow. Thanks for an amazing give away!!

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  27. Donna Markle
    December 14, 2017 at 8:35 pm (2 years ago)

    My granddaughter has expressed an interest in sewing, this would be a great program for us to share

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  28. Geraldine Lombardo
    December 14, 2017 at 8:50 pm (2 years ago)

    I have learned so much from Nancy. And no matter how long you’ve been at a machine, you can learn something new everyday! When my older grandson (now 12) was younger he use to sit on my lap and watch me sew. His brother (10)is interested in making a pillow case for his dad for camping. Now that I’ve been blessed with a granddaughter (2 1/2) she helps pick out fabric for upcoming projects by the expression on her face! Share the craft. It just doesn’t get any better!

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  29. Lee Vertrees
    December 14, 2017 at 9:05 pm (2 years ago)

    Hand puppets.

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  30. glenda henry
    December 14, 2017 at 10:27 pm (2 years ago)

    I have 2 granddaughters – 6 and 8 – that I am teaching to sew. The 8 year old is very creative and is always “designing” some project. She’ll love this concept of designing and then sewing.

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  31. Faviola Martinez
    December 15, 2017 at 9:04 am (2 years ago)

    This software seems to be another one of the wonderful, creative ways to keep on making beautiful and functional items with our own hands. This to me was Nancy Zieman’s gift to us. Always, forward thinking!

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  32. Brenda Anello
    December 15, 2017 at 12:17 pm (2 years ago)

    I have loved watching Nancy and loved the creative sewing process. I would like to pass that love to my grandchildren. Show them how proud they will feel when they have created something from their mind to reality.

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  33. Shirley Clark
    December 15, 2017 at 2:31 pm (2 years ago)

    My 10 year old granddaughter loves to design clothes for her AG dolls. She would have a ball with this, and it would let me spend more time with her!

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  34. Sara Redner
    December 15, 2017 at 4:13 pm (2 years ago)

    I recently viewed an episode of “Sewing with Nancy” where she was sewing with her granddaughters. Watching them together was heart-warming. I would love to share that with my granddaughters.

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  35. Delscey Grunewald
    December 15, 2017 at 5:53 pm (2 years ago)

    Oh thank you to a wonderful lady,what an early Christmas present she has given us all. We are presently missionaries in Japan and hope to return to South Africa early in the new year to run a hostel for a ballet school. Many of these children are from underprivileged families and besides teaching my granddaughters I think it would be such an opportunity to share and teach these other little kiddies who would never otherwise have the opportunity to learn our hobby or trade ,I am sure it would set them up for life.My mind is spinning, I am so happy to have a goal to work towards.Thank you too to Eileen for for all your hard work and wonderful ideas. You are pushing us all to use our onknown abilities!!! Happy Christmas and Blessings to you and all your family and staff.

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    • eileenroche
      December 17, 2017 at 8:14 am (2 years ago)

      Thank you, Delscey. Merry Christmas to you and your family. Safe travels on your journeys.

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  36. Dale Smith
    December 16, 2017 at 10:33 am (2 years ago)

    My little granddaughter would love it if she could make a purse to go with a dress

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  37. Mary
    December 17, 2017 at 1:44 am (2 years ago)

    I am heartbroken at the loss of Nancy. I just can’t imagine the sewing world without her. I have no grandchildren, but still benefit from Nancy’s older shows. It is so sad there will be no more. I hope her family realizes the HUGE impact she had on so many of us.

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    • eileenroche
      December 17, 2017 at 8:12 am (2 years ago)

      I agree, Mary, she’s an irreplaceable loss.

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