In 1988, I took a beginner’s sewing class from Mary Hayes of Hayes Sewing Machines (now in Wilmington, Delaware). Shortly after that introduction to sewing, I found Sewing with Nancy on PBS. I never missed a show. I taped every episode and watched diligently. When my children were born, I scheduled their naps around Sewing with Nancy. If I were to list every sewing technique I learned from Nancy Zieman, you would think I never took a stitch without referencing one of her books or SWN episodes. And you might be right.
But I have learned so much more than sewing techniques from Nancy. I have been blessed to become dear friends with her over the years and we have partnered on many projects together. Brush aside the sewing, Nancy taught me how to set and reach goals, lead a team, tackle large projects, cherish family and friends and weather turbulent relationships. Most of all, Nancy teaches me to walk in my Christian faith. And she does that by her example, she doesn’t preach, she doesn’t try to convert yet she lives her faith. Oh, how blessed I am to having Nancy as my friend.
Today, she announced her retirement and, well, she broke the internet. Her blog crashed – for hours! That’s actually very hard to do. You see, thousands and thousands of sewing friends tried (hundreds were successful) to leave messages for Nancy. Messages of encouragement, gratitude and hope.
She means so much to so many but especially those who learned to sew through Sewing with Nancy episodes, her blog, books and personal appearances. Do you think of Nancy every time you perform a certain sewing task or technique? Would you share what you have learned from Nancy? I think she would enjoy knowing how her ingenious techniques have helped you in your sewing room.