I was recently given the opportunity to review a copy of Nancy Zieman’s new book, Sewing A to Z. You will probably recognize Nancy from her show on PBS and her myriad of other work as one of the most famous sewing teachers in America. (I happened to pass Nancy one morning at Quilt Market and I felt very star struck – now I am kicking myself for not asking her to stop for a picture.) Nancy has been a recognizable sewing guru long before all this internet stuff.
Nancy’s new book is not a pattern book, but a book of sewing techniques, demonstrations, and information. The perfect sewing reference guide.
There are over 100 topics and they are arranged alphabetically, making this book a great source for any sewing tips or questions, and easy to find help or explanation on any topic. Basically, it’s a Sewing/Quilting Encyclopedia.
Here is the table of contents (click on the picture to enlarge). The techniques include both garment sewing as well as quilting basics. I am especially excited about the the garment topics because making clothes is still one of my biggest weaknesses in the sewing department. I am so glad to have this book as a ready reference.
Another great feature of this book is the spiral binding making it easy to search and lie open at the spot you need.
The diagrams included with every topic are excellent. They make Nancy’s descriptions so clear and easy to understand. A great confidence booster – especially in those areas where you don’t feel confident – like easing sleeves for me!
Finally the book is full of great tips and ideas for organizing, simplifying and improving all aspects of your sewing adventures. Reading it I learned so much about basics like: which needles to use when, the differences in knit fabrics and how to best store clothes patterns. Really great basics in a simple, easy to understand text.
I will be honest and tell you that I don’t buy a lot of sewing books – partly because I feel like I can find what I’m looking for online, etc. so I have to feel like it’s really worth my money to go out and purchase a book. I was so impressed by Sewing A to Z and I whole-heartedly recommend buying this book! It is so handy to have one go-to place for all my sewing questions. And the fact that it can lay flat next to my sewing machine while I work makes it perfect.
I can’t recommend this book enough – especially if you are a beginning sewer. It contains invaluable information. I also recommend it as a great gift for someone who is just getting their feet wet in the sewing world.
To sample the book yourself, visit Sew Mama Sew for a free download of section about Seams. Also, over the next few weeks, you can visit these blogs to see their reviews and thoughts on the book as well:
Full disclosure: I was provided a copy of Sewing A to Z by F+W Media. The thoughts and opinions in this post are entirely my own.