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Seams Unlikely

  • Seams Unlikely

    Nancy Zieman titled her autobiography, Seams Unlikely, because most people would not predict a farm girl with permanent Bell’s palsy would become an internationally known television personality. After reading her story, however, I am not at all surprised by her success.


    When Nancy was a year and a half, she developed a palsy on the right side of her face. Ninety-four percent of people who develop Bell’s palsy completely recover. Nancy was part of the six percent who have a permanent palsy.


    In addition to her lopsided facial features, Nancy had problems with her knees, and complications from surgeries. Overcoming each of her hardships took a huge amount of perseverance and willingness to come out of her shell. 


    During college, after an especially painful time in the hospital, Nancy began to view herself differently. She writes, “Bell’s palsy, patched knees, whatever the problem — they are only a facade, a matter of packaging. I came to realize that those things are not who I am.”


    After that realization, there was no stopping Nancy Zieman.


    She travelled all over America teaching sewing, with her favorite hard-to-find notions in her suitcase. After a few years, she realized the women she was teaching wanted access to her favorite sewing tools. As she traveled, she recorded all of her students names and addresses on index cards. When she decided to create her first catalog (really just a flyer), she typed thousands of her students names onto mailing labels using a manual typewriter.


    By the time someone suggested Nancy create a television show, she was so accustomed to disregarding her fear and self-consciousness that she turned her left side to the camera and showed the world what a wonderful teacher she is.


    My favorite tip from Nancy is, “know your customer.” Nancy segments her audience and makes sure she meets the needs of every segment. Here is how she does it:


    Nadine — creates gifts for others.

    Amy — an embroiderer, likes to embellish gifts, garments and decor

    Natalie — a garment sewist

    Connie — a quilter

    Yvonne — a die-hard sewist who enjoys all aspects of sewing, quilting and embroidery


    Nancy, her husband, Rich, her parents, and Rich’s parents poured their hearts and souls into Nancy’s Notions. They worked hard and they worked smart to make Nancy’s Notions and Sewing with Nancy a success.

    If you want to read this inspiring book, Nancy is giving away 20 copies. Click here to go to Nancy's book launch blog post. Leave a comment on the page to enter the give-away contest.

    Be sure to visit the other stops on the blog tour!

    February 4          Nancy Zieman 

    February 5          Eileen Roche

    February 5          Pat Sloan

    February 6          Melissa Stramel

    February 6          The Long Ladies

    February 6          Tori Thompson

    February 7          Amy Barickman

    February 7          Melissa Mora

    February 8          Shari Butler

    February 8          Vicki Christensen

    February 9          Carolina Moore

    February 9          Kate Mclvor

    February 10          Amy Ellis

    February 10          Melissa Mortenson

    February 11          Ilene Miller

    February 11          Liz Hicks

    February 11          Rachael Pannepacker

    February 12          Bill Gardner

    February 12          Elizabeth Evans

    February 13          Amy Webb 

    February 13          Lindsay Wilkes

    February 14          Gertie Hirsch

    February 14          Veronica Philips

    February 15          Jenny Gabriel

    February 15          Laura Wasilowski

    February 16          Frieda Anderson

    February 16          Rita Farro

    February 17          Cindy Cloward

    February 17          Joan Hawley

    February 17          Patty Young

    February 18          Nancy Zieman

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