Thursday, February 20, 2014

Book Review - Seams Unlikely


With half her face semi-paralyzed by Bell's palsy, Nancy is probably not the woman anyone would have imagined would become host of the longest-running sewing show on North American television, creator of a multi-million dollar empire, and pioneer for women in the workforce. 
But barriers don't stand a chance against Nancy Zieman's talent and determination.

"Each of us faces challenges," says the former Wisconsin Woman of the Year and public television darling. "Some are larger than others. But what happens to us does not define us unless we let it." 


Nancy Zieman is host of Sewing with Nancy, TV's longest-running sewing show, which she co-produces with Wisconsin Public Television. It has been on-air since 1982. She is the author of over 40 books, which have sold millions of copies and instructed numerous individuals on the finer points of sewing everything from clothing to quilts to home décor.

Nancy has been married to Richard Zieman for 36 years and they have two sons, Ted and Tom. She continues to host Sewing with Nancy, which her fans loyally tune in to public television to watch. Learn more at


This is one of the most interesting books that I've read in a long time! I love how Nancy shares so much of her life and brings you right into her life - from childhood to now.

She was stricken as an eighteen month old baby with Bell's palsy and never recovered from it. She grew up having to get used to "the look" that people would give her (and continue to give her today) because of the paralysis of her face. She has also has been through other very serious medical issues, but she always came through it all with determination and faith in God. I love how after one particularly frightening medical incident, she shares how Romans 8:31 - "If God be for us, who can be against us" became her adopted verse.

She shares how she came to start "Nancy's Notions", her TV series, "Sewing With Nancy", and all the many difficulties along the way. She also shares her family life with us and we feel like she's a dear friend by the end of the book.

I especially enjoyed the little boxes throughout the book where friend and family share their own thoughts about Nancy. This gives you a glimpse into how they see her and how really special she is to them. 

This book is so inspiring and also so enjoyable to read. I found it hard to put down and just found myself really admiring someone that I have watched on TV, sewing wonderful projects, so many times. She's just a very strong, yet sweet, woman that you'll really love getting to know better! I highly recommend you getting this book!!

*This book was provided to me for my honest review by Glass Road Media and Management

Blessings - Julie

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