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Nancy Zieman is the TV host of Sewing with Nancy, a half-hour TV show broadcast since September, 1982, making it the longest-airing sewing program on television. Nancy has been the host and executive producer since its inauguration and has inspired millions of sewers, quilters, and machine embroiderers with her how-to format which concentrates on step-by-step instructions. Raised on a dairy farm in Wisconsin, Nancy graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stout with double majors in Home Economics and Journalism and proceeded to Chicago to work for a national sewing chain store. Moving to Minnesota with her husband, Richard, she worked as a freelance sewing instructor who noticed sewers were always interested in the tools she used - but they couldn't find them. In 1979, she founded Nancy's Notions, a direct mail company specializing in sewing notions, supplies and accessories. On January 2, 2003, Nancy's Notions was purchased by the Tacony Corporation of St. Louis, Missouri. Nancy has written several books on a variety of subjects, including The Art of Landscape Quilting, Serge with Confidence, Machine Embroidery with Confidence, Sew with Confidence, Landscape Quilts with Natalie Sewell, Let’s Sew, 10-20-30 Minutes to Sew, The Best of Sewing with Nancy, Sew Clever Bags, and 501 Sewing Hints. She has also designed patterns for the New York-based McCall Pattern Company. Nancy Zieman has received awards for her many accomplishments. In 1988, she received the Entrepreneurial Woman of the Year award from the Wisconsin Women Entrepreneurs Association. In 1991, she received the National 4-H Alumni Award. Nancy and Richard live in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin and have two sons, Ted and Tom. Nancy Zieman worked as a Professor in the Home Economics Department at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, AL in 1987-1988.