Seams Unlikely

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Through the years Nancy and Clover have worked closely together to create and develop her innovative products and must have notions. There is no doubt that many of Nancy’s products have made their way into the sewing kits of sewists world wide.

Seams Unlikely not only discusses how her business grew into the empire it is today, but you get to see a personal side of Nancy that most of us never knew. The story begins from the day she was born, not many people know what her parents and family were experiencing on the day they were born. It gave wonderful insight into her        tight-knit-family, dedicated to having a strong work ethic that still holds true to this day.

It wasn’t until recently that I was able to view first hand what went behind product development. The ideas Nancy presents are fresh and creative, she’s constantly coming up with new ideas for products you never knew you needed, until you            tried them.

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Nancy has demonstrated her products at many trade shows over the years, it’s inspiring to see the crowds she gathers. Her dedicated fans are star struck when they see Nancy at the Clover booth. She is a great teacher, walks through her products step-by-step and is always ready to answer questions. Nancy states- “I am, at heart, a teacher”.

Her motto is stated as “If something is worthwhile you have to work for it.” Achieving a goal, and doing a good job in the process, is not easy but it is rewarding.” The collaboration between Nancy and Clover has allowed many of us to work first hand with Nancy and her team.

Nancy is the true embodiment of an entrepreneur, I don’t even want to bring up the fact she is a “woman entrepreneur” but rather an individual that takes great pride in working hard.  This quote out of her book says it all how she carries herself in life:

Believing too much in the praise, or too much in the criticism, creates an imbalance that bogs forward movement.

Everyone can benefit from this book for encouragement, insight to the everyday working person no matter what the background, this story is a true example of meekness is not weakness.

GIVEAWAY: Twenty books will be given away during this Blog Tour. You must comment on Nancy’s February 4th Seams Unlikely Blog Tour Posting to qualify for the book giveaway.

Seams Unlikely Autobiography by Nancy Zieman

February 4          Nancy Zieman           http://www.nancyzieman.com/blog

February 5          Eileen Roche          http://dzgns.com/blog/

February 5          Pat Sloan          http://patsloan.typepad.com/

February 6          Melissa Stramel          http://melissaslilaclane.blogspot.com

February 6      The Long Ladies          http://www.mariemadelinestudio.typepad.com/

February 6          Tori Thompson          http://totallystitchin.net

February 7          Amy Barickman          http://www.indygojunction.com/blog/

February 7          Melissa Mora          http://mellysews.com

February 8          Shari Butler          http://www.doohikeydesignstudio.com/blog/

February 8          Vicki Christensen          http://www.sewinspiredblog.com/

February 9          Carolina Moore          http://alwaysexpectmoore.com

February 9        Kate Mclvor          https://theconfidentstitch.squarespace.com/blog/

February 10          Amy Ellis          http://amyscreativeside.com/blog/

February 10          Melissa Mortenson          http://www.polkadotchair.com

February 11          Ilene Miller          http://happyvalleyprimitives.blogspot.com/

February 12         Liz Hicks          http://blogerisms.blogspot.com/

February 11          Julie Herman          http://www.jaybirdquilts.com/

February 12     Bill Gardner          http://www.quiltersnewsletter.com/blogs/insideqn/

February 12          Elizabeth Evans          http://www.simplesimonandco.com

February 13          Amy Webb          http://www.amylouwhosews.com/

February 13          Lindsay Wilkes          http://thecottagemama.com/blog/

February 14          Gertie Hirsch          http://www.blogforbettersewing.com

February 14          Veronica Philips          http://cloverusa.wordpress.com/

February 15          Jenny Gabriel          http://www.sewvacoutletblog.com

February 15          Laura Wasilowski          http://artfabrik.blogspot.com/

February 16          Frieda Anderson          http://friestyle.blogspot.com/

February 16          Rita Farro          http://ritassewfun.blogspot.com

February 17          Cindy Cloward          http://www.rileyblakedesigns.com/blog/

February 17          Joan Hawley          http://www.lazygirldesigns.com/blog/

February 17          Patty Young          http://modkidboutique.blogspot.com

February 18          Nancy Zieman          http://www.nancyzieman.com/blog/

- See more at: http://www.nancyzieman.com/blog/blog-tour/seams-unlikely-book/

Let’s Make An E-Tablet & Paper Tablet Keeper

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If you received a tablet during the holidays try adding a personalized touch by creating your own unique holder for it with Clover’s Trace n Create templates by Nancy Zieman.   Now’s the perfect time to get a new project started, the Trace ‘n Create templates allow you to make this project in no time.

You’ll be able to make personalized tablet keepers for a variety of models and styles. Nancy notes, “Now you can write, read, or email in style!”

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Get more inspiration on our Pinterest page:

http://www.pinterest.com/cloverusa/e-tablet-keeper-designs/

Be sure to share your finished projects with us using #cloverfan

Friday Finds-Nancy Zieman’s Stack ‘n Store Bobbin Tower

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Nancy Zieman is a guest blogger on The Sewing Loft Blog this week with the
 There’s also a large giveaway that includes a BabyLock machine ending today, celebrating National Sewing Month. Hash-tag #NSM13

Have a good weekend from all of us at Clover.

Tuesday Tips: Fusible Interfacing

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Fusible and Bias tape makers. What are they? Maybe you’re starting out in sewing or maybe you’re an expert seamstress. Whatever the case may be, Clover would like to tell you when to use a Fusible product and our Fusible Tape Maker.

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  • Simply combine the fabric type of your choice as shown in the image above, with Fusible Web and iron. You can create instant bias tapes in minutes. 
  • A textile attached to the “wrong” side of the fabric, which is the non-printed side uses a fusible interface.
  • It is used to stiffen flimsy fabric.
  • Fusible interfacing is used by ironing on your fabric. Clover has a MINI IRON II that is made for small sections and narrow corners. There are also sew in types, which means you would need to hand sew them or by machine.
  •   The weight of interfacing needs to somewhat match the weight of your fabric. 

When Should I Use Interfacing? 

  • reinforce the area for button holes
  • making purses
  • stiffening up totes
  • stiffening up a collars
  • to stabilize stretchy fabric and keep it from stretching
  • reinforce the area for button holes

There are limitless possibilities on using different types of interfacing, our favorites are fusible and Warp ‘n Fuse Piping Nancy ZiemanShape ‘n Create with Nancy Zieman (Bag & Tote Stabilizer)  We offer many kinds of convenient interfacing.

 We hope our tips help you on your sewing endeavors.

Let Clover Upgrade You

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Let Clover Upgrade Your Scissors

  • HOW TO ENTER 
  •  Contest will run from Tuesday, August 13 to Wednesday, August 21 ending at 11:59AM Pacific Time, California 
  • Please send us a short description-four to five sentences describing your scissor frustrations and a picture. Please include a phone number in case we can not notify you by email if you are a winner. Picture must be saved as either a jpeg or pdf. Please send picture and description to: info@clover-usa.com with                                                    subject line:Upgrade Me Clover 
  • Clover will not give out personal information of any kind, but only use it for the purpose of notifying a winner.
  • Must be 16 years or older to enter
  • No purchase, or payment of any kind is necessary to enter or win this contest. Valid in the 50 United States and Canada.
  • The winner will be announced Friday, August 23. The winner will be notified by email or by phone.

Hobo Tote Blog Tour Day 5

I would like to give a big thank you to Nancy for inviting me to share my Hobo Bags on this tour.
I have made every single bag and style that Nancy has created….well it’s my job!
Each one has its own distinctive purpose and I have my favorites.

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Hobo Bag with matching E-Tablet and Paper Keeper
The Hobo Bag is one of my favorites due to its volume.

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Plenty of interior pockets hold all of my essentials while the “floor” capacity holds all my carry-on stuff…making this my go-to travel bag.

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I had some Kaffe Fassett fat quarters just screaming to be used in this bag.
Love, love, love the colors…and this bag goes with so many outfits and coats.

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Here I am at the Sewing Dealers Show in Las Vegas…bag stuffed to the gills, looking at Nancy’s Pattern Display!
This Hobo Bag is fast to make and the instructions are easy to follow. The only change I made is to use the 1” wide Create- A- Strap for the bag handles.