Psst- want to see what’s been on my nightstand?
It’s Nancy Zieman’s new autobiography, Seams Unlikely (affiliate link).
Growing up, I remember occasionally watching Sewing With Nancy on TV. Though as far as I was concerned, my mom knew everything there was to know about sewing, so I wasn’t watching it to learn, I would sometimes find it while flipping through channels and it was fascinating to see someone on TV sewing. I grew up in an age when sewing, particularly sewing your own clothes, was not something anyone else I knew did, so the idea that there were enough people “out there” who sewed to merit a TV show was pretty cool.
Fast forward 20 years to discovering the blogosphere and being able to connect with so many others who sew through the magic of the internet. What a difference! But I was still intrigued by how much of Nancy Zieman’s autobiography I could still relate to as a woman starting my own sewing related business.
I am thrilled to be part of the Seams Unlikely blog tour today. (Disclaimer – I received a free advance copy of this book for review. All opinions are my own. Obviously.) I read the book cover to cover, finishing it while at Alt Summit, and I’m sure I annoyed my roommates with constant, “Hey, I just read…” and, “Wow, did you know…” type comments as I was reading.
The writing is a lot like Nancy talks on her shows I’ve seen – it’s very matter of fact and reporter-ish, not writing that aims to put you in the narrator’s shoes to experience what they’re experiencing. And I’m sure I’m a little more critical of that as someone with an English degree and post-graduate work in creative writing. But the book drew me in despite that writing style. The further I got into the years when Nancy was starting her business, the more I found myself drawing comparisons between her experience of starting a business before the internet and my experience of starting one after. Yes, the internet can make it easier to find and reach your audience worldwide. But just like Nancy found before she had that tool, it is about providing value to your customers and nurturing relationships.
One of my favorite quotes from the book was this one, ” The term ‘sewist’ is relatively new, but it is one I wholeheartedly embrace…sewist elevates interest to the realm of skill.” I could not agree more!
I was also fascinated by Nancy balancing motherhood with a demanding career, again because this is something I relate to. I admired her for admitting she could not do it all and singing the praises of Joan, who cared for her children during the day so she could work. For the record – my youngest son goes to preschool and my older one is in all day kindergarten. I, too, am not superwoman and could not do what I do if I was caring for them full time during the day. She also speaks candidly about her husband pitching in with home and work to help her succeed – something else I can relate to as I am blessed to have my own very supportive husband.
Would you like to win your own copy of Seams Unlikely? Comment on this post on Nancy Zieman’s blog to enter. Twenty copies of the book will be given away on February 18.
If you’d like to see more reviews of this book, you can check out the rest of the tour (also – I’m kind of in awe of a lot of the company I’m in).
February 4 Nancy Zieman http://www.nancyzieman.com/
February 5 Eileen Roche http://dzgns.com/blog/
February 5 Pat Sloan http://patsloan.typepad.com/
February 6 Melissa Stramel http://melissaslilaclane.
February 6 The Long Ladies http://www.
February 6 Tori Thompson http://totallystitchin.net
February 7 Amy Barickman http://www.indygojunction.
February 7 Melissa Mora https://mellysews.com
February 8 Shari Butler http://www.
February 8 Vicki Christensen http://www.sewinspiredblog.
February 9 Carolina Moore http://alwaysexpectmoore.com
February 9 Kate Mclvor https://theconfidentstitch.
February 10 Amy Ellis http://amyscreativeside.com/
February 10 Melissa Mortenson http://www.polkadotchair.com
February 11 Ilene Miller http://happyvalleyprimitives.
February 11 Liz Hicks http://blogerisms.blogspot.
February 11 Rachael Pannepacker http://www.jaybirdquilts.com/
February 12 Bill Gardner http://www.
February 12 Elizabeth Evans http://www.simplesimonandco.
February 13 Amy Webb http://www.amylouwhosews.com/
February 13 Lindsay Wilkes http://thecottagehome.
February 14 Gertie Hirsch http://www.
February 14 Veronica Philips http://cloverusa.wordpress.
February 15 Jenny Gabriel http://www.sewvacoutletblog.
February 15 Laura Wasilowski http://artfabrik.com/
February 16 Frieda Anderson http://www.friestyle.com/
February 16 Rita Farro http://ritassewfun.blogspot.
February 17 Cindy Cloward http://www.rileyblakedesigns.
February 17 Joan Hawley http://www.lazygirldesigns.
February 17 Patty Young http://modkidboutique.
February 18 Nancy Zieman http://www.nancyzieman.com/