Nancy Zieman, the host and co-producer of “Sewing With Nancy,” is retiring from the long-running television program due to serious health complications.
Since 1982, Zieman has been a constant TV presence with her nationally broadcast Wisconsin Public Television show aimed at quilting and sewing enthusiasts. But in July, the 64-year-old Zieman found out that cancer she had been previously diagnosed with had spread to other parts of her body and could not be treated.
“It was a devastating day, realizing that my life and my career, as I had known it, would end,” Zieman said in a blog Saturday.
Zieman, who lives in Beaver Dam, was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a bone cancer, and breast cancer in 2015. She continued to work on her show while going through surgical, chemical and radiation treatment.
But additional treatment would not be helpful now, she said.
“It is not easy to say goodbye, especially since the terms were totally unexpected. I have learned during these past weeks to concentrate on my faith,” she said. “I am finding great peace today, knowing that I can thank you for your many years of dedication, viewership, and friendship.”
“Sewing With Nancy,” which airs Saturday mornings, is in its 36th season. Zieman recorded 15 new episodes for the current season before her diagnosis in July. A total of 910 shows have been recorded throughout its run.
Over the past few weeks, Zieman said she has been working on how to wrap up the show. She is also looking to continue the annual Quilt Expo she sponsors with Wisconsin Public Television. This year’s expo will be held Thursday through Saturday at the Alliant Energy Center.
The television personality got her start after founding the mail-order business Nancy’s Notions for sewing supplies.
“So, with a heavy, yet humble heart, I thank you and say goodbye,” Zieman said.