Subscribe for 17¢ / day
Nancy Zieman portrait

Nancy Zieman, the host and co-producer of the popular television show "Sewing with Nancy" poses for a portrait at the Nancy's Notions retail store in Beaver Dam in 2014.

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.

Subscribe to Daily Headlines

* I understand and agree that registration on or use of this site constitutes agreement to its user agreement and privacy policy.

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.