'Sewing with Nancy,' Nancy Zieman dies following battle with cancer

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BEAVER DAM, Wis. (WSAW) -- Nancy Zieman, the host of 'Sewing with Nancy' had died following a battle with cancer.

Wisconsin Public Television states 'Sewing With Nancy' is the longest-running sewing series on television. It debuted in 1982.

An educator, author, pattern maker, television producer, entrepreneur and innovator, Zieman inspired millions of sewing and quilting enthusiasts throughout her career. She graduated from UW-Stout in 1972.

Grown from her own kitchen table into a nationwide name trusted by sewers and quilters, the company offers thousands of products including sewing books, notions, videos and DVDs, fabrics and quilting products and embroidery designs through its website, retail store and Nancy's Notions catalog.

Zieman died at her home in Beaver Dam on Tuesday.