Local Expert Makes Appearance on TV’s Longest Running Sewing Show
When she’s not busy showing sewing machines to potential customers in the Austin area Barbara Goldkorn, of the Sew Much More sewing retail store, loves to create unique projects with her Baby Lock serger. In fact, Goldkorn creates such beautiful sewing projects that she caught the attention of national sewing celebrity Nancy Zieman and was invited to be a guest on TV’s longest running sewing show, PBS’s “Sewing With Nancy”. The episode, “Serger Boutique”, will air on KLRU Create. Part one airs on 12/24, 12/26 and 12/28 at 5:30 pm and part two airs 12/31, 1/2 and 1/4 at 5:30 pm.
Goldkorn loves her Baby Lock Evolution serger, and has created numerous original projects using unusual techniques. “I had a lot of projects I thought I’d like to share,” Goldkorn said. “I thought about writing a book…” But after speaking with Zieman at a sewing event, Goldkorn’s projects were destined for television.
“Sewing With Nancy” first aired in 1982 as a one-woman production. From those humble beginnings, the show quickly gained popularity and now airs on 91% of all PBS markets. Zieman’s “you can do it” approach towards new techniques makes it easy for viewers to follow along. In fact, Zieman is so popular that over 40 thousand people visit her blog each month.
For over 30 years, Zieman has searched for guests, like Goldkorn, who can provide new inspiration to her audience. From helpful tips to original project ideas, each “Sewing With Nancy” guest gives viewers an opportunity to try something they may have never considered. These motivational guests combined with Zieman’s on-screen charm have made “Sewing With Nancy” the longest running sewing show on television.
By using her Baby Lock serger in a unique way, Goldkorn was exactly the type of guest to keep the “Sewing With Nancy” momentum going into its 31st year. “Barbara has the unique talent of making a serger (sewing) machine sing! Her creations rival high-end accessory and home décor designers,” Zieman said.
Of course, Goldkorn was just as excited to be on the show as Nancy was to have her. She had never made a television appearance and was particularly impressed with the helpful staff behind “Sewing With Nancy.” A lot of prep goes into each episode, and Zieman’s staff made it easy for Goldkorn to make her television debut.
“It was an honor to be there. Her staff is amazing, and of course being with Nancy is a treat,” Goldkorn said. “Nancy makes you feel very comfortable. She has a knack for that.”
The two-part “Serger Boutique” episode featuring Goldkorn and her projects will debut in late December. It can be seen on PBS or online at nancyzieman.com. A book and DVD of the episode are already available, but that won’t be stopping Goldkorn from pursuing another book in the future.
You can also read about Barbara’s visit on Nancy Zieman’s blog