Sequins add instant drama to almost anything, and pre-strung sequins are a great time saver. If you’re
attaching them to fabric there’s a simple way to stitch them down so they’ll stay in place.
– pre-strung sequins
– needle and thread
– fabric, preferably backed with interfacing
– marking device if you want guide lines
The sequins need to be strung so that they’re laid out flat, as shown in the photo.
If they’re strung like beads then you’ve probably got yourself some pretty good
quality sequins (maybe even vintage!) but you’re going to be sewing those down
one at a time.
If you’re thinking about gluing instead you should expect what you make to be
disposable – any glue flexible enough for fabric is likely go releases sequins, and
any glue that will hold sequins is likely to make fabric stiff.
Pull a few sequins off of the end. Keep them to stitch into gaps later. Tie the ends
of the thread together to prevent that end sequin from falling off.
If you are starting at a seam allowance edge or will be covering the area with
sequins then you can just lay the tails out flat and stitch over them with a bunch
of tiny stitches like I did.
If this end won’t be covered you’ll want to use a needle to stitch these tails to
the back of the fabric, then stitch over them the same way, in line with where the
sequins will be (to hide the stitches.)
All of that was how to securely start the sequins. Once that’s done, the rest is fairly
easy. You want the stitches to tuck into that overlap of sequins so they don’t
show on the front. Stitch up on one side of the gap between the sequins.
Stitch down on the other side of the sequins, next to or in the same place as the
stitch up. Pulling the thread into the gap before tightening it will help the thread
land in the right place, rather than being caught on another sequin.
You can stitch in every other gap if you’d like to save some time. At curves and
corners it’s best to stitch in every gap.
If you’re turning around it’s easiest if you place the sequins where you want them
through the whole turn, then stitch them down. You may need to nudge them
around a bit to make sure the turn is exactly where you want it. If there’s no way
to avoid a gap you can stitch in a singe sequin to fill it in.
When I’m stitching rows next to each other I try to overlap the sequins as much as
I can – almost 50% – so the thread they’re strung on is right next to the edge of
the last row of sequins. This results in a really lush coverage of sequins where the
backing fabric is almost impossible to see.
When you get to the end of what you want to sew down, take a stitch (or two) after
the your last sequin.
Cut the strand at least 4 sequins away for a low-wear application, and pull the extra
If what you’re making will receive a lot of use, cut it at least 8 sequins away, pull
the extra sequins and tie the tails together.
Set the tails where they won’t show on the finished project and stitch over them a
bunch. If there’s no where to hide them, pull them through to the back of the
fabric and stitch over them there.
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