How to sew a sequin on fabric

How to sew a sequin on fabric

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How to sew a sequin on fabric

How to sew a sequin on fabric

How to sew a sequin on fabric

When working on a recent project and trying to decide on what method to use, I found there weren’t many tutorials with pictures for sewing sequins. So here’s a few different methods of hand-sewing sequins for embellishment! This is by no means all the ways of using sequins, it’s just a few examples to get you started. 🙂

I’m using a bright color of thread for better visibility; when doing this for real you’d want a thread that matches your sequins and/or fabric.

Loose sequins – flat or cupped
Beading needle (most regular hand-sewing needles won’t fit through seed beads)
Seed beads or tiny crystals (optional)
Thread conditioner or plain beeswax to keep your thread from tangling
Regular sewing thread or beading thread (your preference)

Step 1: Simple Overlap Stitch

This gives the same look that you get from pre-strung sequins.

Bring the needle up through the fabric and string one sequin. If you’re using cupped sequins as shown, you can choose to have the cup facing up or down (it’s personal preference and what effect you want). Some people find cup-side-down snags less.

Take the needle back down through the fabric just beside the sequin (stitching one side of the sequin down), and then come back up very close to the edge. String another sequin through the center and repeat. The overlap will cover your stitches and hide the thread.

Step 2: Backstitch

This is the same as a regular hand-sewing backstitch, just with sequins. It’s good for when you need a super-flat line that won’t snag. I find it works best on flat sequins, or cupped ones sewn cup side down. I’m right-handed, so I work right to left; reverse if you’re left-handed.

Bring your needle up through the center of a sequin. Go back down into the fabric just to the side of the sequin, bringing it up a short distance on the other side. You want the needle to come out where the center of the next sequin will be, so evaluate that distance based on the size of your sequins.

Thread on a second sequin, then go back down through the center of the LAST sequin. Come back up on the far side of the second sequin and repeat – go back down through the last one, then forward.

Your thread WILL show with this stitch so you want a matching thread. For a fancier version, you can thread beads in-between each sequin to hide the thread; however this does give a more dimensional effect if you’re going for super-flat.

Step 3: Sequins With Diagonal Beading

This is a great stitch for edging appliqué pieces or just outlining motifs.

Bring your needle up through the fabric and thread a sequin, then seed beads (the number of beads depends on the size of your sequins). Go back down through the fabric a short distance diagonally along the line you’re outlining.

Come back up next to your first sequin; if you have to place the new sequin first to make sure your spacing is correct, do so. Repeat until you’ve got a nice line!

You can also do this backwards (beads first, then sequin to finish); it’s a personal preference which way to work.

Step 4: Two-sequin Line With Beads

This is another decorative variation.

Bring the needle up and thread a sequin, then some seed beads (as before, the number depends on the size of your sequins). Thread another sequin (make sure they’re facing the right way, if they’re cupped sequins) and go back down through the fabric.

Bring the needle back up a short distance away; the distance is your preference. You can have the pairs right next to each other or have a bit more space.

Depending on how many beads you use and how tightly you pull them, pairs of cupped sequins will angle towards each other and create an interesting texture. If you use more beads that the distance requires, the beads will loop up in a small arch (again, gives a slightly different look).

Step 5: Individual Sequins With Bead Stopper

You can sew individual sequins just by coming up through the center and then down one side, but the thread will show.

To sew single sequins without visible thread, bring the needle up through the center and then string one seed bead in a matching (or contrasting for a different effect) color.

Then go back down through the center of the sequin again, being careful not to go back through the bead a second time! This secures the sequin with the bead as a stopper. For extra flash you can use tiny crystals instead of seed beads.

You can also use this method to make short dangles or loops by threading multiple seed beads before going back through the sequin.

Step 6: Sequin Backstitch With Trailing Beads

Another decorative variation good for outlining, or for filling in areas if the rows are offset. You can also scatter these (one sequin with trailing beads) instead of putting them in a line.

Bring the needle up through the fabric and thread on a few beads (how many is your preference) and a sequin. Make sure all your sequins are facing the same way if they’re cupped.

To make a line, go back down through the fabric and come back up to the left (to the right if you’re left-handed and working left to right). The exact distance will be determined by how big your sequins are and how many beads you’re using.

Thread on more beads and another sequin, and go back down right where your last stitch ended. Repeat.

To scatter this motif, take a few small stitches on the wrong side to secure everything after each bead/sequin combo is sewn down.

Sequin fabric is the peacock of the fabric world. So pretty, so flashy and so hard to resist. I’ve sewn with it a few times and it is not without its challenges. There are already a lot of great tips out there for sewing with sequins that have helped me on my journey but I thought it would be worthwhile to add my two cents on what’s worked for me and where I’ve run into frustration.

7 TIPS FOR SEWING SEQUIN FABRIC

1) Choose a simple pattern

First off, determine if your fabric has stretch in it. Sequin fabric can be stretchy (hello, ice dancing costume!) or not and you’ll want to choose a pattern accordingly. Sequins are significantly bulkier than regular fabric so you’ll also want to choose a simple shape, i.e. not very many pattern pieces. (This will also help you in tip two.)

For example, instead of a dress pattern with princess seams, choose one like the Mesa Dress with a simple front and back and no darts (check out my sequin Mesa Dress here). For separates, you might try one of my patterns – a Lou Box Top or Nita Wrap Skirt. Both have endured the sequin test with success. Last month on Instagram, Victoria shared a sequin Lou Box Top that is just to-die-for. It’s a very simple shape with just two pattern pieces plus I have instructions for how to line it here. I made a Nita Wrap Skirt from sequin fabric last month and shared specific tips here.

2) Include a lining

As someone who has not worn many sequin fabrics, I never realized before that sequins are really scratchy and uncomfortable. When sewing your own garment, you’ll want to choose a pattern that includes a lining or add one to the pattern.

3) Take care of your equipment

Sequins are nasty little buggers that will dull any blade. So, use an old pair of scissors to cut the fabric and definitely don’t use your serger. On the advice of By Hand London, I used a leather needle and stitched right through the sequins. A leather needle is made to pierce the fabric and I didn’t have any problems.

BONUS TIP: If your sequin fabric has stretch, remember to use a stitch that also has stretch. (But again, do NOT use the serger.) I used a narrow zig-zag stitch and it worked just fine.

4) There will be sequins. Everywhere.

Place a drop cloth underneath the area where you are cutting the sequin fabric. I especially had this problem when I made this sequin dress and removed the sequins from the hem allowance. A year later, I’m still finding sequins (which may say more about my housekeeping ;).

5) Don’t sweat it

If you’re lazy or just crunched for time AND your sequins are small, it’s ok to NOT remove the sequins from the seam allowance. I know, that’s maybe a little controversial. It’s a personal choice but I found the sequin removal to be really tedious and just not worth the trouble.

I was working with small sequins in a serpentine pattern so there was no easy way to remove a bunch at once. It took hours and my hand cramped from gripping the seam ripper for so long. If I were going to wear the sequin garment often or if it was for a very important event, I might take the extra time to remove the sequins. But, in reality, I’ve worn my sequin garments once (or never!) so spending hours removing sequins and making a big mess just wasn’t worth it to me.

By the way, Sara does a great job of explaining both methods (removing and not removing the sequins) in this post on the We All Sew blog.

6) Don’t iron but do press

The heat from an iron can damage the sequins but you will want to get those seams as flat as possible. If you’re not removing the sequins from the seam allowance, you’ll need a bit of pressure to flatten them. Sometimes finger pressing will work but if you need more force, you can use a rolling pin or something similar.

7) Don’t topstitch

A topstitch just doesn’t work with sequin fabric but since you’ve included a lining, you can slip stitch the hem to the lining. If your fabric is stretchy, remember to use a hand stitch that has stretch in it. Lucky for you, I have a tutorial on how to do that right here.

How to sew a sequin on fabric

Let’s cut straight to the chase – my biggest tip for sewing with sequins is to just go for it! Every girl needs a little sparkle in her wardrobe and it isn’t anywhere near as difficult as you might imagine. Follow our top tips and you will be taking the world by storm in your dazzling handmade outfit in no time.

Choosing a Sewing Pattern

The first thing to get right is to choose a suitable sewing pattern. Try to choose something with simple lines and minimal seams and fuss. A simple shift dress or T-shirt or blouse pattern is a great place to start.

Bear in mind you will probably want to line your sequin garment and possibly bind some of the seams to prevent unwanted ex-foliation of your body. Another reason why it is a good idea to keep things simple.

I chose New Look 6543 since there were no fastenings required and minimal seams to sew. It does have bust darts, which I felt necessary for my small busted frame, but these were easy enough to sew.

How to sew a sequin on fabric

Cutting Sequin Fabric

First things first it is best to cut sequin fabric on a single layer with the nap (if there is one) in the same direction on all pieces.

How to sew a sequin on fabric

For pieces normally cut on the fold, pin the pattern piece to a single layer of fabric, cut around all the edges except the one that would normally be on the fold.

Mark the fabric along the edge that would normally be placed on the fold (I used pins to do this) then flip the pattern piece over lining the same edge up with your markings and pin in place. Cut out the other side.

How to sew a sequin on fabric

How to sew a sequin on fabric

For pieces that need to be cut out twice simply cut each one out separately. If the pattern piece isn’t symmetrical remember to flip the pattern piece to the wrong side for one of the fabric pieces otherwise you will end up with two fabric pieces the same.

Secondly don’t use your precious dressmaking scissors for this task. The sequins can blunt the blades. I used my kitchen scissors or a decent pair of paper scissors should suffice.

How to sew a sequin on fabric

You will probably find there are sequins flying everywhere so you may want to protect your eyes.

Marking Sequin Fabric

If you’ve chosen a pattern with simple lines there won’t be many marks to make, but I would recommend using an air erasable or water erasable pen like this one if using a lightly coloured sequin fabric.

Alternatively you could use a tailors tack. You can see how to do this in this article.

Sewing Sequin Fabric

One of the issues with sewing sequin fabric is that you may experience broken needles, although this depends on the type and size of sequins.

I sewed a top in our John Kaldor Luxor sequin fabric without trimming any sequins off and didn’t break a single needle. The sequins are relatively small and more sparsely scattered than in some types of sequin fabric.

However, if you are working with larger or more densely applied sequins you may want to trim the sequins off the seam allowances before sewing them to prevent broken needles. This might seem time consuming, but it will save you a lot of heartache in the long run. If trimming you could sew a basting stitch in a contrasting thread to mark the seamline as a guide. If the sequins are sewn in strings simply tie the loose threads to secure them after trimming.

I would recommend testing on a scrap of fabric first to see if this is necessary and to make sure you are happy with the outcome. It is also worth keeping a scrap of the fabric spare in case you need to hand sew a few sequins onto the garment to cover any bald spots at the end.

Choose your needle to suit the base fabric as long as you plan to trim off the sequins or they are sparsely scattered. I used a universal needle and set my machine for fine fabrics such as chiffon or organza since the mesh the sequins are sewn onto was very fine.

If sewing with a stretch sequin fabric don’t use your overlocker, rather use a ballpoint or stretch needle and a slight zig zag stitch on your sewing machine.

Remember to line your sequin garment to prevent any nasty scratchiness. I used our John Kaldor cotton jersey Cadiz fabric for my top then finished the neckline, armholes and hem with satin bias. Alternatively you could hand sew or machine sew your hem depending on the look you want to create.

I used pins to mark the seamline for the satin bias then used those same pins to attach the bias in the right position before sewing.

How to sew a sequin on fabric

How to sew a sequin on fabric

Pressing Sequin Fabric

Sequins are plastic and will melt under the iron so it is best to finger press the fabric instead. I did, albeit very cautiously, use my iron on the darts and side seams, but used a pressing cloth folded to create several layers and a dry iron with no steam. As always test on a scrap of fabric first.

How to sew a sequin on fabric

Caring for Sequin Fabric

Dry cleaning or hand washing with a mild detergent is the only option for sequin fabrics.

If you’re thinking about making a dress for the festive season, you might be pondering how to make it a showstopper. May I suggest adding some head-turning sparkle with sequins? Sequin fabrics can definitely be time-consuming to sew, but just think of the wow factor as you swan into that soirĂ©e!

How to sew a sequin on fabric

For one of the versions of the Joni dress pattern from my book Stretch! I used a sequin knit on the skirt part. (I didn’t use sequins on the bodice as the twist front would be a bit bulky and scratchy against your skin.) Sequin knit fabrics have sequins sewn onto a knitted base material, such as mesh. They work well with simple styles with few seams. The stretch factor makes them easy to fit and relatively comfortable to wear.

Here are my tips for sewing with sequin fabrics.

It’s easiest to cut sequin fabric on a single layer, so trace any pattern pieces that say ‘place on fold’ (such as the Joni pattern skirt) as a double piece.

Check if the sequins are running in one direction – if they are, lay out all the pieces so the sequins are running down the fabric. Line up the grainline arrow with the first line of sequins at the edge of the fabric. Hold the pieces in place with pattern weights.

Use scissors that you don’t mind blunting – I use paper scissors. Watch out for flying sequins as you cut! It’s a good idea to wear glasses or goggles for this bit.

Put on your favourite music, and invest in some time unpicking or snipping sequins from the seam allowances, using either a seam ripper or small scissors. This will give you a smoother seam, it will make the seams less bulky and scratchy on your skin, and can help avoid broken needles. To save time, you could trim down the seam allowances by 5mm (¼in) so you only have 10mm (3⁄8in) seam allowances to unpick. If you do this, just remember to sew the seams with a 10mm (3⁄8in) seam allowance later on.

If the sequins are sewn on in strings, rather than individually, and you’re worried about them falling off, you can hand-knot the loose threads together.

Snips may not be visible amongst all that glitz – so, if you need to add notches, mark them with tailor’s tacks or a washable pen on the mesh side of the fabric.

How to sew a sequin on fabric

If your sequin fabric has a knit base, sew them with a regular sewing machine, not an overlocker (serger). Try a 70/11 ballpoint or stretch needle, and have a back up or two in case it breaks! Again, it’s a good idea to protect your eyes with glasses or goggles in case this happens.

Hem the garment by machine with a 3 x 3mm zigzag, or by hand using a catch stitch.

Sequins can melt, so finger-press the seams open rather than ironing them. If the seam allowances look a bit sparse where you’ve removed the sequins, you could cut some sequins from any leftover fabric and hand sew them into the gaps – if you have the patience!

Dry clean or hand wash your finished dress with mild detergent.

Have you sewn with sequins before? If you’ve learnt any tips I’ve left out, please let us know in the comments 🙂

This is an extract from my book Stretch! Make Yourself Comfortable Sewing with Knit Fabrics, which includes loads more tips for using overlockers, as well as patterns and fabric tips for sewing clothes with stretch knit fabrics.

Published by Quadrille (Hardie Grant)
Photos: Fanni Williams
Model: Alexandra Bruce
Hair and make up: Danni Looker

How to sew a sequin on fabric

Sequin fabric is renowned for being one of the most awkward fabrics to work with. But now is a better time than ever to face up to this material and make the most of its potential. Whether you’re creating items for your own use or to sell, the dazzle of sequins is achieving peak popularity when it comes to various areas of textile design, from clothing to homeware and even hair accessories! Now, there are all sorts of different sequin materials out there, so to try to explain them all in one article would be futile. For now, let’s focus on stretch sequin fabrics.

Types of Stretch Sequin Fabric

  • Metallic (usually aluminium based)
  • Polyester film to prevent tarnishing and staining
  • Not affected by salt water (can be used for swimwear)
  • Flexible
  • Dye resistant
  • Very stretchy
  • Solvent resistant
  • Good ventilation
  • Can be dyed
  • Relatively stretchy
  • Lightweight
  • Resistant to sunlight, sweat, and detergents
  • Retractive (forms a “second skin”)
  • Can be dyed
  • Extremely stretchy (can be stretched four to seven times its original length)

See our full range of sequin fabrics here .

How to sew a sequin on fabric

Before you cut your materials or start laying down your pattern pieces, you have a couple of things to bear in mind. The first is that sequin fabrics have a nap. The nap is the direction that the sequins are lying in. You want this to be uniform, especially if the sequins on your fabric have a different coloured underside. Failing to identify the nap could result in a mismatched final project with sequins lying in all sorts of directions and colour varying in different parts of your item. The easiest way to achieve uniformity is to cut your fabric so that all of the sequins face down. If you’re using two-tone sequin fabric, cut the piece so that the colour you want to show off the most is facing down. Once this is all settled, place your fabric shiny side down. You can then place your pattern piece on the dull side. The second thing you need to bear in mind is that the material is stretchy. The best way to deal with this is to make use of a cutting mat and keep your pattern piece in place by weighing it down with fabric weights. You should then use a sharp rotary cutter to cut around it. This will prove a lot more effective than pinning your pattern piece to the fabric and cutting around it with scissors. You will get a much cleaner cut and finish. Bear in mind that pieces of sequins are likely to fly out as they are cut, so go slowly and mind your eyes.

Now, you may be wondering whether you need a heavy duty needle in your machine to puncture through the tough sequins. The answer to this is no. The best way to go about sewing your fabric without damaging your needle is to mark out your seam lines with a contrasting basting stitch. You can then remove the sequins along this line with a quick unpicker. This will make the fabric easier to sew and will also prevent seams from bulking. This also means that you can use a ball point needle in your machine, which works much better with the stretch fabric that the sequins are lay on. Opt for a zig zag or stretch stitch as you would with any other stretch fabric to prevent seams from splitting or fraying in places.

While sewing with sequin fabric may seem complex at first may seem complex, you will quickly get used to it. How have you progressed with your use of the fabric? Keep us updated in the comments section below!

How to attach Centre-Hole Sequins to Clothes

It totally depends on you which method you want to choose.

In this article, we will explain to you three different methods for attaching sequins to clothes.

Method 1: Sticking Sequins with Fabric Glue

If you don’t want to sew sequins you can always stick them with the help of fabric glue.

Fabric glue makes a strong bond of sequins with fabric.

This method is the easiest and simplest; it is really useful when you are dealing with small sequins.

Method 2: Sewing Sequins with Needle and Thread

You can easily sew sequins to fabric with needle and thread.

1) Pass the thread through the eye of the needle and tie a knot at the end of the thread (It is good to use the thread of the same color as the sequin).

2) Bring thread and needle under the fabric.

3) Now, bring the needle up by passing it through the fabric and add a sequin to the thread.

4) Then, stitch straight down the edge of the sequin and come back up through the center of the sequin.

5) Repeat the above step to get as many stitches as you want.

6) At the end, tie a knot under the fabric to secure all the sequins.

Minimum two stitches are required to keep the sequin in place.

Method 3: Sewing Sequins with Beads

If you want to experiment a bit and want a little dimension in your designs then you can add seed beads with sequins to your designs.

1) Pass the thread through the eye of the needle and tie a knot at the end.

2) Bring the thread and the needle under the fabric.

3) Now, bring the thread and needle up by passing them through the fabric and add a sequin to the thread.

4) Add a bead to the needle.

5) Pass the thread straight down the center of the sequin skipping the bead. (Remember, if you pass the needle back through the bead then the bead will fall off)

6) Repeat the same procedures to add as many sequins as you want.

7) In the end, tie a knot under the fabric to secure sequin and bead.

All these are methods are very easy and the results are always beautiful. You can choose the method that suits your requirement.

Any fabric can be adorned with beads, sequins and embroidery

The type of pattern and decoration on fabric varies hugely. Indian wedding attire uses brightly coloured fabrics heavily adorned with gold/silver embroidery, beads, sequins, crystals and also mirrorwork in patterns influenced by Indian nature. In the western world seed pearls, crystals and beads and embroidery are used to adorn wedding dresses.

Beads are shapes with a hole pierced through the centre for a thread to go through. They are available in a wide range of sizes and colours.

How to sew a sequin on fabric

Sequins are flat shapes with a hole for thread to go through, usually made from plastic or metal. They are available in a wide variety of colours/shapes and some have multiple facets to reflect light. Sequins can be stitched flat to fabric or stitched at only one point so they dangle.

Types of beadHow to sew a sequin on fabric

Most beads are spheres made from glass, plastic or metal, but stone, bone, horn, seeds, shells, wood, crystal and pearls are also used.

Bugle beads – Narrow tubes available in a variety of lengths – they can be twisted along their length. Available in plain colours or clear with a coloured centre. They can be used in a variety of ways, e.g. in geometric decorative patterns such as /\/\/\/\/\/ ///// \\\\\ IIIII —–

Crystals/diamante – Available in a variety of colours and shapes/sizes. Diamantes often have a mirror finished back to reflect light.

Drop beads – Any bead shaped like a pear, with a hole at the narrow end or lengthwise through the bead.

Faceted beads – Usually based on a spherical shape, made with many facets in order to catch the light in different ways. They are often given an iridescent finish to reflect colour/light.

Rhinestones – Usually round in shape, secured in a metal bracket. There are channels on the back to pass a thread through. Top Tip: Try to use rhinestones that are backed with stainless steel to avoid them rusting and staining the garment.

Seed beads – Tiny round beads, usually made from clear glass with coloured centres or in pearlised finishes.

Types of sequin

Cups – Round with a faceted surface and a bowl-like shape that helps to reflect the light – they have a central hole.

Flat – Round in shape with a flat surface – they have a central hole.

Paillets – Round, large and flat sequins that have a hole close to one edge to allow them to dangle.

Shaped: Flowers, stars, snowflakes, hexagons, seasonal shapes etc in various materials and sizes.

Spangles – Sequins with the hole located at the top to allow them to dangle and create a shimmering effect.

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Methods of attaching beads and sequins to fabrics

Usually specialist computer programmed industrial sewing machines are used to create intricate designs, but other methods include:

Sewing machine beading attachment – A string of beads or sequins is sewn on using a zig zag stitch.

Hand stitching – A beading needle and fine thread is used to sew on individual beads.

Tambour – Fabric is mounted onto a frame and beads/sequins are threaded onto a reel of thread. A very fine metal hook is pushed through the fabric to make a chain stitch and catch a bead or sequin in place at the same time. A huge variety of effects can be achieved.

Gluing – A flexible fabric glue needs to be used. Specialist glue guns and sequins are available.

Iron-on transfers – Strips of diamante/beads and decorative motifs are available.

Sequin fabric is a type of fabric covered with plastic or metal shaped pieces. It is also commonly referred to as ‘sequence fabric’, though the only correct term is ‘sequin’. Sequins vary in size, shape and color. They can be glossy or matt, reversible or one-side. The most popular backing fabrics include tulle or chiffon.

What makes sequin fabrics so hot? They look ultramodern and stylish no matter what you sew them into: a boxy top, a pair of cigarette pants or a chic jacket. Designers use two variations: all-over sequin embroideries (which can get quite heavy!) and random sequins stitched on tulle, lace, silk and more. These shiny pieces can accentuate some areas or outline the entire pattern of the fabric.

How to sew a sequin on fabric

Types of Sequin Fabrics

Sequin fabrics are hard to pass by. They are so dazzling and tempting even when they just lay on store shelves rolled up in bolts! How to choose the most suitable sequin material for your project? Let’s zoom in on the various types one can find online:

Backing

Transparency

Stretch

Usually there’s a slight stretch

Either opaque or translucent

Sheer or semi-sheer

Stretch or no stretch

Stretch or no stretch

Another way to categorize sequin fabrics is by the shape of the sequin. Originally, all sequins were round and looked like coins (in fact, the term comes from the Arabic word ‘sikka’ which stands for ‘coin’). Women attached them to their skirts, dresses and blouses as a symbol of wealth. Nowadays, you’ll be amazed by the variety of shapes available on the market. Modern sequins are usually made of plastic, and there are literally dozens of geometrical shapes to choose from:

  1. circle, or round
  2. square
  3. rectangular
  4. flowers
  5. stars
  6. snowflakes
  7. polygon
  8. oval, etc.

How to sew a sequin on fabric

Mermaid Sequin Fabric

Depending on the way sequins are stitched to the ground, they can be completely stable or easily flipped over with the sweeping of a hand. The second technique is commonly found in fabrics embellished with two-toned sequins, which means that the two sides of each disk are different in color. These are the so-called reversible sequin fabrics, also known as mermaid sequins.

The best thing about such materials is that one can actually write or draw on them, creating one-of-a-kind designs. How do you use it to your advantage?

    Mermaid sequin dress

Sequins or paillettes? Nowadays, these terms are used interchangeably, ‘paillette’ being a French word. Mind that some people use ‘paillettes’ for larger, round, flat disks with a hole in the middle, and ‘sequins’ for cup-shaped disks.

How to sew a sequin on fabric

Tips for Sewing Sequin Fabrics

Sequins are not the easiest thing to sew. They require extra care and extra effort, but the result is worth it all. Read on to find out some tips on how to minimize the risk of damaging your sequin fabric and be 100% sure you’ll get what you’ve exactly planned for.

    Choose the right backing.

What to Make with Sequin Fabric

Sequins are an ideal adornment that fits many purposes. From evening wear and glamorous dresses to purses, shoes and home décor, there’s a thousand ways to use them. Such fabrics are often chosen for dancewear because of their flash appearance. If sequins are stitched onto the knit backing, one can make bodycon pieces, but if they sit on chiffon or organza fabrics, loose and boxy silhouettes are the best fit.

Still making up your mind about what to sew with sequins? Take a look at the list of ideas:

  • Sequin dress or skirt: from red sequin fabric to copy Marilyn Monroe’s iconic gown to multicolored versions for any whimsy. Floral designs on lace get a high score:

How to sew a sequin on fabric

  • Sequin jacket: try reversible sequins for a stunning color effect, like this silver sequin fabric:

How to sew a sequin on fabric

  • Sequin pants: whether you go with a lounge-wear style or a cigarette cut, choose the best colorway available:

How to sew a sequin on fabric

  • Sequin coat: go big with this high fashion sequin fur:

How to sew a sequin on fabric

  • Overlays: sequin tulle fabric is great for cover-ups:

How to sew a sequin on fabric

Tissura Collection

Sequined fabrics are some of the most luxurious textiles in the world. They reflect light and sparkle beautifully. At Tissura, you can buy online sequin fabrics coming in extensive selection and produced by the leading European brands. Sequins can cover the entire surface, be sewn next to each other or in an overlapping manner, or in an intricate pattern.

Tissura offers exclusive sequin fabrics from such famous manufacturers as:

  • Jakob Schlaepfer (Switzerland)
  • Forster Rohner (Switzerland)
  • HOH (Austria)
  • Aldo Bianchi (Italy)
  • Riechers Marescot (France)
  • Sophie Hallette (France)
  • HOH (France).

These textile brands supply fabrics to the legendary fashion houses, and everything about their fabrics breathes perfection. Check out the entire collection of sequin fabrics by clicking on the button below:

How to sew a sequin on fabric

Silk is a timelessly trendy natural fabric woven from the cocoons of silk worms. The world’s most famous fashion brands regularly apply it for various men’s and women’s outfits earning the admiration of the audience.

How to sew a sequin on fabric

How to stay cool on a hot summer day? Wear fabrics built for the heat. Cotton, linen, viscose, silk – there are dozens of summer-friendly materials you can choose for your wardrobe. The best fabric to opt for when the temperature rises should be breathable and comfortable.

How to sew a sequin on fabric

The wedding dress is one of the most important clothing items a woman gets to choose in her lifetime. It can be made of silk or cotton, lace or tulle, be strewn with sequins or embroidered with beads.

Nowadays, people prefer to buy ready-to-wear clothing for convenience. However, sewing your clothes is a great idea that allows you to create the apparel you want to wear and apply your creativity, especially when certain designs aren’t available in the market or are too expensive for your pocket.

You can also choose the fabric and ensure that materials are well suited for your liking and taste! Fortunately, this is also applicable to creating elegant gowns and dresses. If you’re opting for a glam look, sequins are perfect for you. Sequins are great to add spark to your dress for a glitzy and enchanting look, making you feel like a superstar.

How to sew a sequin on fabric

Unfortunately, working with sequins isn’t as easy as one two three but don’t worry because we got you with our ten tips to make your sewing experience with sequins more fun and easier!

Before we proceed to our ten tips, let’s have a short background about sequins.

How to sew a sequin on fabric

There are various varieties of sequins fabric. Usually, sequins are sewn on the fabric, making it easier to sew and work with.

The fabric comes in various fibers such as silk, cotton, or wool and can be woven or knitted. The good news is that below tips we have prepared can be used for all these varieties.

How to sew a sequin on fabric

1. Pattern weights vs. pins

Although pins are more used when sewing, pattern weights are preferable when working with sequins since the fabric is heavier. This will also not pierce or damage your work, unlike pins.

For some neat ideas on making pattern weights, please check out this post:

2. Make your pattern simple

Lesser seams mean less complications, thus fewer things to worry about. This is the reason why it is better to have a simpler pattern to have less problem and work in terms of clearing seams allowance, especially if you’re just new and beginner in sewing with sequins. Lastly, this will result in faster sewing.

3. Don’t use new scissors to cut sequin fabric

There’s no need to use new expensive scissors when cutting sequin fabric because sequins can dull its blade. This is why it’s better to use old scissors to protect your new scissor’s sharpness.

For other questions about what you can and can’t cut with sewing scissors, don’t miss this post:

4. Wear safety goggles when sewing and cutting sequins

It’s necessary to wear safety goggles while working with sequins as they tend to fly away and hit your eyes. Therefore, be careful and protect your eyes.

5. Use a fine needle

It’s important to use high-quality needles and needles with size 70 is a good fit when working with sequins. However, extra needles ready for use are still needed just in case you break your needles.

For more tips on avoiding broken needles, please check out this post:

6. Cut your fabric in the same direction

Like the other fabrics, such as velvet, it is necessary to cut sequin fabric in the same direction because sequins can shimmer differently, whether downward or upward. Cutting the pattern pieces on a single layer of cloth should be observed.

7. Cut away the sequins at the stitching line before sewing

This tip allows you to prevent the breakage of a needle on sequins. However, you must keep the excess sequins just in case you’ll need them in filling the gaps if you cut away sequins too much.

8. Beads and not sequins? Tape them with a clear tape down on the stitching line

You can remove the clear tape after busting the beads carefully with a hammer. With this, you don’t have to worry about breaking your needles with beads while sewing.

9. Be cautious when using an iron

When using your iron, make sure to put it in low temperature and try it on scrap first to ensure that your work wouldn’t mess up. A pressing cloth might be useful because sequins tend to melt.

If you end up getting your iron dirty with melted sequins, here are some great tips and tricks on how to clean your iron:

10. Sew slowly but surely!

If you don’t rush in sewing sequin fabric, you can easily control and manage your seams and when to stop the needle. This also allows you to avoid sequins and prevent breaking needles.

Where to get sequin fabric?

If you’re ready to try your hand at sewing with sequin fabric, Amazon is always a good source of low-cost fabric. Please give it a try and let us know in the comments below how you go. If you have any thoughts you’d like to share with other readers on how best to sew with sequin fabric, please leave them in the comments below as well.

Sequin fabric can look wonderful when added to a garment or home decor project, but it can be difficult to work with. Ashley Hough gives you tips for sewing sequin fabric that will make cutting and working with the fabric much easier.

Sequin Types

When sewing sequin fabric, it is important to know what kind of sequin fabric you are working with. There are two main types of sequin fabric and Ashley shares both types with you. The types of sequin fabric are determined by how the sequins are attached to the base fabric, which is generally either with glue or they are sewn in place. Ashley also shows some of the different ways that sequins can be sewn onto fabric, either tightly or loosely spaced all over the fabric or sewn in just some areas. Ashley then gives tips on cutting out sequin fabric including using a dedicated pair of scissors since plastic sequins can dull fabric scissors quickly.

Sewing

When sewing sequin fabric, removing the sequins from the seam line is sometimes required. Ashley explains which type of sequin fabric requires this preparation and which can be sewn through using the proper needle. When working with different fabric, especially specialty fabric like sequin fabric, using the proper needles, thread and other tools is important.

Ashley then demonstrates two different methods for removing sequin from the seam allowance prior to sewing sequin fabric. The method you choose to use will depend on how the sequins are attached to the fabric as well as whether you plan to re-use or re-attach the sequins to the fabric once the seam is stitched. Ashley also shares more tips on sewing sequins including how to finish seams in a garment that are going to lay against the skin as sequins can be scratchy and uncomfortable.

Enjoyed the video on sequins but I have a question. I tried to sew on the type A or 1 and used the denim needle. But I had so many skipped stitches and I think it was because of the glue. My needle got all sticky from it. How do I overcome this problem?

Hi,
I have to admit that I have never had this issue before. Typically glue does not gum up a needle once it is dry. I would recommend trying to remove the sequins and glue as I showed by using a warm iron. I know this will be a lengthy process, but it may be worth it in order to reduce the skipped stitches and help the end project look nicer. Also, if you feel like there is still glue or residue on your needle- clean if off using a cotton ball and some rubbing alcohol.
Cheers,
Ashley

I have trouble with the glue sticking to my machine needles when sewing type 1 sequin fabric

When I have tried to sew with the glued sequin fabrics the sewing machine needle gets all gummed up. What do you do in this case?

There are a few options- one would be to remove the sequins before trying to stitch through them. You can do this by picking or peeling them off, or you can use the very tip of a small applique iron to ‘warm’ up the glue holding the sequin on and then take the sequin off. Removing the sequin this way actually removes a small amount of the glue too, which should help stop the needle from gumming up.

Another option is to just clean your needle frequently while sewing using a cotton swab and rubbing alcohol to remove the glue residue.

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