May 30, 2023

Add Some Sparkle: Learn How to Sew Sequins

If you’ve ever wanted to add a touch of glitz and glamour to your handmade designs, then look no further – sequins are the answer! This blog post explores how to sew sequins into the fabric. From choosing the right fabrics and needles to properly attaching each piece of hardware to your garment, you'll get all the tips and tricks necessary for mastering this craft.

If you're an aspiring fashion designer or just looking for a fun new project, grab some thread and follow along as we uncover the secrets behind adding dazzling embellishments with ease!

Understanding Sequins

Sequins are small, shiny embellishments that add instant glamour and allure to any garment or craft project. With a rich history dating back centuries, sequins have become a staple in fashion and design. Understanding the types of sequins available allows you to select the perfect ones for your desired effect. Here are some common types of sequins to consider:

  • Round sequins: The classic choice, round sequins come in various sizes and are versatile for both subtle and bold applications.
  • Flat sequins: These have a flat, disc-like shape and are ideal for creating a smooth and streamlined look.
  • Cupped sequins: With a slightly concave shape, cupped sequins add dimension and depth to your designs.
  • Shaped sequins: From stars and hearts to flowers and animals, shaped sequins offer endless possibilities for thematic or whimsical creations.
  • Iridescent sequins reflect different colors depending on the angle, creating a stunning shimmer effect.
  • Holographic sequins: Known for their vibrant and multidimensional appearance, they create a striking visual impact.
  • Matte sequins: Matte sequins have a non-reflective surface, offering a subtle and sophisticated touch.
  • Metallic sequins: These have a metallic finish, providing a glamorous and eye-catching look.
  • Seed bead sequins: Tiny seed beads strung together to form a sequin-like effect, perfect for intricate and delicate designs.

Exploring the variety of sequin options will inspire your creativity and allow you to choose the perfect sequins for your next sewing project.

Materials Needed When Sewing Sequins In a Fabric

You'll need a few essential tools and materials to sew sequins successfully. Here is a numbered list of what you'll need and a brief explanation of each:

  1. Sewing machine or needle and thread: Depending on the complexity of your project, you can choose between using a regular sewing machine or sewing by hand with a needle and thread.
  2. Sequins: Select the type, shape, and color of sequins that align with your project's vision. Consider the size and quantity needed to achieve the desired effect.
  3. Fabric: Choose a fabric that complements your sequins and suits the project. Standard options include silk, chiffon, satin, or stretch fabrics. Ensure the material is appropriate for the weight of the sequins to prevent tearing or distortion. A sequin fabric may also be used for a unique, sparkling finish.
  4. Thread: Opt for a strong and durable thread that matches or complements the color of your sequins. Polyester or nylon threads are often recommended for their strength. A matching thread also helps the sequins blend in with the fabric for a seamless look.
  5. Needles: Use needles specifically designed for sequin sewing. Sharps or embroidery needles with a larger eye suitably accommodate sequins and thread smoothly.
  6. Thimble: Protect your fingers while sewing by using a thimble. It provides stability and prevents pricking or soreness.
  7. Scissors: Have a sharp pair of fabric scissors to cut the thread and trim excess fabric.
  8. Beeswax or thread conditioner: Applying beeswax or thread conditioner to your thread can help prevent tangling and make sewing smoother.
  9. Marking tools: Choose marking tools suitable for your fabric, such as tailor's chalk or fabric pens, to transfer pattern markings accurately.
  10. Seam ripper: Mistakes happen, and a seam ripper will come in handy for undoing stitches or removing sequins if needed.

These readily available tools and materials will ensure a seamless and enjoyable sequin sewing experience. Remember to gather all the necessary supplies before starting your project to avoid any interruptions.

Step-by-step Guide on How to Sew Sequins

Learning how to sew sequins is an invaluable skill for any crafter, from scattered sequins to intricate patterns. Here are the necessary steps to take when embarking on your next sequin project:

1. Prepare Your Workspace

Clear a spacious and well-lit area to work on your sequin sewing project. Having ample room will allow you to maneuver the fabric and sequins comfortably. Ensure that no distractions or clutter may interfere with your work. Gather all the tools and materials mentioned in the above section, such as your sequined fabric and scissors, ensuring they are within reach for easy access.

2. Mark the Placement

Using tailor's chalk or fabric pens, mark the desired placement of the sequins on your fabric. Take precise measurements and ensure the markings are symmetrical and aligned if your design requires it. Clear and visible markings will guide your sewing and help you achieve the desired pattern or arrangement.

3. Thread the Needle

Cut a length of manageable thread that won't easily tangle or break. Thread the needle, ensuring that the thread is long enough for your intended sewing area. Tie a secure knot at the end of the thread, leaving a small tail. This knot will anchor your thread and prevent it from slipping through the fabric while sewing.

4. Start Sewing Individual Sequins

Bring the needle up from the underside of the fabric at the marked point where you want to attach the sequin. Thread a sequin onto the needle, positioning it on top of the fabric according to your design. Pass the needle back through the sequin and the fabric, creating a stitch that secures the sequin in place. Repeat this process for each sequin, maintaining even spacing and alignment as you go along. Don't pull the thread too tightly; it may pucker the fabric or distort the sequins.

When you sew individual sequins, you need to also pay attention to the direction of each sequin's pattern. This will help create a uniform, continuous design.

5. Sew Sequin Strands or Appliqués

Position sequin strands or pre-made sequin appliqués on the fabric according to the markings. Thread the needle, bringing it up through the fabric and the first hole or attachment point of the strand/appliqué. Pass the needle back down through the material, securing the strand/appliqué in place. Repeat this process for each attachment point, ensuring the strand/appliqué lies flat and secure against the fabric.

6. Handling Different Shapes and Sizes

You can adjust your sewing technique based on the shape and size of the sequins. Larger sequins may require multiple stitches or additional thread to attach them to the fabric securely. Take your time to position them properly and ensure they lie flat. For sequins with small or intricate designs, be cautious to avoid seizing through their holes, as it may cause them to lose their intended shape.

Loose sequins may be secured with a single stitch through their center or attached to the fabric using fabric glue.

7. Conceal the Stitching Thread

As you sew, periodically secure the thread on the underside of the fabric with small backstitches or knots. This will prevent the thread from unraveling and keep your sequins firmly in place. Weave the thread back through a few stitches or knots to further secure it. Trim any excess thread carefully, ensuring not to cut too close to the fabric to avoid accidental unraveling.

8. Finishing Touches

Inspect your work once all the sequins are attached. Check that they are securely sewn and properly aligned. If necessary, gently press the fabric with an iron on a low setting to remove any wrinkles or creases that may have formed during the sewing process. Avoid directly ironing over the sequins, as they may melt or lose their shine.

9. Care and Maintenance

After you complete your sequin sewing project, please follow the recommended care instructions for your fabric and sequins. Some delicate or heavily sequined garments may require hand washing or professional dry cleaning to preserve their integrity. Always handle and store your sequined items carefully to avoid damaging or dislodging their sequins.

With a little effort and knowledge, adding sequins to your fabric projects is easier than you think! There's no limit to what you can do – making a statement costume or jazzing up a casual outfit; you'll find many ideas to ensure your work stands out.

Next time you're feeling crafty, give the added glamour of sequins a try and let your creativity stay in the limelight. Who knows? You may find yourself taking over the fashion industry with your inspired designs!

Michelle Schmidt

Michelle is the founder and lead designer of MPowered Dancewear, a Minneapolis-based costume shop specializing in vibrant salsa performance attire. With over 8 years of experience crafting eye-catching designs for local dance teams, her creations enable dancers to feel confident and captivating as they sway across the floor.  

An expert on sewing dazzling dance costumes, Michelle loves to share her skills and knowledge by publishing sewing tutorials focused on helping aspiring designers create their own sensational Latin dancewear.

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