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Topic: Anything I should know before hand-sewing sequins by the yard?  (Read 1030 times)
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« on: April 17, 2009 10:05:30 PM »

I'm filling an applique in with sequins.  In the name of better control (and being afraid of breaking a needling on the glass beads), I'm hand-sewing them.  In the name of speed, I'm using pre-strung sequins by the yard.  The only info I could find about hand-sewing sequins by the yard was this:


It never occurred to me to stitch at a 45 degree angle (I was going to go straight across), so I'm wondering if there's anything I haven't thought of yet.  Anyone have tips or know of more detailed directions?


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« Reply #1 on: April 19, 2009 08:42:38 AM »

I have a book that shows designer how-to's.  What they did for sewing any trim in the middle of a garment, where you cant tuck the ends into a seam, is to unravel about 4-6" on the end of the trim and pull the cords to the back of the garment where you can finish them off.  I think the 45degree angle is to make the thread slide between the sequins so you won't see it.
« Reply #2 on: April 20, 2009 02:28:44 PM »

Are you sure you want to hand sew them? There are some wonderful fabric glues on the market.
« Reply #3 on: April 22, 2009 04:21:48 PM »

Thanks, x46, 4" is perfect for getting a thread that's just long enough to tie in a knot.  After sewing sequins around the first heart, I realized that sewing straight across at a 45 degree angle wasn't giving me the control I needed, so I've started sewing up on one side, down in the middle, then up on the other side, and back down in the middle. 

Considering how loooong it's taking me to do this, I can definitely see why BT suggested fabric glues, and I appreciate your suggestion.  However, I feel more confident about my sewing ability than my gluing ability--with sewing, I can easily rip out a stitch or rip the whole thing out if I change my mind.  Gluing seems more permanent. 

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