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Any tips for applying sequin trim?
Do people really hand stitch these?
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Date: 10/25/06 4:46 PM

Hi --

Would love to hear from you gals that use non stretch sequin trim (the prestrung kind). I am trying to finish up a costume for my daughter.

Fabric: uncooperative slippery stretch satin. I am trying to apply the sequins vertically where the stretch won't pop off the trim.

Failed Methods:

Aileens stretch glue -- Sequins aren't flat on back due to kinda thick string holding the strand together, this didn't want to hold them and then they shifted leaving some glue residue on the dress.

Machine stitch with various presser feet (including my useless sequin/ribbon foot). I did find the correct nap direction, but could not get my straight stitch to match up with the sequin hole exactly, so I got broken sequins and some that had holes and thread in random places.

Hand stitch -- This didn't go so well either...the bigger needle to get through the string back didn't get along well with my stretch satin (needle holes showed).

Please tell me there is an easy way to use this...I see lots of sequin laden costumes and I must be missing something!

How do people attach these with enough ease to accomodate a stretch fabric?

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Date: 10/25/06 5:28 PM

Hmm... a few years ago I did some colorguard costumes with sequin trim over the bodice. It was a stretch fabric. I think what I did was to hand sew it in place. Instead of going through the holes, I kinda zig zagged across the sequins using a clear thread. Also, I stretched the fabric slightly in order to add the necessary ease. The hardest part was making sure the ends wouldn't come apart. I removed sequins on the ends and pulled the threads to the back, securing it with a big knot and a touch of glue. The trim was in a zig zagging pattern, so it didn't need too much ease. Maybe for your daughter's costume, you could do curves or zig zagging designs as well. Good luck. It's a pain to sew sequins on.

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Date: 10/25/06 5:43 PM

Thanks for your quick reply!

Ok, maybe this is the missing link...sewing over the trim (is this called couching, maybe???). I was using a straight stitch.

I have another dumb question...why would a curve or zigzag design require less ease then say a straight line?

I will try going over the sequins w/invisible thread.

Thanks so much!

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Date: 10/25/06 5:49 PM

Wow, I just made a stretch satin top with 2" stretch sequin trim for the bottom banding and I just sewed it on with the sewing machine. None of the sequins broke. Are you using a "sharp" needle?

Oh - on second reading I see you used the non-stretch trim. Have you tried fusible stuff like Steam a Seam? I think it would work if you ironed it on from the back of the fabric - especially if you use the heavier-duty (not "lite") stuff.

At any rate, I think the "secret" is using stretch sequin trim. Sorry to be of no help whatsoever.

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Date: 10/25/06 6:37 PM

There is stretch sequin trim, but I couldn't get it at the last minute when I did those uniforms. If you can find it, that'll work. Anyway, to answer your question regarding the curve and zigzag. It's like sewing a t-shirt or other knits... they say to use a stretch stitch (zig zag) because the stitches will "stretch" when you pull it on. What happens is they just straighten out into a line and flex back into a zig zag. Curves will do it too, so if you add some curves or zig zags into the design, it will stretch a little when you need it to. Hope that helps.

I did a review on the guard uniforms too.. It was Kwik Sew 2722 (unitards). You can get a picture of what the zigzag looks like.
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Date: 10/25/06 8:25 PM

I attached non stretch sequin trim to hats for a skating costume. I used Gem Tac glue and glued them on. I used the thin 1 sequin trim on the hats and thicker (1" maybe) stretch trim on shirts and skorts. I glued it on the collar of the shirts and hand sewed it onto the sleeve cuffs and the skirt hems. You can see the skirts in my reviews (KS 3051) and the hat/shirt at the link below.
I hand sewed with a clear thread and took the thread through the sequins. I have had no problems with any of the trim, glued or sewn coming off and these have been skated in a handful of times so far. I tried Aleenes glue for rhinestones and they all fell off. Gem Tac works much better and I believe you can get it at Hancocks. Hope that helps!Hats
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Date: 10/25/06 8:33 PM

I've never had good luck with clear thread, it doesn't knot well. I prefer to use poly thread that matches the sequins.
When sewing on stretch fabric with non stretch sequins, don't pull the sequin strands tight, keep it loose, that allows for the lycra to stretch. Don't worry about broken sequins, you can't see them except up close.
Also I prefer to glue or hand sew on individual sequins over using strung sequins.
Remember, the more trim on a lycra garment, the less stretch. Sometimes you have to size up or put in a zipper.

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Date: 10/25/06 11:23 PM

Ahhh...got it. I wish I could have found a narrow stretch sequin. The only stretch available locally is a wide version (I am just using a single row).

Thank you again!

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Date: 10/25/06 11:26 PM

You are too funny Pinky...your experience is helpful. I wanted stretch, but needed a narrow trim and it wasn't available locally in this size.

I was using a new stretch needle, not a microtex. I did try Steam a Seam, but your right, it wasn't hardy enough. I might have a tad of craftbond I could try.

Thanks,

Patricia

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Date: 10/25/06 11:29 PM

Good to know, Cara...I'll get some Gem Tac (the Aileens surprisingly really didn't hold well at all).

Thanks!

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