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ways to sew with stretch sequins
sewin4fun
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Date: 1/24/12 10:06 AM

Hi, I have a piece of 12inch wide stretch sequined fabric. the colors are blue/pink/purple in stripes across the width (36 inches wide-i think). I have had this for a number of years-back when I sewed bridal for business. And now, my daughter wants me to use it for a prom dress-perfect. Except when I bought it the style was to make the dress as a strapless with a gathered skirt attached and that is not what we want. We are thinking a fitted bust with a fitted skirt that flows out into a huge bottom (think circle or gored skirt). My problem is--I'm afraid to cut it in bodice shaped pieces without losing all the sequins and then... how to sew that in the best possible way. I know serging will be my best option. Still concerned about losing the elastic in cutting the pieces. only one chance to get it right! Help!

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Date: 1/24/12 10:38 AM

The sequins have a nap, sew in the correct direction and it will be alot easier. Use a design without too much detail, Lay the pieces on the fabric and trace around the pattern with chalk, You might allow a little more SA to be on the safe side. Zigzag stitch along the cutting line (before cutting) and that will stabilize the sequins. Now you can cut out your pieces. I've not had the best luck with serging, I prefer a zigzag. If there's no lining, just bind the side seams for comfort.
On non stretch, you usually pull out some of the sequins and resew them on, after the seams are sewn, but with stretch, you can just sew over them.

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Date: 1/24/12 5:37 PM

Ok, so I shouldn't have to worry about the chain stitch elastic that holds all the sequins on if I zig zag around the edge before I cut??? That seems like it would be easy enough to do and I can still get the look we are going for and have the bling that she really really wants.

I think I will try a very small corner piece first and make sure.

Thanks so much!

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Date: 1/24/12 5:48 PM

I paintertape the reverse side so that the threads don't pull out. I zigag then pull off the sequins sticking out of the seam. Serging cuts the sequins and the cut bits then stick into the person in a nasty way.

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Date: 1/24/12 6:48 PM

Your serger blades will thank you for doing this type of project on a sewing machine.

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Date: 1/24/12 7:54 PM

I do pretty much what kittykate does -- first I pin my pattern pieces onto the fabric; then I put painters tape around the edges on the fabric wrong side (about .25" in from edge). I go ahead and cut out the individual pieces and then zigzag around the edges on the seam line -- any sequins inside the seam line are removed unless the item is to be lined (this is to prevent the "something's sticking me" that I often here from clients when cut sequins are left as is.

It's a little bit of a piddly job to do but I find the result is well worth it and my clients thank me for the care I take with the sequins (same applies to beaded fabric).

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