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Message Board > Bridal and Formalwear Sewing > At the risk of exposing my ( Moderated by MissCelie)

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Date: 5/21/13 5:20 AM

What is the best way to sew on a premade rhinestone applique?

I'm really in love with the rose montees and wanted to make my own rhinestone appliques for sashes.

Anyone know of a good tutorial (video would be great since its my best method of learning)on ow to make a applique and also how to sew it on? I would hate to sell them and than I cant tell people how to sew it on their dress.

From my understanding you don't want to iron them on cus some material might nt want to me directly ironed.

If someone could handle the fumes would it destroy the wedding fabric to have it glued? Somehow I thought I wasn't good to have rhinestones, beads etc glued cuz they eventually fall off and also some of us poor souls aer very chemically sensitive.

Did I get my info wrong?

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Date: 5/21/13 7:50 AM

Try Googleing sewing belly dance costumes. I can't think of the site right off my head, but there is one that shows how to bead & sequin the ornate bra cups. You need to choose a backing for your applique depending on the fabric you are appliqueing it to and if there are areas that you want to be able to see the fashion fabric through the applique. When I do belly dance, I sew on all my beads, crystals, sequins and rhinestones. The base is buckram. The only glue that I know of that will be strong, wash & dry clean, and stay flexible has toxic fumes. When you use it you need great ventilation - think outside - and a respirator mask. I avoid it at all costs. If you leave an edge of backing and finish it so it doesn't fray (Fray Block is good for this. it is stronger than Fray Check.) you can sew it on by hand using satin stitch or machine applique. I'd go for the machine unless the base fabric is very fragile & the applique is small!

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Date: 6/6/13 9:38 AM

I don't think I would recommend gluing because of the chance of puckering when the glue dries.
I have found that sewing the beads directly onto material always looks best. I haven't beaded Wedding dresses but have done many many skating dresses. Materials ranging from velvet, chiffon, satin, spandex etc.
Because of the chance of rhinestones and beads dislodging and falling onto ice surface and causing a safety hazard they could not be glued onto the dresses.
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Date: 6/6/13 9:40 AM

I don't think I would recommend gluing because of the chance of puckering when the glue dries.
I have found that sewing the beads directly onto material always looks best. I haven't beaded Wedding dresses but have done many many skating dresses. Materials ranging from velvet, chiffon, satin, spandex etc.
Because of the chance of rhinestones and beads dislodging and falling onto ice surface and causing a safety hazard they could not be glued onto the dresses.
Hope this helps?

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Date: 6/6/13 10:28 AM

Dana - I don't have photos of me doing it, but on THIS page I talk about how I put the appliques on my dress. I find it best to do them while the dress is on the form so that I figure in the curves as I apply them. If the applique goes around a very curvy spot, such as the top of a shoulder, you may need to leave some of it un-sewed or go back after doing the main stitching and tack it down separately.

The gown in my avatar photo is the first one I have had to go back and reattach pieces of the applique after use. Where there is body contact with DH (his hand on the back of the dress and the contact point on the front) is where the little ends tend to peel back a bit. A simple loose running stitch with the odd place tacked more firmly seems to work. And this is with intense use on a competition dance floor. For a wedding dress, you should not need to do any heavy duty gluing except in places where they might be a lot of hugging contact. Alene's Jewel-it glue is terrific, doesn't smell bad and works extremely well under most conditions.

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Date: 7/23/13 10:11 AM

Thanks for the info. I am really sensitive to glue. BTW I finally sewed with the walking foot geesh it was incredibly easy, all that drama in my head for nothing. lol

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Date: 7/23/13 12:07 PM

Dana - the walking foot looks intimidating, but is one of my favourite things in the sewing room. Glad you took the plunge.

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Date: 7/23/13 1:18 PM

I thought you sewed that pretty pink delight on your avatar what pattern did you use? I have trouble visualizing the appliques that were loose were they on top of the shoulder?

I was thinking about buying the manual on how to convert regular patterns into ballgowns. I think its but the rhinestone guy.

The hardest part of the walking foot was trying to figure out how to put that scary looking thing on the machine. I couldn't believe how easy it was to sew a 1/4 inch seam on that slippery fraying lining.

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