When engaged on a latest mission and attempting to resolve on what technique to make use of, I discovered there weren’t many tutorials with footage for stitching sequins. So this is a number of totally different strategies of hand-sewing sequins for embellishment! That is in no way all of the methods of utilizing sequins, it is only a few examples to get you began. 🙂 I am utilizing a shiny shade of thread for higher visibility; when doing this for actual you’d need a thread that matches your sequins and/or cloth.
What you want: Unfastened sequins – flat or cupped Beading needle (most common hand-sewing needles will not match by means of seed beads) Seed beads or tiny crystals (optionally available) Thread conditioner or plain beeswax to maintain your thread from tangling Common stitching thread or beading thread (your choice) Step 1: Easy Overlap Sew This offers the identical look that you just get from pre-strung sequins. Convey the needle up by means of the material and string one sequin. In the event you’re utilizing cupped sequins as proven, you may select to have the cup going through up or down (it is private choice and what impact you need). Some folks discover cup-side-down snags much less. Take the needle again down by means of the material simply beside the sequin (stitching one facet of the sequin down), after which come again up very near the sting. String one other sequin by means of the middle and repeat. The overlap will cowl your stitches and conceal the thread. Step 2: Backstitch This is identical as an everyday hand-sewing backstitch, simply with sequins. It is good for if you want a super-flat line that will not snag. I discover it really works finest on flat sequins, or cupped ones sewn cup facet down. I am right-handed, so I work proper to left; reverse if you happen to’re left-handed. Convey your needle up by means of the middle of a sequin. Return down into the material simply to the facet of the sequin, bringing it up a brief distance on the opposite facet. You need the needle to come back out the place the middle of the subsequent sequin will probably be, so consider that distance primarily based on the dimensions of your sequins. Thread on a second sequin, then return down by means of the middle of the LAST sequin. Come again up on the far facet of the second sequin and repeat – return down by means of the final one, then ahead. Your thread WILL present with this sew so that you need a matching thread. For a fancier model, you may thread beads in-between every sequin to cover the thread; nevertheless this does give a extra dimensional impact if you happen to’re going for super-flat. Step 3: Sequins With Diagonal Beading It is a nice sew for edging applique items or simply outlining motifs. Convey your needle up by means of the material and thread a sequin, then seed beads (the variety of beads is determined by the dimensions of your sequins). Return down by means of the material a brief distance diagonally alongside the road you are outlining. Come again up subsequent to your first sequin; if you must place the brand new sequin first to verify your spacing is right, achieve this. Repeat till you’ve got received a pleasant line! You may as well do that backwards (beads first, then sequin to complete); it is a private choice which method to work. Step 4: Two-sequin Line With Beads That is one other ornamental variation. Convey the needle up and thread a sequin, then some seed beads (as earlier than, the quantity is determined by the dimensions of your sequins). Thread one other sequin (make certain they’re going through the best approach, in the event that they’re cupped sequins) and return down by means of the material. Convey the needle again up a brief distance away; the space is your choice. You possibly can have the pairs proper subsequent to one another or have a bit more room. Relying on what number of beads you employ and the way tightly you pull them, pairs of cupped sequins will angle in direction of one another and create an attention-grabbing texture. In the event you use extra beads that the space requires, the beads will loop up in a small arch (once more, provides a barely totally different look). Step 5: Particular person Sequins With Bead Stopper You possibly can sew particular person sequins simply by arising by means of the middle after which down one facet, however the thread will present. To stitch single sequins with out seen thread, deliver the needle up by means of the middle after which string one seed bead in an identical (or contrasting for a unique impact) shade. Then return down by means of the middle of the sequin once more, being cautious not to return by means of the bead a second time! This secures the sequin with the bead as a stopper. For additional flash you should utilize tiny crystals as an alternative of seed beads. You may as well use this technique to make brief dangles or loops by threading a number of seed beads earlier than going again by means of the sequin. Step 6: Sequin Backstitch With Trailing Beads One other ornamental variation good for outlining, or for filling in areas if the rows are offset. You may as well scatter these (one sequin with trailing beads) as an alternative of placing them in a line. Convey the needle up by means of the material and thread on a number of beads (what number of is your choice) and a sequin. Make sure that all of your sequins are going through the identical approach in the event that they’re cupped.
To make a line, return down by means of the material and are available again as much as the left (to the best if you happen to’re left-handed and dealing left to proper). The precise distance will probably be decided by how massive your sequins are and what number of beads you are utilizing. Thread on extra beads and one other sequin, and return down proper the place your final sew ended. Repeat. To scatter this motif, take a number of small stitches on the flawed facet to safe the whole lot after every bead/sequin combo is sewn down.