The alteration challenge on the final of The Great British Sewing Bee is embellishing a bag with decorative hand sewing techniques. And what better way to jazz up any project and give it a bit of sparkle than to cover it in shimmering sequins! If you’ve never tried sewing on sequins before, it can be a bit of a minefield – so here’s all you need to know about sewing on sequins to make your sewing projects sparkle and shine!
Sequins can be sewn in straight or curved lines. It looks a little magical as the stitch that secures the last sequin is hidden by the next sequin sewn on top. There are several ways to attach sequins to fabric. You can sew the sequins individually or overlapping in a row. These techniques are also suitable for attaching washer style beads.
Sewing on sequins individually
Method 1 Secure the thread on the reverse side. Position the sequin where you want it and bring the needle up through the middle of the sequin. Take the needle back down at the side. A second stitch secures the sequin and a third in a ‘y’ shape will make is secure enough to launder.
Method 2 Secure the thread on the reverse side. Position the sequin where you want it and bring the needle up through the middle of the sequin. Pick up a seed bead and take the needle back down through the hole in the sequin only. You can make a tiny backstitch on the reverse side for added security before attaching the next sequin.
Sewing on sequins in a row
2 Position the next sequin so that it covers the last stitch. Bring the thread up through the hole in the second sequin and over the right hand edge. Repeat until the line is as long as required.
Sewing on Sequins was excerpted from Dorothy Woodby