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AngieBuns 04-11-2005 04:31 PM

Sequin Work
 
I would like to learn how to do Sequin work. No idea where to even start. Up any tips or pointers? Step by step would be great:lol:

walela49 04-11-2005 10:33 PM

Hey Angie, I'd love to start a step by step discussion here for you (like Blackbear did with her backing-a-barrette thread). I have one finished sequin set pic posted in my gallery, and I've currently got another set started. I'll just have to take a few pics of my methods, then I'll start posting like a madwoman!

Cool?

walela49 04-12-2005 03:49 PM

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Ok, here goes!

What you will need:

pattern
spare fabric (non-stretchy)
interfacing (only needed if fabric is thin)
embroidery hoop
sequins
seedbeads
1 needle
beading thread
fabric glue
scissors


A note about your pattern: I like to draw a to-scale pattern in color. This will give your finished product a more complete appearance because round sequins will let some of the backing material show through. If the backing material is covered with a well-designed pattern, what shows through will match!

Any questions or clarifications?

Next step coming soon.....

AngieBuns 04-12-2005 04:35 PM

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Originally Posted by walela49
Hey Angie, I'd love to start a step by step discussion here for you (like Blackbear did with her backing-a-barrette thread). I have one finished sequin set pic posted in my gallery, and I've currently got another set started. I'll just have to take a few pics of my methods, then I'll start posting like a madwoman!

Cool?


hell yeah thats cool :lol:

Thanks for posting so far, I am going to check that out, your list. I thought I might as well try this route, untill I can get the time or afford a nicely beaded set. Been wanting to make myself something for the longest time. BTW very nice set you made in the Trading Post, the feather one, very keen looking!

What I need to know, is how to sew those suckers to the material? And is there different shapes of Sequins? What about suppliers? Umm I guess I need to know it from step one. I have seen Sequins at Walmart, are those any good?

thizgirlpowwows 04-12-2005 06:11 PM

Thats Great That You Are Starting This, I Wanted To Learn How To Do Sequence Outfits, But Had No Clue

Blackbear 04-12-2005 07:10 PM

this is gonna be way interesting!

walela49 04-12-2005 09:29 PM

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I'm so excited that y'all are so excited about this!!!!

Ready for the next step but first a word about the sequins I use...I just get the el-cheap-o 99 cent bags of separate colors at Hobby Lobby or WalMart. I've also bought the grande bag with the colors all mixed up, then just picked out the colors as I needed them. I buy the 6mm faceted sequins, but you can buy flat sequins, shapes, and larger faceted ones. I also like to buy the el-cheap-o bulk bag of multicolored silverlined transparent seed beads to use as topper beads...you can match almost every color and they sparkle too!

Okay, now stretch your fabric on your hoop and glue your pattern on top (a thin line of fabric glue around the edge of your pattern is plenty).

walela49 04-12-2005 09:34 PM

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Now flip over your hoop and stick the interfacing to the back with a little fabric glue. This helps reinforce your stitches and gives the finished piece a little more body.

walela49 04-12-2005 09:41 PM

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Psssstttt....Let your glue dry before you sew!

MmKay, now were ready to start!
I like to do my lines or outlines first. I use a single needle/thread to do a sort of running stitch.

walela49 04-12-2005 09:48 PM

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Now, about sequin placement...I use both of the following methods:

Sometimes sequins overlap like fallen dominos...
sometimes sequins barely touch at the edges...

It just depends what kind of mood you're in I guess!!!
Also, overlapping ones seem to cover better and leave less pattern showing through...but barely touching ones cover the pattern a little faster.

walela49 04-12-2005 09:57 PM

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Whew...still going!

Now it's time to fill in the big spaces. Same technique...only advice here is to try to keep symmetry in your work so your sparkle will be equal on both halves of the pattern! And TRUST ME, this stuff sparkles BIG TIME, especially in the sun!

Okay, I'm gonna take a break after this post and let y'all study up on all this info! Got questions??? HIT ME WIT EM!!

I'll begin posting finishing techniques once we feel caught up.
Cool?

AngieBuns 04-13-2005 07:10 AM

You are great woman :shades_sm

Now how do we sew them to the design? aye, I am feeling sheepsih now, but what you have done thus far is great!

walela49 04-13-2005 10:25 AM

Don't be scared! Best way to learn is trial and error.

Let me explain one of my attached pics better (it's the first red and blue drawing that illustrates the side view of a running stitch):

On how to stitch your sequins...start with a single needle/thread, come up through your fabric/pattern, up through a sequin, through a matching seedbeed, back down through the sequin, and down through the same hole you punched in your fabric/pattern. Pull it snug. Now come up though your fabric again and repeat the process, remembering to evenly space your stitches so that your sequins will look the way you'd like them too. After about 5 or 6 stitches, you'll see a nice line forming. You can also sew curves and corners! Hope this helps.

AngieBuns 04-13-2005 10:54 AM

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Originally Posted by walela49
Don't be scared! Best way to learn is trial and error.

Let me explain one of my attached pics better (it's the first red and blue drawing that illustrates the side view of a running stitch):

On how to stitch your sequins...start with a single needle/thread, come up through your fabric/pattern, up through a sequin, through a matching seedbeed, back down through the sequin, and down through the same hole you punched in your fabric/pattern. Pull it snug. Now come up though your fabric again and repeat the process, remembering to evenly space your stitches so that your sequins will look the way you'd like them too. After about 5 or 6 stitches, you'll see a nice line forming. You can also sew curves and corners! Hope this helps.

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I think I might finally be getting this, so you use the bead as an anchor between the fabric and the sequin? and this prevents the sequin from going "all over" right?

wyo_rose 04-13-2005 01:05 PM

Wow, that's really nice work. Thanks for taking the time to post pics and stuff. Takes too long for me though. I like edging my items with the strips of flat sequins you can buy by the yard. I just get them running the right way, overlapping from the needleout - and run 'em over with the sewing machine.

Putting on 2 - 3 rows really sets off a cape, or whatever.

walela49 04-13-2005 04:26 PM

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I think I might finally be getting this, so you use the bead as an anchor between the fabric and the sequin? and this prevents the sequin from going "all over" right?

Yes, the bead is the anchor, but the sequin is between the fabric and the bead. Make sure your sequin "cup" is facing up.

Here's an extreme closeup:

AngieBuns 04-13-2005 04:28 PM

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Originally Posted by walela49
Yes, the bead is the anchor, but the sequin is between the fabric and the bead. Make sure your sequin "cup" is facing up.

Here's an extreme closeup:

OMG now I finally get it:lol: Thank you SO much, I can't wait to get started, already have the needles and thread, just have to hit Walmart for the rest Thank yuuuuuu :thumbs_up

thizgirlpowwows 04-13-2005 04:29 PM

cool, nice detailed instructions, now i have to try this out

walela49 04-13-2005 04:42 PM

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Awesome, glad y'all are motivated. I like sequin work cuz it's fast and really cost effective (spare fabric, couple bucks worth of sequins and junk beads costs next to nothing) and it creates a sharp looking product!

Ok, while you're sequinning (hey I think I made up a new word, call Webster's!) furiously, I'll work on posting my finishing techniques.

Next step.....take your work off the hoop and trim the fabric to about 3/4 of an inch away from the edge of your sequins:

walela49 04-13-2005 04:45 PM

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Now flip it over and trim the interfacing really close to your stitches (carefull not to cut any thread though)!

walela49 04-13-2005 04:51 PM

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Now, fold and glue the excess fabric against the back of your work. I like to snip the excess fabric into little flaps that fold separately (this is particularly helpful around curved edges). By doing this, your edge stitches are reinforced and protected from fraying! Press it under a heavy book until dry.

walela49 04-13-2005 04:56 PM

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Now, trace and cut some buckskin for backing material. Glue it to the back of your work and press under a heavy book to dry (remember to do any pre-work necessary for barrettes or ties before you glue it).

walela49 04-13-2005 05:02 PM

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Next, just edge bead it and TaaahDaaaah!

This piece took me a total of 4 hours to complete, excluding drying time! Wicked coooool!

AngelaK 04-14-2005 11:31 AM

I wish you were close enough to kiss cause i would your the greatest HUGS to you


Have you ever used that iron on backing stuff? or do you prefer to use glue?

thizgirlpowwows 04-14-2005 09:22 PM

WOW, just a great job explaining everything, hopefully i can get my project to turn out like that thanks again.

walela49 04-14-2005 09:46 PM

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Originally Posted by AngelaK
Have you ever used that iron on backing stuff? or do you prefer to use glue?

not sure what you're talkin about...like Wonder-Under or what?

plus, if you have to get your iron real hot it might fry the sequins.

Blackbear 04-15-2005 02:51 AM

I like how you used bugle beads for edging... do you have problems with them cutting through the thread being used this way? It just looks sharp!

walela49 04-15-2005 08:46 AM

I used "Blue Moon" brand bugles on this piece, and they seem to have more polished ends. I occasionally pull the thread too tight and it breaks, but I really didn't have much trouble with the beads cutting through the thread this time.

AngieBuns 04-15-2005 09:17 AM

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Originally Posted by thizgirlpowwows
WOW, just a great job explaining everything, hopefully i can get my project to turn out like that thanks again.


I too finally understand what to do, now all I need to do is go to Walmart, buy the materials and get started:lol: Thanks once again for sharing your knowledge with us :58:

wyo_rose 04-15-2005 12:01 PM

Wow, what nice work. And a great tutorial!! I think I might have to have an afterschool class for kids doing this. Thanks oodles!

Blackbear 04-15-2005 01:56 PM

well this thread is being stickied LOL!

AngieBuns 04-15-2005 02:06 PM

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Originally Posted by Blackbear
well this thread is being stickied LOL!

Dumb question, but what does that mean?

walela49 04-15-2005 03:50 PM

Wooohoooo....we be stick-i-fied!

I think that's like sticking something to the top of a bulletin board (in this case...the thread is stuck at the top of the forum)!

walela49 04-16-2005 09:36 PM

Ok, I just went shopping for sequins today and here's what I found:

Walmart SuperCenter: no sequins at all
Michaels: Westrim Crafts brand in separate colors or bulk/multicolor at around .59 to 1.99 per bag
Joann's Fabric & Crafts: don't remember the brand, same selection, same price
Hobby Lobby: Crafts Etc. brand (and I think Crafts Etc has a website), lots of separate colors, 2 bags for $1, and bulk/multicolor (don't remember the price).

As for quality, they all looked pretty much the same.

AngelaK 04-17-2005 03:19 AM

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Originally Posted by walela49
not sure what you're talkin about...like Wonder-Under or what?

plus, if you have to get your iron real hot it might fry the sequins.


yes something like wonder under, only now i dont know why I asked that question...must of been having one of those "moments" using that doesnt make sense ............LOL@how silly I am.

walela49 04-17-2005 09:37 AM

I have a friend who swears by sprayable adhesive...I've never used it, so I don't know how it would work. But, I do like my glue. I use Alleen's Tacky glue on everything...I like the small tip that makes it easy to control exactly where the glue goes.

Mato Winyan 04-18-2005 04:11 AM

Just wondering.... do you ever cut the sequins to fit in a spot? Say you have a geometric design that comes to a point.....how do you fill that in? And also, how intricate of a design can you get?

walela49 04-18-2005 08:47 AM

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Originally Posted by Mato Winyan
Just wondering.... do you ever cut the sequins to fit in a spot? Say you have a geometric design that comes to a point.....how do you fill that in? And also, how intricate of a design can you get?


Your design detail can only be as small as your smallest sequin, in other words, my lines are 5 mm thick, cuz that's how wide my sequins are. You can overlap sequins carefully to give the illusion of thinner lines, but you risk having a bulky, lumpier end product.

I have trimmed sequins before to make tiny points, but I've found over time that it's somewhat pointless (pardon the pun). The sequins will eventually spin around and ruin your efforts, especially on things like leggings that take a lot of abuse. I've just adjusted my pattern creativity to match my sequin size (in other words, all my lines are 5mm thick, and my "points" have rounded ends). Overall, I think it makes a neater-looking product.

walela49 04-21-2005 09:17 AM

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Here's another pic for your enjoyment...it's a belt segement for a fancy outfit. If I remember correctly, this is my very first try at sequins! BTW, I did not use a colored pattern underneath, I "free handed" this one. Up close you can see white shining through between the sequins, which I learned I didn't like so much.

Blackbear 04-22-2005 01:57 AM

I just love multi colored stuff!!! That pic is'nt the greatest but it still looks good, I bet it's really pretty in life ennit?


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