How to Sew With Sequin Fabric

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Sewing sequin fabric isn't as simple as stitching on cotton or even silk. Sequins are typically made of plastic and are considerably thicker than fabric, so you will need a very sharp and very heavy needle to stitch through them. The sharper the needle, the easier your sewing will be, so have spare needles ready. You'll also need a sharp pair of scissors. Don't use your good dressmaking shears to cut the sequin fabric, though, as you do not want to damage them.

Things You'll Need

  • Sequin fabric
  • Straight pins
  • Pattern pieces, if using
  • Scissors
  • Thread
  • Denim-sewing needles
  • Sewing machine
  • Position the sequin fabric on a flat surface so that when you run your hand down the fabric, your hand glides over the sequins, instead of catching on their ends.

  • Turn the fabric over so the wrong side is facing you. Pin the pattern pieces to the fabric, if using a pattern. Cut out the fabric around the pattern, adding 1/8 inch all around.

  • Thread your sewing machine with the denim needle or other heavy-duty needle. Adjust the stitch length on your machine so that you'll get about 10 stitches per inch. The longer stitch length will make the seams stronger.

  • Remove any sequins from the seams of the fabric before sewing, especially if you are sewing a wearable item.

  • Sew the fabric using a straight stitch.

  • Use your fingers to press open any seams on the fabric. Don't use an iron, as the heat can damage the fabric.

Tips & Warnings

  • Do not wash the sequin fabric before sewing, as doing so will damage it.

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