How to Hand Sew Sequins

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Hand-sewing sequins can be tedious work, but doing so can create a fabulous finish for a piece. Sequins can add a great amount of pizazz to a simple garment, though they are also somewhat gentle and prone to falling off. Knowing how to hand-sew sequins can save you some money, and will also help you repair a dress when its sequins fall off.

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Things you need

  • Sequins
  • Garment
  • Needle
  • Thread

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  1. 1

    Using your thumb and index finger, hold your sequins against your fabric.

  2. 2

    Double-thread your needle and tie off your thread.

  3. 3

    With your other hand, push your needle up through the tiny hole in the circle from the bottom of the fabric.

  4. 4

    Pull the needle through the fabric and move it across the edge of the sequin.

  5. 5

    Push the needle down through the fabric at the edge of the sequin.

  6. 6

    Move the needle over slightly and pull it through the fabric again. You should now have a piece of thread running across one edge of the sequin, along with a small stitch under the fabric.

  7. 7

    Hold a second sequin next to the first using your thumb and index finger.

  8. 8

    Pull the needle and thread through the centre hole of the next sequin.

  9. 9

    Repeat this process with every sequin you wish to add.

Tips and warnings

  • You can also secure the sequins using a few more stitches. Just push and pull the needle through the hole at several different points. The more stitches, though, the more bulk is added to the sequin.

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