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Sequins are a popular and versatile embellishment that can add a touch of sparkle and glamour to any embroidery project. With the right embroidery machine and a few tips and tricks, you can easily incorporate sequins into your designs. In this article, we’ll provide an introduction to sequins and how to use them with an embroidery machine.
What are Sequins?
Sequins are small, flat, disc-shaped ornaments that are often used to add texture and shine to clothing, accessories, and home decor. They come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors and are typically made from plastic, metal, or occasionally glass.
Sequins can be used in a variety of ways, including as individual accents or in larger clusters or patterns. They can be sewn onto fabric by hand or with a sewing machine, or they can be attached using adhesive or heat transfer methods.
Using Sequins with an Embroidery Machine
Embroidery machines offer a quick and efficient way to incorporate sequins into your embroidery designs. Here are a few tips to help you get started:
Use the Right Needle
When working with sequins, it’s important to use a needle that can easily penetrate through the sequin and fabric layers. A sharp needle with a small eye, such as a size 75/11 embroidery needle, is a good choice. Avoid using a ballpoint or universal needle, as these may cause the sequins to break or bend.
Choose the Right Sequins
There are many different types of sequins available, including flat, cupped, and holographic varieties. When choosing sequins for embroidery, it’s important to select ones that are flat and have a smooth surface. This will ensure that they lay flat on the fabric and are securely attached.
To ensure that your embroidery design is stable and the sequins are securely attached, it’s important to use stabilizer. A water-soluble stabilizer, such as Vilene Solufleece, is a good choice. This type of stabilizer dissolves in water, leaving behind only the embroidery and sequins.
Use the Right Thread
When embroidering with sequins, it’s important to use a strong, durable thread that can withstand the weight of the sequins. A polyester or nylon embroidery thread is a good choice. Avoid using a cotton thread, as it may break under the weight of the sequins.
Experiment with Placement
When embroidering with sequins, there are many different placement options to consider. You can scatter individual sequins throughout your design, create a sequin border, or even create a sequin-filled pattern. Experiment with different placement options to find the look that works best for your design.
Use a Sequin Embroidery Foot
Using a sequin embroidery foot on your embroidery machine can make the process of attaching sequins even easier. This foot has a special indentation that allows the sequin to pass through while the needle sews through the fabric, ensuring that the sequin is securely attached.
Sequin Embroidery Tips and Tricks
Use a Higher Stitch Count
When embroidering with sequins, it’s a good idea to use a higher stitch count than you would normally use. This will ensure that the sequins are securely attached to the fabric and will not fall off over time.
Experiment with Different Sequin Sizes
Don’t be afraid to experiment with different sequin sizes in your embroidery designs. Mixing large and small sequins can create a visually interesting effect and can add dimension to your embroidery.
Use a Design Software
Using a design software can make it easier to incorporate sequins into your embroidery designs. Many software programs have built-in sequin tools that allow you to easily