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Adding jewwls to a sweater

Tinesha | Posted in Fabric and Trim on

I want to add some jewels to a lightweight sweater.  Do I need to add some type of suuport to the sweater to hold the jewels?


  1. Palady | | #1

    >> ... jewels ... support ...

    >> ... jewels ... support ... <<      MO, yes.  What to use & how depends on where you want to add.  Around the neckline, sleeve hems, or bottom, I figure bathing suit elastic sewn on the inside should work.  I say this because if the sweater is RTW you'd want to maintain the stretch of the ribbing.  In the doing, be mindful to avoid over-stretching as you apply the elastic.  There's still the risk of some puckering I would think. 

    If your want is to scatter jewels do you want to do so only on the front?  Shoulder?   You might be attuned to the weight these would add to the sweater.   What to use as a "support" if scattering would depnd on the size of the jewels.  MO.  Small button backs might fill the bill.  Finding the latter could prove a search.  All I could find were the clutch ones.  What I'm meaning is the clear, thin, 2 hole flat shape that are sewn behind a button to support it.  I have several in my stash from years ago.  Maybe the use has fallen away & getting some is a hunt. 

    Another thought - do the jewels have a hole in the top?  Do you plan on sewing them individually? 


  2. KBTsewer | | #2

    Hotfix crystals.

    I often add decorative jewels to T-shirts/lightweight sweaters/silky blouses etc, using a hotfix crystal wand. These jewels, which come in a variety of size/colour, are easily applied with the hotfix wand or glue, specific to jewel application, and aren't too heavy. You'll be able to wash the garments too, using these methods.

    Some of the larger jewels will need to be sewn on, with some interfacing at the back to support the weight, depending on the type of fabric. Most seem to be machine wash tho' I occasionally handwash where the designs are more intricate.Also turn garments inside out, or put in a bag to protect the garment/jewels.

    Hope this helps. DG (aka 'parrot')

  3. Ceeayche | | #3

    Please post before and after picture

    Your project sounds very interesting.  I'd love to see the final results and get benefit of your lessons learned!  Good luck!

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