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purchased beaded/seaquined fabric

N._Wilson | Posted in The Archives on

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How do you handle a fabric that is already sequined, particularly cutting and sewing seams.
Can this be done by machine or hand? How do you prevent unravelling of the beads/sequins after cutting.
I read your article on the beaded shawl, but it did not answer my questions

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  1. Lucky_Weddigen | | #1

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    1) cut normally going right through sequins - Gingher's micro serrated edge scissors are easy to use.

    2) a. if straight seam and in area when it won't be irritating to wear, you can sew right though sequins but be careful! cut and bent sequins can feel like tiny razor blades.

    b. if you need a more drapable seam, remove sequins from seam allowance ( save whole ones, you may want them for filling in areas after project is completed). run a fine bead of Fray-check just inside sewing line to seal threads where sequins were removed. you can sew through fray-check but it may gum up your needle/needle casing so try to avoid. French seams work well in this method and provide additional security from losing sequins.

    3. finger press seams open. if you do need to use an iron, make sure to use a pressing cloth and very low heat. heat/steam can damage the sequins.

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