Sewing Fabric with Adhesive Sequins
Does anyone know how to sew fabric that has adhesive sequins on it? This kind of fabric is often used for dance costumes. When I try to sew this fabric, the thread frays and then breaks. I’m using a needle that can puncture the sequin. When the needle does, it picks up some of the adhesive used to stick the sequin on. The glue sticks to the needle. The punctured sequin is sharp and starts to fray the thread. I can usally sew only a few inches before the thread breaks.
I have tried using a needle suitable for knits but the needle doesn’t sew through the sequins very well. Also, in desperation, I put a drop of sewing machine oil on the needle (so that the needle and thread would slip through and not fray) but this didn’t seem to make a difference.
Ideally, I would like a technique that works for sewing through the sequins but is also suitable for knits. I use a zig-zag stitch to allow for stretch when the dancers put on and move in the costumes.
I’m using a Bernina 930 machine. It is one of the last purely mechical machines available. I love it.