Stretch Sequin Fabric Sewing: Need To Know The Perfect 7 Steps

Sequins Fabrics is the peacock of the fabric world. So lovely, so sparkly, and so difficult to resist. However, many of our customers are confused about how to sew it. Many clients, in addition, ask this question in person or on social media. Today, we'll give you some pointers that will aid you in any case.

There are already several wonderful sewing systems with sequins ways available that have greatly aided us. However, we believe that suggesting certain key technical issues will be the most effective way to move forward.


To begin, check if your fabric has any elasticity. Sequin fabric can be stretchable which is called Sequin fabric or not, so pick a pattern that works for you. Because sequins are much thicker than conventional fabric, you'll want to go with a simple form with few pattern elements.

Choose a dress pattern like the Mesa Dress, which has a simple front and back and no darts, instead of one with princess seams (check out my sequin Mesa Dress here). Try a Lou Box Top or a Nita Wrap Skirt from one of my patterns for separates. Both passed the sequin test with flying colors. Victoria shared a sequin Lou Box Top on Instagram last month that is to die for. It's a pretty simple form with only two pattern pieces, and I've included directions for lining it as well. Last month, I made a Nita Wrap Skirt out of sequin fabric and posted specific instructions here.


As someone who hasn't worn a lot of sequin fabrics, I had no idea how scratchy and uncomfortable they are. Choose a pattern that contains a lining or add one to the pattern when sewing your own clothing.


Sequins are nastier than they appear, and they will dull any blade. So, instead of using your serger, cut the fabric with an ordinary pair of scissors. I used a leather needle and sewed right through the sequins, as suggested by By Hand London. The fabric is pierced with a leather needle, and I had no trouble.

BONUS TIP: If your sequin fabric is stretchy, make sure you use a stretchy stitch. (However, don't use the serger.) I went with a small zig-zag stitch, which worked perfectly.


Cover the place where you'll be cutting the sequin fabric with a drop cloth. This was particularly problematic when I constructed this sequin dress and cut the sequins out of the hem allowance. I'm still discovering sequins a year later (which may say more about my housekeeping ;).


It's fine to leave the sequins in the seam allowance if you're lazy or short on time, and your sequins are little. That is, admittedly, a touchy subject. It's a personal preference, however, I found sequin removal to be extremely time-consuming and not worth the effort.

There was no convenient way to remove a bunch of little sequins at once because I was working with a serpentine design. It took hours, and my hand hurt from gripping the seam ripper so tightly. I might spend the extra time to remove the sequins if I was going to wear the sequin clothing frequently or for a highly significant function. However, I've only worn my sequin clothing once (or never! ), so spending hours removing sequins and making a huge mess wasn't worth it to me.


Although the heat from an iron can harm the sequins, you'll want to make sure the seams are as flat as possible. You'll need some pressure to flatten the sequins if you're not removing them from the seam allowance. Finger pressing can sometimes work, but if you require greater effort, a rolling pin or something similar can be used.


With sequin fabric, a topstitch will not work, but since you've added a lining, you can slip stitch the hem to the lining. If your cloth is elastic, make sure you use a stretchy hand stitch. Fortunately for you, I have a lesson right here on how to accomplish it.