How To Sew Sequin Trim Like A Boss
I learned a neat sewing trick: using trims on the outside of a garment to stabilize stretchy knits. Shoulder seams often need to be reinforced in order to keep them from stretching out. This is usually done with twill tape or clear elastic on the inside of a garment.
I used decorative sequin trim on Sofia’s floral sweatshirt dress a while back; even though it was a stable knit without much stretch. It just looks cool! So today, I thought I’d show you how to sew sequin trim.
Start by pinning your trim to the shoulder seam. Center your trim with the seam carefully, so you don’t end up with a wavy shoulder.
My seam allowance has been steamed open on the underside. Some fabrics may even like a little starch. Note that I’ve pinned down the center of the seam, ensuring that my trim stays perfectly lined up. Also, I’ve left a half inch of overhang on each side of the shoulder.
Now I’ll sew a zig zag stitch, setting the width to hit just inside and outside of trim edging. I used a regular sewing foot, but a piping foot is great to use for this step. You can see a close- up of the stitches below.
Repeat this step for the other side. Remove pins after both sides are sewn.
The sequins are attached to a sheer mesh using invisible filament thread. You want to remove the sequins from your seam allowance. Use your seam ripper to break the threads on top of the sequin, then gently work them out on rows. Try not to damage the sheer fabric underneath.
You can use a little Fray Check here to prevent your trim from unraveling. Below you see my sequin trimmed shoulder seam all ready to go. They won’t get caught in the sewing machine :)
Let me know if you try it!