How to Sew Beads
You can sew any kind of beads onto a piece of fabric, but keep in mind how the beads and fabric will look together. Choose beads that complement the fabric’s color, print, and/or texture. Thread a needle with 180in (460cm) of thread and tie a knot in the end. Place the bead on the edge of your fabric or somewhere in the center.
The stitches on the outer part of the fabric should be very small, as this will make it easier to hide them with the beads you sew. The stitch should look like a tiny dash on your fabric, and it should only be about 0.1in (0.25cm) wide. If you’re sewing multiple beads on a strand, make sure to sew through all of them just like you did the first time.
What thread do you use for bead embroidery?
Nylon beading thread and gel-spun or fishing line-type thread are the two most common types of beading thread used by leaders. Some readers swear by nylon beading threads for their bead embroidery because they are soft, strong, and don’t leave large holes in the foundation.
How do you dress a bead bodice?
- Pre-plan your bead work pattern.
- Measure the selected area for your bead work directly on your dress.
- Know the type and properties of your dress fabric.
- Select your beads.
- Select your thread type.
- Thread your needle and sew through the back side of your dress fabric.
How do you glue beads?
Place a small dot of glue on the bead rather than the material you’re gluing it to (this will give you the most secure hold and prevent you from using too much glue), making sure the hole in the bead doesn’t stick up and be visible in your project unless that’s the look you’re going for.
Can you sew through sequins?
The most difficult part of sewing with sequins is that needles have a hard time sewing through them, so you’ll need to clear the seam allowance of them in order to sew properly. It’s the safest method, and it’s also the easiest on your sewing machine and needles.
Can I glue sequins to fabric?
You can’t go wrong with Aleene’s Jewel-It Embellishing Glue, which is made specifically for gluing sequins and embellishments to fabric. It’s quick-setting and dries completely clear.