There are a multitude of reasons as to why you want to sew on crystal rhinestones. They can help to add some flair and texture to clothing, they could be for a costume, soft furnishings or even just to experiment and be creative with, none the less it can be hard to know what the best sew on rhinestones for dancewear or clothing are. This short article will help guide you in choosing the best sew on rhinestones to suit your needs.

Sew on gems have been used for years and are a great way of attracting an audience to your item of clothing, dance dress or bridal gown. If you want to get really creative with it, you can even use sew on rhinestones to create or match certain coloured themes, such as for dance competitions or club and team colours.

Sew on stones can also be used to help accentuate certain parts of an item of clothing, such as the shoulders or neck collar. Sew on crystal rhinestones are slightly bigger than most flatback rhinestones, which makes them ideal for covering a larger surface area.

The key reason why many people opt for sew on rhinestones as opposed to glue on rhinestones is that they speed up your embellishing time, can be glued and sewn to make them extra secure and they make a statement. You rarely have to worry about them falling off or getting damaged.

What Are Sew on Rhinestones?

Sew on rhinestones tend to be slightly larger flatback rhinestones with two very small holes located on either side, which allows them to be sewed onto clothing.

How Are They Different?

Sew on rhinestones differ from glue on rhinestones as they do not require to be stuck on with glue, this generally means they are less messy to use and you won’t have the expense of having to buy glue, or potentially ruining expensive fabrics with glue stains.

They are also incredibly durable and long lasting, meaning you don’t need to worry about them falling off. Sew on crystal rhinestones also happen to come in many more shapes and due to their larger size, more intricate designs can be created. They have much bigger surface area and more facets to catch the light, allowing your creations to sparkle much more.

What Types of Sew on Rhinestones Are There?

There are three main brands of sew on rhinestones, they consist of:

  • Preciosa Crystals
  • Swarovski Diamante Crystals
  • Zodiac Crystal Shapes

Each are unique in their sizing, colours, and shapes. They can all vary in expense, especially if you’re looking for wholesale sew on crystals. Many sew on gems come with a foiled mirrored back, which is a silver backing used on many sew on gems to help create a mirror like effect which can reflect light, making them shine brighter.

There are some sew on gems which are unfoiled, these contain no silver like backing and will not shine as bright and are ideal for more subtle pieces of clothing.

As well as sew on rhinestones, you can also find many other types of sew on gems such as sew on crystal buttons. These sew on Rivoli buttons are mainly used for upholstery, soft furnishings and interior design projects and can be unique additions to the likes of headboards, Chesterfield chairs and sofa, soft furnishings, bridal wear, or even just replacing buttons with something a little more flashy.

How Do I Know the Right Type of Sew on Rhinestone For My Project?

We know how difficult it can be when trying to find the right type of sew on rhinestone for a project, that’s why our expert team will be more than happy to help. Our team of experienced professionals can help answer any queries about any of our products as well as offering knowledgeable advice on which type of sew on rhinestone would be most suitable for your project, helping you to pick the best colour, size, and shape.

If your project is a delicate, feminine, or a floral design, it is best to go with pear drops, leaf shape or navettes, as these are perfect for intricate, delicate designs. If you want to create something geometric, then you will be better choosing square, triangle or octagon shaped rhinestones.

If you want, you can purchase one of our sample charts to try out a few different options. Or if it is helpful, you can send us a photo of your project idea and our team will suggest some suitable products to choose from.

How To Sew on Rhinestones

You will of course require a needle and some thread to sew on rhinestones. It is best to choose a thread of the same colour as the fabric. Sewing them on is much more durable and you won’t have to wait for any glue to dry.

Simply loop the thread around the needle and place it through the small hole on the rhinestone, piercing it into your fabric and bringing it out the other side. You then follow this pattern for however many rhinestones you want. If you do not want to sew them on, you can use glue. It is not unusual to both sew and glue the sew on stones to garments to give you ultimate secure application. If you do use glue it will not be possible to recycle the crystal sew on stones.

Some Tips & Tricks

  • Avoid artificial light and work in day light as the light will be better and easier to see the rhinestones.
  • Use a similar coloured thread when sewing on rhinestones, be sure to pull tightly to avoid rhinestones becoming loose.
  • Ensure you have clean hands and a clean workspace to avoid marking or dirtying the rhinestones.
  • When buying Preciosa sew on stones, it is best to spend the extra money on crystals that are of a higher quality.
  • The Zodiac range of sew on stones offers great value and the colour choice is much greater than that of the Preciosa range of sew on stones.
  • Polish your rhinestones with a damp cloth when finished to help your rhinestones shine bright.
  • If you sew the crystals onto your fabric rather than use glue, it will be possible to recycle them and use for another garment in future.

Want To Find Out More or Purchase Sew on Rhinestones?

If you require any more information, or some suggestions for the best sew on rhinestone, our team will be more than happy to help, just get in contact through our website.

If you want to purchase wholesale sew on rhinestones, we stock a huge variety of sew on gems and crystals ready to add some sparkle to your project. We also offer a free sample service which enables you to match your crystals to your garments etc

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