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Rhinestone Embellishing Demonstration from Satin Stitches

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Wed, Aug 15, 2018 @ 14:08 PM

There are many ways to attach permanently heat-fused (Hot-Fix) Swarovski rhinestones.
At Satin Stitches, we have 3 options, 2 of which cannot be used by the hobby rhinestoners, as you need specialty equipment (A T-shirt heat transfer machine or an ultra-sonic rhinestone attaching machine) that we have. But the third method is shown in the video below.
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Tags: Costume Design Tips, Rhinestone Embellishment

Rhinestone Embellishing a Satin Stitches Web Style with Rhinestones Unlimited

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Fri, Aug 03, 2018 @ 14:08 PM

We asked Rhinestones Unlimited to ‘decorate’ our new Web Store Style #D12000. We created the CAD pattern, cut and then sewed the costume together, including hand-placed embroidered floral appliques that we purchased from Rhinestones Unlimited. We used six appliques Style #DIY Vinca A and Vinca B. The appliques are sometimes cut apart and placed to create the look we want. This particular style is our favorite from Rhinestones Unlimited.

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Tags: Custom Performance Costumes, Costume Design Tips, Rhinestone Embellishment

Rhinestoning 102

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Thu, May 03, 2018 @ 13:05 PM

My rhinestone tips blog posted many years ago. “Rhinestoning 101” is still a very comprehensive guide to what you should consider, when considering adding rhinestones to your dance costume. I answer all these questions:

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Tags: Minnesota Dancer Magazine, Rhinestone Embellishment

Using Rhinestones

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Mon, Oct 01, 2012 @ 14:10 PM

What rhinestones should I use?

If you find the prospect of having to embellish your own costume, or help with embellishing costumes for an entire group (a daunting task), and wonder just what is the best way to go about it, read on! Some people LOVE to rhinestone and others aren’t so sure! Adding glitz to a costume can truly take the costume to the next level, or if done poorly, it can detract from the overall look of the costume, NOT what you are trying to achieve.

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Hot Costume Care Tip - Rhinestones

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Wed, Sep 05, 2012 @ 08:09 AM

We occasionally get asked: How do we replace missing rhinestones - what is the best glue? 
  • Years ago, we recommended any 'super-glue', but several years ago, we experimented with and decided that the easiest glue to work with, was a glue named 'Loctite Super-glue - Control gel'. This is what we use, when we need to glue anything that isn't 'HOT FIX'.
  • Why do we love it? Well, instead of being a runny, messy thin liquid, as most super-glues, it is thicker and easier to control.
  • If you are still in the 'stone ages' (pun intended) in regards to your gluing habits and are still using a 'tacky' glue - modernize and pick up a Loctite bottle at your local hardware store. It is so much faster and less messy!
  • All you need is a little 'dollop' of the gel on the back of a rhinestone. Then hold it in place for several seconds until the glue has dried. You will have a permanent, non-messy bond with your Swarovski rhinestone and your costume, dance shoes, handbag or Smart-phone case!
  • We ALWAYS use Swarovski rhinestones - 'HOT FIX' with glue on the back, that attaches by heating up the glue (or by using an ultra-sonic device) to attach the rhinestones. We can permanently heat-fuse a rhinestone in a split second or up to several seconds depending on the size and location of the rhinestone. How about your rhinestone attaching methods?

If you would like information on designing with rhinestones - check out my "Rhinestoning 101" blog, first posted back in January of 2008! Lots of great information for the DIY-er.

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Rhinestoning 101 – Embellishing Tips from Satin Stitches!

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Tue, Jan 29, 2008 @ 17:01 PM

Do rhinestoning projects leave you sweating? Where do I start? How do I start? What rhinestones should I use?

If you find the prospect of having to embellish your own costume, or help with embellishing costumes for an entire group a daunting task, and wonder just what is the best way to go about it, read on! Some people LOVE to rhinestone and others aren’t so sure! Adding glitz to a costume can truly take the costume to the next level, or if done poorly, it can detract from the overall look of the costume, NOT what you are trying to achieve.

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Tags: Costume Design Tips, Rhinestone Embellishment

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