Every designer hopes to bring something unique to each design they painstakingly create. One way designers have accomplished this has been by adding elements like sequins, studs, and rhinestones to their garments. It’s true of both men’s and women’s fashion – just think of the punk styles that paired black leather and metal studs.
Creating designs that feature one or more of these decorative components is one thing; when those designs have to go from paper to production floor things can get tricky. Having the right partner to manufacture garments with studs or stones is essential for multiple reasons.
A good manufacturing partner can help you chose the right type of element: thermo-adhesive, claw, or sewn. For example, if you’re design employs light fabric you probably want to consider using acrylic stones or sequins, which are also lightweight.
To give you a better idea of the types of things you might need to consider when manufacturing clothing with sequins and the like we’ve put together this short glossary defining these different elements and explaining how they are affixed to the garment:
- Drilled stones vs undrilled stones. Drilled stones are applied by sewing them onto the fabric, whereas undrilled stones require special glue for application.
- Mounted settings vs none. Just like gemstones have settings, so can rhinestones. Mounted settings are generally sewn onto the garment.
- Thermo-adhesive studs (aka “hot fix studs”) vs claw studs. Adhesive studs are applied by using heat to glue the stud/rhinestone to the fabric. Claw studs are applied by poking holes in the fabric for the claws to pass through, which can be done by machine or by hand.
The quality of the stud as well as the craftsmanship of the garment are critically important to the success of the end-product. No one wants to buy a shirt with rhinestones that fall off after the first washing! Poor quality of individual elements, as well as shoddy craftsmanship, can tarnish your brand and worse – can ruin your beautiful design.