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Unread 10-03-2012, 02:07 PM   #1
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[HELP] - Working with Lycra / spandex material

I'm thinking of doing a simple suit this halloween:

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I'll start off by buying a black body suit from ebay.

My question is how hard is it to sew with lycra? Do I need a sewing machine? Should I hotglue on the ears and arm claws?

Any advice would be great. Thanks.
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Unread 10-05-2012, 09:05 AM   #2
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So, are you asking about just adding the details? no, don't use hot glue, you can melt the suit. there is special glue made specifically for fabrics, you can get it at any fabric or craft store or even Walmart.
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If you want the suit to be washable, don't glue them on. You could hand sew on some velcro instead and attach velcro to the ears etc with hot glue.

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You can sew lycra and spandex by hand if you do not have a sewing machine.

The trick is to stretch while you sew. How do you do this? Simple.

Get a stabilizer. They can be found at most chain craft stores. Or! use freezer paper, found at every grocery store. Iron the stabilizer onto the fabric (wax side down if it's freezer paper), and zig-zag stitch by hand. Then tear off the stabilizer (it's really easy to remove), fold the stitch over, and straight stitch for extra security.

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I'd recommend against the fabric glue for spandex/lycra. The point of the fabric is to be able to stretch as it moves. The glue doesn't do that as well and can cause things to fall off.

As dbchan suggested, you can use velcro (sew the velcro onto the suit, attach the velcro to the accessories).
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