Selecting the optimum Thread Selecting the Stitch TypeAdjusting the upper Thread TensionApplication


Alongside sewing by hand, the following table provides a summary of all machine application techniques.

Machine application

Machine application

Application using a sewing machine

The right choice of needle (strength Nm 70–100), sewing thread and thread tension (upper and lower thread) are particularly important for applications with a sewing machine. The fabric must not become gathered and the upper and lower thread should run easily and smoothly.

Tests should be conducted on the original material before beginning production.

Before sewing on Crystal Buttons with a machine it is essential to set the sewing machine to the correct hole and stitch length, as well as stitch width. This prevents the crystal from being damaged during application and reduces the risk of injury.

When sewing high, multi-row products, there can be problems with the sewing machine feed, caused by a slanting presser foot. To avoid this, position a height compensator beneath the presser foot to ensure it sits parallel to the material, allowing the fabric to feed through properly.

Chaton & Flat Back Bandings
Stitch the Banding between the first and second rows of crystals.

Application using a button sewer

Amongst other Swarovski products, Crystal Buttons, Buttons with Plastic Shank and Buttons with Metal Shank can also be applied using a button sewer.

Crystal Buttons
Before application, it is essential to set the button sewer according to the used Crystal Button. This prevents the product from being damaged during application and reduces the risk of injury.

Buttons with Plastic Shank and Buttons with Metal Shank
Just like Crystal Buttons, Buttons with Plastic or Metal Shank can be easily affixed using a button sewer. To do this, they must be positioned in the application slot of the button holder, and the machine must be adjusted beforehand.  

Application using an embroidery machine

The industrial application of single-row Plastic Trimmings and Lochrose art. 3129 can be carried out on fully automatic embroidery machines.

Plastic Trimmings

Lochrose art. 3129

An innovative product application solution has been developed in conjunction with the companies Laesser and Tajima for the industrial application of Lochrose art. 3129 with fully automatic embroidery machines. If using a Laesser embroidery machine, the Laesser Crystal Stone Head must be used. The application is based on standard embroidery technology and allows the unique combination of first-class Schiffli embroidery yarns (e.g. SETAFIL®) and crystal applications in a single production stage.

If sewing with a Tajima embroidery machine is preferred, the Tajima Lochrose Embroidery Device is used.

Hand application techniques

Some of the Swarovski products listed in the product overview can be applied by hand. This means a range of creative application techniques in addition to sewing and embroidery. 

Please choose a sufficiently thick wire in accordance to the size and weight of the Swarovski crystals. For heavier products a nylon-coated wire is recommended. Crystal Pearls larger than 6 mm should be additionally knotted for a better hold.

Detailed instructions for these techniques and information concerning the necessary tools and aids required for the work are given on WWW.CREATE-YOUR-STYLE.COM.