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The Difference Between Sequins and Spangles

Spangle Transfers, or “Hotfix Spangles” are NOT the same as those sequin transfers produced by embroidery and some motif rhinestone system manufacturers. The the most common question we get when we’re speaking with apparel decorators about the ProSpangle Spangle Transfer System is “What is the difference between Sequins and Spangles?”. There are several answers, depending on what you mean by sequins.


Embroidered Sequins


Sequins have been around for generations and are well known to professional apparel decorators. They are small, usually colorful plastic or metal discs with holes in the middle that are sewn onto garments by hand, or applied using special embroidery machines adapted for that purpose.

The sequin attachments for embroidery machines  were very popular in their time, but were slow and produced results that were susceptible to thread breaks, tears and damage during wash and wear.

The picture on the right also highlights one of the biggest drawbacks to sequins – big holes! In some cases, the thread is actually more prevalent than the sequins themselves, compromising the look of the design.

Hotfix Sequins and Sequin Transfers

The next evolution of sequins was the Hotfix version. “Hotfix” basically means that instead of applying the sequins directly to fabric with an embroidery machine, they are applied to Hotfix tape, or transfer paper, which can then be applied using a heat press.

The advent of Hotfix sequins allowed sequin transfer products to join Hotfix rhinestone transfers in the wholesale business. So with the advent of Hotfix sequins, you could ship a transfer to a retailer, who could then apply to a t-shirt using a simple heat press. In contrast, you could only ship an embroidered sequin design already applied to a garment.

But you still have HOLES! While you no longer had to worry about thread breaks, the core problem with Hotfix sequin transfers was that they still had the holes where the thread would normally go. This means that a large portion of every design just showed the t-shirt underneath, dulling the impact of yours and your customers vision for the end result.

Hotfix Spangle Transfers

Now that the ProSpangle line of Spangle Transfer machines is on the market, the days of Hotfix sequins are past! Spangle transfers are created the same way that Hotfix rhinestone transfers are made. Simply create your design, our software choice is Hotfix Era, then output to your ProSpangle machine.

The ProSpangle systems comes with the ability to output 2mm to 7mm Hotfix spangles at up to 1000 spangles/minute. These lead-free, amazingly colorful spangles are punched out of a reel of material directly onto transfer paper. WITH NO HOLES! The difference between spangles and sequins are the lack of that hole in the middle, a legacy from the embroidered sequin machine days. It sounds simple, but the holes are the fundamental difference between spangles and sequins and that makes a world of difference in the impact and color of your end result.

Long Lasting Spangles

Hotfix SEQUIN Transfer

Spangles Vs. Sequins Explained