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WindoftheStars Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
@05:53Nope! I think it's easier then the no-sew method actually, plus a LOT faster. :) Good luck!
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WindoftheStars Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
No prob! The bulk isn't that bad, but in comparison to store bought there is a big difference. If you are going to be putting them in your hair I think it would be noticeable. Though placing in a wig I'm sure you could fiddle around with it to hid it enough. Besides wigs are *generally* thicker then real hair too. I have tried the gluing/caulking method and I reeeeeaaaaly don't like it. It's messy, takes at least 24 hours to set and didn't always get all the hair in my experience. Plus I think it is more bulky and not as flexible as the sewing method. But that is just me, I would still try it if you want. It might be useful in some cases. :)
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WindoftheStars Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
@04:55Ehh that is debatable. If the pins are in this way, usually they will miss the needle or push it out of the way. I haven't had a needle break from pining this way *yet* but it is always possible. You can take the pins out but you have a great chance of the hair and ribbon moving about and causing lost of frustration!
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Liquidfire3 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2009
It really does. I hope that I'll get to post a few tutorials myself soon.
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I'm finally lucking enough to get the chance to post some of my cosplay/costuming tutorials I have done her on DA! I made these a few months ago and had post them on my website and youtube, but was bummed that I couldn't share them here. I'm not too good at explaining things through text (at least I think so) plus videos I think are much more helpful.

I want to apologize for the icky quality of this video. This was before I got a better camera. If I make another weft sometime soon I'll be sure to re-record with my better camera. In the mean time I hope this suffices.

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About this tutorial
Ever needed to add more hair to your wig or needed a hair extension for you costume but didn't have the time or money to buy your own? Or maybe you would like to learn another way to make wefts. Well, this tutorial is for you. This video follows me through all the steps of making wefts with synthetic hair on your sewing machine.

If you have a hard time following what I am doing in the video, below is a full written tutorial on how to do it. Of course if you have ANY questions please feel free to note me. I'll be happy to answer any question you have.

What you will need:
-Pack(s) of loose extension hair (I'm using Silky Straight Kanekalon Braid from Dr. Locks in this video)
-Netting, lace, or sheer ribbon
-Thread in your extension hair color
-Scissors
-Sewing Machine (use a normal sewing machine. I haven't tried it with a serger/overlock yet)

Steps
1. Set your machine to the tightest tension (for me that was 9), to the smallest stitch length (I used 1 in this tutorial, or the on above your button hole stitch setting) and to your straight stitch.

2. Thread your machine. It is best to use thread and lace/netting/ribbon in the color your extension hair is so it isn't as easy to see.

3. Place your lace/netting/ribbon down on the sewing plate.

4. Take small amounts of hair and place it on the lace/netting/ribbon. We will be folding our hair in half at the end, so if you want an extension piece that is 5" long, use 10" pieces of hair. Spread it out a bit so it isn't really think, but evenly disbursed.

5. Sew down the center of the lace/netting/ribbon and of your hair.

6. Repeat steps 5 and 4 until you have reached the desired width you want your weft to be.

7. Repeat step 5 three more times to insure the security of the hair to the lace/netting/ribbon.

8. Now sew on more stitch about 1/4" to the side of the other stitches you just made.

9. Fold your weft in half so the lace/netting/ribbon is on the outside and the hair is inside. Pin your weft so the fold stays secure.

10. Adjust your machine to a ZigZag stitch with a fairly small width. Keep your stitch length and tension the same.

11. Sew down the ribbon close to the fold edge/ previous stitches to keep the weft folded in half.

12. Trim the excess lace/netting/ribbon to your stitches and your done!

Now you can easily add your extension hair to your wig with no mess!
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TheParasiticBandaid Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2010  Student General Artist
hey I have a wefting question. i dont have a sewing machine but i found a tutorial on how to do it by hand and i was wondering how to make double wefts. if i have a completed weft, would i just cut it in half and sew the 2 new pieces together to get double weft or is it more complicated than that? i'm having trouble finding any information on it :(
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WindoftheStars Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Not sure how to do it by hand, but would imagine that you can just double them up. I haven't done it so the best thing I can say is just give it a try. If you sew them together you can always take them apart if you don't like them. Good luck!
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TheParasiticBandaid Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010  Student General Artist
ah ok :) well i'll just go for it then XD
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FantasyStock Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2010
:+fav: This tutorial is featured in "Costume Design 101" for Costume Week.

Thank you for sharing your design techniques with the community!
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WindoftheStars Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you!
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FantasyStock Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2010
:hug:
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rixxs Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
@05:53Omg it looks so easy, and here I was thinking it was just something impossoble to do. Thanks~! :D
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WindoftheStars Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
@05:53Nope! I think it's easier then the no-sew method actually, plus a LOT faster. :) Good luck!
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SilverCicada Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
@05:53this is going to save me so much time and stress, thankyou for posting this
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WindoftheStars Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
@05:53No prob!
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