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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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MukArt Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2010  Professional Digital 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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MukArt Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010  Professional Digital 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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shadownet752 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2009
i've made wefts before, but never thought to do it in such a way. this tutorial is really helpful. thanks so much for sharing!
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WindoftheStars Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Sure thing! :D
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Poiizu Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
is there any way you can make a tutorial on how to put the wefts on the wig cap? I've looked EVERYWHERE and I cannot seem to find any tutorials. I don't know how to attack the wefts (well i know that you sew them) but I just dont know what pattern to lay them in, or how to do the top part and bangs. Do you know of any good tutorials?

Thanks alot :3
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WindoftheStars Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Are just trying to add in the wefts you sewed in this tutorial? If so you can either sew or just glue them in. When I do it I find the area I want it, part the wig so the weft tracks are showing and then glue or sew it to one of the other wefts. if you look at your base wig you will see the wefts running horizontal and then stretch material going vertical. It is best (if possible) to attach your weft ends on these.

I'm sorry if this is confusing! I'll try to make a video with in the week about wigs.
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Poiizu Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much! The information does help alot! A video would be so amazing too! There are like..no videos of attaching wefts that i can find.

I'm starting with a totally blank wigcap and wefts. I'm not sure if I told you that or not. Cause I want to try to make my own wigs D:

Thank you so much
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WindoftheStars Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Oh wow so ambitious. Hmm I would pull out a pre-made wig and study it. They do have vertical elastic running from head to nape and that is what the wefts are attached to. Maybe just make a "cage" for your head and the attach the wefts to the "cage." Good luck!
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Poiizu Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh okay! Thank you so much!
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Jalamie Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2009
@05:53Thanks so much for this :D
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WindoftheStars Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
@05:53Sure thing!
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PlutonianNight Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2009  Student Artisan Crafter
@05:53This tutorial is amazing and I never would have thought of this! It's very helpful and I'll make use of it with my next wig project. :D
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WindoftheStars Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
@05:53Thanks! I'm happy you found it useful. :love:
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WindoftheStars Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
@05:53Thanks! Happy to hear it helped!
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SaphyreDaze Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
@05:52Amazing tutorial. I would never have thought of doing it this way! Thanks SO much for posting it. I'm sure my friends will like to see this as well!
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WindoftheStars Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
@05:52Sure thing! Glad it was helpful. :)
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SaphyreDaze Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
@05:52Very much so!
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TheInnocentDevil Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
@05:48Thank you! I had watched this a few months ago and still need to try it. I had such a hard time finding anything on wefts, and this was very helpful. When looking on the net for info, I had the impression wefts are something people are naturally supposed to know about or something. I still don't know for certain how people normally apply them, but I'm sure I'll figure it out. Anyone have suggestions?
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WindoftheStars Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
@05:48No prob! I know I was in a similar position and so I finally just played around until I got something that worked. So don't feel bad! Normal store bought ones are made differently and thus less bulky at top. You can go to a beauty store and get hair-piece clips and sew/glue them to your wefts and then you can clip into your hair or into your wig. If you are making a pony piece you can also sew in a jaw clip and then clip it into your hair/wig. I hope that helps! Good luck!
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TheInnocentDevil Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, I was thinking about playing with ones at the store (They always caught my attention even before cosplay...I guess I just like hair!), but I had big chunks leftover from a wig that I now want to add body to. Even if you mentioned bulk at the top of homemade ones, that shouldn't be a problem. Thank you for mentioning that about the bulk, though! That could be a very bad thing in the future. I've also seen a tutorial somewhere that utilized glue in binding the hair. I wonder if that could decrease that bulk issue? But I will be sewing the hair, that seems more fun to me right now. I think I will try sewing clips to the top of my pieces.

Thank you!
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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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Direct1 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2009
@04:55Really cool, but is it safe to leave all the pins in as you sew? (I've had experiences where doing so has caused the needle and/or pin to break)
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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 2, 2009
@03:46That is really helpful! I'm so glad you were able to post this on dA. :)
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WindoftheStars Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
@03:46Yeah! I'm glad it helped another. I love helping people. :D
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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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Keropi Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
@05:52Amazing! I would have never thought of this! Thanks so much. ^_^
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WindoftheStars Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
@05:52Sure thing!
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jamiesama Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2008  Professional Artist
@05:53Holy shit girl! I loveeeeeee you. This is awesome! :D You inspired me to make some tutorials for bjds!
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WindoftheStars Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
No prob! Glad it was inspirational!
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jamiesama Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2009  Professional Artist
:3
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DawnArts Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2008  Student General Artist
@05:53Omg! Thank you for the tutorial!!! *-*
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WindoftheStars Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Sure thing!
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miyurii Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yay~ that was really helpful!
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WindoftheStars Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yeah! :heart:
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prudencee-lumiere Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2008
Awww... this is my first time I see a tutorial like this and we can hear your voice :XD:
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WindoftheStars Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Haha yup. That's my serious-I'm-making-a-tutorial voice. lol. I'm much more pitchy in real life. My acting professor hated it!
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prudencee-lumiere Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2009
wow, you're acting? haha.. it's fine
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WindoftheStars Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
I took an acting class to fulfill a requirement to graduate. I really liked it! Then again I like most art classes. But yes, I talk different in the tut so people can understand me correctly. :D
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prudencee-lumiere Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2009
Ah, I know, acting class is really fun. I joined theater club in high school :XD:
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HezaChan Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
@05:53Wow this is so freaking helpful! Thanks! Definite :+fav:!
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WindoftheStars Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Sure thing! And you know where to find me if you have any questions. :D
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