Have you ever thought to sew wefts into your wig? You are not alone. This custom is very common among wig wearers.
Usually, you sew wefts into a wig to add more volume or length or simply to highlight the hairstyle of your unity. In every case, wig weaving is a fun process you can perform with a few easy steps.
I am Rosalba, a lifelong wig lover accustomed to making her wigs more and more natural and attractive.
This new guide explained the complete process to sew wefts into a wig. If you are interested in discovering more, keep reading …
How to Sew Wefts into a Wig: Step-by-step Guide
Follow the below steps to sew wefts into your wig and add some nice volume for it.
Step 1: Prepare the Tools
To sew wefts into a wig, you need to have the essential tools.
Make sure to have:
- A wig
- Mannequin head
- Sewing pins
- Straight or curved needle
- Thread with the same color of the wig hair
- Seam ripper
- Rattail comb
- Wig brush
Step 2: Place and Secure your Wig on the Mannequin Head
Before sewing wefts into your unity, you need to place and secure it on a mannequin head. I suggest that you use this tool and not a simple wig stand.
A mannequin head allows you to better secure the wig with pins to avoid sudden shifts that can break or hurt the sewing process.
Now, take the sewing pins and start securing the unity on the mannequin head. Place the pins along with the wig’s crown, sides, and back.
In short, to better secure it, you must follow the circular shape of the head! You could place pins along the frontal hairline, as well, but if you have a frontal lace unity, you risk tearing the lace.
Anyway, you can secure your wig as you want. The important thing is that it is firmly secured.
Step 3: Choose the Types of Wefts
The market offers you endless opportunities to enhance the look of your wig: you could purchase pre-made wig wefts; these are also called “wig extensions”. You could also harvest wefts from your own wig. The latter is the best solution to ensure that wefts match each other perfectly.
Since pre-made wefts are equipped with adhesive strips, clip-ins, and hot glue, and hence, don’t need sewing, most of the time, I’ll discuss only how to sew harvested wefts into your wig. I think it is the right choice to stay in-topic.
Step 4: Harvest the Wefts
Wig is made with wefts sewn along with the construction cap. These wefts can be synthetic or human. Indeed, if you move the wefts of your unity backward, you’ll see the seams.
The “harvest” of the wefts regards the removal of the wefts from the seams of the wig.
To perform this process, you must use a seam ripper. Proceed like this: with the tail of the comb, raise the wefts you want to remove and detect their hairline.
Then, raise the wefts, again, along the hairline, and secure them, backward, with clips.
This way, you’ll see the seams where the wefts are attached. Loose small weft portions from the ones you have previously tied. With the seam ripper, detach the loosened wefts.
If you have more than one, you can harvest wefts from your same wig or from another wig. The important thing is that the wigs must have the same color and the same type of hair.
In fact, on a human hair wig, you must apply human wefts. On a synthetic hair wig, you must apply synthetic wefts.
You can perform the removal of the wefts before placing the wig on the mannequin head. In this case, hold the construction cap in your hand, detect the seams where the wefts are, and with a seam ripper, remove the quantity of wefts you need.
Usually, you can add five or six wefts to a wig, but if the base of your wig is larger, you can add more wefts.
Step 5: Sew the Wefts into your Wig
With the wig placed and firmly secured on the mannequin head, detect the zone where you want to sew the wefts. Raise the hair of your wig back and secure it with clips. Place the wefts in the chosen area, under the wefts of the wig
Secure the additional wefts with sewing or wig pins. Start sewing with a straight or curved needle and resistant thread (the latter must have the same color of the wig).
Sew in the topstitched area of the wefts to better secure them to your wig. Perform sewing from right to left. Pay attention to the stitches: they can rip the lace. Move the needle gently not to damage the fabric. Pull the thread only when you finish giving the stitch.
Make sure the wefts are perfectly secured after sewing. If they are, remove clips and pins from the wig and style your unity with a wig brush.
Wig weaving and sewing are very easy processes, especially if you love sewing or if you are a skilled wig tailor. Check the following section of the FAQs to learn more about these techniques.
How Many Wefts Does it Take to Make a Wig?
The number of wefts which are necessary to make a wig depends on the type of wig.
Some human hair wigs have a low density. Usually, they have thin and single wefts. This is the main reason that pushes wig wearers to sew additional wefts into this type of wig.
Instead, synthetic hair wigs have a high density and often are made with double sewn wefts.
Another factor that influences the quantity of wefts is the length of the wig.
For several wigs, the ideal quantity goes from 100 to 150 grams of wefts. For more volume and length, you can sew 120 grams of wefts, they are equal to six wefts.
For a longer and layered hair wig, you can add 8 wefts. I also know about wig wearers that added up to 12 wefts to obtain a full wig!
Is it Better to Glue or Sew a Wig?
Both of them are precision works and require a bit of mastery to be perfectly executed.
Sewing is the best choice to secure the wefts better. Glue is a secondary option if you are not able to sew. Some wig wearers obtained good results with hot and transparent glue for wigs.
To express a verdict, it is better if you try the two methods first.
Should I Sew my Wig on?
You don’t need to search further for the answer.
No, in my view, you shouldn’t sew your wig on your head. You can glue the frontal hairline, but sewing is serious work and you need to have a complete overview of the head.
Furthermore, if you sew on the mannequin head, you’ll avoid pinching yours with pins and needles.
Unfortunately, a small dose of mastery is always necessary when working with our wigs.
Let me know if you found the guide simple or complicated. In the last case, you’ll surely have my apologies.