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Welcome to Diversity Hair!

Wefts

What are Wefts?

A weft is a bulk lot of hair sewn together at the top with a type of seam.

The hair can be real or synthetic. If using top quality real hair, the cuticle will be aligned correctly and the seam will run along the top of the weft so that the cuticles are in the correct direction when the hairpiece is worn.

Wefts are made for wig making, clip in extensions, weaves and many other projects. It is easy to make your own with the use of a sewing machine.


How to Make Wefts - Tutorial

This Tutorial has kindly been supplied by the talented Sacha Tearle.

The wefts made in this tutorial are brilliant for making hairpieces, fringes, clip in extensions and adding wefts to wigs, so it’s great for costumes. They are also really cheap, quick and easy. These are also great because you can control exactly how much hair you add and they are sewn so no need to worry about glue or caulk or anything not reaching the innermost fibres.

Warning: Sewing machines can be savage, they will sew through your finger if given the chance. I realise this is a fiddly thing to sew but please ensure you keep your fingers out of the path of the needle at all times.


Step 1 - Gather your Materials
Step 1 - For these wefts you will need loose hair that is roughly twice the length of what you want in the finished weft (i.e. if you want 12 inch long wefts you will need 24 inch hair). This can be whatever fibre you want, I am using Kanekalon Jumbo Braid in various purples. You will also need some fabric scissors (do not use these on the hair itself, it will blunt them so quickly it will make your head spin), a sewing machine threaded with good quality thread (the ability to do zigzag stitch is preferable, but not vital) and finally a strip of tulle or soft netting that is around 1.5 inches (3 or 4 cm) wide and a few inches longer than you need your finished weft to be (I just cut mine without measuring, it does not have to be perfect because you will trim it later anyway).

Step 2
Step 2 -The first line of stitching you will do is to initially secure the hair to the net, for this my personal preference is to use a zigzag stitch (I set my stitch width quite wide and the length fairly low, almost a satin stitch but with slightly more gap between the stitches), you do not necessarily have to use a zigzag stitch, a straight stitch will work fine. The reason I use a zigzag stitch is to make the weft a little easier to fold later, if using a straight stitch, simply take your time and use as small a stitch length as you can. To start off sew the net for about an inch with no hair, this is simply so you have some fabric to grab to guide the rest through the machine, as net can bunch sometimes and it is especially annoying if this happens while sewing the hair.

Step 2a
Step 2a - Then you will want to start adding inch wide sections of hair, ensuring that you are sewing it down at around the middle of the length of hair (i.e. the hair should be the same length either side of the seam), just before you reach the end of the section you are currently sewing, add more hair. Adding more hair before you run out of the hair you are already sewing means there will not be any bald patches.

Step 3
Step 3 -At this point you will want to change to a straight stitch if you were not already using one. As I said before, make sure you use the smallest stitch you can to prevent the hair slipping out. Fold the netting on the existing stitch line, ensuring it is as straight and flat as possible, then sew a few millimeters from the edge of the fold through both layers.

Step 4
Step 4 - Get your sharp scissors and trim and excess netting below the stitch line you just made (make sure to do both sides of the weft), and you are finished!