1. WIG CAP CUSTOMIZATION
As a wig maker, I love the concept of customizing my wigs. When you wear a customized wig, there’s definitely a difference in how it fits.
We all have different head sizes and forehead sizes so it’s crucial to customize your wigs. The hairline to nape measurement is a MUST when making a customized wig. I customize my wig caps either by taking in the fabric on the sides or in the front of the wig cap.
2. SEWING THE FINAL TRACK
I included this wig making tip as one of my favorites because I’ve seen some of my students struggle while sewing around the curve of the lace closure. There’s a technique called pivoting in sewing. Although you’re not sewing a corner per se, you’re still using pivoting concept.
- Lift your presser foot using the presser foot lifter
- Slightly rotate/reposition your wig to align with the presser foot direction.
- Replace your presser foot back down to secure your wig
- Continue sewing your track
This technique will make sewing around your lace closure a lot easier.
3. ADD VOLUME TO YOUR PRE-MADE WIG
When I’m coaching my in person class students, I encourage them to also include factory pre-made wigs as part of their wig inventory. Unless you supply the factory with the hair they specifically use for your pre-made wigs, they will not be the same quality of hair as your custom wigs. You get to control what quality of hair is used when you custom make them on the machine.
With that being said, it can be a quick and an easy way to make extra income in your Wig business. They allow you to provide wigs at extremely short notice by having them on hand.
The one issue I have with some of the pre-made wigs is that the longer the lengths, the density can get sparse. As you can imagine, the higher the density of the wig you order, the higher the price. I found a more cost effective way to supply an affordable pre-made wig to my customers without compromising on fullness and without paying a higher price to the wig vendor.
I add extra tracks of hair to my straight and body wave wigs. It may get a little tricky if you decide to supply a curly texture wig as it may prove challenging to match the exact curl pattern of the pre-made wig.
Watch this short video.
4. HOW TO CHANGE YOUR NEEDLE WHEN MAKING A WIG
Breaking your needle while making your wig on the sewing machine is inevitable. Your needle will break for a variety of reasons; the needle is too small, the needle strikes the bobbin case, your needle is damaged, your needle hits the throat plate – there are many reasons!
If you’re a beginner wig maker and this happens to you for the first time, don’t panic.
Watch how I change my needle when I’m making wig on the sewing machine here.
4. EMERGENCY FRONTAL REPAIR
What do you do when you poke a hole in your lace frontal and your lace is damaged so badly it shows! This happened to me. I was actually recording content for my online wig class and burnt my lace with a hot comb!
Luckily, the wig wasn’t a customer wig, it was for personal use. I bought some transparent thread and used a small needle to stitch the lace together.
Another method called “whipping” can be used to repair with transparent thread. You will need a ventilating needle for this plus some extra skill. A regular sewing needle is easily accessible from any retail store. A ventilating needle is not.
DISCLAIMER: This wig making tip will save you a lot of stress and money. I must stress that this is an EMERGENCY repair tip. If you prefer something more long-term, you may either repair your frontal lace using the ventilation method or completely swapping out the lace frontal.
View my repaired here.
These 5 tips are the tip of the iceberg of some of the most important things I’ve learned throughout my wig making adventure. If you take just one thing away from this post, it should be to keep practicing and use failure to find success!.
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