When I first started as a wig maker I also used to make many mistakes in the process of making wigs.
So, to help ensure that you avoid these mistakes while making your wigs, we’ve listed below the 6 most common wig mistakes that you need to avoid so you can keep your wig in the best condition!
❌Tugging the wig cap through the machine
When making a wig on the sewing machine, it’s very important to allow the wig cap to glide effortlessly through the presser foot. When you start to force the wig cap underneath the presser foot or tug on it, you will create ridges and lumps in your finished wig
❌Sewing with the presser foot in the “up” position
Every time you start a new stitch, always ensure that your presser foot is in the “down” position. This is done by using the press of foot lifter to gently push down the presser foot. Every time you attempt to sew with the presser foot in the “up” position, you create an entanglement of thread inside of the bobbin case.
Here’s a little tip I use. If at any time I accidentally sew with my presser foot up, I pull out my wig cap and also remove my bobbin and re-insert it. This avoids the “bird’s nest” forming in your subsequent stitches
❌Blocking measurements incorrectly
Blocking your measurements correctly will determine whether your wigs fits correctly and comfortably. In all of my wig classes I teach you how to accurately measure your head and transfer these measurements to a wig block. This is very important seeing as wigs are usually made off the clients head
❌Using an ill-shaped wig block
The wig block you use for your wigs will affect the fit of your wig. If you use an ill fitted wig block, without curvature on (that mimics the occipital bone) , your wig will not fit correctly. You can download my free Wig supplies list to see which Wig block I recommend for Wig Making.
❌Inserting T-Pins in the lace frontal
If you are a regular user of tea pins, you will know that they are very strong and thick and will damage your lace when they’re inserted. That is the reason why I only use quilting pins to Inserts into my Lace products i.e closure and frontal. I use the T pins only for the attachment of the wig cap to the wig block
❌Sewing without reverse stitching
If you have ever made a quick weave or a sewing before, you will know that at the start of every stage you must make a knot in your thread to secure it otherwise the thread will unravel.
On the sewing machine we reverse our stitch. I recommend reversing the stitch at least three times to ensure that’s not only do you avoid unraveling but you also secure the cut weft and avoid shedding
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