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Pro Tip - # 19 by SnowBunnyStudios Pro Tip - # 19 by SnowBunnyStudios
If you don't have access to wefting thread, can't order it online, don't need a whole big spool of it, or need colors beyond natural ones, upholstery thread and other heavy weight threads, my old stand buy, is a good place to turn to as an alternative. Considering it comes in a sea of colors beyond what is seen with the standard wefting threads (I've only ever seen wefting it in 4 colors, all of which are natural ones, and it's often far more than I need at any given time). Thus, for small projects or if my budget won't allow buying a big spool of wefting thread, I'll often pick up a few extra spools of either upholstery or heavy duty thread while I'm out fabric shopping. I stay away from 100% cotton and other natural threads, as the dirt and oils from your hair can build up and cause the fibers to break down, rot, or decay. Plus, while this is personal preference, I feel they're far stronger than any of the natural fibers threads. With this and a hooked needle, you should be able to make fairly quick work of any wefting you're adding to either a hair piece or wig. Plus, I know sewing wefts into a wig can be a bit daunting for the beginning cosplayer or for someone that's styling one of their first wigs. Making a smaller investment initially is a great way to practice and sort of dip one's toes into the pool and test things out.

Now, if only the job wasn't so time intensive and tedious, that'll be wonderful.
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Tehodda Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I didn't even know wefting thread was a thing. :/
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SnowBunnyStudios Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yes, wefting thread is a thing.
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supercami Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013
Thanks for posting this.  My daughter had heard to use tapestry thread for attaching heavy side pieces to a wig, but we couldn't find any of that kind so we went with something we found in the needlecraft aisle at joann's.  I am thinking we will go with upholstery thread instead, but I am not telling her today because I don't want to go to joann's yet :D
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SnowBunnyStudios Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Heh... Glad to be of assistance! :)
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ShiningForceKaya Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Professional General Artist
I never knew there was thread just for wefting. I have always used Gutterman thread (stronger than normal thread) and did a zig zag with my machine. my mom gets after me if I even touch her upholstery thread, which she let me dip into occasionally for heavyweight materials that need extra umph for areas in cosplays.
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SnowBunnyStudios Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
All good ideas and suggestions!  I usually don't work with wig fiber on a sewing machine, myself.  I simply know, since I'm buying this myself and sewing it by hand, this is really tough stuff.
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ShiningForceKaya Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Professional General Artist
yeah, I never knew about yours either, everyone I know uses regular thread and machine sews(for majority or wig work), but I don't trust it.
I quit using regular thread on all my cosplays and just stick to Gutterman and other German threads (they are stronger thread quality and I love the way they design their bobbins, so tiny it looks like a scam, but in reality, it gives out WAY more than ours do, makes our spools look like a plastic sham and a landfill filler) after making the switch, I haven't had any breaks or pulls (unless I tugged and broke it on purpose which took a lot of effort)and their bobbins are less likely to make a mess or snap while on the machine the way they are designed to hold the tread for storage. American thread is cheap, and a waste of time.... sorry, just my thread rant XD. Burned one too many times over the long haul of a cosplays life.
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SnowBunnyStudios Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
I completely understand.  It's always best to use quality from the get go!  I don't have a major preference as far as brands go, but you've certainly made a very good point none the less.
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ShiningForceKaya Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Professional General Artist
Yeah, I just go with German because that's what my mom (who is way better than I am) said and that they are good quality. I also choose that one because that's what Joann's has available. If it isn't in stock, than you do the next best thingXD!
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SnowBunnyStudios Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Awesome. :)
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