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    Posted: Mar 29 2007 at 4:31pm
Hi Ladies,
 
I enjoy doing sew-in's on other people and that is really all that I do.  It's my speciality.  When I do other's hair, it looks so undetectable I love it.  
 
So,,,,,here is my problem.  I pay this girl to do my sew-in's every other month and when she does them, they don't look half as good as when I do other people's hair.  
 
So my question to you ladies is,,,,,how do you do your own sew-in?  This may sound silly from someone who does sew-in's for others, but for some reason I am having the worst time trying to do it myself.  
 
Do you braid the hair straight back or in a circle pattern?  Do you have 2 mirrors to see in the back of your head?  Does it take you a long time?  And finally, How do you sew the track to your edges?  I think I would be able to handle the back of my head, but it just seems that it would be akward to try to sew the hair to the edges.  Thank you for any advice that you can give.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar 29 2007 at 4:37pm
Girl, just try it ... you're going to surprise yourself!  
 
I personally use a modified straight back.   I use extra extra extra long thread, so that I only use one thread for each track so that it is easy for me to take out.   It's very secure, especially if you spend time on securing the ends with clever knotting. 
 
Just do it like you would for other people.    Oh and post pics!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar 29 2007 at 8:42pm
I totally agree with Rickysrose, I use a type of straight back pattern (which seems easier to me. You just have to take your time and having a hand mirror and bathroom mirror comes in handy when your still in the 'learning' mode. But try it. It may take longer your first time though.

And about sewing the wefts onto the edges..you just bring the wefts over in a curve in order to bring it to the edges/hide the edges. HTH
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar 29 2007 at 8:59pm
I'm still learning too. I have a mirror that hooks around your kneck so you can see the back of your head and have your hands free to braid and sew. This has helped me a lot.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar 29 2007 at 9:54pm
Tiavalentine, that is an amazing avatar!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar 29 2007 at 10:00pm
i braid my hair in a horsehoe pattern. And then sew the tracks on vertically til I get to the top. THen I sew the around the braids on the net.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar 29 2007 at 10:06pm
I used to do my own sew-ins... I refused to pay that much money for something I could very well do on my own (anyone can w/ practice). 
 
On a lazy day, I would get someone else to cornrow my hair (direction was dependent upon where I wanted the part to be) and then I would apply a net and proceed sew that good stuff.  No smoke & mirrors... just feeling my way around... the easiest way for me to sew was using a curved needle and go horizontally across the weft instead of around the weft & braid (i hope i explained that clearly)....
 
You can do it!!!  I hope it all works out.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar 30 2007 at 7:30am
Tiavalentine, where did you get a mirror from the you put around your neck, that seems like it would be great.  Where can I find one?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar 30 2007 at 8:30am
I honestly just use two mirrors and feel around the back when it comes to sewing the hair in. I can not braid to where I feel confident yet so I have someone else braid it for me and I just sew the tracks onto my hair
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar 30 2007 at 8:43am
Thank you Rickysrose.
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