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How to Sew Down a Track – Step-by-Step Guide (2024)

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how to sew down a trackSewing hair wefts can seem daunting, but with the right tools and technique it’s as easy as threading a needle.

By prepping the hair and tracks first, you’ll stitch with precision.

Secure those tracks in place with small stitches, pulling the thread tight as you move along.

With practice, you’ll have flawless flowing locks in no time.

Careful sewing keeps the tracks in place while allowing you to style freely.

Now let’s begin stitching success strand by strand.

Key Takeaways

  • Gather tools and prepare hair: needle, thread, adhesive, scissors, clips, comb.
  • Apply track: part hair, apply adhesive, press track onto hair, secure with clips.
  • Sew track down: thread needle, start sewing near part, insert needle through track and hair, continue sewing along track, secure with knot, trim excess weft.
  • Blend and style hair: comb through hair, style with flat iron or curling iron, trim excess weft or loose threads, apply hair oil or serum.

Prepare the Hair and Tools

Prepare the Hair and Tools
Before you begin sewing down the track, it’s important to properly prepare your hair and gather all of the necessary tools.

Start by washing and drying your hair to ensure it’s clean and free from any product buildup.

Next, comb through your hair to remove any tangles or knots that may hinder the sewing process.

Finally, make sure you have all of the essential tools on hand:

  • A curved needle
  • Matching thread color
  • High-quality hair extension adhesive
  • Scissors for trimming excess weft
  • Clips for sectioning off areas of hair during installation
  • A fine-toothed comb for blending extensions with natural hair after installation.

Wash and Dry the Hair

How do you wash and dry your hair to prepare it for sewing down a track?

Use lukewarm water and gently comb hair in sections while conditioning to avoid tangles.

Rinse thoroughly then wrap hair in a towel to absorb moisture instead of rubbing, which can cause frizz before you sew down the track.

This removes oils and debris while minimizing damage for an optimal sew-in.

Comb Through the Hair to Remove Any Tangles

After washing and drying the hair, you’ll want to comb through it thoroughly to remove any tangles before sewing in the track.

Use a wide-toothed comb to gently work your way up from the bottom of the hair, avoiding pulling on it.

If needed, use a detangling spray to make combing easier and minimize breakage.

This step ensures that your hair is smooth and ready for sewing in the track without any knots or snags.

Gather the Necessary Tools: Needle, Thread, Hair Extension Adhesive, Scissors, Clips, and a Comb

To gather the necessary tools for sewing down a track, you’ll need:

  • A needle
  • Thread
  • Hair extension adhesive
  • Scissors
  • Clips
  • A comb

Select a small, curved needle and thread that matches the hair color. This allows the stitches to blend in.

Have sharp scissors on hand to trim excess weft.

Use clips to secure tracks as you work.

A fine-tooth comb helps blend extensions into natural hair when styling.

With quality tools, sewing tracks takes precision but yields beautiful results.

Secure the First Track

Secure the First Track
To secure the first track, start by parting your hair where you want the track to be placed.

Apply a small amount of hair extension adhesive to the track and press it onto the hair, aligning it with the part.

Use clips to hold the track in place while you sew it down.

This will ensure that your extensions are securely attached and blend seamlessly with your natural hair.

Part the Hair Where You Want the Track to Be Placed

Once you have prepared the hair and tools, part the hair where you want the track to be placed.

  1. Hold the track with clips to keep it in place.
  2. Use small stitches when sewing down the track for a secure hold.
  3. Pull the thread tight as you sew to ensure a snug fit.
  4. Secure the end of the track with a knot to prevent unraveling.
  5. Trim off any excess weft after securing each track for a clean finish.

Continue reading ‘How to Sew Down a TrackStep-by-Step Guide‘ for further instructions on achieving flawless sew-in extensions.

Apply a Small Amount of Hair Extension Adhesive to the Track

Before pressing down the track, put a small amount of hair extension adhesive on it.

Use an adhesive designed for hair extensions, matching to your hair type.

Spread a thin, even layer along the track with an applicator brush, covering just the area that will contact your hair.

Allow it to become tacky before positioning on your part line.

Apply firm pressure for 30-60 seconds to secure the bond.

Press the Track Onto the Hair, Aligning It With the Part

Secure the first track by pressing it onto your hair and aligning it with the part, ensuring a secure attachment.

  • Position the track along the part, keeping it flat against your scalp.
  • Ensure the track is evenly aligned and the teeth grip your natural hair.
  • Use clips to temporarily hold the track in place while preparing to sew it down.

Use Clips to Hold the Track in Place While You Sew It Down

As you sew, clip the track in place on your head to keep it secure. This prevents the track from shifting as you work.

Step Photo Tips
1 Use duckbill clips to gently but firmly grip track. Ensure teeth grip track weft.
2 Keep clipped sections taut. Check alignment with natural hair part.
3 Work in small sections for security. Use curved needle and matching thread.

Clipping the track while sewing prevents shifting, ensuring proper alignment. Follow the tips above for best results when sewing down your track.

Sew the Track in Place

Sew the Track in Place
First, thread your needle with thread that matches the weft color.

Next, begin sewing at one end of the track near the hair part, inserting the needle through the track and hair to create small stitches.

Then continue sewing along the track, pulling the thread tight as you make small stitches, securing the end with a knot before trimming excess weft.

Thread the Needle With the Appropriate Thread Color

In order to seamlessly blend the tracks into your existing hair, you’ll want to thread the needle with a matching thread color before sewing each track down.

  • Use a needle appropriate for the thread thickness to prevent breakage.
  • Keep knots small and stitches tight for a secure hold.
  • Maintain proper thread tension so stitches don’t loosen or pucker.

Start Sewing at One End of the Track, Near the Part

Now that you have threaded the needle with the appropriate thread color, it’s time to start sewing at one end of the track, near the part.

Begin by inserting your needle through both the track and hair, creating a small stitch.

Sew using short, tight stitches, inserting the needle from the front of the track to the back.

Continue sewing along the length of the track.

When you reach the end, secure your thread with a tight double knot.

Carefully trim away any excess weft or loose threads. Take care not to cut the knots you created to anchor the track.

Insert the Needle Through the Track and Hair, Creating a Small Stitch

Insert the needle through the track and your natural hair, creating a small stitch to secure the track in place.

Make sure to pull the needle through completely, creating a knot that will hold everything together.

As you sew along the track, make small stitches and pull the thread tight to ensure a secure attachment.

Once you reach the end of the track, secure it with another knot and trim off any excess weft for a clean finish.

Continue Sewing Along the Track, Making Small Stitches and Pulling the Thread Tight

To sew the track in place, continue sewing along the track using small stitches and pulling the thread tight.

As you progress, pull the needle and thread fully through the extension and your natural hair to create a tight knot with each stitch.

Make the stitches close together, about 1/4 inch apart, keeping the thread taut.

Secure the end of the track by tying a tight double knot and trimming excess weft.

Ensure tracks are evenly spaced and follow the shape of your head.

When all tracks are sewn, use a comb and heat styling tools to blend natural hair with the extensions into smooth, beautiful tresses.

Secure the End of the Track With a Knot and Trim Off Any Excess Weft

You’ll secure the track’s end with two tight knots, then carefully trim any leftover weft.

Use small, neat knots positioned close to the hair, taking care not to cut them as you trim.

Keeping the extension pieces snug against the natural hair creates a seamless look.

Trim only the excess so tracks lay flat.

Well-placed knots and trimmed weft helps the new growth blend smoothly.

Repeat for Additional Tracks

Repeat for Additional Tracks
Once you have sewn the first track in place, you can create additional parts in the desired areas for more tracks.

  • Apply hair extension adhesive to each new track.
  • Press onto the hair.
  • Sew in place using the same technique as before.

Make sure the tracks are evenly spaced and aligned with your natural hair.

Create Additional Parts in the Desired Areas for More Tracks

After securing the first track, create additional parts in the desired areas for more tracks.

  • Part the hair where you want the track to be placed.
  • Apply hair extension adhesive to the track and press it onto the hair.
  • Sew the track in place using the same technique as before.
  • Ensure that the tracks are evenly spaced and aligned with the natural hair.

Apply Hair Extension Adhesive to Each Track and Press Them Onto the Hair

Apply a small amount of hair extension adhesive to each track and press them onto the hair.

Make sure that the tracks are evenly spaced and aligned with your natural hair.

Keep extensions snug against hair and trim excess hair.

Don’t cut knots.

Sew Each Track in Place Using the Same Technique as Before

Once you have applied hair extension adhesive to each track and pressed them onto the hair, sew each track in place using the same technique as before.

  • Use small knots.
  • Keep extensions snug against hair.
  • Trim excess hair.
  • Don’t cut knots.

Ensure That the Tracks Are Evenly Spaced and Aligned With the Natural Hair

To ensure that your tracks are evenly spaced and aligned with your natural hair, you’ll want to repeat the same technique for each additional track:

  1. Use bobby pins to hold tracks in place.
  2. Use a hair dryer to set the adhesive.
  3. Use a fine,toothed comb to blend the tracks with the natural hair.
  4. Trim the tracks to the desired length.

Blend and Style the Hair

Blend and Style the Hair
To achieve a flawless blend, comb through the hair to ensure that the natural hair and tracks seamlessly merge together.

Use a flat iron or curling iron to style the hair as desired, whether you prefer sleek straight locks or bouncy curls.

Trim any excess weft or loose threads for a polished finish.

Lastly, apply a small amount of high-quality hair oil or serum for added shine and smoothness, completing your expertly sewn-in track installation with professional finesse.

Comb Through the Hair to Blend the Natural Hair With the Tracks

Once you have sewn in all of the tracks, comb through the hair to blend the natural hair with the tracks.

Use a fine-toothed comb to work through the wefts and blend them with your natural hair color.

Use a hair dryer on low heat to style the hair and secure the knots.

Use a Flat Iron or Curling Iron to Style the Hair as Desired

With the tracks sewn in, you can style your hair as desired using a flat iron or curling iron.

Use a heat protectant before styling to protect your hair from heat damage.

Use a light touch when styling to avoid damaging your hair.

Use a boar bristle brush to brush the hair and a fine, toothed comb to detangle the hair.

Use a hair dryer to set the style.

Trim Any Excess Weft or Loose Threads

Trim any excess weft or loose threads after styling the hair with a flat iron or curling iron.

To avoid cutting hair, use small knots when securing extensions and keep them snug against your natural hair.

Take care to trim any excess hair that may be sticking out, but be careful not to cut the knots holding the track in place.

This will ensure a seamless and polished finish for your sewn-in track.

Apply a Small Amount of Hair Oil or Serum for Added Shine and Smoothness

After trimming any excess weft or loose threads, apply a small amount of hair oil or serum to add shine and smoothness to the hair.

4 tips for applying hair oil or serum:

  1. Avoid cutting through weft
  2. Use high-quality hair extension adhesive
  3. Secure the end of the extension with two knots
  4. Trim off the excess weft
  5. Blend the extensions with your natural hair

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How do I know if I need to sew down my track?

You may need to sew down your track if it’s coming loose, sagging, or making noise.

To sew down your track, you’ll need a sewing machine, thread, and a needle.

What kind of thread should I use to sew down my track?

You need to use a strong thread that won’t fray or break easily.

A good option is to use a polyester thread that’s rated for heavy-duty sewing.

How do I prevent the thread from showing through my hair?

To prevent the thread from showing through your hair, use a thread that matches the color of your hair.

You can also use a thread sealant to help hide the thread.

What do I do if I make a mistake while sewing down my track?

If you make a mistake while sewing down your track, you can carefully remove the stitches and try again.

Be sure to use a high-quality thread and needle so that the stitches are strong and secure.

How can I make sure that my track is secure?

To ensure that your track is secure, use a strong adhesive and sew the track to your hair in multiple places.

Conclusion

Wondering how to sew down a track? With the right tools and technique, it’s easy as threading a needle.

  1. Gather your tools.
  2. Prepare your hair.
  3. Apply the track.
  4. Sew the track down.
  5. Trim the excess hair.
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Mutasim is the founder and editor-in-chief of sewingtrip.com, a site dedicated to those passionate about crafting. With years of experience and research under his belt, he sought to create a platform where he could share his knowledge and skills with others who shared his interests.