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Sewing with Conductive Thread. Conductive Thread Basics So you’d like to dip your toe into e-textiles, but you’re not sure what this conductive thread is all about.

Sewing with Conductive Thread

Not a problem! It’s really not more difficult than other types of sewing, so with a quick tutorial you should be ready to get started. If you’d like some background information, there are a couple of tutorials that might be helpful: What is Conductive Thread? Conductive thread can carry current the same way that wires can, which means it can be used to create a circuit. SparkFun currently sells silver and stainless steel threads. How Do I Choose the Best Conductive Thread For My Project? There are many types of conductive thread, but in the interest of brevity, I’m going to focus on the ones SparkFun carries; they fit into two categories. First, we have silver-coated threads. Second, we have stainless steel threads, which are a little bit different. Because these threads are composed entirely of stainless steel, they’re much more soldering-friendly. Sewn Circuits. A stuffed camera’s flash actually goes off when a button on the back is pressed!

Sewn Circuits

Sewing can be challenging and rewarding at the same time A great deal of facilitation happens between participants, with more experienced sewers showing the ropes to novices When we offer this activity at the museum, there is an age limit of 10+, but no such thing at home! Often a simple decorative name badge is a great starter project. Soft Electronics Tutorials. Specialized Materials The tools and materials for creating soft circuits are pretty standard: you need your electronic components and their tools, and your soft materials and their tools.

Soft Electronics Tutorials

Anything that conducts electricity can be interesting here: snaps can be switches; hooks and eyes can too. There is only one special ingredient: conductive thread. This embroidery-floss-like material is the wire that makes soft circuits possible. DIY PROJECTS. To Sew Electric and the marvelous world of electronic textiles!

DIY PROJECTS

Soft Electronics. LED Bracelet. Ultimate Felt Bracelet with LEDs. Hardware Hump Day: 3 Soft Electronics Tricks. Happy Hardware Hump Day!

Hardware Hump Day: 3 Soft Electronics Tricks

For the inaugural #hardwarehumpday post, we are going to build a momentary switch button, a coin cell battery holder and an on/off switch using only soft materials. These techniques are an excellent way to make the most of your soft electronics materials and to minimize the use of traditional hardware in soft circuitry. To follow along, you will need to gather the following supplies: BraceLED 2.0. I worked hard to make the first BraceLED a cool project and a good Instructable...

BraceLED 2.0

I really did! ...and yet, a few days after publishing, I got uncomfortable. Restless. Although I had plenty of other things to do, I couldn't get my mind off the BraceLED. It seemed to me that I had left something out that should be in. Well, you know... BraceLED 1.0 has a few (non-critical) problems, that are more or less fixed in this version: - The LED's are more secure connected to the circuit. - The layout and design of v2.0 is much more straightforward - Because of that, BraceLED 2.0 is (even more) easier to make - In version 1.0, switching on the led's is a bit awkward, using a loose supermagnet.

I will keep BraceLED 1.0 online, because it has it specific charms that are different or altered in this new version (I like the gap underneath the leds in v1.0, for instance). Project: eTextiles with Cross Stitch and LEDs in Parallel. I've been quite fascinated by eTextiles and wanted to try a project combining my love for sewing with electronics.

Project: eTextiles with Cross Stitch and LEDs in Parallel

Growing up I did a lot of sewing with my mother, including making my own clothes, cross stitch and tapestry projects. At Tech Age Kids we explore how tech is used in all sorts of creative ways, one of those being electronics in fabric crafts and fashion. What is eTextiles? eTextiles, is the process of using electronics in textiles to add function and / or decoration. It is also known as smart textiles, wearable fashion, eFashion or smart fabrics. Today there are many exciting creations and useful developments in eTextiles. LED Pipe Cleaner Bracelet. LED Foam Bracelet. HOW TO GET WHAT YOU WANT. Welcome to the KOBAKANT DIY Wearable Technology Documentation Circuits and Code Transistor Switch When you are controlling actuator that needs more than 5V or more than 40mA (this is the maximum current digital pins can supply), you can not directly drive this actuator from the digital pins.

HOW TO GET WHAT YOU WANT

This is the case, when you want to use strong motor, embroidered speaker, SMA or any heat actuators.. and many more. […] Circuits and Code Voltage Divider The arduino‘s analog pins are reading the voltage that comes in, not the resistance over the two points. Workshops. ProtoSnap - E-sewing Kit: Getting Started Guide, Part 2. ProtoSnap - E-sewing Kit: Getting Started Guide, Part 2 Skill Level: Beginner by Dia | May 25, 2012 | 5 comments This is a continuation of the E-Sewing Kit Getting Started Guide, and I will walk you through snapping the components apart and sewing them to your project!

ProtoSnap - E-sewing Kit: Getting Started Guide, Part 2

If you need any tips on the SUPER basics of sewing an e-textile circuit -- including threading the needle, thread length, and sewing tips -- check out this tutorial: If you're ready to go, let's continue! Requirements Now that you've seen how the circuit works and what the components do, let's take a look at the rest of your kit. Swatch of screen printed fabric Small envelope of needles Bobbin of thread Coin cell battery Before you can use these materials to sew down your circuit, you'll have to snap it out of the panel.