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sewing a circuit

I've finished making a fabric wrist cuff embedded with LEDs, based on instructions at SparkLab. Here are the pictures. If this were a Home Economics class assignment, I'm pretty sure it would fail. But I still think it's cool. Yay for conductive thread!

If I do much more of this, I may start coveting sewing machines...


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Aug. 18th, 2006 02:05 am (UTC)
I am getting back into sewing, hopefully. I am making a wrap to wear at my sister's wedding. Then I decided to make ones for the kids too. Then I saw handbag kit stuff at Michael's and figured I could make us all purses. Then I saw a fuzzy monster laptop sleeve and decided instead of paying $65 for one I would try to make one for $15. Time to drag out the machine I haven't used much lately!
Aug. 18th, 2006 02:08 am (UTC)
How much current can conductive thread support?
Aug. 18th, 2006 12:09 pm (UTC)
Good question—I don't know.
Aug. 18th, 2006 05:41 pm (UTC)
While I doubt you'd be carrying something to supply enough current, it could easily become quite the heater. :)
Aug. 18th, 2006 04:37 am (UTC)

Now you are all set for raving. :)
Aug. 18th, 2006 12:17 pm (UTC)
Can you thread a machine with conductive thread? It doesn't sound like it could take the tension the machine would put on it. I'd be willing to try when I get back though :) (And if you ever need to borrow a machine, let me know...)
Aug. 18th, 2006 02:41 pm (UTC)
According to these usage instructions, it sounds as though there is some chance of being able to thread it on a machine. (That's the site where I got my conductive thread; you'll notice they use it for repairing lamé fencing garments.)
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