Video Tutorials - How to DIY

How to Make a Pressure Sensor

26 January 2014,

    How to use conductive thread, conductive fabric and velostat make a DIY pressure sensor for eTextile, soft circuit, and wearable computing projects. conductive fabric and velostat from LessEMF     

How to Make a Pressure Sensor

Starlight eTextile Table Runner

19 October 2012,

  Dazzle your dinner guests with twinkling lights in this easy-to-weave e-textile runner. This is a video tutorial for working with the electronic components of the weaving. For complete directions, including the weaving draft, please see the November/December 2012 issue of Handwoven for Lynne Bruning’s original article and the weaving instructions. Handwoven Magazine November/December 2012 download PDF from Handwoven For more […]

Starlight eTextile Table Runner

What is Conductive Thread?

29 June 2012,

    Conductive thread is used to fabricate soft, flexible, and washable electronic circuits. When tested with a multimeter conductive thread will display continuity and resistance. For eTextile projects select a thread with a resistance as close to zero as possible. Do not purchase conductive thread from a vendor that does not state the resistance in ohms/feet.   For more […]

What is Conductive Thread?

How to Select Conductive Thread

22 February 2012,

  How I select a conductive thread for a specific wearable tech or eTextile project. Resistance, Aesthetics, Delivery Method. eTextiles: Conductive Thread Comparison v1 10 January 2012 – YouTube eTextiles: Conductive Thread Comparison v2 24 January 2012 – YouTube For more How to DIY eTextiles, soft circuits, and wearable computing please visit the eTextile Lounge youTube channel.  

How to Select Conductive Thread

How to Select Conductive Fabric

21 February 2012,

  How to Select a conductive fabric that will support your wearable computing project’s circuitry and aesthetics. Sources: LessEMF Fabrics References: How To Get What You Want a website maintained by Pulsea. For more How to DIY eTextiles, soft circuits, and wearable computing please visit the eTextile Lounge youTube channel.  

How to Select Conductive Fabric

My STABBY Valentine

15 February 2012,

My Stabby Valentine is a simple no-sew textile Valentine with a surprise. A layered switch is created with conductive fabric, insulating felt, an LED, a 3V battery. Activate the Valentine by stabbing it with a metal straight pin. For more How to DIY eTextiles, soft circuits, and wearable computing please visit the eTextile Lounge youTube channel.

My STABBY Valentine

Beaded Hardware

12 February 2012,

  How to use beads to create aesthetically pleasing resistors and LEDs. This process not only adds beauty it helps protect and insulate your hardware. For more How to DIY eTextiles, soft circuits, and wearable computing please visit the eTextile Lounge youTube channel.  

Beaded Hardware

Conductive Thread Comparisons v. 2

25 January 2012,

    Use a multimeter to test a variety of conductive thread and conductive fabric for continuity and resistance. Esty vendors aajan29, Urbanstein and OhmSpun as well as Mitsifuji and some unknown manufacturers products are tested for use in wearable computing eTextile prototypes. Lady Ada Tutorial on Continuity on Adafruit’s Website Lady Ada Tutorial on Resistance on Adafruit’s Website PDF […]

Conductive Thread Comparisons v. 2

Conductive Thread Comparisons v.1

06 January 2012,

  Use a multimeter to test a variety of conductive thread and conductive fabric for continuity and resistance. Silverell, Spun Stainless Steel, Urbanstein, Copper Tape, LessEMF Taffeta, and Bekaert Stainless Steel products are tested for use in wearable computing prototypes. Lady Ada Tutorial on Continuity on Adafruit’s Website Lady Ada Tutorial on Resistance on Adafruit’s Website PDF of these conductive […]

Conductive Thread Comparisons v.1

Leather Touch Screen Gloves

05 December 2011,

  Keep your hand warm while using smart phone touch screens by adding conductive thread to the tips of your favorite winter gloves! SUPPLIES: 4 ply conductive thread from Less EMF John James Chenille Needle Size 24 from Lacis website. Dritz 5″ Doll Making Needle Gloves — yours! For more How to DIY eTextiles, soft circuits, and wearable computing please […]

Leather Touch Screen Gloves

How to Sew a Maxbotix Range Finder to your Project

10 November 2011,

  How to sew a Maxbotix Ultrasonic Ranger finder to your eTextile project using Mitsufuji thread and a size 4 Between handsewing needle. Use this method for adding sensors to your wearable computing projects such as this Haptic Cane for the Blind, Bats Have Feelings Too! SUPPLIES: Maxbotix Ultr-Sonic Range Finder from Maxbotix. Mitsufuji Conductive Thread – no longer available […]

How to Sew a Maxbotix Range Finder to your Project

How to Sew Thru-Hole LEDs and Resistors to Fabric

06 November 2011,

View my complete my how-to sew eTextiles and FashionTech series.

How to Make LED Sequins

06 November 2011,

  How to make sewable electronic sequins from thru hole LEDs, resistors, and other computer parts to craft eTextiles, soft circuits, and wearable computing projects.   How to Make LED Sequins –  English Transcript PDF    

How to Make LED Sequins

How to Sew Aniomagic’s LED Rhinestones

06 November 2011,

Tips and tricks on how to hand sew LED sequins and pre-fabricated surface mount LED boards, such as Aniomagic’s Sparkle LED’s, to fabric to create eTextile, soft circuit, and wearable computing DIY projects. When sewing electronic hardware use a conductive thread with a small diameter and a small gauge needle. This combination will allow you to feed the conductive thread […]

How to Sew Aniomagic’s LED Rhinestones

How to Hand Sew a Running Stitch

06 November 2011,

    The basic running stitch is an easy way to hand sew eTextile, soft circuits, and wearable computing projects. This video will share with you how to master this basic sewing method.  

How to Hand Sew a Running Stitch

eTextile Paraphernalia

15 March 2011,

  This video is for the eTextile novice that wants to know what they should have in their kit of parts. I list eTextile hardware, software and misc. paraphernalia I use to create wearable computers, soft circuits and conductive fabrics. http://lbruning.com Join me on Tuesday evenings for the global eTextile hackerspace meetings. at lbruning on USTREAM for eTextile innovations, tips, […]

eTextile Paraphernalia

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Review: Restive Thread from 2009bikeman on ebay

Review: Restive Thread from 2009bikeman on ebay

on 16 April 2014, / in Blog, Reviews, Sewing, Supplier, Textile

  RESISTANCE hand sewn 8” trace has a resistance of 350 ohms machine sewn top thread 8” trace has a resistance of 1 K ohms machine sewn bottom thread 8” trace has a resistance of 500 ohms THREAD QUALITY easy to thread a size 24 crewel needle minimal fray or whisker easy to sew by hand as well as machine […]

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Machine Embroidery with Conductive Thread

Machine Embroidery with Conductive Thread

on 15 April 2014, / in Embellishment, Sewing

  Certain conductive threads will work with your home sewing machine’s embroidery stitches. Select your thread, needle, and fabrics wisely Sew lots of test samples Create unique switches and electronic traces!   FABULOUS!  

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5mm Red LED

5mm Red LED

on 11 April 2014, / in Hardware, LED

   

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Review: Lame Life Saver

Review: Lame Life Saver

on 09 April 2014, / in Blog, Reviews, Sewing, Supplier, Textile

RESISTANCE hand sewn 8” trace has a resistance of 22 ohms machine sewn top thread 8” trace has a resistance of 66 ohms machine sewn bottom thread 8” trace has a resistance of 25 ohms THREAD QUALITY easy to thread a size 24 crewel needle minimal fray or whisker easy to sew by hand as well as machine thread is […]

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Conductive Thread Magnified

Conductive Thread Magnified

on 08 April 2014, / in Sewing

  Closeup of Silverell thread from 1 pound spool purchased in 2009 and Mitsifuji thread.     This macroscopic view allows you to see the twisted ply of the thread. The twist is what holds the thread together allowing for smooth sewing.    

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10mm Blue LED

10mm Blue LED

on 04 April 2014, / in Hardware, LED

   

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Frays and Whiskers

Frays and Whiskers

on 03 April 2014, / in Blog, eTextile, How To

    Short circuits in eTextiles are frequently caused by conductive thread frays and whiskers. Select your conductive thread carefully to minimize the risks. When sewing traces that are in close proximity I use a small diameter and well plied thread such as Mitsifuji. When the traces have an inch or more space between them, as when connecting LEDs, I […]

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Review: tripmom2011 on ebay

Review: tripmom2011 on ebay

on 02 April 2014, / in Blog, Reviews, Sewing, Textile

RESISTANCE thread does not register continuity or resistance hand sewn 8” trace does not register continuity or resistance machine sewn top thread 8” trace does not register continuity or resistance machine sewn bottom thread 8” trace does not register continuity or resistance THREAD QUALITY easy to thread a size 24 crewel needle easy to sew by hand as well as machine thread is wound […]

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10mm Red LED

10mm Red LED

on 28 March 2014, / in Hardware, LED

   

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Arduino Breadboard Blink 5 LEDs in Sequence

Arduino Breadboard Blink 5 LEDs in Sequence

on 27 March 2014, / in Blog, Electronics, Hardware, How To

  How to set up a breadboard circuit for ATtiny45 to blink five LEDs in sequence.     BREADBOARD CONNECTIONS ATtiny Pin 0 to LED positive (signal, white) ATtiny VCC (+) to power positive (+, red) ATtiny GND (-) to power negative (-, black) LED negative to resistor (breadboard connection) Resistor to negative power (-, black) repeat for Pin 1, […]

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