- hand sewn 8” trace has a resistance of 9 ohms
- machine sewn top thread 8” trace has a resistance of 10 ohms
- machine sewn bottom thread 8” trace has a resistance of 9 ohms
- easy to thread a size 24 crewel needle
- frays and whiskers
- easy to sew by hand as well as by machine
- thread is wound on an industrial spool and has to be rewound on a bobbin for machine sewing
Stainless Steel 2 ply is conductive, thin diameter, whiskers and frays. This thread is RECOMMENDED for both hand sewing and machine sewing eTextiles, soft circuit, craft-tech, or wearable computing.
Hand sewn LED circuit on cotton broad cloth with felt backing.
Positive and negative traces are 8 inches long.
Threads a crewel needle size 24 easily.
Hand sews a basic running stitch with few tangles or difficulties.
1.8mm blue LED with 4 tight loops around the LED leads.
Use a fresh 3V CR2032 battery to power the circuit.
LED glows = empirical evidence that the thread is conductive
The biggest fault with with this thread is that it frays and whiskers making it easy to short circuit the electronics.
Spools of stainless steel conductive thread: left to right
6 ply, 4 ply, 2 ply.
Machine Stitching with a Schmetz Embroidery Needle 90/14
Machine stitching sample
top trace is Stainless Steel 2 ply thread as top thread
bottom trace is Stainless Steel 2 ply thread as bobbin thread
both methods sew smoothly without snags or fraying.
and the reverse side of the machine sewing sample.