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How to use Conductive Thread with a Sewing Machine - Kitronik University

3D Printing - Kitronik University

Conductive thread is an integral part of e-textiles as it provides the essential 'wiring' for any e-textiles project. Sarah Davies from Nottingham Trent University gives an overview of ours.

 

Our conductive thread can be both hand stitched and machine sewn. The thread is much thicker than normal thread and is similar to embroidery thread.The thread can be wound on sewing machines and used just like any other thread.

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When using the thread with a sewing machine, make sure you use a bobbin. This will mean the stitching goes onto the bottom side of the fabric.

Once the thread is in the machine, you will need to experiment with different tension settings, and different stitch types. Sarah worked out that our conductive thread worked best at tension setting 3 on her machine.

It is advised that you sketch out the circuit on the top of fabric, even though the conductive thread will be on the underside. This is so you don't accidentally cross any of the conducive thread stitches and short out the circuit.

The biggest advantage of doing it this way is you have the normal thread on the visible side, and your circuit hidden on the reverse.

Materials, Perspex. Plywood, Polypropylene
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