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Topic: 'Sewing' electronics using wire wrap wires instead of conductive thread (Read 4 times) previous topic - next topic

rayshobby

Not sure if anyone has tried this, but for a recent school project I experimented with using wire wrap wires (or any 30AWG or thinner wires) for 'sewing' electronic components to fabric or clothes. Well, it's not exactly sewing, because it's more like weaving wires through the fabric, and soldering components onto the wires. Also, it doesn't really involve a sewing needle because the wire itself is good enough to penetrate through fabric. I like the solderability, because I am really not good at sewing. Also, these wires are available in many stores and are cheap. I've documented the process (with pictures) in this blog article: http://rayshobby.net/blog/?p=1128. If anyone has tried this, please feel free to share your experience.
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cr0sh


Not sure if anyone has tried this, but for a recent school project I experimented with using wire wrap wires (or any 30AWG or thinner wires) for 'sewing' electronic components to fabric or clothes. Well, it's not exactly sewing, because it's more like weaving wires through the fabric, and soldering components onto the wires. Also, it doesn't really involve a sewing needle because the wire itself is good enough to penetrate through fabric. I like the solderability, because I am really not good at sewing. Also, these wires are available in many stores and are cheap. I've documented the process (with pictures) in this blog article: http://rayshobby.net/blog/?p=1128. If anyone has tried this, please feel free to share your experience.


I've never tried it, but I'm sure it could work. The only thing I would be worried about is the fact that wire-wrap wire is solid core; eventually, the flexing of the wire may cause it to break (though I am not sure how conductive thread is made - whether it is solid or stranded in some manner).
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KirAsh4

Conductive thread is either silver coated strands, or stainless steel coated strands.  In other words, it's stranded. :)

Nick Gammon

I just took some wire-wrap wire and wiggled it back and forwards like crazy for a couple of minutes with no obvious ill-effects.

Especially in the example shown on the page (where the wires aren't bending a huge amount) this could work quite well. :)

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