Conductive thread ribbon cable from R4R, LLC is the perfect material for wiring wearables because it can be attached just like normal fabric ribbons -flexible, sewable and washable.
You can easily use conductive thread ribbon cable by connecting it with FFC connectors.
Step 1: Components & Tools
- conductive thread ribbon cable (can buy from Adafruit / SparkFun)
- FFC connectors (0.100’’ pitch, 4pins, male or female)
(can buy from Digi-Key. Part number: 609-2178-ND/ 609-4477-ND/ 609-2160-ND)
Step 2: Understanding the components
Understanding about conductive thread ribbon cable and FFC connector.
Step 3: Preparing ribbon cable
Cut the conductive thread ribbon cable into a length you need.
Step 4: Preparing ribbon cable
Cut out the four corner ends of the ribbon cable into little rectangle shapes so that it will fit into a FFC connector.
Step 5: Crimping ribbon cable with FFC connector
Place one end of the ribbon cable between metal crimping parts of a FFC connector.
Step 6: Crimping ribbon cable with FFC connector
Crimp the FFC connector with pliers.
Step 7: Crimping ribbon cable with FFC connector
Lock the FFC connector by pressing side edges of the top cover.
Step 8: Crimping ribbon cable with FFC connector
Repeat the same to connect the other end of ribbon cable.
Step 9: Finished & Troubleshooting
Enjoy the conductive thread ribbon cable!
If no current flows through the ribbon cable, check the connectivity of the pins and crimp again.