This instructable tells you how to create real electronic circuits using a textile perfboard, (a piece of conductive fabric) instead of a rigid perfboard. You will be able to sew resistors, capacitors, LED's, integrated circuits and many other components. This is a list of what you will need:

- textile perfboard (you can find it on www.plugandwear.com)
- traditional components (not SMD!) like resistors, capacitors, LED's, IC's
- sewing needle
- sewing thread.  I suggest shrinking sewing thread, you can find it in embroidery shops or on     www.plugandwear.com . It is a special sewing thread that shrinks 30% in lenght when exposed to heat.
- pliers
- wire cutter (or nail trimmer)

Step 1: Preparing discrete components

Picture of Preparing discrete components
Let's start to sew a resistor like the one you see in the picture. The resistor has two straight terminals as shown in the picture. Start by bending both terminals 90° as shown. Bend again both terminals at 90° as shown in the picture. Cut both terminals so that their tip is about  8 mm (0.31") long.
synthdust2 years ago
What was the circuit you 'sewed' here?
Way way way way way way cool!!! Thanks for sharing
troykyo5 years ago
Cool!  Where do I get the textile perf board?
rmarchesi (author)  troykyo5 years ago
Steinzel5 years ago
This is cool, I like it! It gives me a lot of ideas. I've messed around a bit with conductive paint, this adds a whole different aspect to wearable art.

I hope "Neverforget" never decides to get into politics. lol
Doctor What5 years ago
 What a nice method!  I do prefer using conductive thread though.
rmarchesi (author)  Doctor What5 years ago
The advantage here is that metal stripes can carry quite a good quantity of current, with conductive thread (usually coated) you are always limited. Conductive thread of course gives you more flexibility in designing circuits.