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.
- wire cutter (or nail trimmer)
Step 1: 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.