Step 7: Sewing the electrical 'tracks'

I decided to use conductive thread over wires as this would make the tshirt more wearable. It turned out there were some positive and negatives about using conductive thread.

  • greatly more wearable.
  • interesting experience.
  • very messy: whilst I planned where each thread would go, it was impossible to make nice stiches (as seen in the below photos).
  • problem of shorts due to no insulation: whenever the thread needed to overlap, a piece of fabric was required to insulate the overlapping thread.
  • visible: even though white thread was used on the outside and the conductive thread on the inside the almost black colour still showed through.
its cool but seems like a waste of time
how about washing to t shirt ?
I would make the electronics removable (with Velcro). Then I would just remove the electronics before washing it. A simple and elegant solution.
that is a good idea. However, i would use a series of headers to be able to easily connect/disconnect the pcb from the kit... other than that, the displays, resistors, and other components used should not be affected by water. if the board from the kit is sewed into the shirt, though, at least remove the microcontroller before washing.
remove batteries,hand wash(NO MACHINE WASH),dry to the point it is dry as your computer,install batteries,VOILA
washing is the only problem, I don't wear it that often though. bit of Febreze maybe? :P
Do you really need the led displays? Can't you just use the digg kit display?
NVM i see why now.
I digg this
How do i build the circuit in Step 4!??!?!?!
the circuit in step 4 is just the digg button kit.<br/><br/><a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.ladyada.net/make/digg/download.html">schematic available here</a><br/>
anybody have a source of conduictive thread in the UK? I have a few ideas which require it, and cannot find it anywhere
<a rel="nofollow" href="http://members.shaw.ca/ubik/thread/order.html">http://members.shaw.ca/ubik/thread/order.html</a><br/><br/>ship internationally<br/>
thank you!
really cool, just looks a bit complicated. you should try getting digg to sponsor you making and selling these shirts, id buy one
friggin awesome!anybody whos listening(technically reading)has got to try this
This is awesome. Sadly, I'm the only one in my offline circle who would even understand the joke.
Could you re-program it to do other things as well? Or does the kit come pre-programmed?
The kit comes pre-programmed. but yes, you could re-program to do other things.
This is a really great project. :) I like how its interactive, plus its an amazing conversation starter. What happens when the number reaches 999? Resets? Do you really think it belongs in the DIY Halloween though?
Thanks! Whilst I have never actually had it past 999, I am assuming it would reset, or you would need to manually reset it by holding down the button (a feature of the dig button kit) About the Halloween group, whilst it could possibly be classified as a costume. I thought I would add it to the group anyway.
you're pretty cool if you get that many diggs tho ;]
This definitely belongs in the Halloween group. In that same spirit, I could see this making nerd-flirting even more fun as a 'hot or not' button. I really hope someone uses this idea!
LOL that was cool. man, i want one! good work.
<em><strong>I DIG IT!</strong></em><br/>Very COOL!<br/>
Ha Ha, this is hilarious. I love digg. Great instructable by the way.
thats awesome! but, if i wore it in my school no1 would have any f'in idea wtf it was lol :-( saad. lol but go to a geek convention and youd get crap load o diggs lol :-D nice instructable!!
Same here, unfortunately.
yea, same here all the ppl @ school only go to facebook and myspace when they get on the internet...im the only one on indie places or other...
Where is the conductive fabric from?
I didn't use any conductive fabric; I am not sure where it can be purchased from.<br/><br/>As a substitute for conductive fabric; I basically covered a normal piece of fabric with conductive thread, which made one side of the fabric conductive. This can be seen in <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.instructables.com/id/S16S9XGF7AVCD9V/">step 6 Fabric switch</a>.<br/><br/>You may also have some success with aluminium foil.<br/>
Sorry, I have to learn to read things properly before asking dumb questions.
JiNX sells a kit to make the Digg button thats very close to what you linked to for the Digg it button<br/><br/><a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.jinx.com/digg/digg_Button.html?catid=1">Digg Button</a><br/><br/>not bad price wise either its 14.99 +s/h (vs. the time to get the parts from other sources this isn't a bad price)<br/>
I have a feeling <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.adafruit.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=15&zenid=c83d4d015952390e139ef40ec68cba1a">adafruit</a> is the official seller, as it it linked from the official <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.ladyada.net/make/digg/">digg button</a> site.<br/><br/>adafruit lists it as $15, and also the PCB and cover which can be bought individually.<br/><br/>plus, $1 from each kit sale goes straight to the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), an organization that supports online rights.<br/>
the only problem I can see is the fact that you can't wash it.
correct, you may be able to hand wash it, but generally you don't want any of the electronics to get wet as it may corrode.
This is freakin awesome, nice work!
THIS MAN IS A GOD! A GOD AMONGST MEN! seriously, good job mate (i love the thumbs up after being dug
Haha nice! Hopefully not too many strangers come and touch you though...might spread the flu somehow..lol
Nice work!
COOL!!!<br/>Nice concept, well executed, and well documented. +1! My only recommendation is to use <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.instructables.com/tag/?q=screen+printing&limit%3Atype%3Ainstructable=on&type%3Ainstructable=on&type%3Auser=on&type%3Acomment=on&type%3Agroup=on&type%3AforumTopic=on&sort=none">screen printing</a> instead of iron-on transfer paper. It would be more durable, and look better.<br/>
Thanks. Screen printing would be more durable, but it is also time consuming and relatively more expensive (the iron-on transfer was only $3). It would be quite difficult to screen print a gradient that the digg logo has as well.
Oh yeah. I didn't catch the gradient. Great job, anyway!
I want one! I <strong>have</strong> to make one! great job and well described. could you post the edited digg logo?<br/>
Thanks.<br/><br/>edited digg logo on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.instructables.com/id/STTWAGFF7AVJ9W1/">step 5</a>, includes Adobe Illustrator files and a png.<br/>
That is so geektacular and awesome! I'm gonna have to go make interactive clothing now...

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