Tron Hoodie X Sewing Machine !




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Have you ever seen Tron Hoodie anywhere, or wished if your hoodie could be customized like that?

We show how it could be easy with sewing machine + 1 sewing foot & little tips.

It would normally take approx. 1-2 hours in total. Let' s get started !!

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Step 1: Materials & Tools


Sewing Machine (Any machine compatible with SA150, see brother mall page below)

Pearl Sequin Foot (SA150)

Edge joining Foot (Nice to have, SA184)

Pattern paper (sample data given later)

Hand-sewing needle (for basting)

Chalk pencil

Marking pins



Your Hoodie !

EL wire kit

EL wire (max. 4.0mm diameter)) + Battery unit (we bought 1m(9ft) x 2.3mm diameter through rakuten

Fabric (in your favorite color & feeling, minimum 4" x 6" (100mm x 130mm)

Sewing thread (2 colors. 1) similar to hoodie fabric 2) similar to EL wire color)

Step 2: Prepare Inner Pocket

We found having inner pocket for battery unit storage is a lot smarter way, than storing it in the hood.

  1. Cut the piece of fabric along with the pattern paper. (PDF data attached)
  2. Create seam allowance 1cm (1/2”) on whole edge of the fabric with iron
  3. Add basting stitch by hand-sewing in the round corner at the bottom.

  4. Iron pocket edges to be pocket shape.
  5. Add hemming stitches on the top side.(2mm from the folded line, easier with SA184)

Step 3: Attach Inner Pocket to Hoodie

  1. Temporarily attach the pocket with marking needles onto inner chest of hoodie
  2. Sew 2mm from the edges on right, left & bottom sides.(Do not sew the top side! Much easier with SA184)
  3. Inner pocket has been done !

Step 4: Setting Sewing Machine

(Make sure to set thread in right colors (Upper thread color: similar color to EL wire, Bobbin thread color : hoodie color))

  1. Attach Pearl Sequin Foot (SA150) to the machine.

  2. Measure diameter of the EL wire. (in this example: 3.0mm)
  3. Select zig-zag stitch with reinforcement stitch (NOT lock stitch) and configure stitch parameters in following figures:-

    Stitch width @ wire diameter +1.5 to 2.0mm (in this example 3.0+2.0=5.0mm)

    Stitch length @ wire diameter “-“0.5 to 1.0mm (in this example 3.0-1.0=2.0mm)

  4. You might get better result with looser upper thread tension, around 3.2.

Step 5: Stitch Up EL Wire

  1. Place EL wire on the inner side of the hood, near to the edge. (Mind the hood lead not being sewn)
  2. Raise presser foot, place EL wire just in the gap of pearl sequin foot & lower the presser foot (See photo&movie).
  3. Check the needle movement by rotating hand-wheel counter-clockwise, not to penetrate the EL wire.
  4. Make reinforcement stitch at the beginning with following parameters

Stitch width @ wire diameter +1.5-2.0mm (in this example 3.0+2.0=5.0mm)
Stitch length @ wire diameter “-“0.5-1.0mm (in this example 3.0-1.0=2.0mm)

5. Start slowly sewing with following parameters
Stitch width @ wire diameter +1.5-2.0mm (in this example 3.0+2.0=5.0mm)

Stitch length @ wire diameter +0.5-1.0mm (in this example 3.0+1.0=4.0mm)

6. Do not forget make reinforcement stitch at the end with following parameters
Stitch width @ wire diameter +1.5-2.0mm (in this example 3.0+2.0=5.0mm)

Stitch length @ wire diameter “-“0.5-1.0mm (in this example 3.0-1.0=2.0mm)

Done !



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    7 Discussions


    Reply 1 year ago

    I bought it from this page!


    Reply 1 year ago

    Thanks! BTW, did you know that you can get a EL wire kit that is under ten dollars on Ebay?


    Reply 1 year ago

    Oh, really? I don't know the way to buy so cheap price.

    Can you tell us about it?


    Reply 1 year ago

    Hmm.. It's quite cheaper. Thank you for your information!