Getting started crafting your own soft circuits can be a little tricky. Here are some tips and tricks to help make your beginning steps a bit easier.
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- File your nails before starting. This will help prevent them from snagging on your material or the conductive thread. The latter can lead to accidental shorts!
- Binder clips are your best friend! They are wonderful at holding several layers together at once and you can’t accidentally stab yourself with them.
- If you’re sewing where you normally sit or sleep, stick the pointy things in the side of the chair/bed/couch. You are much less likely to get an unhappy surprise. (Thanks, Shannon Henry, for this tip!)
- Don’t cut conductive fabric or thread over your project
- Conductive thread can fray, and it loses conductivity over time. Help prevent these by using conductive glue, fabric paint, or hot glue to seal your stitches.
- Conductive thread loves to knot. To help prevent this while sewing, run the thread through wax a couple of times before you begin.
- Use sturdy fabric. Stretchable fabrics such as t-shirts and spandex often cause shorts when they are contracted, while this may improve when they are stretched it’s not reliable. If you need to use stretch fabric, try Velostat.
- Felt dulls scissors pretty quickly. You may want to have a separate pair of scissors for it.