LilyPad Basics: E-Sewing

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What Is Conductive Thread?

Conductive Thread is a specialty thread made with stainless steel fibers. It can be used instead of copper wiring to connect LilyPad (or other e-textile) pieces together to create circuits.

If you are using a LilyPad kit such as the LilyPad Sewable Electronics Kit, you will have a conductive thread bobbin available to use.

SparkFun carries a few conductive thread options:

Conductive Thread - 60g (Stainless Steel)

Conductive Thread - 60g (Stainless Steel)

DEV-11791
$51.50
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Conductive Thread Bobbin - 30ft (Stainless Steel)

Conductive Thread Bobbin - 30ft (Stainless Steel)

DEV-10867
$3.95
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Conductive Thread Bobbin - 12m (Smooth, Stainless Steel)

Conductive Thread Bobbin - 12m (Smooth, Stainless Steel)

DEV-13814
$4.95

This tutorial will focus on hand sewing techniques, but conductive thread can also be used in a sewing machine and embroidery machines. Here are some specific resources on using conductive thread in machines: