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Description: This is about 360 yards of conductive thread spun from stainless steel fiber and wound on a spool. You can use it as a creative way to connect various electronics onto clothing projects. This large spool is a great way to get into wearable electronics without a large upfront cost and a large enough quantity to not be afraid of making a few mistakes.
What sets this thread apart from the other conductive thread that we carry is the fact that it’s actually spun from stainless steel fibers (as opposed to plated silver) and doesn’t have a Nylon core. This means that while it may not be easy to solder to, because it’s stainless, it also won’t burn up when you touch it with a soldering iron. Also, it’s somewhat ‘hairy’ and can be slightly more difficult to work with in close, fine conditions than the other thread. Our resident E-Textiles expert suggests waxing the thread for hand sewing, as this should take care of any ‘hairy thread’ issues. Since waxing is impractical in machine sewing applications, avoid sewing close connections by machine as the ‘hairs’ could potentially short across small distances.
Based on 3 ratings:
I have no basis for comparison as this is the first time I have done anything with eTextiles. It works as I’d expect. It can snap if pulled too hard which is mostly not a problem as only the students who sew very messy get tangles. I do find that it is helpful to run the end over some beeswax and then snip the end to thread it through the smallest needle eye. You could just use a thicker needle but for the project we are doing, we need small needles. The students are loving the project and are not complaining about the thread so I’d say it is great. It would be nice to be able to run it through a sewing machine if I were doing a big project but for simple projects, it is great and I am quite happy with it.
It’s a great quantity for working with classrooms and maker spaces, but its tensile strength is somewhat low. Even sewing something simple I managed to break it a couple of times. That’s frustrating for me and young people.
Sorry to hear that the thread would rip on you from time to time. It’s a decent thread, but certainly different and slightly more fragile from your standard spool you might find at a craft store.
I purchased a roll for the maker club I run and it worked great the kids had a lot of fun making everything from light up bracelets to bow ties.