Arts & Crafts for 2011: Hi-Tech Sewing

Arts & Crafts for 2011: Hi-Tech Sewing

Joelle Alcaidinho
Aug 30, 2011

We come from a family where every childhood sleepover involved a craft project, so it should come as a surprise to no one that adulthood has meant incorporating technology with the love of making things. While we are nowhere near as talented with a sewing machine as Mom, we have been improving and see it as another tool in which to further extend our geekery. Of course when we spotted these three projects that incorporated sewing and tech we knew we would be remiss not to mention them.

Sewing for 2011:

1) Seam-Ripping Continuity Meter: As many a sewing machine user knows, the seam ripper is your friend. We love this project from Instructables user Plusea which takes the tried and true seam ripper and incorporates LED tech to use it as a continuity meter.

2) Breadboard Pincushion: Also by Plusea, this project takes an ordinary pincushion to a new place by doubling as a breadboard. This cushion can be used for prototyping electrical circuits as well as for string pins, needles and components.

3) Sewing Circuits: This Instructables guide by Rmarchesi shows you how to create real electronic circuits using a textile perfboard (conductive fabric).

What is an interesting project you've spotted where technology and sewing have met?

(Images: Plusea & Rmarchesi)

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