Since I’ve been working on expanding our textile capabilities, I decided to jump into a small project, incorporating a variety of techniques.
This mini “NextFlag” was embroidered and sewn using our Brother Innov-is 2800D sewing and digital embroidery machine.
I knew I wanted to include a soft circuit, so I started playing with conductive thread, LEDs, and soft switches.
This soft switch acts as a button in the soft circuit. How it works: I used a small piece of conductive fabric, with conductive thread on each end of a piece of foam with a hole cut out of the center. When you press on the switch, the conductive fabric and thread touch, closing the circuit, and turning the LED on.
To finish the project, I made a little stand out of some scrap oak and a dowel. This was a lot of fun! We are currently developing an e-textiles workshop using some of these elements and more advanced projects!