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    Content by Mika Satomi and Hannah Perner-Wilson
    E-Textile Tailor Shop by KOBAKANT
    The following institutions have funded our research and supported our work:

    Since 2020, Hannah is guest professor of the Spiel&&Objekt Master's program at the University of Performing Arts Ernst Busch in Berlin

    From 2013-2015 Mika was a guest professor at the eLab at Kunsthochschule Berlin-Weissensee

    From July - December 2013 Hannah was a researcher at the UdK's Design Research Lab

    From 2010-2012 Mika was a guest researcher in the Smart Textiles Design Lab at The Swedish School of Textiles

    From 2009 - 2011 Hannah was a graduate student in the MIT Media Lab's High-Low Tech research group led by Leah Buechley

    In 2009 Hannah and Mika were both research fellows at the Distance Lab

    Between 2003 - 2009 Hannah and Mika were both students at Interface Cultures
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    Felted DIP socket

    When using microcontroller for embroidery circuit projects, sometimes you do not want to directly solder them on the embroidery as you need to take it out to change the program on it. For this, sockets are convenient, but it is also bulky on the fabric. I used 5mm felt, that is as thick as the DIP socket to embed the socket inside and extend the socket connection to conductive thread for embroidery. It is still a bit thick, but better than having bare socket on embroidered fabric surface.

    these sockets does not hold the IC well and sometimes IC falls as you use the fabric as garment… I will need to fasten the IC by embroidering over it after the final program is on it.

    Cut the felt, make a hole in the middle as big as the IC socket.
    cut the felt felted socket

    Cut the conductive thread. One needs to use copper/silver coated copper karl grimm thread or similar that is solder-able.
    start, materials solder

    Solder the thread onto socket pin legs. if you need more than one connection from the same pin, you can add more thread on the single pins. Then cut off the pin short to keep the profile low.
    solder copper thread solder copper thread cut the extra legs cut the extra legs

    Add hot glue on the back to protect the solder joint from wiggling. Conductive thread with solder tend to break when wiggled many itmes. make sure to cover the soldered parts with the glue. Wet your finger with water and press the glue while it is still soft to flatten the glue.
    add hot glue flatten hot glueflatten hot glue view from both side

    That’s it! now it is ready to be mounted/ embroidered on a fabric. It still adds some heiht, but not so bad…
    IC placed

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