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GlowStitch LEDs

Flexible, chainable, easy-to-use, machine-sewable micro-LED strips that require no soldering or code

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Introducing GlowStitch LEDs: the ultimate solution for adding lights to sewing and crafting projects. These LEDs are crafted from flexible circuit boards, making them perfectly machine sewable for a wide range of applications, including soft circuits, paper circuits, crafting projects, and artworks. GlowStitch LEDs cater to hobbyists, makers, cosplayers, fashion designers, schools, and kids involved in crafting. What’s more, you’ll have everything you need right out of the box to create your GlowStitch LED projects.

GlowStitch LEDs eliminate the need for coding and soldering; all you require is some conductive tape, a battery holder, and the GlowStitch LED strips. This approach streamlines the process and removes the complexity and frustration often associated with working with (or learning about) electronics.

Introducing: Machine Sewable LEDs

Up until now, adding LEDs to clothing or soft circuits involved painstaking hand sewing with conductive thread, a time-consuming process, even for professionals, and challenging to teach in schools. GlowStitch LEDs’ sewing machine compatibility brings wearable technology into the modern era. You can prototype your designs with conductive fabric tape and then finalize your projects using a sewing machine.

Easy-to-Follow Instructions

New to electronics? Don’t worry! Each GlowStitch kit includes a detailed and colorful 20-page instruction booklet designed to get you started, even if you have no prior knowledge. It offers valuable tips, tricks, guidance, troubleshooting advice, and example project ideas. The content is presented in a user-friendly format with bite-sized information, colorful diagrams, and clear explanations, making it accessible for absolute beginners.

Diverse Applications

GlowStitch LEDs are incredibly versatile and can be used for various applications, including wearable technology, crafting, paper circuits, art projects, cosplay, teaching, kids’ crafts, and much more.

Example: Rainbow Fish Pencil Case

Inspired by the Rainbow Fish children’s book, this pencil case features 3D printing on fabric and illuminating GlowStitch LEDs that diffuse light through the scales. Watch the assembly video here.

Example: Rocket Ship Painting

Transform your artwork into a stunning light display by painting over a GlowStitch LED circuit.

Available Products

GlowStitch LEDs come in sheets of 10, with options for color cycling strips (3 LEDs each) and white LED strips (1 LED each). The base of each sheet includes a test point where you can attach the battery holder to illuminate the LEDs. These sheets are crafted from flexible circuit boards and feature a matte black finish with an immersion gold coating, showcasing the beautiful aesthetics Maker Queen AU’s kits are famous for.

Color Cycling LED Strips

One sheet with 10 LED strips, each strip has three color cycling LEDs.

White LED Strips

One sheet with 10 LED strips, each strip has one white LED per strip.

AAA Battery Holder and CR2032 Coin Cell Battery Holder

Roll of Conductive Tape

GlowStitch Maker Kit

This comprehensive pack includes one of each product mentioned above, including a sheet of color cycling LEDs, a sheet of white LEDs, a AAA battery holder, a coin cell battery holder, a 20m roll of 8mm conductive tape, and a glossy 20-page instruction manual. Everything comes neatly packaged in a kraft box with a printed sleeve.

Comparisons

GlowStitch LEDs LilyPad Wearables Chibitronics Stickers
Easy to useYes Yes Yes
Wearable Tech CompatibleYes Yes Not optimized
Machine SewableYes Only hand stitching No
AdhesiveNo No Yes
Includes strips of multiple LEDsYes No No
Includes Color Cycling / Rainbow LEDsYes No Yes
Includes power options without coin cell batteries (swallowing hazard)Yes Yes Yes
Comes with hard copy instructionsYes No Yes
Kit Option available$45 USD $106.95 USD (no longer available) $35 USD

Support & Documentation

For detailed insights into the design process, testing, and progress, visit my Hackaday page. GlowStitch LEDs are open source, and you can access the open source files on the Github page. Need inspiration? Check out more example projects, printable instructions, teacher guides, and presentations on the Maker Queen website.

Manufacturing Plan

The journey of developing this product began in 2020, with multiple rounds of samples and feedback. Through this quality-focused process, I have iteratively improved the product over three cycles of samples and enhancements. Various tests, including three-point bend tests and sewing machine tests, have been conducted and documented on my Hackaday blog page.

I have a background in designing and manufacturing products, and a track record of selling soldering kits through Adafruit, Pimoroni, and others. For GlowStitch LEDs, I am partnering with Elecrow in Shenzhen, China, an experienced manufacturing partner specializing in kits and edutech products.

Fulfillment & Logistics

Following production, all GlowStitch products will be shipped to Crowd Supply’s fulfillment partner, Mouser Electronics, which will handle worldwide distribution. Additional information about Crowd Supply’s fulfillment service can be found in the Ordering, Paying, and Shipping section of their guide.

Risks & Challenges

To mitigate risk, I have initiated a small sample run of the final product from the factory. This approach will help identify and resolve any issues before the final production run. While supply chain and part availability are not expected to be problematic, backers will be promptly informed of any challenges that may arise.

In the Press

Elecrow

"Designed by Steph Piper, these LEDs are crafted from flexible circuit boards, offering a machine-sewable solution for a multitude of applications without the need for coding and soldering."

CNX Software

"Until now, sewing LEDs to clothing and soft circuits had to be done by hand..., an arduous process that requires a lot of patience. With the GlowStitch LEDs, creative projects can be prototyped using conductive tape and actualized with a sewing machine."


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Produced by MakerQueenAU in Queensland, Australia.

Sold and shipped by Crowd Supply.

GlowStitch Maker Kit

Everything you need to get started, including a sheet of 10 white LED strips, a sheet of 10 color cycling LED strips, 1 coin cell battery holder, 1 AAA battery holder, 10m of conductive fabric tape and a glossy instruction manual

$45 $8 US Shipping / $18 Worldwide

GlowStitch Color Cycling LEDs

10 Color Cycling Rainbow LED strips, featuring 3 LEDs per strip. Colors slowly shift through the rainbow automatically.

$14 $8 US Shipping / $18 Worldwide

GlowStitch White LEDs

10 Cool white LED strips, featuring 1 LED per strip

$12 $8 US Shipping / $18 Worldwide

GlowStitch Battery Holders

A coin cell battery holder suitable for CR2032 batteries and a AAA Battery holder. Comes with a screw for coin cell swallowing hazard safety and an on / off switch.

$12 $8 US Shipping / $18 Worldwide

Conductive Nylon Fabric Tape - 8mm wide x 10m long

From the Crowd Supply Basics project.

Adafruit Conductive Nylon Fabric Tape - 8mm wide x 10m long. Can be used for e-textile projects and other flexible applications.

$4 $8 US Shipping / $18 Worldwide

About the Team

MakerQueenAU

Queensland, Australia  ·   sjpiper145  ·   makerqueen.com.au

Creating beautiful soldering kits and electronics projects from Australia, now sold globally.

Stephanie Piper
 sjpiper145

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