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February 11, 2015 AT 8:30 am

NeoPixel Visibility Coat with FLORA #WearableWednesday

Nice! Adafruit forum user jaapdevries adorned this cute NeoPixel coat:

Check this out, I stayed up till 2:30 AM to stitch together my daughters coat. I can’t believe the positive reactions I have been getting. Coat shows up greatly in dark parking lots when I pick my daughter up from daycare so it has added safety too. 🙂

couple of “lessons learned”:

(1) I prefer 3 ply over 2 ply thread. somehow it seems sturdier and better conductance. (I tried both, 2 ply seems to fray easier too)
(2) After I was done with the pixels it was quit a task to stitch the connecting lines to my Flora, I several lines were forced to cross with the risk of shorts. I think for my next project I will stitch the Neo-pixels and solder all other connections to insulated wires. If I place a connector just downstream of the Flora and attach the Flora with Velgro, I can easily swap the Flora to other projects.
(3) Clear nail polish works okay to prevent knots from coming loose, but get the kind that dries fast. I got very cheap stuff and it seems to take forever to dry.
(4) if you use checkered fabric it is very easy to line up the pixels and the threading.

Cheers guys, hope to be posting more awesome results, particularly after Halloween!!


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