[Cyborg] tron jacket tips?

Rachel McConnell rachel at xtreme.com
Fri Apr 19 18:50:46 UTC 2013

No, but it will make the sewing a lot easier. With a regular needle you have to punch through each stitch; the sides of the resulting hole are tight and you must strain to get the needle through. A leather needle makes a tiny cut so there is room for the needle and its easier on your hands.


On Apr 19, 2013, at 11:35, Eric Boyd <mrericboyd at yahoo.com> wrote:

> Yeah, I can't think of any adhesive like that either.  Whether I take off the lighting later I think depends a lot on how much it impacts the wearability of the jacket.  I am imagining that the jacket will still be pretty usable even with all the lighting on it, but maybe I'm wrong?  That might actually be an argument for using only EL-wire, since it'll have less visual impact when the lighting is off.
> I saw in a tutorial a recommendation for 'leather needle', which apparently has a more piercing tip.  Would that make the damage less?
> Eric
> On 4/19/13 1:53 PM, Rachel McConnell wrote:
>> If you want to take the lighting off again and use the jacket as is, be very careful with stitching.  Don't make too many holes. Leather doesn't 'heal', and a hole is forever a weak spot.  I'd suggest a temporary adhesive instead, but I don't know of any that would both keep lights of any sort actually on, and come off again without damaging the leather surface.
>> Also, send pix when you're done!
>> Rachel
>> On 4/19/13 10:43 AM, Sean Cusack wrote:
>>> I learned that there is a better way to do it than EL stuffs :-). Check
>>> out my instructable (it uses LEDs diffusing in a narrow space), and I
>>> swear I talk a lot about attaching them:
>>> http://www.instructables.com/id/LED-lit-Tron-v20-suit/
>>> That being said, if you really want to go after EL wire / panels the
>>> best thing I can tell you is *bendy is bad*, so mod your patterns to
>>> dodge your shoulders, elbows, knees, and waist. If you have to cross
>>> these areas, do it with dark wires or widely space your stitches so the
>>> panels/wire can come off the garment when you move. It will increase the
>>> longevity of your outfit I promise.
>>> Hope that helps!
>>> Sean
>>> On Apr 19, 2013 8:16 AM, "Eric Boyd" <mrericboyd at yahoo.com
>>> <mailto:mrericboyd at yahoo.com>> wrote:
>>>    Hey, I want to make a tron jacket, for an upcoming party.  I have a
>>>    tight fitting leather jacket (which ironically is actually a prop
>>>    jacket from the remake of Robocop - got it at a recent inventory
>>>    sale!), which has approximately the right shape and fit. It's got
>>>    epaulettes (which typically tron jackets don't), but it has the
>>>    right collar, and the front pockets are not in the way of a good
>>>    tron pattern.
>>>    I'm looking for tips on how to actually make the jacket. I'm
>>>    planning to use EL-strip, and potentially some EL-wire as well.  I
>>>    can see lots of images of Tron jackets on google image search, so
>>>    the pattern is no problem, I'm looking for advice on how to attach
>>>    the strip and wire to the jacket without destroying the jacket, or
>>>    taking forever.  I found some tutorials online but you just know
>>>    they didn't include the most important tip!  So, advice solicited, I
>>>    know many of you have worked with EL wire and potentially EL panel
>>>    clothing, what did you learn?
>>>    Eric
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