Wednesday, May 30, 2012

LEGO sewing machine tutorial



LEGOs, LEGOs everywhere...I even have LEGOs in my coffee cup every day. My little ladybird puts one in each morning—with a great deal of exuberance. It is our funny ritual. She goes running to get a LEGO when she first sees me with coffee in hand.

Speaking of LEGOs...dum da da dum, drumroll please....so many people who read this blog or have stopped in for a visit are just here because of the little LEGO sewing machine that I made while daydreaming during a LEGO-building session with the kiddos two years ago (see post here). My little LEGO Bernina gets a lot of love on Pinterest. And my blog analytics tell me that that 3,885 people have looked at that post. Hilarious. It is my number one post. Many people have emailed asking for a tutorial or instructions on how to build it and several bloggers have built their own. I was even commissioned to make one for a complete stranger last summer. (Would you turn down $125?) If only the rest of my business may be as successful and well-loved as this little daydream cast-off!

So, without further adieu...here is the tutorial. Enjoy. I'd love to see what you make. For more LEGO inspiration see my LEGO love page here.

As far as assembling the pieces you will need, take a look at the Parts List and you will find that you probably have most of them already. If you are missing a piece or two, you can buy them online singly.

And just because it seems like a good idea, I should add: LEGO® is a trademark of the LEGO Group of companies which does not sponsor, authorize or endorse this site.

***My little Lego Sewing Machine may just be the little engine that could. Wanna see it produced by LEGO as a kit for sale? Let's do it! LEGO® CUUSOO is kinda like Kickstarter for supporting potential LEGO projects. You don't support it with money, just by voting for it!

It is a long shot but then again, I've had 6,000 hits on my tutorial in 4 days! Tell all your friends. GO VOTE FOR IT: http://lego.cuusoo.com/ideas/view/18230#













76 comments:

Betz White said...

Love it! And my 12 year old approves as well. :) That is quite the elaborate tutorial, great job!

The Hojnackes said...

I'm so excited! I just purchased that ax on ebay. Except it came in a lot of 25. So I get a Bernina and the kids can play Lego MineCraft!!

Anonymous said...

thank you thank you thank you :)
alesha

Catherine Fowler said...

Love it. Rioght now I can't even bear to go into my family room there are so many legos everywhere. Printed it out for my son. Is that a droid head posing as a presser foot?

the Campfollower said...

Oh gosh Carrie that is AWESOME! With 3 kiddos I have legos everywhere! I am just going to collect them before vacuuming and making them into sewing machines. Of course mine won't be pretty white machines, mine will be crazy multicolored machines with a a hodgepodge of spare parts. Maybe I will try my hand a a Lego long arm!

Kim said...

Thank you! Another summer project for my Lego boy! :)

Becky Farley said...

:) this is completely awesome! I'm going to try it this weekend! We just have an 8th Birthday for my stepson all Lego-ed out :)

Bethany said...

Ahh!! I want to make this soooo bad - you are brilliant! My fiance has a HUGE stash of legos saved from when he was a child, but sadly, there are none of those 1/4 circle pieces, the piece with the curve. Huge bummer!!

Marie said...

I love it!
I will try to make it tomorrow!
Marie

krislovesfabric said...

Had my son fashion one of these for me this morning,out of his vast Lego stash (rivals my sewing stash) just love it! Thanks so much for such a great tutorial!

Jess said...

this is so awesome!! I just convinced my husband to make one for me. I love it (:

Kristy @cottonaddiction said...

I bet Legos would sell even more if these were in their boxes in place of spaceships, etc!

Tracy VT said...

WOW! I'm going to the kid's Lego box now, to see what I can find. I've linked it to my blog too! yellowfibro.blogspot.com.au

Ginkgo Girls said...

You ROCK! I'm gonna get my two girlios on this pronto- thanx ever so much for the parts list :)

Plumage : Making Everyday said...

Just made my Lego machine! Now you need to design a Lego serger! I think those little Lego cones will make great cones of thread for the top of the machine!

supermandy said...

or you can sell the extras to us!

Cara said...

You are a genius ... thanks for the brilliant tutorial! The children and I will be looking through our Lego stash later for the suitable pieces.

Helen said...

This is AMAZING!! I am going to get my boy to make me one in the morning! Thank you thank you thank you! (p.s also shared on my facebook page to the hoards of sewing (and lego) fans out there!) xxx

Lizzie said...

Hello, I was sent here by another blogger (Angelfish, http://fiona-staringatthesea.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/friday-find-lego-sewing-machine.html), who has made one of your Sewing Machines!
What a fun project. Lego is definitely something that we have plenty of... Must go and raid the Boy's room.
Thanks for this - such fun!

Whimsy Woo Designs said...

Brilliant! Thanks so much for this.

Off to get the lego boxes down out of the loft!

Shirley from Whimsy Woo Designs.

Michelle said...

This is so cute! I don't know who will like it more, my son, my daughter or me!

Pokey said...

I love it and voted YES!!!
:-}pokey

Susan said...

Good job, I play lego a lot, also made a sewing machine before. Yours looks much better than mine.

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Anonymous said...

I am definitely sending a link to this page to my son, Dr Simon, who was a Lego nut when he was a pre-schooler,inventing things with his (then very basic!) Lego while I sewed right next to him!!

SusieQ said...

Thank you SO much for posting the part list and the instructions. I wrote my favorite Lego online supplier (http://www.findmybrick.com) to see if they could sell me the entire set of parts. I told them there is serious interest in making this item, and suggested that if they packaged all these parts and sold them together, that they would sell a TON of them.

Sewing Machine Review said...

Do you drink a coffee with a lego?. LOL

Sergey Tarasov said...

Very interesting tutorial. This is a nice idea. It's good for the children, one way for them to sharpen their mind. I like this blog.

Brian@brother xl 2600i said...

Impressive!I'll start making a Lego sewing machine now.Its a nice surprise for my son.Thanks for the tutorial!

Peterz said...

I have about LEGO hope you'll find what they're looking for Other LEGO set

Melissa Boo said...

Love it! Did you know LEGO is an adjective? So it's LEGO bricks, LEGO sets, LEGO sewing machine and not LEGOs.

missouri sewing machine said...

Wow, that's nice instruction and tutorial.

fotohok said...

That is hilarious and cute and I'm glad you went to all the trouble to make a tutorial.

Groesmeyer said...

thank you love it

Lindy said...

How about putting a kit together, women are crazy what they will buy about sewing notions and fun things. Please post me when you have it together and I'll buy one too. AngelKrusier1@yahoo.com

Phyllis said...

Too cute... now I know what to do with all the lego blocks my grown son has stored at my house!

Margaret Chair said...

OMG! I am going to did through our VERY impressive Lego stash and make this for my sewing room! Just love, love, love it! Thanks for the tutorial ... SWEET! May have to make two - one for the shop and another for my sewing room! LOL!! I am 100% confident that I have every part & then some .... maybe even can make one a custom color. HA!

P.S. I saved all my Lego's for grandkids ... my grandson has a ball with them! Don't throw them out!

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Lia*s Handmades said...

Thanks so much for this tutorial! My brother and I had a blast recreating this! :D
http://liashandmades.blogspot.de/2013/04/my-baby-brother-is-lego-genius.html

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Live it. Love it. Make it said...

Just shared this as our link for the week. It's amazing!

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Bethany Wood said...

That is so cool and your tutorial is so easy to understand. Thanks.

Betty x x
fairybettyw.blogspot.com
P.S. I have a giveaway on at the minute, please enter! More info on my blog!

Anonymous said...

What a great tutorial! I'm trying to get the parts together, I have them all except for the little red one, the grey one (to put the hammer in) and the white round one (looks like part of a wheel, but it seems bigger)... Can somebody help me with part numbers for those 3 items?

Krgds

Dafny

Bea said...

Just found this via FB - how great is that. A must have. Thanks for the tut.
Bea

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