I showed my kids a Lego sewing machine that Helen over at My Inner Thread had made (after she came across one from suchitysuch.blogspot.com). They got right on the job and this is what they came up with:
I haven't had the heart to tell them that sewing machines go round the other way!
The coloured buttons (from blue through to red) are fast and slow. There is a thread guide leading down to the presser foot.
My daughter came up with the little lever on the side to tighten the thread - I must have told her about thread tension at some stage, amazing what they pick up and remember.
And my absolute favourite bit - the 'whirligigs' on the inside! Whirligigs is their word, but doesn't it describe the mechanics of a sewing machine perfectly? And the red button on the back is the on/off switch.
I think Helen's is probably cuter, but I love that my kids were so enthused about making me one. And they were super excited when I said I was going to put it on my blog and show the world (they have an inflated idea of my 'fame'). So if anyone wants to make some kids feel special, then leave a comment and I'll read each one out to them and get them to dictate a reply.
Have a great weekend!