Bike-Powered Sewing Machine Churns Out Bicycle Caps For NYC Museum

by , 06/17/11   filed under: Eco-Friendly Accessories, Featured


Laura Martínez del Pozo and Jaime Sevilla Moreno, co-founders of peSeta, launched upon the idea of a bicycle-powered sewing machine when two friends left a bike and an antique sewing machine at their shop. One day, it occurred to them that they could hook the bike up to the sewing machine and make things. With the help of Charlie Perez Mayoral of Ciclos Noviciado, a custom-bike workshop in Madrid, they rigged up a bike stand and connected the back wheel to the sewing gears.

PeSeta’s bike-powered operation is an an amazing example of ingenuity and teamwork.

The group sent their proposal to New York City’s New Museum, which now sells the bicycle caps exclusively through its brick-and-mortar and online stores. Available in several solids, plaids, and stripes, the $45 topper features the word “New” on the underside of the brim. A $90 deluxe version comes packaged in a wooden cheese box with stickers and a DVD on how it came to be.

The marriage of bicycle and sewing machine is one of raw power and unbridled creativity. It’s also a sterling example of how ingenuity meets cooperation: The cyclist has to work with the sewer to pull the feat off, neither pedaling too fast nor too slow. Although it’s far more complicated than plugging your machine into the wall, peSeta’s bike-powered operation is an an amazing example of ingenuity and teamwork.

+ New Museum Bicycle Cap $45; Deluxe Version $90

+ peSeta

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4 Responses to “Bike-Powered Sewing Machine Churns Out Bicycle Caps For NYC Museum”

  1. fely says:

    I like this bicycle powered sewing machine but I can not work without the cyclist. I still prefer the old sewing machine with foot pedal.

  2. martine@martinelouisedesign says:

    what will they think of next!? it would be good if they could also hook the bike up to a generator to charge it then use the power later on the sewing machine. That way the sewer could get a work out then go and make a pair of curtains.

  3. pam pease (@peasedesign) says:

    a new twist on the spin class! think of all the energy that could be harnessed at your local gym!

  4. catherinetodd says:

    I agree with fely… the regular foot pedal worked fine. Why use two people when one will do? The bike idea could be great for other applications, of course. Good idea.

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