Ever wondered how Instagram and Youtube stars got started? We caught up with Mélanie, who runs the Youtube channel Mélanie MLR sharing her beautiful projects and tips. And best of all, they’re all #MadeWithToyota!
How did you get started with sewing?
I learned to sew 3 years ago now, I am self taught. I have always been attracted by the world of fashion, and when on a whim I bought a sewing machine I discovered a real passion, and I never leave my machine!!
What’s your favourite thing to sew?
My favourite sewing project is to create clothes, I like doing everything but what I like most is like is to create original clothes, to my own taste, filled with colours!
What do you like most about your Toyota sewing machine?
What I like most about the Toyota sewing machine is that it is easy to use. My machine is old and I hope to upgrade it soon! For beginners, I absolutely recommend it as it has everything you need! Threading the thread as well as the bobbin is so fast. Considering what I have put it through it is still working very well. It’s a quality product!
What’s your proudest sewing achievement or project?
I am proud of all my projects! With each piece finished, I’m so proud of what I have made! I put always take a picture and send it to my loved ones to share my love and joy for each project completed.
Watch Mélanie on Youtube and keep up to date with her projects by subscribing to her channel.
Quilting has to be just one of the most amazing crafts. Breathtaking designs can be created by piecing in so many different ways and looks. We chat to Iminei, who regularly makes quilts for friends, family and the local community.
What got you into quilting?
I was having a really tough year and I fell in love with quilting because I found it brought me peace. I was able to immerse myself in the craft completely.
What’s your favourite project you ever made?
Every project! Usually after I finish a project it becomes my favourite.
What’s important to you in a sewing machine?
A larger than usual harp space for big quilts. Needle up and down controls plus being able to move the needle to make a narrower seam, all useful for quilting! I’d love a machine with a laser pointer to help with all the interminable long lines I sew!
There are so many fun and beautiful projects that can be completed on your Toyota sewing machine. But have you ever considered making stuffed toys? The possibilities are endless and what’s more, you get to create the most magical thing of all, a toy that opens up the window to imagination!
We Suzanne, a maker of bears and proud owner of her Toyota Super Jeans machine to have a look at some of the project she has shared with us.
Suzanne makes one off, original bears from mohair and faux fur and they are just ADORABLE. Suzanne runs an Etsy shop, Treasures and Teds, selling her one of a kind bears.
Suzanne has been using Toyota sewing machines for 11 years and has recently upgraded to the Toyota Super Jeans machine. This machine is particularly adept for bear making as it has the ability to sew through many layers at once, without damaging the fabric.
Over the past few months we’ve had so much fun with the #MadeWithToyota hashtag and we’ve also seen some amazing reviews and work completed by bloggers!
Little Delights Homewares makes gorgeous things for the home using an equally gorgeous vintage Toyota machine. We love the squishy and pretty textile pieces and we love that chunky vintage machine look!
French blogger and minimalist Naturellement Green has been sewing up some great handkerchiefs on her Toyota machine, we love this action shot!
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Australian maker-writer Kat has the knack for Oekaki embroidery, just look at this fantastic calligraphy!
It’s June, that time of year when we can dream of strawberries and cream, drinking Pimms and enjoying summer sport. Are you a Wimbledon fan?
For any keen sewist, sewing your own activewear can be hugely exciting but also has it’s own unique challenges. Here are some top tips for sewing activewear ready for the summer ahead.
1. Use the right machine
An overlocker is the perfect machine to use for sewing stretchy fabrics, especially when you want clean and neat edges. Overlocker edges flex and move with the fabric, just like you want when you’re working out or playing sport!
2. Use the right needle
When sewing stretchy fabrics you want the needle to pass easily through the knitted loops. For this reason you should always use a ballpoint needle. These needles aren’t sharp so they don’t tear the fabrics, meaning your garment will stay strong at the seams for longer.
3. Use athletic-gear fabric
Technical fabrics like Supplex are moisture wicking helping to keep you cool when you exercise. Keep an eye out for athletic specific fabrics with unique properties that makes them ideal for sewing sportswear.
Are you a quilter, or keen to learn? Quilting is a very popular textile hobby and can be used to make home furnishings, wall hangings, art or even used in clothing!
One of the challenges of quilting is getting through all those layers of fabric. But Toyota has some tools and tips to help you!
1. Use a walking foot
A walking foot is perfect for quilting because it’s designed to “walk” over the top of the quilt, not drag the fabric which can pull the many layers out of place.
The Toyota walking foot attachment is available for both RS and SP series machines. The guide helps keep the foot working correctly.
2. Use an extension table
An extension table helps extend your work space and it’s particularly useful when sewing a large item like a quilt.
The key is that the bulk of the quilt will not be hanging off the edge of the machine, which can pull on the needle and cause harm to the inner mechanics. The extension table helps to take the weight of a heavy item, it has many uses!
3. Get a bundle of all the best feet
The Patchwork Kit contains both the walking foot, piecing foot and applique foot plus lots of other useful bits! The piecing foot helps you piece lots of smaller square, triangles or other shapes together when making your quilt. The open toe foot lets you see what you are doing much clearer.
Having a pleasant space to work in is so important to sew effectively! While not everyone has the space for a full dedicated sewing room, there are still some small things you can do to better organise the space you have and make sewing fun!
Start with the most important thing! A corner desk is a perfect spot for as many machines as you need!
Normal furniture can be converted into excellent sewsing furniture. The drawers on this unit are perfect for all the required tools!
This wall is made in a patchwork style using scraps of old vintage wallpapers!
This little ironing station is made from a tray table.
The pegboard wall is a perfect place to store sewing tools
Easter is approaching and sweet bunny makes are top of our agenda! We’ve rounded up some of the best cute bunny projects for you and your Toyota sewing machine!
This free bunny pattern is available from Craftsy, a perfect use for scrap cotton fabrics.
Download the free pattern here
Sewmuchado sewed this gorgeous backpack with bunny ears! Take any classic bag pattern and draft your own matching ears, using fluffy fur for the underside.
See the tutorial on sewmuchado
See Kate Sew made these lovely bunny slippers for her daughter, perfect for a classic night-time dress up!
Get the pattern here.
Pockets! We all use them, every day, to hold our special little valuables. Whether that be our phone, purse, or even some sweets!
But what are the different types of pockets? And how can you go about sewing them?
And as it’s Valentine’s Day what do you think of this cute heart shaped pocket? Would you sew it? It’s easy as any of the other pockets below – just create a heart shaped template and only sew your pocket on two sides, leaving the curvy top open!
Jeans patch pocket
The classic jeans pocket is actually just a basic patch pocket – this means you just sew it directly onto the top of the fabric. Levi’s made the jeans pocket famous with their 5-pocket jeans, which are now popular everywhere!
To sew a patch pocket, just cut the pocket size with extra for seam allowance. Finish and turn the seam allowance, then sew it directly onto your garment wherever you want a useful pocket.
This beautiful pocket is commonly seen on couture garments, tailored jackets and beautiful dresses. The “welts” are actually the little lips inside the pocket – often made from contrasting lining fabric. The welt pockets are often covered over with a flap, but they look beautiful without. Look out for these pockets on menswear, tailored trousers and vintage clothing.
In Seam pocket
These pockets are sandwiched right inbetween two seams, usually the side seams. These are the easiest pockets to sew. Just create a basic pocket bag and then stitch each bag to the front and back pieces of the garment. When you come to sew front and back together, sew around the pocket bag instead of straight down the seam.
Look out for these pockets on dresses, utility wear, and skirts. They’re sometimes hard to spot!
Which is your favourite? Have you sewn any of these pocket styles?