When Toyota Met Emell Gök Che …

Share

Our popular Toyota Super Jeans sewing machine seems to have a new admirer, the lovely German TV presenter Emell Gök Che.

 

Emell Gök Che

Emell is also an artist/designer and her talents have landed her an exciting new role as the host of Germany’s version of  our ’60 minute makeover’ starting next month, Nov 2013. Although the show will be aired on the German TV channel ‘Sat 1’ we’ve heard that it will also be available to watch online and there may well be a sighting or two of our Super Jeans machine.

Emell recently shared the below image on her social networking pages along with this quote:

 

“Sewing with my Super Jeans sewing machine is really fun. Thx Toyota”.

 

We met Emell during the IFA fair in Berlin during September when she visited our Toyota booth. Like many people, she was surprised that Toyota made sewing machines and she was very impressed when she found out and started using our demonstration model. She immediately took a fancy to our Super Jeans model … this is when Toyota Home Sewing met Emell Gök Che.

 

We look forward to seeing Emell on her new show next month and all the wonderful things she makes with her Toyota Super Jeans machine.

 

For more details on our Toyota Super Jeans visit our Home-Sewing website here: www.home-sewing.com and click into the ‘product description’ and ‘additional information’ tabs on each page. For access to the German version of our site please click here.


“I tried my new Toyota. It is so great and comfortable to sew. I love it. Next week I will use it in a scene and I am really looking forward to do it. It is not only the sewing quality but also its unique black look that thrills me.” Emell       http://www.artemell.com/alice/#/home/


7 Reasons To Make Sewing Your New Winter Hobby

Share

It might seem pretty biased for us to be recommending sewing to you but, we looked at it this way, surely it’d be wrong for us not to!! We know first-hand how rewarding and enjoyable it is!!

 

With summer being officially over, and along with it the warm nights and outdoor activities, we thought it’d be the perfect time to do some sewing evangelism.

 

Here’s our top 7 reasons why sewing could be the perfect choice of hobby for you this Autumn/Winter …

 

1. Having a hobby can cheer you up!

It’s said that having a hobby is an important part of life, and we couldn’t agree with this more! Not only can a hobby be fun to do but it can also enhance your overall well-being and give you an immeasurable sense of pleasure and achievement. Let’s face it, with the lack of sunshine going on, we can all have those days when we need a little something to look forward to and boost our happiness levels!

 

2. The Great British Sewing Bee! 

Earlier this year, 2013, sewing became a hot topic following the huge success of the BBC TV show ‘The Great British Sewing Bee’. The show had the entire nation captivated as contestants showed us what you could achieve with just a little bit of creativity, time and a sewing machine. You never know, if you try your hand at sewing now you could become the face of one of the future sewing bees, or at least enjoy sewing-a-long with the next series!

 

3. Celebs are doing it!

You know you’re onto a good thing when all the top celebrities are doing it, and, guess what celebrities are publicly sharing their love for sewing!! From top Hollywood actresses like Katie Holmes and Katherine Heigl to one of the world’s most famous faces David Beckham we’ve seen many celebrities enjoying a spot of sewing and talking about what they’ve been creating, which proves it’s a hobby worth doing, right?!

 

4. It’s for everyone!

Sewing is not a new craze, it’s been around for years, in fact the first Toyota Sewing Machine was made in 1946, however times have changed and sewing machines have adapted. Despite it historically being viewed as an object used by housewives it is now a skill taken on by all – as we saw in the Sewing Bee TV series!! Whether you’re young or old, a beginner or advanced, male or female sewing is now something for everyone!!

 

5. It can save you money!

We’ve always loved being economic. The great thing about sewing is that it is a hobby that could help you save (and make) money. Whether you take up the hobby to start up-cycling your wardrobe, create handmade gifts or make home-furnishings it can be a very rewarding hobby in both senses of the word. With sites constantly emerging like Etsy and Pinterest etc, we’ve also seen a lot of individuals crafting bespoke items to sell across these sites. So it;s a hobby that really can pay off!

 

6. It’s fun!

Sewing can be a very enjoyable craft! It many ways (apart from the obvious) it’s like riding a bike – once you get the hang of it, it gets easier and easier to do and there is a lot to enjoy along the way. Sewing is a great hobby to cheer you up and keep you in good spirits. Want to find out for yourself? Give it a go and let us know how you get on!

 

7. Community and friendships

Although the sewing machine is clearly designed to be used by one person at a time, it is by no means a lonely hobby. There are lots of sewing groups set up all around the country that invite anyone with an interest of sewing to attend. The best way to find out about your local sewing groups are by speaking to friends, looking in a local paper, asking in a local craft shop or searching on the internet. You could also look out for a workshop or course to attend. These are great ways to make new friendships and meet new people that will all share something in common with you!

 

We could go on, but for now there’s our top 7 reasons! What Next…

 

It can be daunting at first when you’re trying to decide what sewing machine to buy, especially for a hobby that (we hope) lasts you a lifetime. So, if you are considering buying a new sewing machine, come and read our ‘sewing machine buying guide’ on the Home-Sewing website, or why not pop over to our Home-Sewing Facebook page and ask our community for their advice.

 

You can buy our Designs For Living range from our online store, access here.

 

If you have any questions about buying your new sewing machine, please call us on 01322 291137.

Toyota Sewing Machine: Instruction Manuals Help

Share

Recently, we’ve had a lot of requests through about how to get hold of Toyota sewing machine instruction manuals. This is great news as we think it shows more and more people are wanting to start sewing again, so, to make it easier for you we’ve put together our tips for you below …

 

1. Find your series/model number on your sewing machine.

2. Head to our “Instruction Manual” page on our Home-Sewing website: here.

3. Scroll down the page and look for your model on the left column.

 

4. Click the ‘PDF’ box next to the model of your sewing machine, under the language of your choice:

5. The instruction manual will now appear. You can choose whether you want to just view it online, print it off or download a copy.

6. The majority of these manuals are also available as a hard copy and are available to purchase for £5 from our Spares Department, simply email spares@aeuk.co.uk or call 01322 291137 (option 3) with the series and model of your machine

 

7. In the event you cannot find your instruction manual on this page (Toyota have been making sewing machines for many many years), please contact our spares department (details above) and they will be able to check the archives to see if we can get a copy of these for you.

How To Shop With Us For Sewing Machines

Share

Whether you are looking to buy some handy new accessories for your sewing machine or craft collection, invest in a new sewing machine or even just find out about what sewing machines and overlockers are available on the market – the Toyota Home Sewing website could be what you need.

 

Buying A Sewing Machine:

If you are looking to buy a sewing machine, you can buy our “Designs For Living” range on the Home-Sewing website. The range allows you not only to choose your own design, but also select the features that are relevant to you and they each come with a 3 year manufacturer’s warranty and free delivery.

To begin, choose which features best suit you (from single, 2 or 3 dials to 21, 24 or 25 different stitches) :

And click on your choice: ‘Classic‘ ‘Comfort‘ or ‘Expert‘ and you will see more details about this machine, plus the design options:

Once you select the design that best suits you, you will see the option to “add to basket” or  ‘more details’ button. You can choose to see more details if you wish and still add it to your basket from there, too.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You will then see a small banner appear that says “DFL  ……. was added to your shopping cart” and you should also be able to see that it shows the item added to your basket at the top right of the screen (see below image):

 

At this point, you can either choose to continue shopping, or you can click into your basket at the top right to complete your purchase.

Once you click on ‘Your basket’ the following page will appear and show you everything that is in your basket:

 

 

Within your basket you can check that everything you wish to purchase is in there and remove any items that you change your mind on by clicking on the trash can to the right of the item. You can see your total cost and also a section to enter in any coupon/discount codes.

Once you are happy with your order, click “Proceed to Checkout” and the page below will appear:

You have the options to either log in if you are already a registered member, checkout as a guest or register as a new customer. If you think you may have registered in the past but have forgotten your password, you can click on ‘Forgot your password’.

Step 2: Complete your billing information

Steps 3 & 4: Complete your shipping information (delivery address)

Step 5: Payment details

Step 6: Review your order and complete

If you are unsure whether the Classic, Comfort or Expert is the one for you, why not take a few moments to look at our “Sewing machine buying guide” on the site, to help you understand the differences of the machines, or feel free to contact us .. we love to help!

– – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

Please Note: We also have a Toyota sewing machine catalogue, found here, where you can view a list of our sewing machines and the features of each. Although you will not be able to buy these directly from us, you will be able to find out the relevant information for each and then search for your local supplier/retailer.

Toyota Home Sewing – How To Create An Account

Share

Just like when you are shopping in a store, we want to try and provide that same friendly experience when you shop with us online and ensure that you walk away a very happy customer.

We have worked hard to make sure our checkout process is as quick and simple as possible, but, for all those who avoid the “create a new account” pages, I thought it might be helpful to show you the simple form that we use, and assure you that once you’ve completed it once, you should not have to use this again, it’s a one off!!  So, here’s our little form:

We request your name, email address and password to set things up, with the added option to input your date of birth and gender if you wish.

Then click on submit and you will then see this screen :

 

Login to the email account you signed up with and find the message from us. Click on the confirmation link and you are done!

Please note: If you don’t appear to be receiving our email with the confirmation link, please check your email application’s spam folder.

It really is that simple!

If in the future you forget your password, simply click on the ‘forgot password’ button and type in your email address then click ‘submit’.

The below message will appear and you will need to check your emails to see if you receive this through (and your spam folder), if it doesn’t appear you may not have an account and need to start by creating one.

However, you can avoid the registration process by logging in as a ‘guest’ user if you wish but, as you can see above, the registration is simple and straightforward.

 

If you experience any difficulties when setting up your account, or have any questions, please feel welcome to contact us using our contact page or by posting to our Facebook account.

Thank you for taking the time to understand more about our registration process.

Toyota Home Sewing – Website Introduction

Share

Recently, we changed our Home-Sewing website to make it simpler and smarter for our users. Following this big news, we thought it was about time we wrote a little bit about it so that you not only know how to use it but you also know what you can find on there…

 

Firstly, to access our site from the UK simply click on the link here and a new page will appear and look like this:

 

 

At the top of the page you will see these options:

 

1. Sign In: If you have already registered with Toyota Home-Sewing you can log straight into the site here.

2. Search: If you are looking for something in particular you can type it in this area and click the magnifying glass ie ‘needles’.

3. Sewing Machines: If you are looking to view our range of sewing machines this is the place to head to. However, please note that the only machine we sell directly through our site is “Designs For Living“. All our other sewing machines are information pages only and are sold through our dealers.

4. Accessories & Parts: When you click on this tab, you will see our impressive range of accessories. These include needles, storage, tools & consumables etc. We have tried to make it simple to find what you are looking for by placing all our accessories into  categories. However, if you are struggling to find what you are looking for, try the search bar at the top right of the page.

5. Haberdashery & Books: As part of our new site, we have introduced a new section called Haberdashery & Books. We are hoping to grow this area and if you would like to see anything in particular being sold here, please let us know on our Facebook page.

6. Overlockers: Overlockers are becoming very popular with home sewers and we know it is important to find the right one for you so we now also have a page dedicated to our wonderful range. Here, you will find a list of our overlockers along with their key features and functions.

7. Oekaki: If you hover over this Oekaki tab you will have two options : ‘OEKAKI WORLD’ and ‘OEKAKI STORE’. If you click on the Oekaki World, you will be taken to a new site that is dedicated to the world of Oekaki; including blog posts, tips and guest how to’s. If you select the Oekaki Store, a page containing all the relevant accessories for the Oekaki machine will appear. To find out more about Oekaki and what it is, click here.

8. Instruction Manuals: We understand how important it is to have access to the instruction manual if you have a question about using your sewing machine, or you’re trying to use a new feature. If you want to find our whether we have an electronic version of your sewing machine’s manual, simple visit this page. If you cannot see your machine here, please contact our spares department by emailing spares@aeuk.co.uk

9.  Movies: Sometimes it can be tricky to pick up a new sewing technique. This part of our Home Sewing website features all our videos that may help guide you through a particular task.

10. Delivery & Returns: This section applies to any purchases made on the Home Sewing UK website. It will answer some of the questions you have about delivery fees, changing an order and returning an order etc. If you have a question that isn’t answered within this section you can ask us on our Facebook page.

11. Contact: As well as asking us your questions over on Facebook and Twitter, we have a section of the site dedicated to contact us. Here, we have a contact form where you can leave your details and comments, a contact telephone number for you to call and our address for you to write into.

 

At the bottom of the page you will see these options:

12. About Us: Here, you will find out about the history of Aisin and Toyota Home Sewing.

13. Branches & Agents: We have provided a list of our branches and distributors in Europe and Central Asia. In this list you will be able to access our addresses, contact telephone numbers and email addresses.

14: Sewing Machine Buying Guide: We understand that buying a sewing machine is an investment and therefore it is important to choose the one that best suits you and what you are hoping to use it for. We have placed some useful tips into this sewing machine buying guide to help you find your perfect match.

15: Social Media Links: This part of our site is a quick way to find us on social media. We have Home Sewing accounts on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and YouTube and we welcome you to join our communities.

16. Toyota Home Sewing Blog: This is a quick way to access our Home Sewing blog. If you don’t have the blog web address, simply click on this link and it will bring you straight on to the blog.

 

At the right of the page you will see these options:

17. Sewing Machine Buying Guide: At the right hand side of the page you will find another link to our Sewing Machine Buying Guide as mentioned in point 14.

18. Oekaki World: This is another link to take you directly to our Oekaki World blog as mentioned in point 7.

19. Community Poll: We love to hear from you and so we have placed this simple poll on our home page to learn more about you. The question currently on there is “How Old Is Your Toyota Sewing Machine” and to answer you simply select the choice that applies to you. You can also see the results above the Poll.

 

We hope this little introduction helps you to navigate around our new site easily and you enjoy looking around our new features.

 

How to make a Bandana Bib

Share
My name is Anoushka. I’m married to my Husband Alister we have 2 boys, Jackson aged 11 years and Hugo aged 7 months. I work full time as a technical trainer in an engineering environment and decided I needed something girly in my life! I’ve always wanted to learn how to sew so back in April this year I decided to buy Hilda (my Toyota DFL machine) and join a weekly evening sewing class at my local community centre.
I absolutely love the classes and I’m learning so many new things every week. I’ve now got the confidence to try out new projects at home, the bandana bib being one of my favourites as I had been spending a small fortune on buying these bibs from businesses online at around £4-5 each! I can now make 4 of these bibs for the same price using brand new material (patterned cotton backed with fleece) but this design can also be made even cheaper using old baby grows/clothes lined with flannelette sheets or virtually anything else you can find.
I personally love using button fasteners on this design as there are so many to chose from and they look so cute but you can use popper fasteners or velcro (new or from old clothing) if you like.
How to make a Bandana Bib
You will need:
  • Material for bib front (cotton, old baby grow etc)
  • Material for bib back (can be the same as the front but for this I used fleece as it’s lovely, soft and absorbent)
  • Matching thread
  • A button or any other type of fastener
  • Pins
  • 1 x A3 sheet of paper
  • Pen
  • Paper scissors
  • Dressmaking scissors
  • Small sharp embroidery scissors or scalpel (to cut inside button hole)
  • Sewing machine
  • Button hole foot (if you chose to use a button)
  • Dressmakers chalk or pencil
  • Hand sewing kit (to sew on the button)

Step by step:

1. Take an A3 piece of paper and lay it down on a flat surface

 
2. Fold the bottom right corner up until it meets the left edge
3. Fold the bottom left corner up until it meets the right edge
4. Using a ruler and pen mark a line (copying the picture) this will contour the neck of the bib
4.1 Cut along the line that you marked (see picture)

5.  Unfold the paper and pull away your triangle bib pattern

6.  Fold the bib pattern in half and make a straight cut at the edge (see pic)
6.1 Your bib pattern is ready!

7. Pin the pattern to your back material and cut out

7.1 Repeat the process with your front material

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8. Iron both front and back pieces (use a very low setting on the fleece)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9. Pin right sides together

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10. Prepare your sewing machine and select a straight stitch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11. Start sewing about 3 inches away from the corner of the bib (reverse stitch a little at the beginning to ensure the stitching will    not undo later) give yourself a 1/4″ seam allowance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11.1 Continue to sew 1/4″ from the edge all the way around the bib leaving a 2 inch gap from where you started (lock by reverse stitching again)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12. Turn the bib out the right way through the 2 inch gap

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

13. Top-stitch along the top edge of the bib with a 1/8″ seam allowance ensuring that you seal the 2″ gap closed along the way

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

13.1 Continue to top-stitch the 2 sides of the bib, giving yourself a larger seam allowance for a more decorative finish (about 1/4″)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

14. Select your button

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

14.1 Using some chalk or a dressmakers pencil mark the length of the button onto one corner of the bib. Attach your button hole foot to your machine and sew a button hole, mine is a 4-step:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

14.2 Step 1-sew bottom bar end

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

14.3 step 2-sew left edge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

14.4 step 3-sew top bar end

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

14.5 step 4-sew right edge until it meets bottom bar end and finish

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

14.6 Using some very sharp embroidery scissors or a scalpel, cut a slit in the middle of the button hole, taking care not to cut any stitching

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

15. Sew your button onto the opposite corner and your bib is complete (see front, back and final pics)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

‘Flower Power’ – add a touch of summer.

Share

 

Despite already being in our British Summer months it doesn’t quite feel like it yet with all the wind, rain and central heating. So, we’ve decided to bring our own touch of summer and introduce you to the flower stitch foot. Many of you may have already seen this demonstrated on our latest Oekaki model recently, but for those of you who have never heard of the flower stitch foot then this post could be for you.

 

The foot is a great addition to your sewing kit, you can do some truly amazing and decorative stitching with it. You can create circular patterns and flowers with this special attachment. It’s ideal for embellishing projects and making them unique. Use different coloured thread to add that even more decorative look to your pieces – it’s so versatile and creative.

 

Watch our useful video below showing the flower foot in action and if you’d like to buy one for your machine just check out our flower stitch attachment foot. Buy the flower foot here.

Sewing Room Upcycling Ideas – DIY Your Own Sewing or Desk Chair

Share

Are you done and dusted with your spring cleaning? Have you organised your work space but fancy giving it a bit of a fresh new look? Well, recently we were truly interested, impressed, and inspired by one very simple photo and you may well be too.

 

We were sharing some tweets with one of our lovely, and loyal, Home-Sewing community members and came across some very interesting images. We’ve been looking for a chair that will fit in a shabby chic style sewing room for the past 2 months. The walls are lined with Laura Ashley Duck Egg ‘Summer Palace’ Wallpaper and a matching ‘Jade White’ paint from Dulux finishes it off. The desk and bookcases are a white finish but that last item still remaining to complete the look is a chair in the shops. One that is comfortable and sturdy enough to sit at for hours of sewing but that will fit in well with the rest of the room.  We’ve searched every charity & vintage looking shop for one, and, after a brief exchange with Becky, the light bulb moment struck, and the answer is simple … paint one!

 

The images come from Becky Peddie, and were taken from Becky’s Twitter feed. This is the first image in which we spotted the chair and, just out of interest, we asked whether it was one Becky had upcycled herself.  Sure enough it was!

 

This next image shows the before and after, hasn’t she done such a good job!

I actually have a used dining chair I can use for the very job – saving me the long search for the perfect chair. Maybe you are the same! Becky has also very kindly shared some of her home-sewn patchwork chair cushions to complement the look and make them extra comfy to sit on. Just like Becky says, they are a great way to use up your excess fabrics from other projects .. “a good scrap buster project!”.

 

Our special thanks once again go to Becky for allowing us to share these with you and GOOD LUCK to everyone about to upcycle their own!!

 

To read more from and about Becky – check out this blog post “Becky Peddie … Mom Not Mum” .

 

Bringing Sewing Back – Why Buy When You Can DIY?

Share

 

 

The Great British Sewing Bee may have left our television screens for the time being, but, what we want to know whether it has put sewing back in to the hearts of our Great British public?

 

 

 

 

The series came from the same producers as The Great British Bake Off and after the success Mary Berry had with her baking revolution we wondered whether the Sewing Bee has started to do the same for sewing …. and it seems it may well have.  Last year the country was filled with a fresh sense of baking and we moved away from the supermarket shelf cakes to bespoke artisan bakery style cakes and treats very quickly. The scent of freshly home baked food filled the air. It will hopefully not be long until home-made garments walk the high street. From accessories to full outfits – you could be designing, making and modelling all your own pieces to a budget that suits you.

 

Aisin Toyota has enjoyed over 60 years in the sewing industry. We’ve seen trends come and go but there definitely seems to be something in the air for sewing right now and it’s most certainly a very exciting time to be around it all – wouldn’t you agree?

We’ve seen sewing machines as a necessity in every household across the nation in previous generations to gradually becoming an item associated largely with those in the fashion and garment industry. Thanks to the nature of the recent sewing programme, it appears that we have been able to appreciate that the sewing machine is for EVERYONE!! Young or old, male or female, creative or beginner … you don’t have to tick any particular boxes to be able to learn how to sew and make some very special things.

Through the show we were able to see a variety of contestants of varying skill levels take on different tasks each week from garment construction, alterations and embellishments allowing the nation to witness the potential of a bit of patience, determination, fabric, thread and machine. We love to show you how easy it is to make your money stretch and shake things up without spending a fortune, so if you have any suggestions or have been making your own lovely pieces lately please get in touch! Sewing machines help us to get creative and turn old into new, make things from scratch or even create wonderful gifts to share with others …. the skies the limit and once you pop you won’t stop!!

 

If you were inspired by the excitement and creations you saw in the show then why not consider whether sewing could be your new hobby, just in time for the summer and if you are looking for a sewing machine that will be easy to set up, do all of the necessary sewing functions plus look great in whichever room you keep it then please come over to our Home-Sewing website and take a look at our Designs For Living sewing machines.

 

Remember, our company motto “Quality Supremacy, User Friendliness and Elegant Appearance”.

 

If you already have a sewing machine but you’re looking to advance and experiment with the different settings, features and feet then please pop over to our Home-Sewing accessories page and check out what we have on offer.

 

PS we also have some wonderful storage and sewing accessories that could be really helpful for your sewing room or office and a small range of sewing books too.

 

If you’ve been inspired and are looking to get back into sewing then come and share your thoughts on our Toyota Home Sewing Facebook or Twitter pages.

 

Have a wonderful bank holiday weekend … all the more time to check out our blogs and get sewing 🙂

 

Love Toyota Home Sewing