Toyota Sewing Machine: Instruction Manuals Help


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 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.

Troubleshooting Basics – Doesn’t rotate


Out of all the faults that may happen to you whilst sewing, this may well be the most frustrating: when it just won’t sew!! The noise and the sudden stubbornness of the machine acting like a tantrum toddler often make us think it is something severe & expensive to fix. However, the chances are, you will avoid this problem if you take care of your machine by cleaning regularly and here is a basic rundown of why it may happen, and ways to prevent or resolve it if it does …











This may be because the:

  • The machine is not turned on properly
  • Thread is tangled in the hook
  • A broken needle is hiding in the hook

You could fix this by:

  • Turning the machine off and on
  • Ensuring the power plug is connected properly
  • Cleaning the hook
  • Taking out the bobbin & removed any trapped thread


If you need help on doing any of the above, refer to your Instruction Manual or download one here.


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Troubleshooting Basics – Missed Stitches


Missed Stitches:


Most of us use a sewing machine to add a professional finish to the things we create, so, when stitches are skipped, we have every right to be frustrated.  However, most of the time the blame lies with us, so the secret is to try & do things correctly to prevent it from happening again, and quickly rectify it when it does. Here is a basic rundown of why it may happen, and ways to prevent or resolve it if it does …


This may be because the:

  • Needle is incorrectly installed
  • Needle is bent
  • Needle is old
  • Needle and thread are not appropriate for the fabric
  • Upper thread is not correctly thread


You could fix this by:

  • Installing the needle correctly
  • Checking the needle is not bent, and replace
  • Ensuring the needle & thread are appropriate to the fabric
  • Threading the upper thread correctly

If you need help on doing any of the above, refer to your Instruction Manual or download one here.


If you have any more advice to add to this, would like any more help or simply want to share your experience … come and visit our Facebook page and let us know your thoughts!!

Troubleshooting Basics – Broken Needle










Broken Needle:


Whether you’re a learner or an expert, these things can happen to all of us at some point within our sewing lifetime. However, it’s usually easily solved & fixed…Check out our points below that may help solve a) why it happened in the first place and b) how to help prevent it in the future!!


This may be because the:

  • Needle is incorrectly installed
  • The needle clamp screw is loose
  • The needle is too fine for the cloth
  • The tension of the upper thread is too tight
  • The fabric is being pulled too strongly
  • The bobbin case is not in the correct position


You could fix this by:

  • Installing the needle correctly
  • Firmly tightening the screw
  • Checking you are using a needle appropriate to the fabric
  • Adjusting the thread tension
  • Checking you are not pulling the fabric too strongly
  • Ensuring the bobbin case is in the correct position

If you need help on doing any of the above, refer to your Instruction Manual or download one here.

If you have any more advice to add to this, would like any more help or simply want to share your experience … come and visit our Facebook page and let us know your thoughts!!


Sewing Machine Feet – The Basics


Sewing with machines can be as complex as you choose to make it; the key is to start by knowing the basics and then get “hands on”!! Understand what you want to achieve, what best methods/equipment to use for that and treat it a bit like the concept of driving – “learning by doing”!! Everyone has a personal style and it’s great to throw yourself into that and impress yourself with your results, but the basics are essential to taking care of your machine (and mind)!!!

Below you’ll find some general advice on sewing machine accessories to help build up your knowledge of what’s available:



Buttonhole Foot

To achieve the correct measurements, quality and finish to a buttonhole – this foot is a must have in any sewing box! It saves time and creates a neat, professional look. With buttons being the key to completing any item (both aesthetically and practically) this really is an aid not to be missed.



Embroidery Foot

Perfect for creating decorative stitches and embellishments. I love using this foot; it can transform an old tired piece (clothing/cushions/cards) to a completely contemporary feel or even give an item a more classic transformation. It becomes so personal-it is a tool that never tires me to use. You can sew to a design or just really go with the flow and rhythm of the machine.



Straight Stitch Foot

Used for straight stitch work such as top stitching, seaming, quilting. Therefore it becomes a highly used, essential tool. It provides a great finish as it allows excellent fabric control when working with very fine material through to heavy fabric.


Blind Hem Foot

Like many of the feet the name describes this item exactly – a stitch that you can’t see the hem!! It is a more formal finish, extremely professional and yet so simple. Hand sewing takes time that most of us do not have so this foot makes the desirable result easily achievable with your machine!!


Zigzag Foot

Also known as the all-purpose foot, as this is perfect for most utility stitching and other standard functions. It is a great accessory to have on hand as a back-up foot. It has the benefit of a three needle position – centre, left and right and allows control but movement whilst feeding.


Zipper Foot

This is designed for installing zips accurately; the design of the foot allows the needle to stitch closely to the item. It is also a must when piping with cord.Remember as well as new creations – Zips can be added to renovate old items (clothing and furnishings) to resize or even just bring them to trend!!


**If you know you are sewing a specific project or have a preferred method it is definitely worth taking a look into the ready to go Footwork Kits available by Toyota (ie “Footwork Kit Denim/Jean”) that make it simple to get started!!**


Sewing Machine Maintenance – The Basics



As we all know, sewing machines need looking after, a bit of TLC and regular servicing; after all they are no stranger to the popular concept “for life, not just for Christmas (or birthdays)”!


It’s so common these days that people quickly loose the maintenance momentum that comes with the excitement of a shiny new machine but slowly start to neglect the sewing machine’s needs. My Grandma had the same sewing machine from the start of her sewing career and passed it down to me in great working order. However, without taking care of it and treating it as the delicate piece of machinery that it is she would never have seen it last so many decades.


When you invest in a sewing machine, or any other piece of equipment for that matter, you want it to last as long as possible! And so we want to help you maximise your machine’s performance and efficiency whilst saving you time, frustration and money as repairs not only usually end up being costly but they typically crop up at the worst of times, like mid project, and could have been prevented with following our simple tips and trouble-shooting! And the best thing is, for the majority of repairs all you will need is your regular toolbox!!


To start; our MUST basics …

  1. Know the make and model of your specific sewing machine.
  2. Treat your machine with respect. Keep it clean and brush it down regularly.
  3. Use the recommended sewing machine bobbins, sewing threads, and needles for your sewing machine.
  4. Keep your sewing machine covered when not in use.
  5. Work indoors and ensure your sewing machine is on flat, sturdy surface when working.
  6. Do not allow young children to use your sewing machine unsupervised.
  7. Do not cover the air vents of your sewing machine.
  8. Keep your instruction manual safe, and if you don’t have one you can reprint one here.
  9. Change the needles often. A bent or dull needle will not only damage your fabric, but your machine as well.
  10. Oil your machine on a regular basis.


Sewing Machine Manuals


One of the most important accessories that will come in the box with your new Toyota sewing machine is the instruction manual…it will become your complete introduction to knowing your machine well and a valuable portal into the world of sewing.

The instruction manual will remain the most important tool you have to keep your machine in good working order so you can always be confident you are getting the best, and making the most, out of it. Toyota has created your manual especially for you, with your best interests in mind because we want you to love and enjoy your machine. The steps in doing these things vary slightly from machine to machine, so be wise and keep your book safe.

Go through the instructions slowly and carefully to make sure you don’t miss out the important bits.

In the manual you will find important information on how to initially set it up, use all the different features and troubleshoot help. It is formatted simply and with pictures to try and make following as simple as possible, however if you have any queries don’t forget you can add us on Facebook.

If you have had your sewing machine for a while, or, if it was given to you and you no longer have the manual with it don’t worry, all is not lost, as Toyota has an amazing section on the website offering you the option to download them here.

Just check your machine for a sticker that looks like this to find the model identity:

How to wind a bobbin and thread a sewing machine


How to wind a bobbin and thread a sewing machine

Before you thread a sewing machine always make sure you have enough of your desired thread on the bobbin. Otherwise, it usually never fails that you?ll thread your machine to discover the bobbin is virtually all out, or, doesn’t match your top colour.

Sewing Machine
  • Put your thread spool on the spool pin at the top of your sewing machine
  • Slip your spool cover/clip onto the spool pin to keep in place (if you have one)
  • There is usually a diagram on the top of your machine to direct you.
  • Wrap the thread around the bobbin tension disk (on the top of your machine, usually distinguished with a screw and towards the top left)
  • Take the thread towards the right and wind it around the bobbin, a few times to secure.
  • Push the bobbin pin over to the right to activate the bobbin winder.
  • Press the foot pedal to start the bobbin winding and the thread should evenly wrap around the bobbin and stop when full.
  • Take off the bobbin and cut thread to release.
  • Drop the bobbin in the lower plate and follow instructions of where to feed the thread.
  • Now to thread your machine.
  • Take the end of your top thread and follow the arrows/numbers on your machine.
  • Pull the thread behind the upper tension disk (this is what creates a nice smooth stitch? check out our? How to adjust thread tension? section for advise on this)
  • Continue following the arrows & thread path and pull the thread down towards you and make a ?u? shape back up to the top of the machine.
  • Turn the wheel at the right, toward you, until the metal lever reaches the surface.
  • Move your thread to the back of the metal lever and around (to left) to catch in the groove.
  • Follow the arrows back down the front of the machine with your thread.
  • Secure the thread behind or through any metal hook/s before reaching the needle.
  • Finally, thread your needle and pull the thread down through the opening of the presser foot.

And, last but not least, bring both the threads together

  • Turn the wheel on the right side of the machine towards you (hold the end of the top thread to keep above surface)
  • This will then catch your bobbin thread and pull it to the top.

Congratulations, you are now threaded and ready to start sewing!!


How to thread Toyota SP series (SP10/SP20) sewing machine


The ERGONOMICS DESIGN (SP Series) sewing machines are fairly easy to thread and set up. However, it’s easy to struggle if you’re not used to them, so we’ve put together a useful video tutorial to talk you through how to thread your Toyota SP series (SP10/SP20) sewing machine


How to thread Toyota sewing machine RS2000 series 2&3 Dial


Have you got an RS2000 series 2 or 3 Dial sewing machine?


We recently added a blog post with a video tutorial on how to thread a single dial RS2000 series sewing machine. And of course we wouldn’t miss out a similar tutorial for those of you with the two or three dial sewing machines.


The main difference between the single dial and 2&3 dial RS2000 sewing machines is that the 2&3 dial machines have a threader so your job is made a little easier.