How to thread Toyota sewing machine RS2000 series Single dial


Getting started with your new sewing machine can be daunting for the novice sewer.


We’ve, therefore, put together a short video Tutorial on how to thread your Toyota RS2000 series Single dial sewing machine.



For information, all of our design for living sewing machines are part of our RS2000 series


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My Tension is Wrong


sewing machine tension

Q: Why are my sewing machine tension?

Are you having trouble with your tension when using a sewing machine. Here’s a few possible causes and solutions to help you on your way.




  • Different threads used on top & bobbin
  • Threads stuck in tension discs, or they are dirty
  • Threads wrapped around bobbin case or caught in race hole.
  • Stitch tensions getting worse
  • Top threads show on under surface or bottom threads show on top of work.


  • Use same thread top & bottom
  • Take machine for service or clean carefully with white spirit on lint free cloth.
  • Remove bobbin and clean all carefully.
  • Take machine to service engineer for timing adjustment.
  • Adjust tensions according to manual.

Why are my sewing machine stitches faulty


sewing machine stitch

Q: Why are my sewing machine stitches faulty?

Are you having trouble with your stitches when using a sewing machine. Here’s a few possible causes and solutions to help you on your way.


  • A defective needle
  • Wrong size needle
  • Missed out a step in the threading Presser foot tension too tight or too loose.


  • Replace with a new needle
  • Use correct size needle
  • Ensure flat part of needle faces the back of your sewing machine, push needle head all the way up the socket.
  • Re-thread machine carefully
  • If your sewing machine has a pressure control, adjust the control on top of the machine.

How to choose & change sewing machine needle


Using defective or worn needles causes stitch skipping and snapping of thread.

It is important to choose correct needle for your sewing machine depending on type of fabric you sew and insert it correctly.


Choosing Needle


Smaller-sized needles e.g. no.65-70 are best for lightweight fabrics.

Larger number needles e.g. no.100 are used for heavyweight fabrics like denim

Material Needle
Lightweight material e.g. lining no. 65~75 / US11
Medium-weight material e.g. cotton no. 80~90 / US14
Heavyweight materials e.g. denim, curtain no.100 / US16 or Jeans needle
Jersey Ball point needle or Jersey needle
Leather Leather needle

Denim/Jeans needle has an extra-sharp point and stiff shank, which makes it suitable for stitching denim or other densely woven fabrics.

Ballpoint needle has a blunt, rounded tip that slips between fibres rather than piercing them.

Use this needle for sewing coarse knits, lycra and other fabrics that tend to run if you snag them.

Twin needle has two shafts on a crossbar which extends from a single shank. They’re ideal to use for decorative stitching and

creating multiple, uniform stitching rows. Don’t forget to purchase an extra spool pin for the second thread.

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Changing Needle


changing sewing machine needle
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Set the needle in the highest position by turning the handwheel toward you.

Loosen needle clamp screw (1) by using the needle plate screw driver.

Take out the needle.


* Do not loosen needle clamp screw too much. It may come out.

* Dispose of the old needle in a safe manner / way.

Insert a new needle into your sewing machine with the flat side away from you.

Push the needle into the clamp until it touches the pin (a) and stops.

Firmly tighten needle clamp screw with the screw driver.

Checking needle

Using defective or worn needles not only causes stitch skipping but also breakage of needles or snapping of thread.

It can also damage the shuttle and needle plate.

* When you have skipping stitches or snapping of thread, try changing the needle.

Over Locker General Maintenance


Most home-use over lockers are sturdy machines and quite trouble free if you look after it. You can avoid problems if you follow these simple rules:

Keep It Clean
Lint can quickly build up, clog the knife blades and collect under the needle plate of your over locker sewing machine. This can cause skipped stitches. To prevent this, use a soft brush and clean the cutting blades and under the needle plate after each project.

This is not necessary when using a Toyota over locker. However, one or two drops of oil on moving points does help increase the durability of your over locker.

Over locker needles wear out more quickly than regular sewing machine needles. This is due to the speed of the over locker when stitching. It is recommended that you change the over locker needles after every third major project. Use Toyota recommended needles for your over locker.

Knife Blades
If the trimmed edge is ragged, check the knives are aligned correctly and that they are secured properly. Do not pin seams at right angles to the raw edge you may accidentally over lock into a pin. Thick and synthetic fabrics dull blades faster too, take care when over locking thick fabrics. Adjust the pressure control.

Getting Started With Your New Sewing Machine


Getting started with your new sewing machine

sewing machine - designs for livingGetting started with sewing and dressmaking can be quite daunting, perhaps you want to get started with dressmaking or just use it for your own hemming and adjustments. Whatever your reason for investing in your first sewing machine, you’re going to want to get the most out of it, so here are a few sewing tips to get you set up and started.

    • Get to know the parts of your sewing machine, their benefits and uses.• The spool pin is normally located on the top of the machine, towards the right back of the sewing machine.  Remove the plastic sticker. Pull up the spool pin. Turn it round the right way and insert the short end into the hole. When storing the machine, invert the spool pin again. 

    • The upper tension dial is normally found on top left side of the machine. It is normally set on 5. Fiddle with this dial as little as possible.

    • The first thread guide is found at the top right side of the thread guide plate. Use this thread guide when filling a bobbin as well as when you thread the sewing machine for sewing.

    • The declutch lever is built into the hand or fly wheel. It is used for filling bobbins as well as sewing. After filling the bobbin, switch the lever back to sewing mode.

    • The take up lever is found situated in the left thread path next to the thread guide plate.

    • Always make sure the take up lever is at its highest position when threading the machine and when you start and finish sewing. (needle up)

    • When threading your sewing machine make sure the needle and the presser foot are both in the raised position.

    • When you select a stitch, remove or replace the bobbin case in the race hole, the needle must be in the highest position. (up position)

    • When you are preparing to sew a project, make sure you use a good quality thread. Always use the same thread on the bobbin as on your sewing machine.

Now you’ve familiarised yourself with your new machine got your sewing machine set up and ready to use, you’re ready to get going on your dressmaking, hemming and adjustments.

An explanation of Tension


How to adjust thread tension

By popular demand, we’re giving some information on how to adjust the tension on your sewing machine.

When you sew special material or using special thread, you may need some slight tension adjustments.

Here, we explain how to balance upper thread and lower thread.

sewing-machine-tension-tightsewing-machine-tension-dial_2If your upper thread tension is too tight, correct the tension by turning the dial to a lower number
(towards loose).

sewing-machine-tension-loosesewing-machine-tension-dial_3If your upper thread tension is too loose, correct the tension by turning the dial to a larger number
(towards tight).

sewing machine tension correctsewing-machine-tension-dial_1With correct tension, both threads are locked in the
centre of the fabric.

*Normal tension is usually at 5.


• The thread tensions are pre-set prior to your sewing machine being despatched. You will not need to adjust tensions before using your new sewing machine.
• Sew a test piece and only adjust the tension of your sewing machine if required.
• When thread tangles under material:
Incorrect upper threading and thread is not in upper tension plate.
Rethread the machine.
• If your top thread is loose & pulls out:
Check bobbin threading and tension.
Rethread the bobbin and adjust the bobbin tension if required.