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Repairing a Toyota Sewing Machine

March 11, 2017

The machine is about 30 years old. It was my mum's so I am reluctant to part with it. It worked fine last time I used it, now nothing works except the motor. I oiled the machine and took the side off to look at the drive belts.

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They are not broken. Maybe it is just old? The wheel at the side was very stiff; I managed to loosen it somewhat. I am flummoxed! Any help appreciated!

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March 11, 20171 found this helpful
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I'll bet you have a jam from material scraps or thread. Remove the needle plate and check in the bobbin area.

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March 12, 20170 found this helpful
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If you are still having problems you may be able to receive help from the Toyota Company as most of these companies are very good about answering questions. Here is a site that you can either call or email and they also may have a manual for your machine.

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gb.home-sewing.com/.../contacts

If they do not have a free manual, here is a site that lists one for $7.00:

mysewingmachinemanual.com/ViewManual.php?b=Toyota&m=6400-6402...

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May 17, 2021

My Toyota 5000 fails to give me a straight stitch even when the stitch width is at 0. How can I fix that?


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May 27, 20210 found this helpful
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There are many reasons for uneven stitching. The most common reason for uneven stitches:
1. Old or inferior or unsuitable thread.
Use good quality threads

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2. Fabric is being pulled while sewing.
When sewing it is important to remember to never pull the fabric - allow the fabric to be taken up by the sewing machine.
3. Bad maintain the sewing machine.
Clean and lubricate your sewing machine.
4. There is a malfunction in the bobbin or bobbin is incorrectly threaded in the bobbin case.
Check to see if there are scratches on the bobbin and replace it if there are. The same goes for a worn bobbin. Replace the bobbin. Check to see if the bobbin and the bobbin case have been inserted correctly. You should hear a click when it is. The bobbin needs to be wound correctly. Rewind if it isn't.
5. Wrong thread tension.
Make sure you have the right tension setting. Set tension correctly for different fabrics
6. Problem with the needle.
Check that the needle is not bent or that the end of the needle is blunt. If necessary, replace the needle.
7. The needle hole in the needle plate is damaged.
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Make sure there are no scratches around the needle hole in the needle plate. If necessary, replace the needle plate with a new one.
8. Check the presser foot.
Make sure there are no scratches around the hole in the presser foot and that the presser foot you are using is appropriate for the stitch that you want to sew.

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July 16, 2020

Has anyone broken this lever before and managed to get it repaired? I've spoken to a few people who have said they can't get the part and also checked for the part myself and can't find it anywhere.

Repairing a Broken Backstitch Lever - broken lever
 
Repairing a Broken Backstitch Lever
 

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July 25, 20200 found this helpful
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Without knowing the make and model of the machine it makes it hard to find a piece that can be used. Replacing such a piece can be difficult and might prove a major challenge if you have never done anything like this before. Before trying to locate a new piece do you still have the broken piece that came off? I see it is plastic. If you still have this piece you might want to try some epoxy or even gorilla glue to try and glue the broken piece back on.

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This might work for the time being so you can use your machine again. You will still need to supply us with the make and model of the machine so we can see if they do happen to sell replacement parts for this machine.

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June 2, 2021

Hope someone can help me out. I have an older Toyota AD860. It was in the middle of switching needles then got a needle case error. I knew it was moving to #12 so I moved it, but still had issue. I found the sensor ring on the shaft was loose so I tightened it.

Now I think it is not sure where it is at. I get it to reset, but when I push start, it does a thread cut and errors again. Any ideas?

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June 2, 20210 found this helpful
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There could be an adjustment needed to a nut behind the head on the machine. This blog gives more detail. www.digitsmith.com/toyota-860-needle-case-error-help...

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December 20, 2017

Why won't my Toyota sewing machine zig zag backwards when I lift the leaver to go backwards? It goes forward fine.


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December 21, 20170 found this helpful
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You may have a broken lever. First I would check to make side there is no thread, dust or fabric in the area.

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March 16, 2020

My Toyota was sewing leather OK a couple of days ago. Now it will sew anything but the thin leather. I've checked over the machine, changed the needle, etc., but the stitches aren't catching.


Any ideas?

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March 16, 20200 found this helpful

Have you tried to take the machine apart and clean the area of the bobbin. There are a lot of times that this can happen that some dirt gets in there that makes it harder to sew certain material.

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Also check the setting on the machine and the pressure food and feed dog. They may need some adjusting that is easy to do.

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March 18, 20200 found this helpful

It sounds like you have checked most trouble shooting sites so this link probably will not help but may help in the future. This is a Home machine so I'm not sure how it would work with a Toyota.

www.brooklyncraftcompany.com/.../sewing-leather-on-a-home-sewing-machine

Does your manual give any suggestions for this problem?
You might want to send your question to Toyota and see if they can help.
They will probably want to know your model number.

www.sewtoyota.com/contact.php

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April 6, 20200 found this helpful

Are you using a needle for sewing leather?

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March 7, 2014

I have a Toyota 2800 and when I press the foot pedal nothing happens unless I give the handwheel a help and then it only sews a few stitches very slowly and stops again. I have bought a new foot pedal and this makes no difference. I have checked the bobbin area for lint and thread, none visible and everything is set for sewing (not darning or bobbin winding). Please help. I have another costume to make for my daughter for school.

By Karen B

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March 10, 20140 found this helpful
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It sounds as though you have a loose wire where the foot pedal lead inserts to the machine - this is a job for a qualified repair tech, and so I hope you have a spare machine!

I wish I had better news but I do some vintage machine repair (Singers mostly) and this is always what the problem is when the sewer reports this problem.

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December 11, 2013

I have a Toyota RS2000 sewing machine (bought 15 years ago). It won't feed material through. The needle just goes up and down and then jams. If I lift the foot - I can move the material trough manually and it will sew. I unscrewed everything and when I opened it a small spring fell out of the casing. Is this the problem or have I added to the problem? What do you think it would cost to get it fixed at a repairer? Thank you.

By N.

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December 15, 20131 found this helpful
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By opening the machine you have added to the problem, yes. Depending on where you live the cost has just jumped by about 30%.

I do some repair work (Singers mostly) and when someone brings me a 'basket case' I immediately tack on at least 25% because of the work involved in putting the machine back together. Parts could have been lost, re-locations of specialty screws is harder because I don't have before-I-took-it-apart pics to guide the replacing, etc. I have to spend extra time sourcing specialty info on your specific model - my 'generic' knowledge always needs a plumping in 'basket cases' (unless it's a model I've got extensive experience with or a service manual for), and that time costs money. If I had been the one to open it I would have known to take pics, would have prevented the spring falling out or would have been able to find where it came from right away. For example:)

I'm not familiar with Toyota machines but they do have a good reputation so if you are totally in love with your machine, it may be worth the high double digit cost to repair it. The repair tech should also give the machine a complete servicing - be sure to ask him/her if the estimate includes that before turning it over, and be sure to find out what caused your specific problem.

If you're not totally in love with your machine or the repair is at or higher than the cost of a new machine, consider an upgrade to a more modern machine or a modern comparative with the same features. This way you'll be under warranty for at least a year.

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September 16, 2013

My Toyota industrial sewing machine has started to race and sew way too fast for me to control it. It starts off at a controlled speed for a few stitches then just takes off. I am afraid I am going to hurt myself.

By Lorraine from Nimbin, NSW, Australia

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September 23, 20130 found this helpful
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Is your industrial machine operated with a foot pedal? If yes, the trouble is in the electrics of the foot pedal. Making sure to match wattage/voltage, try using a different pedal to see if that solves your problem. If it does, buying a new pedal is going to solve your problem permanently - you can usually find a new foot control pedal at the manufacturer website or an authorised sales and repair centre.

If your machine is controlled by a switch on the machine or a knee bar, the problem is inside the machine and you need to take it to a qualified, authorised repair tech.

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March 29, 2019

I have a Toyota sewing machine, model JFS18 Rs series A. The stitch control wheel has broken. Where can I get a replacement please?


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March 29, 20190 found this helpful

Try ebay or Alibaba. I saw parts there.

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May 14, 2017

I wonder if anyone can help. I am trying to repair my bobbin winder unit (Toyota RS2000) and after taking out the broken part and putting the replacement in, I can't work out how to attach the little spring that came off with it. Does anyone have a photo or diagram of the positioning?

Many thanks!

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September 12, 2019

How do I repair the feed dogs on a Toyota sewing machine?


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September 15, 20190 found this helpful

Is the machine newer? Don't monkey with it if you have a warranty--call the company. You will invalidate any warranty if you do a DIY fix.

If it is out of warranty, you can try one of the many YouTube troubleshooting videos. Here is a sample:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=OYBOQRbT0mY

These are often quite helpful in making minor tweaks to these machines.

Post back what you learn!

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June 8, 2020

My wife's Toyota 2260 2640 sewing machine's spool pin won't spin when she uses the foot pedal. Is this an easy fix or should we get it repaired?

I know nothing about these machines so don't feel I'm much help.

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