Question about Sewing Machines

1 Answer

Toyota sp100 sewing machine - can't lower foot pressure on clothing

Hello, I've got a brand new Toyota sewing machine. Model: SP100. I already have sown a vitrage, which went very well. But now I'd like to sow a zipper onto a coat. I already made two attempts, but both times the coat's fabric could not be transported by the pressure foot (under the sewing machine's needle). I think the pressure of the small foot upon the coat is too high. The Toyota SP 100 has no adjustable foot pressure button, as far as I know. But it really should be able to sow through twelve layers of fabric, as Toyota advertises, so it certainly should be able to sow a zipper onto a coat. But I don't know how to lower the sowing foot pressure, I can't find the answer in the manual, or by googling on the internet. Can you help me? Thanks! Berend de Groot.

Posted by on

  • 1 more comment 
  • Berend de Groot
    Berend de Groot Dec 07, 2012

    Hello, I would like to thank everyone who has answered my question. I'm sorry, but I can't try out the answers right now, but I will do this as soon as I can. I hope to confirm the right answer(s) this weekend (I'm very busy at this moment). But I would like to let you know I am very thankful for your help. At least, it gives me the feeling that I'm not left on my own to find out the solution, and as I said, I appreciate that very much....! You will hear again from me soon. (p.s. the coat in which I'm trying to put a zipper is for a friend of mine, so your solutions will make her happy also....:)

  • Berend de Groot
    Berend de Groot Dec 09, 2012

    Hello, I have tried to sow the zipper onto the coat again. This time I used a longer stitch length, as Sylviaivie suggested. This really helped, because this time the fabric was transported a lot better while sowing. So thanks, Sylviaivie.....!

  • sylviaivie Dec 09, 2012

    You are very welcome. Sewing is sometimes a game of trial and error. Sometimes it is the most simple solution that we don't think of in the throws of frustration. :)


1 Answer

  • Level 3:

    An expert who has achieved level 3 by getting 1000 points


    An expert that got 20 achievements.


    An expert that got 10 achievements.


    An expert that got 5 achievements.

  • Sewing Machines Master
  • 1,564 Answers

Berend: Thick fabrics require a longer stitch length. If the longer stitch length doesn't work check your attachments for an Easy Feed foot (It sort of mimics a walking foot.)

Posted on Dec 07, 2012

6 Suggested Answers

  • 2 Answers

SOURCE: I have freestanding Series 8 dishwasher. Lately during the filling cycle water hammer is occurring. How can this be resolved

a 6ya expert can help you resolve that issue over the phone in a minute or two.
best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repairmen in the US.
the service is completely free and covers almost anything you can think of (from cars to computers, handyman, and even drones).
click here to download the app (for users in the US for now) and get all the help you need.

Posted on Jan 02, 2017

  • 1 Answer

SOURCE: unable to stitch through 4 layers of fabric.

Called the local dealer.

Posted on Jan 04, 2010

  • 11 Answers

SOURCE: How do I fix thumping/clunking sound?

make sure your needle is facing the right way, some needles if you look at the front and back you will see a groove side and a flat side sometimes it is hard to tell the difference depending on needle style.. hold it up to light and look at it from the side the difference will be slight but you will see a difference groove should face the back or if your presser foot is out of wack (lol so technical terminology) it could cause needle breaks and noise you can detect damage to the presser foot if this is happening.... only other thing i can suggest is to make sure bobbin is securely snapped into the housing if not it can cause problems with the needle picking up the bobbin

Posted on Apr 08, 2010

  • 1116 Answers

SOURCE: My machine went into safe mode after sewing heavy

The timing needs to be adjusted and this is best done by a sewing machine repair person.

You can get directions at the website for sewusa under repairs.

Posted on May 08, 2010

  • 1788 Answers

SOURCE: Hello there i have a singer 8618 electronic sowing

Call singer at 1-800-4singer at customer service, be patient and wait, sometimes you may be on hold a little while but it is worth it.

Posted on Sep 11, 2010

  • 3006 Answers

SOURCE: The thread is bunching up

Your problem stems from the faulty foot lever mechanism. It's coupled to the upper thread tension control which only provides tension when the presser foot is in the locked down position.

If the presser foot won't positively engage in the down position, there's no upper thread tension and the thread bunches up below. Everything else stems from there. If the needle has hit the bobbin case too frequently then the bobbin timing may also be slightly out and the needle itself will be damaged and won't pass straight through the fabric; it only takes a tiny deflection from the vertical as it passes through the workpiece for the needle to flex and hit the bobbin case.

In summary, your machine is in desperate need of repair and adjustment. You haven't stated which exact Singer model you have, but they are usually easy to get servicing manuals for or you can take the machine to a sewing machine servicing specialist. Most singer spare parts (even for 100 year old machines) are usually still available fairly cheaply from a variety of sources, just enter "Singer spares" into your search engine to find suppliers.

To prevent re-occurrence, clean the mechanism regularly and lubricate it as directed by the manufacturer using sewing machine oil. Depending on how often you use the machine, do (or have done) a more thorough service periodically to check the timing and also that all mechanism screws remain tightly fastened.

I hope that my reply has shed some light on your problem and enables you to decide what to do next. Please take a moment to rate my answer.

Posted on Sep 30, 2010

Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%


Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add



Related Questions:

1 Answer


-Sound like you need to press the handle (lever) to snap to the bobbin. Lets try that.
-If you can take a picture and post it in to fixya. Possibly
I'll be able tell you what to do to refill the bobbin.

Good luck


Feb 01, 2017 | Toyota Sewing Machines

1 Answer

Simplicity sp100 quik press repair

Many current machines you need to take apart to oil. Then you oil every surface that rubs. Such as all the bushings and linkages. The exception being the tension discs.

Jul 28, 2013 | Sewing Machines

1 Answer

Sewing makes huge loops on the bottom of the cloth

The loops on the bottom mean there's very little tension on the top thread.

Back to the loopies.... Somewhere on your machine, there's a tension mechanism. On older machines, it's circular and has (usually) a numbered dial. On newer machines, it may just appear as a slot with a dial someplace with numbers 0-9 on it. In either case, the thread has to go between two metal disks, which are the tension elements. In order to get the thread in properly, you must raise the presser foot, which opens the disks. Then you can "floss" the thread in. Not raising the presser foot during threading is, in my experience, the most common cause of bottom loopies.

Other common causes of loopies:
--Trying to sew with the presser foot in the raised position (this usually happens when you're brand new to sewing or you're trying to sew something thick that just barely fits under the presser foot -- and you forget to lower the presser foot after you've put the fabric under.

--Changing the setting on the upper tension dial. 4 to maybe 5 should give you proper tension for most types of sewing. Sometimes (often helpful, knob-twiddling family members) reset it to a much lower number.

--Cruddlies in the tension -- impacted lint, a bit of broken thread, rust, This is usually curable by taking a fold of much-washed cotton muslin (the hem of a pillowcase or a bandanna is great for this), moistening it with rubbing alcohol, and flossing the tension with it. If you get rust out, you'll need a replacement tension (they're not all that expensive, mostly). In some cases, the machine was abused by running something like #69 upholstery nylon thread through it (it's too heavy for most home machines) and the disks are damaged and need replacement.

--The thread is too heavy for the size of needle. This happens when you're trying to run something like topstitching thread with a small sized needle. The thread doesn't sit down in the long groove of the needle properly, and so lacks tension.

Jul 08, 2012 | Brother PC-420

1 Answer

How do I change the presser foot on an elna mini sewing machine?

I dodn't know your model really well but it will be one of the following:
a clip on foot that you just pull down on to remove,
a clip on foot with a button at the back of the pressure foot holder - press the button to release the foot
a clip on foot with a little lever at the back of the pressure foot holder - lift the lever to release the foot
If it is a clip on foot, then you just need to raise the pressure foot lever, put your fingers onto the pressure foot and press downwards, it should unclip.

To put one on, place the pressure foot onto the needle plate under the pressure foot bar and lower the pressure foot bar down onto the foot, lining up the base of the foot holder with the little bar on the foot, it should click into place.

Oct 10, 2011 | Elna 2007 Mechanical Sewing Machine

1 Answer

I've just bought one. Is it normal that the hand wheel is hard to turn. Does not that put stress on its motor?

hi, if you just bought this machine, my suggestion is to take it back & get another one.
the handwheel is not suppose to be hard to turn when it's brand new.. I've been sewing for over 30 years & I wouldn't keep the machine, I'd take it back & get another that works properly.

Sep 23, 2011 | Singer 8280 Mechanical Sewing Machine

1 Answer

What foot do I use for strraight stitching I have an Elna 3005 model sewing machine Thanks

Ideally you want a foot that looks like this with a very small hole where the needle goes down, to maximise the pressure onto the fabric. Just don't move the stitch setting to anything that swings the needle or you'll smash the needle onto the foot and risk damaging the machine.

But unless you are having issues with the fabric being pulled down into the feed dogs, the regular clear sewing foot should be fine for most work and is certainly easier to see what you are sewing.

tally_girl_69.jpg A lot of quilters go for a 1/4" foot too which gives you consistent 1/4" seam widths when piecing quilts. There is a excellent website on sewing machine feet and their different purposes, link is and she has great images of 1/4" foot in use along with others such as Open Toed or Roller foot.

If you are shopping for different machine feet, you may like to look at, great website with lots of different brands. Your machine would be classified as a "low Shank" machine I think; often you can buy a generic brand foot which will work on different brand machines once you are sure of the shank type.

Most sewers find that there will be one foot they prefer to use for much of their work depending on their projects. My all time fav is the Elna Teflon foot, a black teflon coated foot which works great on many different fabrics; I've worn the black off the bottom of two of them!!

Jul 23, 2011 | Elna 2005 Mechanical Sewing Machine

1 Answer

I've had the machine about a year. I have never dropped the feed dogs before, and today I did. Now they will not return to their normal position, even though I am flipping the switch that is supposed...

try putting some fabric under the foot, lowering the pressure foot and making a couple of stitches, they should come back up as the machine goes through its stitch formation.

Jun 20, 2011 | Juki HLZ 35Z Sewing Machine

1 Answer

I need a new sewing foot as the lower part of mine has fallen off do you know where I can get one

Most sewing machines can use a universal foot, meaning you can buy the foot at nearly anyplace that sells sewing supplies. I'd suggest removing the foot from your machine and taking it with you to your local Joann's/Hancock Fabrics or small shop (check your yellow pages or Yahoo!Local) and ask them to give you a hand. They can look at the foot you have and help you see if a universal foot will fit.

I've never heard of a machine that doesn't use a universal foot-in my 30+ years of sewing, I'm still using the universal foots from my grandmother's 50+ year old tailoring machine! And I know have a computerized embroidery machine that's only 3 years old! But do be on the sure side and go into a store if you can.

May 19, 2011 | Sewing Machines

1 Answer

My bobbin keeps bunching up. I've changed the tension to 2, taken the bobbin case out, used a different bobbin....I don't know what to do. My machine is a month old and I've used it, maybe 4...

Put the tension back up to about 5. Rethread the machine entirely, and make sure you have the pressure foot in the up position when you rethread. If your getting bunching on the bottom, it's probably your top thread that's bunching up. After you rethread, put a small piece of fabric under the pressure foot, lower the pressure foot, and turn the handwheel in the forward direction and watch the thread as it comes around the bobbin case. If it goes around smoothly, try it with the foot control. If it hangs up as it goes around the bobbin case, you might have a burr on the black plastic bobbin case. Take it out, check for any burrs, sand them down, and try again.

May 07, 2011 | Brother SE350 Mechanical Sewing Machine

Not finding what you are looking for?
Sewing Machines Logo

Related Topics:

170 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Sewing Machines Experts

Tally Girl
Tally Girl

Level 3 Expert

1122 Answers

Chris Wetmore

Level 2 Expert

185 Answers


Level 3 Expert

75822 Answers

Are you a Sewing Machine Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides