Folksy Ltd

Have I made a foolish choice of sewing machine?

(Christine E.) #1

I was tempted into buying a new sewing machine from a “Flash Deal”. It’s a Toyota ES21 and obviously I checked all the attributes before I bought, but didn’t think that it might be missing something I’m used to. I’ve just been trying it out, searching all over for the stitch length control and it DOESN"T HAVE ONE!!! Can anyone reassure me that it’s OK? Please tell me you have one and it’s not a problem! Thanks!

(Qteacup) #2

Haven’t heard of that before, are you sure that it’s not hidden somewhere, a knob or dial or button of some sort?

(Roz) #3

If there is no stitch length control, are different stitch lengths included in the programmable stitches?

(Kim Blythe) #4

I just had a quick look at the specifications of this machine and it says that stitch length and width are pre set, which means you cannot adjust. You may have a choice on your stitches of a couple of different lengths/widths.
This is often the case on very basic machines and I think particularly with Toyota.

(Kim May) #5

I’ve always stuck to Toyota for a sewing machine and just bought a new one which has a choice of stitch lengths. I managed for the last 20 years without having different stitch lengths and it was never a problem. the only reason I upgraded was to get all the extra fancy stitches and automatic needle threader, the stitch length was an added bonus, which I have yet to put to any use. I’m sure you’ll be fine!

(Christine E.) #6

Thanks for your replies and reassurance, everyone! It never occurred to me when I bought it that there was such a thing! I have a choice of three straight stitch lengths, long, medium and short. Lots of fancy stitches as well that I haven’t had on previous machines. I’m sure I’ll get by!

(Kim Blythe) #7

If you have 3 choices of length then you should be ok for most sewing. You need a longer stitch length when sewing multiple layers together, like quilting. It depends what sort of sewing you do.

(Christine E.) #8

I only do fairly basic sewing- I’m too lazy to learn anything complicated! I am a bit put out that this machine doesn’t have an adjustable pressure foot though- I’m pretty sure it said that it did, in which case I suppose I would be entitled to return it, but I don’t think I can be bothered :smiley:

(Eileens Craft Studio) #9

I’ve never used a Toyota sewing machine only owned a couple of their faster cars.

I’m surprised it doesn’t have an adjustor for stitch length. Does it have an adjustor for the foot pressure?

Both are required if you intent to use different types of materials and if you intend to do curves like arm holes. For armhole curves you require a small stitch for a stronger and neater curved seam.

So it will depend very much on what materials and what you are going to make with it.

You’ll have to try it on different materials and see how it preforms.

(Stevenbowlerdesigns) #10

I see the problem you have; a Toyota is in fact a motor car!
My girlfriend also has a motor car made in the far east; a Suzuki and try as we might, we cannot get it to hem our jeans.
My only suggestion to you is…get your other half to do the sewing for you, freeing you up to enjoy your freedom on the open road.
Glad to be of help.