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Toyota sewing machines

By Jade Harding

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Discover how Toyota sewing machines compare with brands such as Brother, Janome and Singer, based on our survey of owners.

Considering a Toyota sewing machine? Our guide below reveals how Toyota sewing machine owners rate their machines, plus information on the brand's ranges and how much you should expect to pay.

We surveyed more than 900 sewing machine owners in September 2017 to find out how Toyota's customers rate their machines on factors including build quality, value for money and durability. Our scores show how Toyota compares with rival manufacturers such as Brother, Janome and Singer.

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Our sewing machine brands compared page shows how Toyota compares with the other eight big-name sewing-machine brands in our survey.

About Toyota

Japanese brand Toyota started making sewing machines a full 13 years before it started manufacturing cars. Today it's a major worldwide manufacturer of competitively priced sewing and embroidery machines. Models range from those suitable for beginners to high-specification semi-professional machines for embroidery and quilting.

Like the other Japanese brands, Toyota is known for offering machines that include a wide range of features for decent prices. You can buy a Toyota sewing machine in stores such as Hobbycraft and Tesco, or buy online directly from Toyota.

Toyota sewing machines and prices

Toyota has a range of sewing machines that are suitable for different projects. The Designs for Living range includes machines for three levels of ability, while the Jeans, Super Jeans and Quiltmaster ranges are designed for specific types of sewing projects. 

Click through our photo gallery below to see a selection of Toyota sewing machines, from beginners' models to machines that are suitable for embroidery projects.

Toyota sewing machine ranges

The Designs for Living range includes Toyota's Classic (£99), Comfort (£119) and Expert (£139) sewing machines, which target customers of different abilities and experience. You can do free-motion embroidery on all three, but you'll need one of the more advanced models if you want to be able to change the stitch length.

Toyota's Oekaki and coloured Oekaki Renaissance sewing machines are computerised and allow stitching, tacking and free-motion embroidery. You can also sew heavy fabrics, such as denim, and up to 12 layers of thinner fabrics. Prices start at £230, but expect to pay between £400 and £500 for models in the Renaissance range.

The Eco range has models suitable for beginners, such as the Eco 15C (£99.95), while the Quilt226 machine (£195) allows you to create professional results on quilting and layers of fabric.

Sewing machines in Toyota's Jeans and Super Jeans ranges are designed for sewing heavy fabrics such as denim, and start at less than £100.

Prices correct as of May 2018.