A toggle mechanism, which is driven by a permanent-magnet synchronous servo motor, with variable-structure model-following control (VSMFC) is proposed in this study. The rod and crank of the toggle mechanism are assumed to be rigid. The Hamilton principle and L agrange multiplier methods are applied to formulate the equation of motion. Based on the principles of the adaptive model-following control and the variable-structure control, a VSMFC system is developed to control the position of a slider of the toggle mechanism servo system. Numerical and experimental results show that the dynamic behaviour of the proposed controller-motor-mechanism system is robust to parametric variations and external disturbances.