Janome MOD-15 Review In Detail

Janome MOD-15 Review In Detail

Janome MOD-15 is an entry level sewing machine from Janome. It is a simple mechanical sewing machine with 15 built-in stitches. The stitch quality is good but it misses out on an automatic needle threader.

Editor rating

Janome has quite a few models in the MOD series and MOD-15 is one among them. MOD-15 is one of the entry level models. It has 15 built-in stitches which is pretty much evident from the model number itself. The stitches include 1 four-step buttonhole as well. Top drop-in bobbin makes bobbin changing easy. It is good that Janome provided a clear cover for the bobbin to monitor the thread supply. Snap-on presser foot makes changing presser foot easy.

Janome MOD-15 has free arm to sew cuffs and sleeves. You just need to remove the accessory storage extension table and you can sew cuffs and sleeves with ease. A drop feed lever is provided to do free-motion quilting. But to access the drop feed lever, you need to remove the accessory storage compartment. It would have been ideal if the lever was placed in a location which had direct access, somewhere on the side or back of the machine. But it is nothing major, just a suggestion. 

The maximum stitch width and length available are 5mm and 4mm respectively, which is good enough for beginners. The stitch selection is done by turning the dial. The stitch length adjustment dial is also provided next to the pattern selector dial. The thread tension is also adjustable by dial. The reverse sewing lever is in a convenient location and it is of good size, so reverse sewing happens in a flow. Janome MOD-15 is very lightweight, it weighs just 11.7 lbs, so you can easily carry it to sewing classes.

Ease of Use

MOD-15 being an entry level mechanical sewing machine, there is nothing confusing about it. A beginner can easily set up and thread the machine (even though it doesn't feature an automatic needle threader). The stitch quality is very good for a starter machine. You also have 15 built-in stitches to choose from, so you have good variety in that regard. There are some good looking stitches to choose from. Bobbin winding is also effortless.

Even though the machine is lightweight, the build quality is quite good. It operates quietly. The foot controller is very responsive and you can control the sewing speed precisely. Tension seems to be perfect in most cases. Tension used to be my biggest frustration with most machines, but on MOD-15, I got them just about perfect.


Janome MOD-15 misses out on an automatic needle threader, which I believe should be a standard feature on a sewing machine. So if you are looking for this feature and few extra stitches and computerized features, you can consider MOD-30 or higher models.

A one-step buttonhole instead of the four-step one would have made buttonhole making a lot easier.


•    15 built-in stitches
•    Lightweight
•    Good stitch quality


•    No automatic needle threader
•    No one-step buttonhole

Review Verdict

There is nothing fancy about this machine. It may not have all the bells and whistles, but it does one thing very well, it sews quality stitches. Simplicity is one of the of the main USPs of Janome MOD-15. It is a good starter machine. If you want a machine that just goes about its business of sewing quality stitches, you can definitely consider MOD-15.


Built-in Stitches15
Sewing Start/Stop ButtonNo
Speed Control SliderNo
Automatic Needle ThreaderNo
Buttonhole Styles1 Four-step
Top Drop-in BobbinYes
USB ConnectivityNo
Stitch SelectionDial
Adjustable Stitch Length/WidthYes
Built-in MemoryNo
Stitch Width5mm
Stitch Length4mm
Programmable Needle Up/DownNo
Built-in Monogramming FontNo
Adjustable Presser Foot PressureNo
Drop FeedYes
Free ArmYes
On Board Accessory StorageYes
Work LightYes
Feed Dog5-piece
Machine Weight11.7 lbs
Snap-on Presser FootYes
Automatic Thread CutterNo
Dedicated Locking Stitch Button (Apart from reverse button)No
TensionAdjustable With Dial
Knee LifterNo

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are the views of the writer only. Opinions may be subjective.