Janome NQM2016 Review In Detail

Janome NQM2016 Review In Detail

Janome NQM2016 is a quality computerized sewing machine. It ticks all the check boxes except for the lettering font. The machine is loaded with features.

Editor rating

Janome NQM2016 is a limited edition computerized sewing machine released in 2016. It was released to celebrate 25th anniversary of National Quilt Museum in Kentucky. You can read more about National Quilt Museum at https://quiltmuseum.org/

Coming back to the machine on our hands, the Janome NQM2016. It comes with 60 built-in stitches which also include 6 one-step buttonholes. Automatic needle threader makes threading the needle easy. Bobbin is top drop-in type. A dial is there to adjust the thread tension. Programmable needle up/down button is there, which is an absolute must have for quilters.

The LED screen is brightly lit and it shows the selected stitch, stitch width and length and the recommended presser foot. The maximum stitch width is 7mm and stitch length is 5mm. The sewing start/stop button and speed control slider lets you sew without the foot controller. The start/stop button won't work when the foot controller is connected to the machine. Janome NQM2016 comes with a dedicated locking stitch button to secure the stitches with just the push of a button and this is in addition to a separate reverse sewing button.

Automatic thread cutter button is one of NQM2016's premium features. The automatic thread cutter will trim the threads after sewing. You can even program the machine to cut the thread automatically after finishing sewing. So that you don't need to go and press the thread cutter button every time you finish. There are two other manual thread cutters on the machine. One is on the left-hand side of the machine, to cut thicker threads of #30 or thicker and another thread cutter is near the bobbin area.

Snap-on presser feet makes it easy to change the feet. Janome's 7-piece feed system feeds both thick and thin fabrics effortlessly. Janome NQM2016 features a free arm for sewing cuffs and sleeves. For free-motion sewing, you can always drop the feed dogs by using a lever. The extra high presser foot lift offers the extra clearance you need while sewing multiple or thick layers. An LED bulb illuminates the work space quite well.

Another useful feature on Janome NQM2016 is the option to adjust the presser foot pressure (this feature is not available on all computerized machines). The work space of NQM2016 is 6.2" x 4.7". The machine comes with a bunch of accessories which also include a wide extension table, which gives you the extra space required to accommodate large projects. A hard cover is also included. The machine weighs 18.2 lbs. It is not the lightest machine around, which is actually a blessing in disguise, as more metal parts are used which adds to the overall durability of the machine.

Ease of Use

Janome NQM2016 comes with a good variety of essential, decorative and buttonhole stitches. The machine is very easy to navigate, thanks to the unique selection buttons, which I first saw on Janome DC2015 and now on NQM2016. It is also one of the quietest machines I have reviewed in the recent past. The stitch quality is very good.


Janome NQM2016 does not come with a font for basic monogramming. So lettering is not possible.


•    Good stitch quality
•    Automatic thread cutter
•    Stitch variety


•    No font for monogramming

Review Verdict

Overall Janome NQM2016 checks all the tick boxes except for the sewing font. If it is not your priority, then there is absolutely nothing to worry about. It is a quality computerized sewing machine.


Built-in Stitches60
Sewing Start/Stop ButtonYes
Speed Control SliderYes
Automatic Needle ThreaderYes
Buttonhole Styles6 One-step
Top Drop-in BobbinYes
USB ConnectivityNo
Stitch SelectionLED Display and Button
Adjustable Stitch Length/WidthYes
Built-in MemoryNo
Stitch Width7mm
Stitch Length5mm
Programmable Needle Up/DownYes
Built-in Monogramming FontNo
Adjustable Presser Foot PressureYes
Drop FeedYes
Free ArmYes
On Board Accessory StorageYes
Work LightYes LED
Feed Dog7-piece
Included Feet1/4 Inch Seam Foot, Automatic Buttonhole Foot, Blind Hem Foot, Overedge Foot, Satin Stitch Foot F, Satin Stitch Foot Open Toe,Zipper Foot.
Machine Weight18.2 lbs
Needle Positions15
Extra High Presser Foot LifterYes
Snap-on Presser FootYes
Automatic Thread CutterYes
Work Space6.2" x 4.7"
Dedicated Locking Stitch Button (Apart from reverse button)Yes
TensionAdjustable With Dial
Included Wide Extension TableYes
Knee LifterNo
CoverHard Cover

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