I've been meaning to write a post and review of the Janome NQM2016 for months now. And of course, now they just dropped the price so there's a fire under my butt.
Each year Janome puts out a limited edition sewing machine and donates part of the proceeds to a charity. This is one of those machines. It's in the DC series (so it's similar to the DC2015 and the DC2014) which is Janome's yearly series. The year corresponds to the model number. This is one of my FAVORITE lines that Janome carries. Okay let me break some of this down for you.
The yearly DC series is my favorite for travel machines. The machines typically come with a hard case and they are lightweight (13-18lbs). The machines are still made in a Janome factory (as are all machines with the Janome name on them) and have a metal interior and quality parts. So you are still getting a nice machine (with about 40-50 stitches including button holes and all normal utility stitches) in a smaller package.
The NQM2016 stepped it up a few notches. THIS machine has all the amazing features that I love in this series PLUS that fancy sewing table you see in the photo (with fold up legs for travel or to put away) AND a thread cutter. This is a major plus for me. Now that I have a thread cutter on my sewing machine (you just push that little button with scissors on it and it cuts your top and bottom threads for you!) I don't ever want to go back. It saves me thread and there's a lot less clean up and thread clipping when I'm finished with a project.
All the machines in this line come with a needle up/needle down function and speed control too. They all have a TON of accessories available too. And of course, money is being sent to the National Quilt Museum as a donation with every purchase!
Okay now the price. $599. Yep. That's an awesome deal. It's the SAME price as other Janome machines with less features. If you are comparing to other brands, this machine has more features for less cost with a lot of similar models. AND Pink Castle Fabrics is giving you a $60 gift certificate to the shop (which is great to add on accessories!) while supplies last. Here's the catch. This is the 2016 model and it's now the year 2017. This means they are no longer going to make this machine. Make sure you go and buy it now!
Janome NQM2016 Details and Review:
Overall Rating: 9.5/10
Price: $599 (+ $60 Gift)
- Thread cutter
- Extension table
- Easy stitch selection
- Smaller throat space
Types of Sewing: patchwork, garment sewing, home decor. You can quilt small quilts up to about lap size on this machine. It's sturdy enough to sew bags. Has a lot of great stitches for garments!
Who is this machine for? Easy enough for a beginner. Still a lot of features that an intermediate or advanced sewist would use. This is perfect for the sewer who has a huge expensive machine and needs a lightweight travel machine (without skimping on features). This is also perfect for someone ready to move up from a cheap big box machine or is a beginner.