When users notice the extra-large needle plate that is etched with seam guides, the easy-to-follow guide for threading, the LED work light, the backlit LCD panel, multiple function buttons, and an extensive stitch selection panel. They realize the Janome 3160 QDC is more than a basic sewing machine.

Preparing to sew with this machine is as easy as it can be. Easy-to-follow guides give users all the steps needed to wind the bobbin and thread the machine.

The thread cutting and stitch locking buttons are assets that make sewing with the machine more efficient and faster than other quilting and sewing machines in the price and weight range. An extension table makes working with large quilts and projects with ease possible.

Janome 3160 QDC Sewing Machine Overview

  • 6 Built-in buttonholes
  • 60 Built-in sewing stitches
  • Built-in automatic needle threader
  • Easy-to-use control panel with LCD display
  • Easy-set, jam-proof, top-loading bobbin system
  • Handy function buttons
  • An incredible amount of accessories
  • ¼-inch Seam sewing foot
  • Zig-zag sewing foot
  • Automatic buttonhole sewing foot
  • Large and small spool holders
  • Extra spool pin

Key Features

Buying a sewing machine can be daunting, particularly when you want a sewing machine that leans to the basic side. There are complicated terms and a range of options to navigate. The computerized Janome 3160 QDC has 60 built-in stitches.

Users have what they need. The lightweight design and automatic needle threaders are bonus features. Across the front of the machine is an LCD screen with a teal border. Those features give the machine a relatively modern look. Near the back is a stitch chart encased in white. The needle plate and needle are stainless steel.

The machine has an adjoining compartment in the front for storing odds and ends. The stitches include six different buttonholes, decorative stitches, zigzag stitches, and basic straight stitches. It is an exclusive collection but provides a range that serves complicated quilting and hemming projects.

A drop-in bobbin system is loaded at the top. The user does not have to remove a front compartment on the machine. The bobbin is near the needle plated. After threading the machine, slide the door open, slide the bobbin in, and you are set.

With the computerized LCD screen, the user views the stitch selected, the stitch’s width and length, and other options chosen with the controls. The screen makes determining options and double-checking progress incredibly easy. It is straightforward and easy to read.

While an automatic needle threader may seem to be a small addition, it saves a lot of time. The controls are simple to use. A few buttons change the stitch selection, change the stitches’ length and width, start and stop the machine, choose the lock or reverse function, and cut the thread. There is no need to press levers or adjust dials. Press a button and finish a project in no time.

Pros and Cons


The Janome 3610 QDC is easy to set up. That is partially due to the automatic needle threader and LCD screen. The machine allows the user to ignore routine details. Its computerized screen keeps the status clear.

You do not have to know a lot about sewing to start. The Janome makes sewing easy for all types of crafters. Unbox the machine, use the automatic threader, select the stitch details, and dive in. The machine is simple to operate. Click the ‘on’ and ‘off’ button or press the foot pedal to begin.

Press a button to cut a thread after stitching. There is also a button for reverse stitching. To adjust the speed, press the foot pedal, or use the slider located on the front. There are few limitations with the range of features, 60 built-in stitches, and seven presser feet.

Whether working on a simple project or creating an entire wardrobe, the machine has all you need. An extension table places no limits on the size of projects for a compact machine. It efficiently assists with large projects.

It is likely, the number of features of the sewing machine will inspire your creativity. The machine weighs only 12.6 pounds. It can be taken on the road or transported by hand easily. The handle is a perfect portable companion.

Due to its lightweight, it can be taken to a class or home or studio to assist with some projects. It is not a hassle on most tabletops and can be tucked away in a closet or cupboard until needed. The machine is no burden to travelers.


Like many sewing machines, users are not overjoyed by the light on the machine. It is a bit dim and does not provide adequate brightness when viewing a project. Sewing needs to be done near another light source or place an additional light near the machine.

The sewing machine tackles a range of fabrics. It does not handle everything. If sewing multiple layers or thick seams, be cautious or avoid using the machine for such projects. The machine may burn out. Anything from cotton to knits, fur to leather, can be sewn easily as long as the fabric is not too thick. The cord is a bit short. Under a heavy load, the machine produces considerable noise.

User Feedback

Consumers who owned previous models of the Janome report the thread and thread cutter are better on the 3610 QDC version. It is user-friendly with push-button thread cutting and self-threading features. Not all users complained about how the machine handles heavy fabrics.

The manual is easy to understand and follow. This machine has a walking foot that does not come with many machines. The foot increases accuracy. This lightweight machine is portable and easy to move or take to a different location.

Needle adjustments can be made as needed. The machine is considered to be reasonably priced. Users love the table that comes with the machine. The sewing is very accurate. It is ideal for quilt retreats. A phrase one consumer used was the machine has ‘well thought out features.’

It comes with a bonus cover/case. The accessory package contains nearly anything you need. Those with problems seeing fine details feel the needle threader is fantastic. It should be noted, 92 percent of consumers who rated the machine gave the machine a four or five-star rating.

Only eight percent rated it three-stars or less. The following issues were each cited by only a few people. The dim lighting was responsible for some of the four-star ratings. It is a common problem with sewing machines.

There were several complaints about the bobbin. One felt the hole was small and made threading difficult. The bobbin casing jumped in the housing and caused a knot on the fabric’s backside being sewn. Several complaints were lodged about the thread jamming.

There was a problem with the top thread maintaining tension—the thread wrapped in a spiral around the needle and caused the thread to break. Learning to use the automatic needle threader took a little time for some users. Some complained about the level of noise made by the machine.


The positives far outweigh the negatives of the Janome 3610 QDC computerized sewing machine. The easy-to-use features, the portability, and the number of built-in stitches make it hard to find fault with the machine.

The less-than-durable nature and lighting issues were the most significant complaints by consumers. Lighting issues can be solved with additional lights. A variety of sewers find it to be an ideal fit. This machine is an excellent example of premium options at the entry-level. It is packed with features.

The price tag may cause beginners to reconsider, but for professionals and those serious about sewing, the time it saves makes it worth the price. There are sewing machines with the same build quality for less money, but they have fewer functions.

If the need for automated and advanced options is not a high priority, one of those machines may be a better option. What the machine lacks in value for the money is made up for in value for time. The machine not only saves time but makes sewing easier.

Functions that qualify this model for the premium category include how easy it is to be activated. Each button near the control panel serves a specific purpose. All of the purposes are pre-programmed and cannot be changed.

They are all very useful. For instance, a top and bottom cut can be made without an adjustment by the user. Select the function, and everything is done for you. The automatic needle threader and built-in thread cutter that slices thread by pushing a button are other time-saving features. A slider allows sewing without the use of the foot pedal.

The machine is incredibly convenient and saves time. Procedures that often take effort and time do not require a sewer’s full attention. Users can focus their attention elsewhere. Excellent quality on the interior and exterior is provided. The machine was built with quilters in mind. It is a computerized unit that has a premium design and features.