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Last updated: July 07, 2021

Brother NQ1600E Review

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Last updated: July 07, 2021
What’s special about it:
  • Includes almost 200 pre-programmed designs
  • Lightweight and easy to move around
  • Large embroidery area
  • Designs are adjusted via the touchscreen
  • It sews on high speeds and can be a bit loud
  • It has a lot of options so may take a bit to figure out
  • USB connection to import designs
  • Great variety of automatic features
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  • Overall performance 9.8
  • Ease of use 9.6
  • Embroidery designs 9.8
  • Durability 9.7
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Ready to combine your love of art with your love of sewing? Embroidery perfectly melds the two together, allowing you to create unique designs that you can showcase on a pillow, fabric, or even your clothes. While you can certainly embroider by hand, many are turning to the use of an embroidery sewing machine.

In our BROTHER NQ1600E review, we’ll explain exactly what sets this machine apart from others. From its comprehensive built-in designs to its easy-to-use LCD touch screen, this embroidery machine is quite impressive. Above all else, the BROTHER NQ1600E provides you with all the tools you need to bring the designs in your mind to reality.


Made for
Embroidery speed
850 spm
Built-in embroidery designs
Built-in embroidery fonts
Embroidery area
6 x 10 in
Needle threader
LCD screen
4.85 in touchscreen
27.25 x 11.8 x 16.5 in
7.7 lbs
25 years limited


Let’s dive deep into what makes the BROTHER NQ1600E so unique. We’ll look at all the specifications you need to understand to decide if this is the embroidery machine for you.

Overall performance

Overall, the BROTHER NQ1600E is a great embroidery machine. It works well and there are no stubborn design flaws. You can embroidery for hours and not worry about threads jamming or bobbins sticking.

Brother NQ1600E ReviewEmbroidery area

When it comes to the embroidery area, the BROTHER NQ1600E really shines. It features a 6 x 10-inch space, which is plenty of room for a wide variety of designs.

Built-in designs and fonts

The BROTHER NQ1600E really allows you to create amazing embroidery. While you can certainly upload your own designs, you can also take advantage of its pre-programmed possibilities. There are actually 198 different built-in designs, including alphabet fonts. There are also 60-line art images you can use to your advantage.

Embroidery speed

One of the key benefits of using an embroidery machine is that you can produce your design much faster by hand. In the case of the BROTHER NQ1600E, you get an amazing 850 stitches per minute. This is definitely fast enough to have your designs fully realized in no time.

LCD screen

It used to be that sewing machines were fairly simple to use. But now, more complicated machines like the BROTHER NQ1600E rely on an LCD touch screen to help you navigate your options. With this particular screen, you can easily scroll through your options and pick the specifics you need.

Brother NQ1600E ReviewDesign uploading and user interface

To upload your creative designs, simply plug in your USB to the port. From there, you can use the LCD screen to navigate and make any adjustments. From the screen, you have access to letter editing, resizing, rotation, and repositioning. Basically, you can make your design perfect.

Dimensions and weight

Despite its immense capabilities, the BROTHER NQ1600E is actually quite compact. It has dimensions of 27.25 x 11.8 x 16.5 inches. This is a nice size as there’s a good chance you will also have a larger, all-purpose sewing machine that you will want to store this machine with.

As for weight, the BROTHER NQ1600E comes in at 7.7 pounds, as you will be moving this machine around, the weight proves it is pretty comfortable and easy to carry.


The BROTHER NQ1600E comes with a standard one-year warranty. This is alright, but as it does have some technical components, it would have been nicer if the warranty was longer.


Included in your purchase is unfortunately not too much. You get an extra embroidery foot and that’s about all. While you don’t technically need much else, it is always nice when sewing machines come with fun accessories for you to play around with.

  • Lightweight and easy to carry
  • Impressive pre-installed designs choice
  • Designs can be adjusted via the touchscreen
  • Impressive embroidery speed
  • Durable device sure to serve for many ears
  • LCD screen is easy to navigate
  • Doesn’t come with many accessories



We hope that our BROTHER NQ1600E review has helped you better understand if this is the product for you. With its 6 x 10-inch embroidery area and high-speed performance, there’s no shortage of amazing designs you can create.

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