The Janome Continental M17

The wait is finally over!
Introducing the Continental M17, the Next Generation Combo Sewing and Embroidery machine!
This engineering marvel features industry-leading technology and convenience features so you can deliver Hi-Definition Embroidery, Quilting and Sewing.

Excited to learn more? Follow this link to the CM17 landing page

ABest will have this machine in-store on or before Saturday, May 7th. 

Please click the button below and fill out a quick form if you would like to add your name to our M17 Demo List. 

Hi-Definition Embroidery

Embroidery will never be the same with 1,230 built-in embroidery designs, including designer collections, our largest embroidery hoop ever at 11.3” x 18.2”, created with carbon fiber infused plastic for strength and durability. Wireless embroidery functionality is achieved through AcuAssist, and there is even a Screensaver app to personalize your machine. Features that you have come to know, such as the magnetic hoop, combined with new features such as the easy tightening lever, are like having an extra hand to set your fabric and stabilizer. An embroidery positioning marker uses a laser to show your needle position on the fabric below to see where your needle will strike before stitching begins. All this plus extra storage compartments conveniently located in the extension table arms to store all of your sewing and embroidery accessories. 


1,230 built-in embroidery designs are standard, including Designer Collections, ten embroidery fonts, and In-the-Hoop projects that will keep you engaged and creative for hours. In addition, the included Embroidery Link app will allow you to customize and edit those same designs, adding and removing elements to create one-of-a-kind embroidery that your whole family will enjoy. With so many standard stitches and embroidery designs, your creativity is unlimited!

Extra-Large Embroidery Area

Our largest hoops and embroidery area ever! Our RE46d Hoop offers 11.3” x 18.2” of the embroidery area. Created with Carbon Fiber infused plastic, this large hoop is 10X stronger than metal! No other machine can offer such a large area and guarantee the stability and precision of Janome embroidery, even when embroidering at speeds up to 1200spm. Four included hoops have been created with a new easy-to-hoop lever system and hoop size detection. Bonus Quilt Kit consists of the AcuFil hoop, an excellent tool for quilting in the hoop.

Wirelessly Interact With your Embroidery and Sewing Functions

Your options to learn about and use the CM17 are limitless. Use the interactive AcuAssist to become proficient with its intuitive and vast features. With Embroidery Link, you can resize, redesign, and layout embroidery without sitting at your machine. And, with AcuSetter, AcuSketch, and the Screensaver app, you can take the personalization of your machine and embroidery capabilities to the next level.

Easy Tightening Lever on Embroidery Hoops

If you found that you sometimes needed a third hand to tighten the screws on embroidery hoops, you’ll love the Easy Tightening Lever! Set your fabric and stabilizer, then flip the lever to lock it into place. One easy step to perfectly taught hooping.

Embroidery Positioning Marker

Using the newest embroidery foot from Janome, the laser aligning feature can show the position of your needle on the fabric below. This feature lets you see exactly where your needle will strike before stitching begins for extreme precision. Perfect for designs that need to be placed in precisely the correct position. Use the laser with the baste function to ensure your design is exactly where you want it to be.

Storage Compartments in Extension Tables

Hidden in the extension table arms on the embroidery bed are convenient storage bins. Perfect for storing needle plates, threads, bobbins, or anything else you’d like to have handy while sewing.

Hi-Definition Sewing 

The Continental M17 combines great convenience features you have come to expect from a Janome machine but also a few industry firsts. The newest feature is the Thumbwheel located to the right of the needle, this allows you to raise or lower the needle without reaching for the handwheel. Boasting 850 built-in stitches including 13 different style buttonholes, plus 3 fonts, give you an incredible amount of options. 9mm zig zag means you have extra stitch width, combined with 91 different needle positions for bolder, more distinctive, and fine-tuned designs.  The variable zig-zag provides precise control over stitch width via the knee lifter. The floating mode function will conveniently adjust the pressure to the presser foot while feeding fabric to protect delicate or high pile fabrics like velvet. Other features such as the metal cloth guide which provides a solid guide to achieve perfect hems, and the Automatic Built-in Needle threader are two more extremely useful standard features to allow you to achieve Hi-Definition Sewing. 

Thumb Wheel

Located to the right of the needle. This industry-first is a great convenience feature that lets you raise or lower the needle without having to reach over to the handwheel.

More Stitches!

The Continental M17 includes an amazing array of built-in stitches and embroidery designs. You’ll find 850 built-in stitches, including 13 different styles of buttonholes (and with Stitch Composer your stitch count is infinite). Three fonts provide variety for decorative stitch monogramming. 

9mm Zig Zag

That’s right – you can create 9mm wide stitches on the Continental M17! The extra width makes all of your decorative or alphabet stitches bolder, brighter, and more distinct. Wider, more distinct stitches allow you to fill more area with stitching, quicker – saving you valuable time while sewing. 

91 Needle Positions

The Continental M17 offers an unbelievable 91 needle positions. This allows for more detail in decorative stitches, and incredible fine adjustments in all stitch creations. And with the 9mm stitch width, this sort of bold detail can be easily appreciated.

Floating Mode

While in floating mode, the Continental M17 will not extend full pressure to the presser foot while feeding fabric. This will protect delicate or high pile fabrics like velvet. 

Metal Cloth Guide

The Metal Cloth Guide is a standard accessory on this machine that attaches to the bobbin cover and extends the entire length of the sewing machine bed to the right. Use this guide to make perfectly even wide hems.  

Variable Zig Zag

Advanced Tools give advanced abilities for creative expression. The Continental M17 includes an excellent tool for creativity: Variable Zig Zag. This feature enables precision control over the stitch width via the knee lift. Thread painters will rejoice at the ease of control of the stitch width. Begin with a straight stitch; then, press against the knee lifter to widen your stitch to a 9mm zig-zag while the machine is still running. Release pressure to return to a straight stitch for a tapered finish gradually. Don’t want a 9mm stitch? You can easily control the maximum width of the stitch setting in the machine set mode. This advanced control opens incredible new possibilities for creative expression with free motion quilting, thread painting, raw edge applique, free-motion monogramming, and more. 

Automatic Built-in Needle Threader

Threading couldn’t be easier! Load your thread into the easily viewable guides, push the threader button, release it, and your needle is threaded. This time-saving feature allows you to get sewing faster. Its advanced design feeds the thread through the eye of the needle with precise accuracy every time. 

Technology & Engineering

The Continental M17 is packed with advanced features and industry firsts to create the ultimate sewing/embroidery experience, from the Easy Open Top Cover with Magnetic Storage to the Two Advanced LED Touchscreens. SFS-I Intelligent Feed system, Optical Bobbin Sensor, and PC Software, including Stitch Composer and AcuStitch! Check out all the design and development that has gone into this machine. 

Two Advanced LCD Touchscreens

Edit, design and create on the large, 5.3″ x 8.5″ LCD touchscreen, showing you the results in amazing clarity. Then when you’re ready to sew or embroider, the second screen, an industry first, will allow you to fine-tune your stitches, tension, foot pressure, and more!

Easy Open Top Cover with Magnetic Storage

The top cover opens easily with the push of one button, revealing carefully thought-out storage and threading options. Three strong magnets across the top allow you to keep all of your tools handy and clean at all times. Store your favorite sewing feet in the designated cubbies. The thread path is clearly marked and indicated to avoid errors in threading. 

Retractable Spool Pins

The dual retractable spool pins are perfect for large king cone thread spools and easily fold down when not in use. Just use the lever to raise them.

Independent Bobbin Winding Motor

Never run out of full bobbins! With an independent bobbin motor, there is no need to stop your sewing or embroidery. Set up your bobbin, push the Bobbin Winding button, and keep stitching while the machine simultaneously winds your bobbin. It’s the perfect sewing multi-tasker. 

Optical Bobbin Sensor

Our advanced Optical Bobbin Monitoring System is for everyone who has sewn a long seam, only to find that your bobbin thread ran out after the first few inches. Janome Technology allows the M17 to constantly watch your bobbin thread supply while sewing so that you will receive a warning as soon as the bobbin thread gets low, not when it’s too late at the end of your seam. When embroidering or sewing large projects, it is sometimes difficult to track how much bobbin thread is left. The bobbin thread sensor alerts you when your bobbin thread is running low, so you’re never caught in the middle of a seam or embroider color. 

PC Software: Stitch Composer and AcuStitch Included

The unique Stich Composer Program allows you to create and edit stitches from your computer. Although the CM17 has over 850  built-in stitches, you can create your own from scratch for a truly customized experience! AcuStitch is truly addicting! Use the CM17’s built-in decorative stitches to create various shapes and motifs. Once your layout is finished, it becomes an embroidery design. 

Pre-Set Sewing with Sewing Applications

The expanded Sewing Applications feature gives you guidance for perfecting a variety of sewing tasks, including those that use optional accessories. If you love to quilt, then you will adore the Memorized Quilt Seaming; the machine remembers the length of your seam, so you can cruise through stitching a large number of the same size blocks. And, if you’re ready to take your quilting to the next level, the Ruler Work Mode will automatically set you up to start quilting beautiful designs on your quilts. 

Improved Ergonomic Knee Lifter

The knee lift has been designed to make it ergonomic and adjustable to accommodate almost any size or height sewists. You can now sit directly in front of the needle with the knee lift perfectly positioned for free-motion quilting, variable zig-zag, or general sewing. It can be inserted directly into the machine base or the embroidery unit if using it as an expanded sewing machine table.

Foot Control and Thread Cutter Switch

When sewing, the Continental M17 features an extra-large foot control for more excellent stability and surface area. The Thread Cutter Pedal is also included, which allows you to snip your threads with your foot, so you don’t have to remove your hands from your fabric. Both can be mounted on the included plate for easy access.

Computerized One Touch Needle Plate Converter

Using the right tools at the right time is essential in sewing. A straight stitch needle plate makes all the difference when using lightweight fabrics or piecing quilts. Our Computerized One Touch Plate Converter allows you to easily switch and use the perfect plate for your sewing project. Push the on-screen button to release the plate and place a new one in place. The M17 comes with three standard needle plates: zigzag, straight stitch, and HP.

Seeing is Believing!

The CM17 features nine ultra-bright LED lights in four locations to illuminate the bed of the machine providing a dazzling work area. For even more focus, the machine includes three special magnifying glasses at three levels of magnification that attach directly to the faceplate: Slide into place for extra visibility and store it out of your way when not in use. This system reduces eye strain and allows you to sew for hours in comfort!

Other notable features include:

Automatic Thread Cutter – The thread is cut at the push of a button, and the button is located right at your fingertips.

Automatic Built-in Needle Threader – Threading couldn’t be easier! This time-saving feature allows you to get sewing faster.

Automatic Presser Foot Pressure – A fabric sensor automatically detects the thickness of the fabric and adjusts the downward pressure placed on the fabric accordingly. This setting can also be changed manually in the setting mode.

Auto Presser Foot Lift – The auto presser foot lift automatically lifts the presser foot after a thread cut when the thread snip button is pressed or after a programmed thread cut at the end of a row of decorative stitches.

Easy Reverse Button –  Reverse button allows you to easily backstitch for locking seams or sew in reverse and is conveniently located.

Locking Stitch Button – ties off the end of the thread, no need to backstitch to lock a seam.

Telescopic Thread Guides – no need to purchase additional vertical thread guides for your bigger spools of thread.

Auto Needle Down – The needle stops in the down position for easy pivoting on corners and for seamless free motion embroidery. Press to raise the needle to the up position for easy fabric removal.

Speed Control Slider – This slider lets you set the machine’s top speed—lower speeds for more intricate work and high speeds for long straight seams. A popular feature for beginners never sews faster than your comfort zone. It can be set as high as 1,300 spm or as low as 60 spm. 

If you have any questions about this new machine or how you can get it right here at A-Best in the coming weeks, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at 507-377-8244 and speak with one of our Solutions Consultants. 

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Daniel Hanson

Daniel Hanson


  1. Joyce

    What is the price of the M17? It’s a beauty.

    1. Christopher Penrod

      The MSRP of the Janome Continental M17 is $22,999. With the exclusive bonus bundle, the machine is $24,999.


    Keeping the price a mystery? What’s up?

    1. Christopher Penrod

      The MSRP of the Janome Continental M17 is $22,999. With the exclusive bonus bundle, the machine is $24,999.

  3. Jane Eve

    My first two houses were less than this. Is this seriously the cost?

    1. Christopher Penrod

      Yes, that is the MSRP for the M17

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