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 contrp; pf tje stotcj 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-1 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 x 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 though-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. Thre 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 otor, 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 you 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 Stitch 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 truly 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 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 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 decoratiive 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 need 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.