Janome Continental M8 Professional Sewing Machine

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Product Overview

Your sewing story begins with the Continental M8 Professional.

You take sewing, very seriously. Every stitch, every colour choice, every quilt block is a direct reflection of that passion and determination to always do better. The Continental M8 Professional has the features, advanced engineering and technology to realize your true creative potential.

For all the ways you sew, the built-in applications provide a variety of pre-set stitch functions: Stitch tapering, Pattern selection, Mirroring, Rulerwork mode, Variable zig zag and Floating mode for tricky fabrics. The included professional grade HP needle plate and HP2 AcuFeed options allows sewist to piece with perfect 1/4" seams.

Hi-Definition Quilting Results. The A.S.R. (Accurate Stitch Regulator) is designed to keep pace with your movements, creating consistent stitches for a professional finish.

Need more than the built-in sewing support? Download the free AcuSpark2 app to see more information about every stitch, review recommended settings, and invaluable information about using your Continental M8. Achieve more with the Continental M8 Professional.

To learn more about the 'Janome Continental M7 Machine', download the manual here, download the brochure here.

Main Features

  • 450 Built-in stitches, includes 3 fonts plus 9 mm block capitals
  • Maximum sewing speed: 1,300 SPM
  • Maximum stitch width: 9 mm
  • Maximum stitch length: 5 mm
  • 12 Sensor buttonholes, 1 Automatic
  • Stitch length and stitch width adjustment dials
  • 7" touchscreen with stylus (15 Languages)
  • 13.7" to the right of the needle
  • Sewing applications with built-in support
  • 7-piece feed dog
  • 91 Needle positions
  • Superior Needle Threader 2
  • Snap-on presser feet
  • Top loading full rotary hook
  • Extra high presser foot lift
  • Automatic one-touch needle plate conversion
  • Advanced plate markings
  • Seamless 17.81" aluminum flatbed
  • Bright LED lighting (4 locations)
  • Auto power-off timer
  • Drop feed sensor
  • Automatic thread cutter
  • Speed control slider
  • AcuSpark2 App: Machine learning and support
  • Stitch Composer software
  • Thumb wheel precisely raises and lowers the needle
  • Detachable AcuFeed™ Flex layered fabric feeding system
  • 3 Needle plates: Zigzag, Straight stitch with needle position for 1/4" seam foot, Professional grade HP
  • Control Buttons: Start/stop, Locking stitch, Automatic thread cutter, Easy reverse, Needle up/down (Memorized)
  • Automatic presser foot lift
  • Quilt Block Advisor
  • Auto tension system
  • Functions: Tapering, Pattern selection, Mirroring, Rulerwork mode (for FMQ ruler), Variable zig zag, Floating mode
  • Twin needle setting
  • Easy set bobbin
  • Independent bobbin winding motor
  • Low bobbin sensor
  • Dual thread stand
  • USB communication port

Included Accessories

  •  Accessory case with Zigzag foot A, Over edge foot M, Rolled hem foot (3mm) D, Zipper foot E, Satin foot F, Open-toe satin stitch foot F2, Concealed zipper foot Z Blind hem foot G, 1/4˝ seam foot O, 1/4˝ seam foot without quilting guide O, Closed-toe darning foot PD-H, Open-toe darning foot PD-H, Free motion quilting (closed-toe foot QC, Open-toe foot QO, Zigzag foot QV), Variable zigzag foot QZ, Ruler work foot QR, Automatic buttonhole foot R with stabilizer plate, Button sewing foot
  • Professional grade foot HP, AcuFeed Flex professional grade foot HP2, AcuFeed Flex dual/twin foot holder with AD foot
  • Cloth Guide
  • Large foot controller
  • Remote thread-cutter
  • Adjustable knee lifter
  • Semi-hard cover
  • Instruction book


Ample Work Area and Visibility

The M8 has the industry’s LARGEST sewing space available on any household use machine. With 13.7” of workspace to the right of the needle, a total work area of 17.81”, more than 3” in the needle/needle plate section, and Bright white LED lighting to illuminate your sewing space with shadow-free coverage, your sewing capacity will improve all around. With an added extension table of 26.77” X 15.75”, you’ll have even more workspace. As an added bonus the worktable has a built-in drawer, so that you can keep all of your favorite accessories at your fingertips.

Industry’s Strongest

Engineered to meet your demands, the M8 provides powerful penetration and needle force, allowing you to easily tackle heavy-weight home dec fabrics like canvas in order to make your decorating dreams come true. The newly redesigned motor also provides the strength, reliability and longevity that you’ve come to expect from a Janome workhorse.

Meeting Your Need for Speed

Another Industry first, the Continental M8 is the fastest drop-in bobbin home sewing machine available. We’ve implemented a DC brushless motor that gives you 1300 stitches per minute, while still giving you the strength and stability you require. Add in the full metal frame and Janome’s high standards for vibration suppression and you can be assured of a pleasurable, smooth and high-performance sewing experience.

Computerized One-Touch Needle Plate

Changing out your needle plate has never been easier! By simply pressing a button on your screen, the needle plate automatically lifts up for easy removal. No need to snap the replacement needle plate in, as the newly designed computerized needle plate system quickly falls into place. And, since the M8 comes with three needle plates, changing them out for the proper application is a breeze.

SFS-i, Intelligent Feed System

The new SFS-i, intelligent feed system, is designed to keep the feed dogs down and out of the way, so that you can easily position your fabric where you want it to be. As soon as you start sewing, the feed dogs come up and perfectly grab the fabric.

Help is Just an App Away

Introducing our newest Janome app, AcuSpark. If you’re not sure how to proceed with a stitch, setting or function, simply scan the QR code on the machine’s screen and the AcuSpark app on your phone or tablet will provide the details that you need to proceed. The App also shows beautifully illustrated pictures of the standard and optional accessories and provides usage details. Who needs an instruction manual when you now have AcuSpark! AcuSpark is iOS & Android Compatible - Learn more

AcuFeed Flex Plus

Who doesn’t love Janome’s AcuFeed Flex system? With the M8, Janome has taken their upper feed system and taken it to the next level. AcuFeed Flex Plus is now completely integrated within the machine. All adjustments for AcuFeed Flex can be made on the screen because the AcuFeed Flex Plus has its own motor, providing even better accuracy and feeding of your fabric layers.

Advanced LCD Touchscreen

Using the large, color HD 7” touchscreen is like working on your favorite tablet. The advanced touchscreen shows all of the information you need to sew with ease. Select new stitches and memorize your favorites for quick access. The expanded Sewing Applications feature gives you guidance for perfecting a variety of sewing tasks, including those that use optional accessories. You’ll need the on-screen clock to make sure you don’t lose track of time while playing with new features like Quilt Block Advisor and the 52 Hand Stitch Style stitches.

Always in Control

Have the control of the AcuFeed Flex foot with your favorite forward decorative stitches. The Manual Dual Feet setting enables you to have the same control using forward decorative stitches that you can expect from using AcuFeed Flex on straight stitches. To learn more about the Manual Dual Feed setting, see this additional instructional resource.

Quilt Block Advisor

Not sure how to cut your log cabin strips for a 10” block? Let our Quilt Block Advisor do the work for you. Input the number of rows/size of work for traditional quilt patterns like Nine Patch, Log Cabin, Baby Blocks and more. The Quilt Block Advisor will help you break down each section and provide you with the cutting size of pieces including seam allowance. Download this Quilt Block Advisor Cheat Sheet that converts the fractions to you don't have to!

Hand Stitch Style

Everything old is new again! We've taken a step towards yesteryear and have added a section of 52 stitches that are manipulated to look like they've been hand-sewn. Your friends will think you've taken hours to hand sew these beautiful stitches on to your projects. Don't worry, we won't tell!

Optical Bobbin Sensor

For everyone who has sewn a long seam, only to find that your bobbin thread ran out after the first few inches, our advanced Optical Bobbin Monitoring System is for you. Janome technology allows the M7 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.

Model Summary

Hook Type Top Loading Full Rotary Hook Bobbin
Thread Tension Control Automatic
Maximum Stitch Width 9mm
Stitch width & length operation Touch screen and precision adjustment dial
Feed System AcuFeed Flex Plus
Easy Reverse Button Yes
Bobbin Winding Bobbin Winder with Plate and Cutting Blade
Stitch Selection Touchscreen
Dual Voltage 80v - 240v No
Cover Semi-Hard Cover
Number of Stitches 450
Number of Buttonholes 13
Needle Threader Enhanced Superior
Needle Up Down Memorized
Thumbwheel Yes
Free Arm No
Drop Feed Yes
Needle Position 91 needle positions
Locking Stitch Button Yes
Twin Needle Guard Yes
Number of Stitch Combination 100
Last Stitch Recall Capability Yes
Knee Lift Yes, Improved, Ergonomic
Machine Size 25.6 (w) x 14.6" (h) x 10.2 (d)
Machine Weight 38.4lb. (17.4kg)
Work Space

13.5" x 5.5"

Height under faceplate

  3.1" (80mm)

Extra High Presser Foot Lift Yes
Foot Pressure Adjustment Yes
Maximum Stitch Length 5mm
Programmable Jump Thread Trimming No
Adjustable Speed While Embroidering No
Auto Return Post Thread Break No
Adjustable Hoop Positioning No
Item # M8
Alternate Item Numbers
Product Dimensions
Package Dimensions  78.30 x 62.50 x 42.50 cm (WxHxD)
Package Weight 28.00 kg

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