When standing in front of the Janome 7700, 8200, and 8900 sewing machines, it can be difficult to point out all of the differences to our customers. These machines have all been in production for years, and while they look similar, there are some major differences.
How Accessories Differ Between Models
We have always marvelled at the abundance of accessories Janome includes with its machines. Putting the mechanical differences aside for a moment, it is important to note the differences in the accessories included with the 7700, 8200, and 8900.
All three models come standard with the following feet, 7MM or 9MM depending on model:
- Foot A – Zigzag Foot
- Foot C – Over Edge Foot
- Foot D – Rolled Hem Foot
- Foot E – Zipper Foot
- Foot F – Applique Foot
- Foot F2 – Open Toe Applique Foot
- Foot G – Blind Hem Foot
- Foot H – 3-Way Cording Foot
- Foot M – Overlocking Foot
- Foot P – Open Toe Darning Foot
- Foot R – Automatic Buttonhole Foot
- Foot T – Button Sewing Foot
- Foot O – 1/4″ Foot
- Even Feed Foot (Walking Foot)
In addition to the above accessories, the following item is included with the 7700 and 8900
- Convertible Free Motion Foot
A few additional (important) accessories are included with ONLY the 8900
- Acrylic Extension Table
- Extra Large Foot Controller
Only the 8200 and the 8900 have the easy release needle plates (no screws.) The zigzag plate and the straight stitch plate are included in the standard accessories for both machines.
The 7700 needle plate converts from a zigzag plate to a straight stitch plate with a touch of a button. This system is called APC, which is short for Automatic Plate Converter.
Differences Between All 3 Models
|Maximum Stitch Width||7mm||9mm||9mm|
|Walking Foot Type||AcuFeed||AcuFeed Flex||AcuFeed Flex|
|Number of Stitches||250||170||270|
|Number of Buttonholes||11||10||11|
|Needle Up / Down||Memorized||Memorized||Yes|
|Twin Needle Guard||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Accepts Remote Cutter||No||Yes||Yes|
|Needle Plate Conversion||APC||Separate Plates||Separate Plates|
|Fonts for Monogramming||1||2||3|
AccuFeed vs AccuFeed Flex
The 7700 has a slightly different type of built-in walking foot compared to the 8200 and 8900. The 7700 inherited the same type of built-in walking foot as the Professional series 6600. This original version of AccuFeed has a component that hangs down near the presser foot attachment screw. The 8200 and the 8900 have AccuFeed Flex, which is a newer version of AccuFeed, and the component that hangs down near the presser foot attachment screw has been removed.