The Brother HC1850 Computerized Sewing and Quilting Machine Review 

Brother HC1850 Computerized Sewing and Quilting Machine ReviewIf you are searching for a versatile sewing and quilting machine, the Brother HC1850 should be part of your consideration. The machine comes with a variety of features that makes it suitable for quilting, basic monogramming, sewing and decorative stitching.

You cannot beat the 130 built-in stitches with a sewing font for basic monogramming. This is a versatile sewing machine that is perfect for both beginners and experienced sewers.

There are also 8 unique styles of one-step auto-sized buttonholes. The 55 alphanumeric sewing stitches are great for monogramming. Other features include 8 presser feet, adjustable sewing speeds, detachable foot controller, detachable table, automatic threading, ability to handle free-motion quilting and a spring action quilting foot.

The machine is extremely lightweight and portable making it perfect for classes. It has a large backlit LCD and an excellent push-button stitch selector. The bobbin is easy to thread to deliver consistent stitching.

With the LED work light, you don’t have any problems when it is dark. You will find an instructional DVD that will guide you on how to get started with the machine. The best part is that it is easy to use and operate

What to Know before Buying Brother HC1850 Sewing Machine?

Before you purchase the Brother HC1850, these are things you should know:

Absence of thread cutter

The machine has no thread cutter. This means you will have to use the scissors to cut the thread at the end of every seam.

Noise

You will have to contend with some level of noise. The noise is not loud but can be disturbing.

Monogramming limitation

While the machine has some monogramming capabilities, adjusting the size of the letter is a problem. The letters cannot be adjusted to look larger.

Don’t use a power adapter

It is clearly stated that the machine should be used in countries that support 120 volts. It is not advisable to use a power adapter to convert the power to 120 volts. Doing this may damage the machine.

Ease of use

The machine is extremely easy to use. This makes it the right machine for beginners. The automatic needle threader and its quick-set bobbin make set up super easy.

Lightweight and compact

The machine is extremely lightweight and portable. It means even if you are tight on space; the machine can still fit in perfectly anywhere. This makes it a space-saver. 

Warranty

The warranty gives you peace of mind with a 25-year limited warranty.

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Features

130 Built-in Stitches

The Brother HC1850 has got 130 built-in stitches. This gives you plenty of options for both sewing and quilting. The stitches include 8 styles of automatic 1-step buttonhole stitches. With the buttonhole stitches, you can make buttonholes with the utmost ease. Altogether, 170 stitch functions allow you to handle quilting, decorative sewing, garment construction and heirloom sewing.

Appealing Design

The design of the machine looks very appealing. It brings a fresh look to your sewing room. The all-white design gives it an aesthetic look. The fact that it is a space-saver makes it a lot better.

Ease of Bobbin Winding

A bobbin is a very small part of a sewing machine but can be difficult to wind. The opposite is the case with the Brother HC1850. The bobbin holds out the thread and the bobbin winding system is designed to accept thread without any stress.

Nice Feeding System

Feeding the material into the machine the right way is what you do before you start sewing. Brother HC1850 makes it easy to feed the machine with the material. There are guides on both sides of the machine to ensure that the material is accepted with ease. The material goes straight into the machine without bunching or squeezing.

Drop Feed

A good drop feed is very important for quilting. Without having an excellent drop feed, you will always have hitches when quilting. There are fewer issues when quilting with the Brother HC1850. You can allow the feed dogs to operate automatically or drop them down which allows you to do free-motion quilting.

Adjustable Sewing Speed

You can adjust the speed of the machine to meet your skill level. The machine speed is fast at 850 stitches per minute (SPM). For beginners, you can easily adjust the speed to something you are comfortable with.

LED Lighting

You don’t have to stop working when your environment gets dark. This is because the machine comes with LED lighting to illuminate your work area. With a well-lit work area, you can also handle dark fabrics without straining your eyes.

Built-in Free Arm

This is an important feature in most Brother sewing machines. Without the free arm, you will find it extremely difficult to handle sleeves, cuffs, and collars.

Accessories

You will find some accessories like 8 presser feet, wide table, manual and instructional DVD in the package if you purchase the Brother HC1850. Other accessories include 3 bobbins, eyelet punch, screwdriver, cleaning brush, seam ripper, extra spool pin, twin needle, ballpoint needle, 3 spool caps, foot controller pedal, 3-piece needle set, etc.

Wide Table

A wide sewing table will come to the rescue when working on larger projects. The table gives you the extra space that you need to handle quilts. It provides you with enough space to easily manoeuvre your project with the utmost ease.

Flip-Chart

The inclusion of a flip-chart is great for beginners. With the flip-chart, you can view all the available built-in stitches and choose the one that you like with the stitch selector.

Automatic Needle Threader

There is no manual needle threading with the Brother HC1850. With the automatic needle threader, you can thread the needle without any issues. Just push the lever and watch as the needle is threaded. This is a nice feature for people who have shaky hands and bad eyesight.

8 Presser Feet

The Brother HC1850 comes with 8 presser feet including zigzag foot, buttonhole foot, overcasting foot, monogramming foot, zipper foot, blind stitch foot, button fitting foot and quilting foot.

Start/Stop Button

If you don’t find it convenient using the foot pedal, you can use the Start/Stop button. It is handier than using the foot pedal.

LCD Screen

The LCD screen allows you to view your selected stitch so you are sure of what you have selected. The digits are large and can be seen without straining your eyes.

Push-Button Stitch Selector

With the stitch selector, it is easy and convenient to choose any stitch that you want to use at any point in time.

PROS:
  • Ease of setup
  • Easy needle replacement
  • The price is affordable and budget-friendly
  • It is perfect for beginners
  • Fast sewing speed
  • Lightweight and portable
  • 25 years warranty
  • Comes with some accessories
  • Instructional DVD to guide you
  • LED light for the illumination of the work area
CONS:
  • The machine is too light
  • No automatic thread cutter
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Frequently Asked Questions

Is the Brother HC1850 costly?

No, the machine is budget-friendly and extremely affordable.

Can the machine sew denim?

No, it cannot sew denim. The needle will break if it is used to sew denim. Don’t use it to sew leather either.

How many presser feet does the machine have?

The machine has 8 presser feet. They are zigzag foot, buttonhole foot, overcasting foot, monogramming foot, zipper foot, blind stitch foot, button fitting foot and quilting foot.

Does the machine come with a foot pedal?

Yes, it comes with a foot pedal, but using it is optional. You can use the Start/Stop button instead of the foot pedal.

Is the machine noisy or quiet?

Yes, it is a bit noisy but the noise is bearable.

What is the sewing speed of the Brother HC1850?

The sewing speed is 850 stitches per minute.

Does the machine jam?

Yes, it jams once in a while. It is difficult to find a sewing machine that doesn’t jam. This is usually caused by the thread tension which may be too tight or too loose. Just adjust the tension and everything will be fine. 

Does it come with a warranty?

The machine is backed by a 25-year limited warranty.

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Conclusion

You cannot contest the versatility of the Brother HC1850. This is the perfect beginner-friendly machine because of its automatic features like the needle threading and drop feed.

The 130 built-in stitches give you a myriad of options when it comes to stitching. Because it is lightweight and portable, its small footprint allows you to place it anywhere in your home and you can also take it to classes. The best part is that the machine is extremely affordable.

If you love all the beautiful features of the machine, I recommend that you invest in it. The investment will be worth it in the long run.

 

 

 

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