Brother HC1850 Review

Brother HC1850 Review In Detail

Brother HC1850 has all the features, no question about it. The only question is, how well it can perform?

Editor rating


Brother HC1850 is a popular computerized sewing machine, especially in United States. It is very hard to ignore this machine when you are searching for an intermediate sewing machine. It is a feature packed sewing machine. Yes, HC1850 has the features but does it translate to performance? Which is exactly what we are looking at. HC1850 has 130 built-in stitches which include 8 one-step buttonholes. There are 55 alphanumeric stitches and a sewing font for basic monogramming. 

Being a computerized sewing machine, HC1850 comes with all goodies like sewing start/stop, speed control slider (for operating without the foot pedal), top drop-in bobbin, automatic needle threader, programmable needle up/down, easy reverse etc. In addition to all these, it also comes with an extension table which enables you to sew large projects. HC1850 has a good size LCD display which enables you to see the stitch number, settings (width and length) and the recommended presser foot. Stitch selection and settings editing is done with the help of push buttons provided next to the display.

As far as sewing power is concerned, Brother HC1850 is on par with competition. The motor can churn out 850 stitches/min, which is pretty good. The maximum stitch width is 7mm and length is 5mm. Free-motion quilting and free arm sewing is possible on this machine. However, the free-motion quilting foot is an optional purchase. All your accessories can be stored in the built-in accessory storage compartment. 

Brother HC1850 is very portable and it weighs 13.2 lbs. There is a built-in handle as well. All the built-in stitches are displayed on a flip chart. An LED bulb illuminates the work space. The machine has 25 year limited warranty cover. 

Ease of Use

Whenever I get a sewing machine, the first thing I will look at is the user manual. If it is easy to read and understand, the set up job is half done. Thankfully HC1850 comes with a well written user manual. The included DVD is God sent to be honest. As far as performance is concerned, HC1850 is an all-rounder. This machine has no trouble dealing with multiple layers of thick fabrics. One thing you can't complain is the variety of stitches. It has a total of 170 stitch funtcions to choose from.

Drawbacks

The monogram quality on lightweight fabrics could be better. It is very good on thicker fabrics though.

Presser foot pressure is not adjustable. 

Pros

  • Good variety of stitches
  • Advanced options
  • Good stitch quality

Cons

  • Monogram on lightweight fabrics could be better
  • No presser foot pressure adjustment

Editor Comments

Overall, Brother HC1850 is a quality intermediate sewing machine to consider. It has the features and the performance is also very good.

Specifications

FeatureType
TypeComputerized
Built-in Stitches130
Sewing Start/Stop ButtonYes
Speed Control SliderYes
Automatic Needle ThreaderYes
Buttonhole Styles8 One-step
Top Drop-in BobbinYes
USB ConnectivityNo
Stitch SelectionLCD Display and Push Button
Adjustable Stitch Length/WidthYes
Stitch Width7mm
Stitch Length5mm
Programmable Needle Up/DownYes
Built-in Monogramming FontYes 1
Adjustable Presser Foot PressureNo
Drop FeedYes
Free ArmYes
Motor Speed850 stitches/min
On Board Accessory StorageYes
Work LightYes LED
Included FeetButtonhole foot, Overcasting foot, Monogramming foot, Zipper foot, Zigzag foot, Blind stitch foot, Button fitting foot, Spring action quilting foot
Machine Weight13.2 lbs
Warranty25 Year Limited
Snap-on Presser FootYes
Twin Needle CapabilityYes
Automatic Thread CutterNo
Dedicated Locking Stitch ButtonNo
TensionAdjustable With Dial
Included Wide Extension TableYes
Knee LifterNo