Brother SE1800 Review In Detail

Brother SE1800 Review In Detail

Like its smaller brother the PE770, we are impressed with what Brother SE1800 brings to the table. It is a quality sewing and embroidery combo machine.

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SE1800 is a straight upgrade from a popular embroidery only machine, the Brother PE770. Both look very similar from the outside. While PE770 did embroidery only, SE1800 can do both embroidery and regular sewing. The embroidery features of SE1800 is almost identical to that of PE770. It comes with a 5x7 inch embroidery area. Another 5x12 inch multi-position frame allows you to do larger projects by combining designs with less rehooping.

Brother SE1800 has 136 built-in embroidery designs and 6 alphabet fonts. In addition to the embroidery designs, SE1800 also features 184 built-in sewing stitches including 10 one-step buttonholes. It also comes with a custom stitch feature which allows you to edit already built-in stitches. You can store the customized stitches in the machine memory for later use.

The designs and editing options can be viewed on a 3" x 1.6" LCD display. It also features an on-screen help option, which means you don't need to search for the manual all the time. The machine is equipped with an automatic needle threader for easy threading. The automatic thread cutter is a huge blessing, as you don't need a scissor to cut the remaining thread. The programmable needle up/down is handy while pivoting or removing the fabric. The variable speed control and sewing start/stop button lets you sew without the foot pedal.

Changing bobbin on Brother SE1800 is easy as it is equipped with a top drop-in bobbin. Another big plus is the USB connectivity. You can download and import unlimited number of embroidery designs from iBroidery.com or other websites. This gives you infinite opportunities to experiment with different designs. The machine is compatible with Brother embroidery cards as well. On SE1800, you can do embroidery at a maximum speed of 650 stitches/min. 2 LED bulbs illuminate the work space quite well. It comes with a hard cover as well.

Ease of Use

First of all, let us tell you one thing, Brother SE1800 is an easy machine to use. There is little learning curve associated with this machine, even beginners can figure out things quite easily. What we are really impressed with this machine is its stitch quality. The quality of stitches are absolutely high class. The built-in designs have nice variety and if you don't like them, you can always import designs from the internet. USB file transfer is effortless and works seamlessly (the machine reads PES file format). The machine weighs 22.05lbs, so it is on the heavier side. Being an advanced machine we are not expecting you to take it to the sewing classes either. Being heavy is good actually. More the metal inside, better the durability.

Drawbacks

While using imported designs, you will be better of testing it with some scrap fabrics at first, as some designs may not come out perfect. You can then, correct the settings and proceed. It is not a fault with the machine, it is the way it works.

Pros

•    Sewing and embroidery combo
•    Quality designs and stitches
•    USB connectivity
•    Built-in memory
•    Variety of stitches

Review Verdict

Like its smaller brother the PE770, we are impressed with what Brother SE1800 brings to the table. It is a quality sewing and embroidery combo machine.

Specifications

FeatureType
TypeSewing and Embroidery Combo
Max Embroidery Area5" x 7"
Built-in Stitches184 Sewing
Embroidery HoopTwo, 5"x7" and 5"x12"
Sewing Start/Stop ButtonYes
Embroidery Speed650 Stitches/min
Speed Control SliderYes
Built-in Embroidery Designs136
Automatic Needle ThreaderYes
Layout FunctionYes
Buttonhole Styles10 One-step
Pattern Rotation1, 10, or 90 Degrees
Top Drop-in BobbinYes
USB ConnectivityYes
Stitch SelectionLCD Touch Screen
Embroidery CardCompatible
Adjustable Stitch Length & WidthYes
Built-in MemoryYes
Stitch Width7mm
Stitch Length5mm
Programmable Needle Up/DownYes
Adjustable Presser Foot PressureYes
Drop FeedYes
Motor PowerSewing Speed 850 Stitches/min
On Board StorageYes
Work LightYes, 2 LEDs
Feed Dog7
Included FeetButtonhole Foot, Overcasting Foot, Monograming Foot, Zipper Foot, Zigzag Foot, Button Fitting Foot, Stitch Guide Foot, Adjustable Zipper Foot/Piping Foot, Non-Stick Foot, Open Toe Foot, Embroidery Foot, Blind Stitch Foot
Machine Weight22.05lbs
Warranty25 Year Limited
Automatic Thread CutterYes
On-screen Help TutorialsYes

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