Brother SQ9185 Review In Detail

Brother SQ9185 Review In Detail

Brother SQ9185 ticks almost all the check boxes for a sewing machine, but some may not like the size of monograms.

Editor rating

Brother SQ9185 is a popular computerized sewing machine. It is pretty similar to another Brother sewing machine in terms of features and specs. Yes, the model we are talking about is the very popular Brother HC1850. We can talk about the similarities in detail when we do a side by side comparison. Right now we can focus on SQ9185.

Brother SQ9185 has 130 built-in stitches which include 8 one-step buttonholes. There are 55 alphanumeric stitches and a built-in font for monogramming. The LCD display is nice and backlit for viewing in the dark. You can view all the stitch settings including the selected stitch number, stitch length and width and the recommended presser feet on screen. Stitch selection and setting can be adjusted by push button. Maximum stitch width and length are 7mm and 5mm respectively.

The speed control slider and the sewing start/stop button gives you an option to sew without the foot pedal. For those who love quilting, there is a programmable needle up/down button, which works like a third hand while pivoting and removing the fabric. Reverse sewing button is also placed in an easy to engage location. The stitch chart is printed on the front and the 55 alphanumeric stitch chart is available on the lid. The mode button lets you switch between normal or alphanumeric or mirror image stitches.

The automatic needle threader of Brother SQ9185 is one of the best from Brother. It is very easy to use. The top drop-in bobbin with clear cover is another user-friendly feature. There is a built-in accessory storage compartment. The machine is free arm covertible as well. For free-motion quilting, there is drop feed option as well. With the extension table, you have the luxury of accommodating larger projects.

The manual thread cutter on the side eliminates the use of scissors. The work light is nice and bright. One point to be noted is that, SQ9185 is an extremely lightweight sewing machine. Weighing at just 9.9 lbs, it is an ideal sewing machine for sewing classes. It has 25 years limited warranty cover as well.

Ease of Use

The user manual that comes with SQ9185 is very informative (add to that the included DVD and the set up is a breeze). Even though Brother SQ9185 is lightweight, it is not a dancing machine. The machine is very stable at high speeds and it is quiet as well. The machine performs admirably well on multiple layers of quilts. The motor has enough power and can churn out a maximum of 850 stitches/min. One good thing is that this machine quickly adjusts to fabrics of different thickness. There is a nice variety of built-in stitches as well. 

Threading is nice and easy. The stitch quality on denim and other thick fabrics is very good. But make sure that you use the right needle. The included accessory package is another attraction (comes with a walking foot as well). The extra space provided by the table is really helpful while doing large quilts. The 7-point feed system ensures better feeding which reflects in the stitch quality.


The size of monogram is about 1/4" which may be small for some. Moreover there is no option to adjust the size.

No presser foot pressure adjustment.


•    Variety of stitches
•    Lot of features
•    Great stitch quality
•    User friendly


•    Small monograms
•    No presser foot pressure adjustment

Editor Comments

Brother SQ9185 impressed us quite a bit. The best thing about this sewing machine is that it has the quality, features and it is affordable as well.


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
Feed Dog7
Included FeetButtonhole foot, Button sewing foot, Overcasting foot, Zipper foot, Monogramming foot, Blind stitch foot, Zigzag foot, Walking foot, Quilting foot, 1/4" Quilting foot, Quilting guide
Machine Weight9.9 lbs
Warranty25 Year Limited
Snap-on Presser FootYes
Twin Needle CapabilityYes
Automatic Thread CutterNo
Dedicated Locking Stitch Button (Apart from reverse button)No
TensionAdjustable With Dial
Included Wide Extension TableYes
Knee LifterNo

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are the views of the writer only. Opinions may be subjective.