Brother HC1850 Computerized Sewing and Quilting Machine with 130 Built-in Stitches, 8 Presser Feet, Sewing Font, Wide Table, and Instructional DVD
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- Feature-packed, versatile, and reliable; perfect for sewing, quilting, basic monogramming, and decorative stitching
- Comprehensive set of 130 stitches, plus a sewing font for basic monogramming. Includes 8 styles of one-step auto-size buttonholes, beautiful decorative stitches, and stitches for clothing, quilting, and heirloom sewing
- Comes complete with an attached stitch flip-chart, detachable foot controller, 8 specialty feet for overcasting, buttonholes, blind hems, zippers, quilting, and more. Reliable, easy threading of top thread and bobbin - for consistent, high quality stitching.
- Special quilting features include a detachable wide table, spring action quilting foot, 14 quilting stitch functions, and the ability to do free-motion quilting
- Includes instructional DVD, Bilingual users manual, 25 year limited warranty, and free phone support for the life of the product. This machine is not recommended for use in countries that do not support 120V AC, even if a voltage adapter is in use
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HC1850 Computerized Sewing and Quilting Machine features: 130 Unique Built-in Sewing Stitches, 170 Stitch Functions, plus 55 Alphanumeric Stitches, with 8 styles of 1-Step Auto-Size Buttonholes, Includes Built-in Sewing Font for Basic Monogramming, Advanced Easy Needle Threading System.
Brother HC1850 Computerized Sewing Machine with Built-in Sewing Font and Wide Table
The versatile HC1850 Computerized Sewing Machine gives you the flexibility to do everything from basic monogramming, to creating quilts, adding decorative stitches to clothing and craft projects, sewing buttonholes and more. The HC1850 features 130 unique stitches, including 8 styles of 1-step buttonholes, plus 55 alphanumeric sewing stitches for basic monogramming. Quilters enjoy the included spring action quilting foot, detachable wide table, and the ability to do free-motion quilting. Designed for flexibility and ease of use, this machine includes 8 presser feet, an attached stitch reference flip-chart, push-button stitch selector, adjustable sewing speed, automatic threading system, and detachable foot controller. Though heavy on features, the HC1850 is also incredibly lightweight, and perfect for carrying your machine to classes. Includes a bilingual English/ Spanish instructional DVD and printed manual, and a 25-year limited warranty.
Large Backlit LCD display screenUse the push-button stitch selectors to choose your stitches, and see your selection clearly on the brightly lit LCD display screen.
1 built-in monogramming sewing fontPerfect for basic monogramming, the built-in sewing font includes letters A-Z, numbers 0-9, 7 punctuation marks, and 8 specialty symbols.
Wide table for larger projectsIdeal for quilts and larger projects, the included wide table gives you the extra space you need to better maneuver your project.
Handy stitches flip-chartQuickly view all the built-in stitches in the convenient flip chart, built right onto the machine.
Super bright work areaThe LED-lit work area gives you a bright area to view the details of your project, and is perfect for sewing on darker fabrics.
Adjustable sewing speedEasily change your sewing speed as you work, with the convenient stitch speed slide control.
Easy threading, with automatic needle threaderWith just a touch of a lever, the built-in auto needle threader pushes your thread right through the eye of the needle.
Quick-set bobbinJust drop in your bobbin, pull the thread through the slot, and start sewing!
Plus, these outstanding features:
• Easy bobbin winding Once you have the thread in place, just move the bobbin to the right, push the Start button, and the bobbin is quickly wound for you.
• Exceptional feed system Sew more easily on almost any fabric! The exceptional feed system helps move the fabric smoothly, for more precisely formed stitches.
• Drop feed for free-motion quilting Get creative with your quilting projects! The drop feed system allows you to handle free-motion quilting with ease.
• Operation with or without foot control Control basic sewing functions with the included foot controller, or with the convenient controls on the machine - Choose which works for you!
In the box• HC1850 Computerized Sewing Machine with Wide Table
• Presser feet:
Blind stitch foot
Button sewing foot
• Foot controller pedal
• Wide Table
• Bilingual English/Spanish instructional DVD
• Bilingual English/Spanish operation manual
About Brother International CorporationBrother International Corporation has earned its reputation as a leading supplier of innovative products for home sewing and embroidery enthusiasts. The company is recognized for its high-quality, state-of-the-art machines and accessories, offering ease of use and flexibility at affordable prices. Brother is a wholly owned subsidiary of Brother Industries Ltd.
HC1850 Computerized Sewing Machine
Built-in monogramming Sewing Font
Exciting range of 130 built-in stitches
Top Customer Reviews
* BASIC SEWING - The machine has a nice selection of basic stitches, for both knits and wovens. There are three sewing speeds, which are roughly "medium, slow, and glacial". A new sewer will appreciate the slowest speed - I went immediately to the fastest, and even that would be too slow in a real production environment. The machine comes with a number of different presser foots (presser feet?), and, when you select a stitch, the LED readout will tell you which presser foot to use with it, which is a nice little convenience. The automatic buttonholer is a marvel.
My only real beef with the basic sewing functions is with the "reverse" button, which only actually sews in reverse for some stitches. For others (the more complicated ones), it makes an automatic (and tiny) "reinforcement" stitch by going straight back and forth three or four times. I prefer a much larger reinforcement at the end of a seam, but there's no way to do this without changing the stitch setting, or maybe dropping the feed dogs and doing it freehand.
* EMBROIDERY - In addition to the construction stitches there are a large number of decorative stitches, as well as the ability to drop the feed dogs and do embroidery freehand. The machine does the decorative stitches very well, with an impressive amount of four-direction play in the needle and feed dogs.
Some of the decorative stitches are designated as "mirror image", with their own selection setting and their own panel on the flip-chart stitch list, and I had high hopes that these would do a two-sided decoration, up one way and back the other. In fact, these are just some of the stitches on the first panel reflected to the other side of the stitch line (and with no correlation in the stitch numbers). It would be a lot more intuitive to group all the construction stitches together in one panel and all the decorative stitches together in one panel. (I suspect that the grouping was specified by programmers, not sewers - this makes me sad).
* MONOGRAMMING - The third selection setting and panel is for monograms, and in this setting you can specify an alphanumeric string (for example a name) and the machine will sew it automatically. I'm impressed that the letters also include some diacritical marks (ö, ß, and ñ, for example, though not a complete set). Setting the string is a little tortuous, inasmuch as you only have two pairs of arrow keys to work with, but the machine will remember and repeat the string (and there's even a kerning function, if you're really hardcore).
There is only one size setting for monograms, and it's a little bigger than the one I'm used to on handkerchiefs and custom shirts. (I think those use serger thread, however). The bigger issue is that I could only really get the monograms to work on heavier fabric. On poplin they came out very well (size 14 needle, 50-weight thread), but on sheers the letters were puckery and distorted, even with the tension adjusted properly and a finer needle. I don't know if using an embroidery hoop would help (I really don't want a backing on a handkerchief). I would also note that the letters come out all attached together, so you'll need a thread nipper to finish up (the machine comes with a seam ripper, a thread pick, and an eyelet punch. Why no thread nipper?).
* QUILTING - This function was a major disappointment. The machine claims to be a quilting machine, but in this case "quilting" must only refer to piecing together squares to be assembled later. The size of the space under the arm is only about 4''x5'', and the presser foot only raises by about an inch - both these things preclude assembling large pieces, or putting in actual batting, even if there is a quilting foot included. The other "quilting" feature is the attachable wide table, which does give you a better workspace if you don't have a recessed sewing table. I found that it rattled when I sewed some stitches, even after I adjusted the feet and attached it as per the instructions. Real quilting machines also have a knee-lifter so you can adjust the piece without taking your hands off the work. This doesn't. Not a quilting machine.
* BELLS AND WHISTLES - Inasmuch as my previous machine is almost an antique, I was happy to find some newer innovations here. The needle threader and automatic needle lifter will be of help to anyone with aging hands and eyes. The clear bobbin plate (and clear bobbin) makes it trivial to see how much thread is left, which I appreciate more than I anticipated. The machine has diagrams with numbered steps, on the machine itself, to show you how to thread the bobbin winder, the top thread and tension arm, and the bobbin thread. Lovely for beginners. There are automatic thread cutters for the bobbin winder, finished seam, and bobbin plate (though the one for the bobbin plate doesn't leave quite enough slack to grab easily when you're bringing up the thread). And, if for some reason you aren't comfortable using a foot pedal, the machine can be set up to start and stop via a pushbutton.
* DOCUMENTATION - There is an instruction manual, in both English and Spanish, covering the basic stitches and some basic construction techniques. There is also a 30 minute video, in four languages, covering a much smaller subset of stuff. The video has no table of contents/menu navigation, which makes it considerably less useful as documentation.
Overall, this is an excellent starter machine, with some nice bells and whistles. Serious sewers will outgrow it eventually, and people looking to do production work will probably want something faster and more robust.