The Brother HC1850 is a Full-Size machine, built with easy to use Computerised / Programmable features. The Brother HC1850 has a total of 130 different types of stitches, including 8 buttonhole stitches.
We class the Brother HC1850 as “Competent“, meaning that this machine has features that are suitable for a sewer working at a Competent skill level. In general, machines that are classed as "Competent" have lots of great basic features, as well as a few more advanced features for competent sewers who want to experiment with more specialised effects. Some of the sewing machines that we have classed as competent may also have some automated functions to help you to sew more quickly, or a wider range of stitch types or buttonhole options to experiment with.Standard or full-size machines are the most versatile machine size as they work for a range of sewing applications. Full-size machines are usually wider than compact machines and this gives you slightly more space to manoeuvre the fabric around the needle area.
The Brother HC1850 has basic features such as a Free Arm with Removable Cover, Standard Foot Pedal and Start / Stop Button and LED lighting provides illumination of the area around the needle. Reverse stitches, used for securing the thread in the fabric at the beginning and end of a stitching line, are created with a Reverse Button.
When setting up and threading the sewing machine, the Brother HC1850 has a Drop-in bobbin for quick rethreading of your machine. There are also Thread Guides on this model and the needle threading is Automatic / Assisted. Threading guides such as small arrows or numbers marked on the machine make it easier to see how to thread the upper thread, which is especially helpful for beginners. Sewers who struggle to see how to thread the needle may also benefit from the automatic needle threader on this model, which is a small inbuilt device that swings around and helps you to hook the thread through the eye of the needle.
We believe the Brother HC1850 is compatible with presser feet that are Press On / Low Shank. If you already have presser feet that are compatible with this type of shank from a previous sewing machine, then in many cases you will be able to use the same presser feet on this model as well. To be sure that presser feet can be used on different machines, or when buying new presser feet and other parts and accessories, you should always check that they are compatible with your specific machine number. So for this machine you will need parts and accessories compatible with make and model Brother HC1850.
Stitch types on the Brother HC1850 include: Straight Stitch, Buttonhole, Decorative, Monogramming, Zigzag. The buttonhole process is a 1 Step Buttonhole. 1 step buttonholes are automated and easy to use for beginners.
On the Brother HC1850, the maximum stitch length is 5mm, and the maximum stitch width is 7mm. The stitch length on this model is adjusted with an Adjustable / Manual Control. When a machine has adjustable stitch length you can manually adjust the length of the stitches to create different effects and alter the appearance of the inbuilt stitches. The stitch width on this machine is adjusted with an Adjustable / Manual Control. Adjustable stitch width allows you to manually widen your stitches, which can be particularly helpful for customising zigzag stitches.
The Brother HC1850 is listed as being Suitable for a range of different fabric weights, from silk to denim. On many machines, these results will only be achieved with the correct needle and thread combination, so specialty needles and threads may need to be purchased separately and may not be supplied with your machine. You should consult the manual for your machine to ensure that the machine is set up correctly when sewing different fabrics, and always sew test samples to get the best possible stitch quality and to achieve perfectly balanced tension.
To help you achieve the best possible stitch quality across different fabrics the Brother HC1850 adjusts the tension of the upper thread using an Adjustable / Manual Control. Adjustable upper thread tension gives you complete control over the tension of the upper thread and this tension can be manually adjusted to balance the tension of your stitches. This model appears to have no special features for presser foot adjustment, so if this feature is important to you, you may like to consider machines with manual / adjustable presser foot pressure.
This model also has an automated feature to help you speed up your sewing time. The Brother HC1850 has an Automated Control to specify if the needle stops up or down, but No Control for automatically back tacking to quickly secure the thread in the fabric and No Control for automatically trimming your threads to quickly neaten your sewing.
With a voltage of 110v we believe this machine is suitable to use in the USA, but it is always best to consult the information provided by the manufacturer (Brother) or consult a sewing machine distributor prior to purchase to ensure that the machine will work in your region if you are unsure. Most manufacturers do not recommend using adaptors to convert the voltage of your machine for safety reasons.
|Machine Type||Computerised / Programmable||Computerised and programmable machines have more advanced functionality|
|Machine Size||Full Size||Standard or full-size machines are the most versatile and work for a range of sewing applications|
|Machine Weight lb||13.2|
|Machine Region||USA||This model is usually available for use in the USA|
|Machine Voltage||110v||Standard voltage for use in the USA|
|Hook Movement||Vertical||Machines with a drop-in bobbin will often have a hook around a vertical axis|
|Basic Sewing and Fabric Range:|
|Number of Stitches||130|
|Fabric Range||A Range of Fabric Weights||Suitable for a range of different fabric weights, from silk to denim|
|Foot Pedal||Standard Foot Pedal||Foot pedals are the standard method for sewing and controlling your speed|
|Speed Control||Adjustable Speed Control||Adjustable speed control allows you to limit the maximum speed|
|Start Stop Button||Start / Stop Button||Start and stop sewing with a handy button|
|Reverse Stitch Control||Reverse Button||Reverse sewing button to manually back tack stitches and secure the thread|
|Free Arm||Free Arm with Removable Cover||Free arm cover is removable, allowing helpful access to the free arm for sewing hems and cuffs|
|Inbuilt Light||LED Lighting||LED lighting provides illumination of the area around the needle|
|Threading & Presser Foot Compatibility:|
|Threading Guides||Thread Guides||Thread guides such as arrows or numbers make threading easier for beginners|
|Bobbin Loading||Drop-in Bobbin||Drop-in bobbin for quick rethreading of your machine|
|Presser Foot Shank Type||Press On / Low Shank||Presser feet clip onto a low shank making presser feet easy to change|
|Machine Set-up & Adjustments:|
|Upper Thread Tension||Adjustable / Manual Control||Adjustable thread tension gives you complete control over tension of upper thread|
|Presser Foot Tension||No Special Control||This model appears to have no special features for presser foot adjustment|
|Feed Dog Control||Drop Feed for Free Motion||Dropping the feed dog is used for specialty sewing such as free motion|
|Stitch Settings & Adjustments:|
|Number of Stitches||130|
|Number of Needle Positions||3|
|Stitch Length Control||Adjustable / Manual Control||Adjustable stitch length allows you to manually lengthen stitches|
|Stitch Width Control||Adjustable / Manual Control||Adjustable stitch width allows you to manually increase stitch width|
|Stitch Length Maximum (mm)||5|
|Stitch Width Maximum (mm)||7|
|Number of Buttonhole Stitches||8|
|Buttonhole Stitches||1 Step Buttonhole||1 step buttonholes are automated and easy to use for beginners|
|Stitch Types||Straight Stitch, Buttonhole, Decorative, Monogramming, Zigzag||