Quilting has a long and colorful history, dating as far back as the Crusades in Europe. In recent years, quilting has seen a resurgence in popularity. Quilts can be very simple or very complex and even beginning sewers can explore this creative and practical art. Machines designed for quilters comprise a large part of the sewing machine market.
The Brother HC1850 Computerized Sewing and Quilting machine is moderately priced and versatile, making it an ideal choice for the sewer who wants a machine that can handle quilting but is not prepared to spend thousands on a high end quilting machine and who wants maximum flexibility.
Budget Priced Multitasker
Programmed with a set of 130 stitches, this machine can monogram and make buttonholes as well as create decorative stitches for both clothing construction and quilting.
The problem of providing a guide to this number of stitches has been solved with a unique innovation. A flip chart built into the front of the machine, with four pages of stitches and their corresponding numbers, provides instant look-up capability at the user’s fingertips.
Included are all the basics:
- 42 garment construction stitches
- 14 quilting stitch functions
- 94 decorative stitches including 55 alphanumeric stitches
- 12 heirloom stitches
The heirloom stitches are designed to replicate the fine French hand sewing of the period from 1890 to 1920.
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Designed With Quilting In Mind
This Brother sewing machine HC1850 is a free arm machine and one of the features that make it suitable for quilting is the extra-large detachable extension table, supported with sturdy fold up legs on the left end.
Other included accessories are 8 snap-on presser feet for blind hems, overcasting, button holes and button attachment, monogramming, zipper, zigzag and spring-action quilting foot.
Four bobbins, three packets of needles that include general, ballpoint and twin, spool caps and pins, an eyelet punch, foot pedal, cleaning brush, seam ripper and disk-shaped screw driver proved all the necessary items; no need to run to the store before starting to sew. Included is an accessory pouch but no dust cover.
A maximum speed of 850 stitches per minute makes this a speedy machine. Speed can be altered with a slide lever located next to the LCD screen and it is possible to sew without the foot pedal. The feed dogs can be lowered to allow free form quilting, embroidery and darning.
Instructional DVD included
The owner’s manual is printed in English and Spanish. For additional help an instructional DVD and a Quick Reference guide are included, also in both languages. According to one online Brother HC1850 review, watching the DVD is essential to understanding the machine and to avoiding problems such as broken needles and jammed threads.
Light Enough To Take to Quilting Classes
Other Brother HC1850 reviews have mentioned that it weighs only about 10 pounds. This is an advantage for the sewer who wants to take the machine to sewing groups or classes, but others might find it a little on the lightweight side. It may lack stability, especially at higher speeds.
The spool holder is attached at the back of the machine rather than on the top. While it fits snugly to the top arm of the machine, this position makes it slightly more likely to be broken off when covering or moving the machine.
The manufacturer’s list price is $549, which seems reasonable for a sewing machine with all of the features this Brother has but you can usually find it on sale for much less. It would be a good choice for the sewer who wants a great range of features.
Able to handle quilting, garment construction, embroidery or just ordinary mending, this machine can take on most sewing tasks. Serious quilters will want a sewing machine designed for their specific requirements and this is not an embroidery machine in the truest sense as it is not connectable to a PC for pattern downloading.
But it has enough features and functions to make it a great machine for the sewer who wants more than just a little bit of everything.
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