Brother Advanced Needle Threader Sewing Machine, 185-Stitch

Last updated: December 30, 2021

Brother Advanced Needle Threader Sewing Machine, 185-Stitch

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We looked at the top Sewing Machines and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Sewing Machine you should buy.

Overall Take

In our analysis of 71 expert reviews, the Brother Advanced Needle Threader Sewing Machine, 185-Stitch placed 9th when we looked at the top 11 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

For those in search of a versatile computerized sewing and quilting machine, the Brother HC1850 is an exceptional choice. This feature-packed and reliable quilting and sewing machine is great for quilting, sewing, basic monogramming, and decorative stitching. The HC1850 contains 130 stitches plus a sewing font for basic monogramming. It also includes 8 unique styles of one-step, auto-size buttonholes, elegant decorative stitches, and stitches for quilting, clothing, and heirloom sewing. The HC1850 quilting and sewing machine is loaded with features that simplify the sewing and quilting. It includes 55 alphanumeric sewing stitches for basic monogramming, a built-in stitch reference flip-chart, 8 presser feet, a push-button stitch selector, adjustable sewing speeds, an automatic threading system, a detachable foot controller, and an exceptional feed system for sewing on almost any fabric. This machine is enhanced with specialty quilting features, including a detachable wide table, a spring action quilting foot, and the ability to do free-motion quilting. The HC1850 is lightweight and portable, perfect for taking to classes. It has been designed with a large backlit LCD display with an intuitive push-button stitch selector. The HC1850 is reliable, affordable, and allows easy threading of top thread and bobbin to create consistent high-quality stitching. This machine is not recommended for use in countries that do not support 120V AC, even if a voltage adapter is in use. This portable sewing and quilting machine includes an instructional DVD, a bilingual user manual, a 25-year limited warranty, and free customer phone and online technical support for the life of the product. Needle Threading System – Advanced. Stitch Selector Type : Mode & Shift Key

Expert Reviews

What experts liked

This model does have automatic sewing, allowing you to use it without the foot pedal and the needle will always stop in the down position. It also has a built-in thread cutter, but we found it to be a little inconvenient to reach.
It works surprisingly well even with multiple layers of heavy fabrics such as denim.
The best of its kind on the market today. More sturdy and reliable than its competitors. Perfect for both beginners and experts. Off the charts in terms of use and performance.
It comes with special features for quilting such as 14 built-in quilting stitches functions to make different designs for your quilt. It also comes with a wider detachable table that helps you handle the quilt with ease.
The versatility of this little machine is one thing that it has going for it because it can handle many kinds of sewing with ease. For one, you can choose from more than 100 stitches.
It also has 8 one-step built-in buttonhole styles. So, you can stitch professional and designer level clothes and use all your creativity freely.
There is also a built-in monogramming font set.
This machine comes with a wide variety of accessories, as well as the option for free motion and an easy feed system, you’ll find the learning curve is very smooth.
Brother HC1850 is the best of the heavy duty sewing machines which are designed specifically for the heavy duty works. It can stitch can stitch 130 exclusive stitches consisting of 1 button holes, 8 styles and 55 alphanumeric monogramming and make your work do much faster than before.
The stitching capacity itself functions admirably, and the machine is sufficiently able to pass a few layers of texture effortlessly. It is a very portable sewing machine, plus it comes with plenty of perks.
An excellent background light compliments your sewing and allows you to work even during the late hours of the night. This is why the HC1850 has its own LED-lit working space, giving you enough brightness so you can view every detail of your current projects, and perform stitches on them without making a small mistake.
This machine is very versatile, and it’s perfect for sewing, quilting, and monogramming.
The computerized features help you to edit stitches and give you a creative edge over your designs. It can sew in 3 different speeds making it a great device to have for seamstresses at all levels.

What experts didn't like

Even though it’s computerized, you can’t connect it to your computer or Internet.
A higher priced model, but owners find it to be well worth the price.
Lighter in weight for some sewists (not a con for everyone though)
The only downside to the DVD is that it doesn’t show you how to attach the free motion quilting foot or the walking foot.
Limited monogramming.
Not ideal for serious quilting
While the bobbin winding itself operates great at first, several testers found that a few years of intensive use tend to wear it down.
Customer Support isn't available in the 3rd world
The threader does not generally work.
Some of its features might overwhelm newbies at first, despite it being a good machine for starters.
You can’t add new stitches even though it’s a computerized machine.
We found out that its inefficiency to quilt is because of the inability to rise up for thicker quilts. Also, improvements could’ve been made in the designing of the neck of the machine.

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Vicki Liston 
Home Improvement Expert

Vicki Liston writes, produces, and narrates “On The Fly…DIY,” an award-winning home improvement and DIY show of unique project tutorials for the casual DIY’er.

Home improvement and all things DIY have been Liston’s passion since she bought her first house in 2007 and she started making video blogs in 2014. She’s performed hundreds of DIY projects, from small ones to major, wall-smashing renovations and can teach you how to make a trendy DIY barn door for cheap. The proceeds earned from “On The Fly…DIY” are donated to no-kill animal shelters and rescue organizations.


Whether you’ve been sewing for years or are just picking it up as a new skill, having your own sewing machine at home is the way to go. With so many different brands and models available on the market, it’s difficult to know which sewing machine is right for you. You’ll want to keep in mind the kind of projects you’re interested in working on, and your skill level and familiarity with sewing fundamentals.

“There’s an entire spectrum of options which can quickly become overwhelming so before you begin shopping, ask yourself a few questions about your sewing goals,” says Vicki Liston, our home improvement expert and host of “On the Fly…DIY,” an award-winning home improvement show. “What’s your current skill level? Are you looking for something with minimal bells and whistles, only meant to do simple tasks or do you want the equivalent of a sewing robot? Do you want to expand your skills and learn more about the craft? Are you a pro and need to make quick work of your projects? Do you have a special interest, like embroidery or quilting? Approaching your sewing machine purchase with a well-rounded picture of where you are, what you want to do, and how much you want to learn will help you pick the best one for you.”

There are two main types of sewing machines you can try: mechanical and computerized. For new sewers and those who are brushing up on their skills, a mechanical sewing machine is a good starting point. For sewing experts and professionals, a computerized sewing machine may be a better choice. A computerized sewing machine comes with many bells and whistles that a mechanical machine does not. However, to truly take advantage of those features, you have to understand the fundamentals of sewing – which you can better learn on the mechanical model.

One of the most important features to ensure your sewing machine has is the built-in needle threader. This is a task you need to do every time you sew. Even for those with steady hands and 20/20 vision, threading a needle can take time. A built-in needle threader makes this task easy and quick.

Another feature to consider when looking for a sewing machine is the top-loading drop-in bobbin. With this feature, you don’t need to disassemble a bobbin casing to get it in. Plus, this system usually has a transparent cover plate, so you can see when you run out of thread.

“I can’t tell you how excited I was when I learned that ‘drop-in bobbins’ and ‘self-threading needles’ were a thing,” says Liston. “These miraculous features would have saved me so much frustration and wasted time as I was learning to sew. If your budget allows it, I highly recommend a unit with these options as they are life-changing!”

If you want the ability to sew cylindrical pieces such as pant hems, sleeves and headbands, then you’ll want a sewing machine that has free-arm capability. Many beginner sewing machines do not have this capability, so watch out for that as it can limit the kind of projects you work on.

Buying Advice

  • “Whatever your sewing aspirations, I only recommend purchasing a machine with a metal frame,” says Liston. “It’s much cheaper and easier to find plastic-framed models but they won’t last as long and they are harder to fix. The same goes for the inner workings, like gears. Opt for metal and not plastic. You’ll get a much longer life out of your unit.”
  • When you’re on the hunt for a sewing machine, take into account the kind of stitches it can do and whether that is what you need for your projects. Some of the basic stitches that most people will require are the straight stitch, zig-zag stitch, buttonhole stitch, knit stitch, blind hem stitch and utility stitches. The Brother Computerized Sewing Machine with 60 Stitches has an easy stitch-selector switch so you can see and pick the kind of stitch you want. The electric version has five auto-size buttonholes in addition to its many stitches. The Brother Computerized Sewing Machine, 130 Stitches comes with eight styles of auto-size buttonholes and 55 alphanumeric sewing stitches. Other models are designed to be used for small on-the-spot repairs and alterations.
  • In addition to the built-in needle threader, top-loading drop-in bobbin and free-arm capability, you may need some additional features on your sewing machine, such as adjustable speed control, needle position adjustment, lighting and knee lifter capability. The Brother Computerized Sewing Machine with 60 Stitches has an automatic needle threader, adjustable speed control and a built-in free arm. Others use an automatic needle threader, drop-in bobbin and an LCD screen.
  • The attachments and feet you will need for your sewing machine will depend on the kind of projects you plan to sew. If you’re a quilter, you will need a walking foot, spring action foot and a ¼-inch foot. On the other hand, if you’re sewing garments, you will need a zipper foot, buttonhole foot, overcast stitching foot and button attaching foot. The Brother Computerized Sewing Machine, 130 Stitches comes with six sewing feet attachments.
  • For some sewers, a full sewing machine isn’t necessary. If you’re only looking to do small alterations, then a portable sewing machine may be what you need. Consider a cordless hand-held machine that runs on batteries, so it can be taken on the go. This type is often designed to be used on many different materials, including denim, wool, silk and leather, and is also suitable for crafts. It may also be useful for sewing hanging curtains or tapestries.