Brother Computerized Sewing Machine, 130 Stitches

Last updated date: January 4, 2020

DWYM Score
9.1

Brother Computerized Sewing Machine, 130 Stitches

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Overall Take

In our analysis of 84 expert reviews, the Brother Brother Computerized Sewing Machine, 130 Stitches placed 3rd when we looked at the top 7 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note January 16, 2020:
Checkout The Best Sewing Machine for a detailed review of all the top sewing machines.

Expert Summarized Score
9.2
13 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.8
1,116 user reviews
Our Favorite Video 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.
- Tech Gear Lab
March 6, 2018 | Full review
It works surprisingly well even with multiple layers of heavy fabrics such as denim.
- Do You Sew?
March 14, 2019 | Full review
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.
- BestReviews
December 1, 2019 | Full review
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.
- Best Sewing Machine for Beginners Today
July 16, 2019 | Full review
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.
- Sew Orbit
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.
- House Of Meggs
November 13, 2019 | Full review
There is also a built-in monogramming font set.
- Quilter's Review
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.
- Sewing From Home
November 5, 2018 | Full review
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.
- Machinery Critic
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.
- Computerized Sewing Machine
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.
- Pick Sewing
March 30, 2017 | Full review
This machine is very versatile, and it’s perfect for sewing, quilting, and monogramming.
- Sewing Mag
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.
- SewCare
What experts didn't like
Even though it’s computerized, you can’t connect it to your computer or Internet.
- Do You Sew?
March 14, 2019 | Full review
A higher priced model, but owners find it to be well worth the price.
- BestReviews
December 1, 2019 | Full review
Lighter in weight for some sewists (not a con for everyone though)
- Best Sewing Machine for Beginners Today
July 16, 2019 | Full review
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.
- Sew Orbit
Limited monogramming.
- House Of Meggs
November 13, 2019 | Full review
Not ideal for serious quilting
- Quilter's Review
While the bobbin winding itself operates great at first, several testers found that a few years of intensive use tend to wear it down.
- Sewing From Home
November 5, 2018 | Full review
Customer Support isn't available in the 3rd world
- Machinery Critic
The threader does not generally work.
- Computerized Sewing Machine
Some of its features might overwhelm newbies at first, despite it being a good machine for starters.
- Pick Sewing
March 30, 2017 | Full review
You can’t add new stitches even though it’s a computerized machine.
- Sewing Mag
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.
- SewCare

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

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An Overview On Sewing Machines

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.

DWYM Fun Fact

Sewing is an art form that is tens of thousands of years old. However, mechanical or computerized sewing machines are only a recent invention. Thousands of years ago, sewing was done by hand using needles that were made of bones or animal horns. The thread was created using animal sinew. It wasn’t until the fourteenth century that iron needles were invented. One hundred years after that, the first eyed needles were created.

In the late 1700s and early 1800s, many inventors in Europe and America attempted to develop the first mechanical sewing machine that replicated hand sewing. However, there were many failures as the machines weren’t able to complete the tasks required. It wasn’t until around 1830 that the first functional sewing machine was invented.

French tailor Barthelemy Thimonnier developed a machine that used one thread and a hooked needle. The kind of stitch the machine made was similar to embroidery. However, people were not pleased with his invention. Thimonnier was almost killed by an angry mob of French tailors. They burnt down his garment factory in a rage. The reason? They were terrified that his sewing machine invention would put them out of work because it could sew much faster than they could by hand.

The Sewing Machine Buying Guide

  • “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 Brother Electric Sewing Machine with 50 Stitches 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. The W-Dragon Handheld Sewing Machine is 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. The Brother Electric Sewing Machine with 50 Stitches has an automatic needle threader, drop-in bobbin and an LCD screen, as does the Brother Computerized Sewing Machine, 130 Stitches.
  • 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 Electric Sewing Machine with 50 Stitches comes with seven sewing feet attachments, while 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. The W-Dragon Handheld Sewing Machine is a cordless hand-held machine that runs on batteries, so it can be taken on the go. It’s designed to be used on many different materials, including denim, wool, silk and leather, and is also suitable for crafts. It’s also useful for sewing hanging curtains or tapestries.
  • If you’re looking for a highly affordable sewing machine, the W-Dragon Handheld Sewing Machine is a low-cost option. The Brother Computerized Sewing Machine with 60 Stitches and the Brother Electric Sewing Machine with 50 Stitches are both moderately priced, while the Brother Computerized Sewing Machine, 130 Stitches is on the higher end of the price range.