Brother has become one of the most trusted brands of sewing machines, and in the following article, we will discuss about two Brother’s models which are HC1850 and SQ9185. These are actually combo machines that are capable of both sewing and quilting. From the looks alone, they are radically different from each other. However, there are actually just few differences between Brother HC1850 vs SQ9185 in terms of features and functionality, and there are more similarities than you might think. So, what are the similarities and differences? Which model does make the best value for the money?
The looks of Brother HC1850 and Brother SQ9185 are very different. They have different graphics; Brother HC1850 has blue stickers whereas Brother SQ9185 has greenish brown stickers. Furthermore, their layouts are also different. For example, you can find that the buttons for needle up/down, sewing start/stop, and reverse on Brother HC1850 are put in a straight vertical line. On the other hand, Brother SQ9185 has the needle up/down placed adjacent to the reverse button. Nevertheless, these differences do not make a real difference in their functionality.
However, in terms of dimensions, Brother HC1850 is both larger and heavier than Brother SQ9185 – see the previous post about Brother HC1850 vs Brother XR9500PRW here. This fact can affect your decision if you need a portable machine that you can bring to your sewing class easily. Brother HC1850 measures 19.25” x 15.25” x 12.5” and weighs 13.2 lbs. On the other hand, Brother SQ9185 measures only 6.69” x 16.02” x 11.48” and weighs only 9.9 lbs.
The features of Brother HC1850 vs SQ9185 are also very similar. These are computerized sewing machines that boast 130 built-in sewing stitches. They also have built-in quilting stitches. So, they are incredibly versatile. They even have a lettering font and eight one-step buttonholes. You can have lots of options to handle different projects and be as creative as possible. Their maximum stitch length is 5 mm, and their maximum stitch width is 7 mm. They have decent speed, 850 stitches per minute.
Both Brother HC1850 and Both SQ9185 come with various included accessories. Actually, the pieces are also similar. They each include a button sewing foot, buttonhole foot, zipper foot, monogramming foot, overcasting foot, blind stitch foot, zigzag foot, two quilting feet, and a quilting guide. They each also come with needles, seam ripper, cleaning brush, bobbins, spool pin, and screwdriver.
The difference is that Brother HC1850 does not come with any walking foot. On the other hand, Brother SQ9185 comes with a walking foot, which is very useful when you are sewing through multiple layers of fabric and when you are working on a fabric that is prone to slipping. It has feeds dogs that ensure the top layer and the bottom layer go through the sewing machine at the same rate.
In general, Brother SQ9185 is more recommended because it is more portable and it comes with a walking foot, which is very useful for sewing multiple layers of fabric. But if you don’t need the portability and the walking foot, you can choose Brother HC1850 instead; the added weight can help with the stability.