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Brother HC1850 vs. Brother LB6800PRW Comparison

The Brother HC1850 and the Brother LB6800PRW are two of the most popular affordable sewing machines we will compare today. In addition to being packed with features in an affordable price range, these two sewing machines produced excellent stitch quality.

What are the major differences between them? Here I will try to answer them as simply as possible.

Brother HC1850 vs. Brother LB6800PRW: Comparison in Features

Sewing Machine Types

The Brother HC1850 is a computerized sewing machine, while the Brother LB6800PRW is a sewing and embroidery combo machine. Since the machine types decide they differ a lot in features, I won’t make a suggestion.

The decision has to be made on an individual level.

Brother HC1850 vs. Brother LB6800PRW : Built-in Stitches

The Brother HC1850 has 130 stitches. The Brother LB6800PRW on the other hand comes with 67 built-in stitches. The apparent difference is in the buttonhole styles, where Brother HC1850 comes with 8 one-step buttonhole(s), Brother LB6800PRW sewing machine has only 10 one-step buttonhole(s).

Weight

The Brother HC1850 sewing machine weighs approximately 13.2 lbs, while the Brother LB6800PRW comes with a weight of 13.66 lbs.

The extra weight can become cumbersome if you don’t have a set location in your home for your sewing machine.

Start/Stop Button

Both the Brother HC1850 sewing machine and Brother LB6800PRW sewing machine come with a start/stop button. A start/stop button is an important accessibility feature. If you’re unable, for whatever reason, to use the foot pedal, a start/stop button allows you to run your sewing machine anyway. It’s also invaluable for making perfect one-step automatic buttonholes.

Speed Control Slider

Both Brother HC1850 sewing machine and Brother LB6800PRW have a speed control slider, which allows you to set the maximum speed you are comfortable with.

Automatic Needle Threader

Many sewing machines sold today come with an automatic threader function. This is essentially a lever that will guide the thread through the eye of your sewing needle for you so that you don’t have to do it yourself. Many sewists prefer to thread their own needles, but if you have difficulty performing this task, then a machine with an automatic needle threader might be very useful for you. Fortunately, these two sewing machines both come with automatic needle threader, allowing you to thread the machine with ease.

Drop-in Bobbin

The advantage of easy drop-in, top load bobbins is that you can readily see how much thread is left on the bobbin through the window. You do not have to remove the bobbin case to insert a new bobbin, and you do not have to remove the accessory tray from the free arm to change bobbins. Both the Brother HC1850 and the Brother LB6800PRW come with this user-friendly feature.

Drop Feed

The most common type of feeding mechanism in a home sewing machine (and some industrial machines) is the drop feed, also known as the regular feed system. Both Brother HC1850 and Brother LB6800PRW come equipped with a drop feed system, which grabs the fabric and moves it along through the machine.

Free Arm

There is free arm on both the Brother HC1850 and the Brother LB6800PRW. The free arm is a very useful feature to all sewing machines as it makes sewing one layer of fabric without catching another. This is because all of the workings around the bobbin race, feed dogs, and needles are housed there.

Brother HC1850 Brother LB6800PRW
Product Image
Sewing Machine Type Computerized Sewing and Embroidery Combo
Stitches 130 67
Buttonhole Styles 8 one-step 10 one-step
Start/Stop Button Yes Yes
Built-in Memory Yes
Programmable Needle Up/Down Yes Yes
Monogramming Font Yes 1 Yes 5
Drop Feed Yes Yes
Free Arm Yes Yes
Working Light Yes LED Yes LED
Speed Control Slider Yes Yes
Weight 13.2 lbs 13.66 lbs
Extra High Presser Foot Lifter
Snap-on Presser Foot Yes Yes
Automatic Thread Cutter No Yes
Automatic Needle Threader Yes Yes
Drop-in Bobbin Yes Yes
USB Connectivity No Yes
Stitch Selection LCD Display and Push Button LCD Touch Display
Adjustable Stitch Length/Width Yes Yes
Included Feet Buttonhole foot, Overcasting foot, Monogramming foot, Zipper foot, Zigzag foot, Blind stitch foot, Button fitting foot, Spring action quilting foot Buttonhole foot, Overcasting foot, Zipper foot, Button fitting foot, Monogramming foot, Embroidery foot, Blind stitch foot
Dedicated Locking Stitch Button No
Tension Adjustable With Dial Adjustable With Dial
Knee Lifter No No
Warranty 25 Year Limited 25 Year Limited
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The Verdict

While both of these sewing machines are made by great businesses, choosing between them is tough. But my general suggestion is to go with the machine that has the most built-in stitches at a reasonable price.

Q. Can a regular sewing machine sew vinyl?

A. Yes, with the same modifications listed above for leather.

Q. Can a normal sewing machine sew canvas?

A. Yes, canvas can be sewn on a regular sewing machine.

Q. What should I know about manual vs. electric sewing machines?

A. Manual sewing machines were the mainstay of the crafting world, but in more recent years electric (also known as computerized) machines have been increasing in popularity for their easy operation and advanced functions, such as embroidery.

If you’re looking for a simple sewing experience without frills, a mechanical machine gives you straightforward functionality.

Without electronic components, some feel that these machines prove more reliable in the long term.

However, computerized machines may shorten the learning curve for some new sewers, since choosing stitches and settings only requires the push of a button.

Q. Why use a walking foot on a sewing machine

A. A walking foot helps move knit fabrics evenly so they don’t stretch out of shape. The walking foot eliminates the need for excessive pinning when working with slippery fabrics. That is especially useful because most of those slippery fabrics, such as satin, are easily damaged by pins.

Q. Why adjust tension on sewing machine

A. Sewing machine tension adjustment is controlled by devices that separately control the needle thread and the bobbin thread, putting varying amounts of tension (or strength) on the threads they control to form a strong, balanced stitch.

Q. How do I thread a sewing machine?

To get started with your sewing project, you’ll need to first thread your sewing machine. While your machine’s manual should guide you in the specific sequence for your make and model, the basic process starts by placing the presser foot in the up position.

Next, put your thread spool on the spool holder and bring the thread across the top of the machine, through the thread guide. Insert the thread through the tension mechanism, sliding it between the metal disks before pulling it back upwards. Find the take-up lever and place the thread into the hole. Pull the thread towards the sewing machine needle, using available thread guides as you go.

Finally, bring the needle into an accessible position by adjusting the handwheel. Insert the thread. Your sewing machine should be threaded and ready to go, but it’s always a good idea to make a test run on a sample swatch to check your work.

However, if you sewing machine comes with an automatic needle threader, that would save you lots of time.