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Highlead GC20638

Twin Needle Heavy Duty Sewing Machine with Split Needle bar

(with Bottom feed, needle feed & walking foot top feed)


Highlead GC20638

The GC20638 is the twin needle version of Highlead's heavy duty walking foot lockstitch machine which features a very useful selectable split needle bar.
The special split needle bar is particularly useful when sewing corners or tight angular stitching and allows the operator, at the flick of a lever, to disengage one of the needle bars; so the machine can sew with one needle. You can select to disengage or re-engage the left or right needle depending on the type of corner you are doing.   


The machine is smooth running, durable, versatile and its robust construction includes: needle roller bearings for the arm & hook shaft etc., cog driven belt assemblies and more importantly an auto oil lubrication system is fitted, which reduces wear & tear considerably.

Highlead Split needle bar system


As well as the split needle bar design, It features a heavy duty triple feeding action by way of: bottom feed, needle feed and walking foot top feed and is fitted with two large vertically mounted hook & bases for use with medium to heavy weight materials.

A safety clutch is fitted to help prevent damage to the hooks, bevel gears and other important parts, should the machine become jammed or over-loaded.

The GC20638 is a twin needle, needle feed, walking foot machine with split needle bar for use on medium to heavy weight materials and is suited to sewing for example:

Car seats, leather upholstery, general upholstery, leather goods, belts, canvas, tents, awnings, handbags, outdoor wear, Inflatable products, bouncy castles, sports apparatus, office furniture, technical textiles etc.


GC20638 split needle bar R

GC20638 split needle bar L

Right needle bar disengaged (lever set to R)

Left needle bar disengaged (lever set to L)

Needle gauge: 8mm standard (9.5mm option)
 Leather sewn seam


  • Split needle bar (selectable)
  • Automatic head lubrication
  • Triple feeding action
  • Quality robust construction
  • Automatic hook lubrication
  • Long stitch feature
  • Large vertical axis hook & bases
  • Reverse stitch lever
  • Hook safety clutch
  • Quiet balanced head
  • Max sewing speed: 2000rpm
  • Stitch length: 0-9mm
  • Needle bar stroke: 33.4mm
  • Presser foot lift by hand: 7mm
  • Presser foot lift by foot: 13mm
  • Hook: 2x large Vertical type
  • Lubrication: Auto pump type

Highlead GC20638 with split needle bar

25" Long arm Highlead GC20638-25D model available


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