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Highlead GC20698-1

Long Arm Sewing Machine

Flatbed Heavy Duty Walking Foot Lock stitch

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

Highlead GC20698-1

The GC20698-1 is Highlead's industrial long arm lockstitch flatbed walking foot sewing machine.

The long sewing machine arm allows up to 635mm clearance to the right of the needle, which is approximately two and a half times the clearance of a standard arm machine.

The solid long arm is factory cast and offers greater strength & stability when compared to a cut and piece extended arm.

It features a heavy duty triple feeding action by way of: bottom feed, needle feed and walking foot top feed. These three different feeding components combine together to give a positive feed action which is well-matched with heavy or bulky material & fabrics.

It is fitted with the more advanced large vertical axis hook assembly & drive transmission: which usually perform better than the standard & cheaper horizontal axis hook type set-up.

 Highlead gc20618-1 hook on vertical axis
Large hook & base on a Vertical axis + triple feeding Action

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

The Highlead GC20698-1 is a long arm, needle feed, walking foot machine, for use on medium to heavy weight materials and is aimed at job applications where a standard arm sewing machine is not suitable.

Large covers, upholstery panels, car trimmings, awnings, tents, parachutes, gliders, hot air balloons, sails, top stitching leather etc., + many other large items.
Highlead GC20698-1 long arm sewing machine
  • Long arm clearance up-to 635mm*
  • Triple feeding action
  • Long stitch feature
  • Large vertical axis hook & base
  • Reverse stitch lever
  • Hook safety clutch
  • Top mounted bobbin winder
  • Quiet balanced head
  • Max sewing speed: 1800rpm
  • Stitch length: 0-9mm
  • Needle bar stroke: 36mm
  • Take up stroke: 74.5mm
  • Presser foot lift by hand: 8mm
  • Presser foot lift by foot: 16mm
  • Hook: large Vertical type:
  • Lubrication: Manual


  • Quiet energy saving compact servo motor
  • 1HP servo motor with electronic needle position control (recommended)
  • Electronic full sized & full function needle position motor.
  • Automatic air operated foot lifter assembly (full function motor required)


  • Electronically controlled automatic thread trimmer version also available.
  • See model: Highlead GC20698-1D


Twin needle model available

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