Sewing Machines at Braithwaite UK

Highlead Sewing Machines


Highlead GC20698-5 and GC20698-6

Extra Heavy Duty Long Arm + High Arm

Flatbed Heavy Duty Walking Foot Long Arm with Extra Large Hook


Highlead GC20698-5

The Highlead GC20698-5 (single needle) & GC20698-6 (twin needle) are extra heavy duty long arm flatbed machines for sewing heavy & extra heavy weight materials.

The long arm flat bed allows 508mm* (20") clearance to the right of the needle, which is approximately twice the length of a standard machine arm, and has a high under arm clearance of 145mm.

It features a triple feeding action by way of: bottom feed, needle feed & walking foot top feed and is fitted with extra large vertical axis hook(s) for use with thick heavy duty sewing threads.

A high foot lift of up-to 28mm* allows many different types of heavy or bulky items to be stitched.

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.

Sewing applications include extra heavy stitching of canvas, vinyl, leather, wedding, laminated materials, coated fabrics, tents, tarpaulins, awnings, lorry side covers, material structures, covers and many other heavy or bulky items.

To make operating "user friendly" it is recommended that this model be fitted with an electronic needle position motor, air assisted reverse device and air operated automatic foot lifter device.  



  • Long arm, 508mm* (approx. 20") clearance.
  • High arm, 145mm clearance.
  • Heavy Duty Triple feeding action.
  • Long stitch feature.
  • Extra Large vertical axis hook & base.
  • Hook safety clutch.
  • Top mounted bobbin winder.
  • Extra heavy long arm version.
  • Max sewing speed: 1200rpm
  • Stitch length Max: 10mm
  • Needle bar stroke: 47.3mm
  • Presser foot lift Max: 28mm
  • Hook: Extra large Vertical Axis type
  • Lubrication: Manual

Highlead GC20698 extra heavy long arm sewing machine


Recommended Options (or NPAA model)

  • Electronic motor with automatic needle position.
  • Knuckle quick reverse system.
  • Air operated reverse system.
  • Automatic air operated foot lifter unit.


  • Stitch program control input panel.
  • Puller feed unit
  • Different gauge sizes (-6 model only)
  • 30" extra long arm version also available

Normal sized industrial sewing machine bobbin in comparison with the Extra large GC20698-5/6 bobbin. 

For fewer bobbin changes and of particular use when using the thick sewing threads associated with extra heavy materials.



*approximate subject to application and materials etc

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