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Highlead GC20698-5

Extra Heavy Duty Long Arm + High Arm

Flatbed Heavy Duty Walking Foot Long Arm with Extra Large Hook

Highlead GC20698-5
Photo of GC20698-5-NPAA model
The Highlead GC20698-5 is an extra heavy duty long arm flatbed machine for sewing heavy & extra heavy weight materials.

The long arm flat bed allows up-to 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 powerful triple feeding action by way of: bottom feed, needle feed & walking foot top feed and is fitted with an extra large vertical axis hook 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, webbing, laminated materials, coated fabrics, tents, tarpaulins, awnings, lorry side covers, material structures, covers, ballistic materials, technical textiles and many other heavy or bulky items.

The upgraded NPAA specification model features a high torque full sized electronic needle positioning motor, air assisted reverse device, air operated automatic foot lifter, Knuckle quick reverse system and electronic stitch count function with slow speed inching control.  These extra operator aids combine to offer a more "user friendly" controllable and less fatiguing extra heavy duty sewing machine.  

  • 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


Recommended Options (see 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
  • 30" extra long arm version also available

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

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


Highlead GC20698-5 extra large hook
Extra large triple sized hook & high walking foot clearance GC20698-5-NPAA

*approximate subject to application and materials etc


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