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Extra Heavy Duty Long Arm + High Arm

Twin Needle Extra Heavy Walking Foot Long Arm Sewing Machine

Highlead GC20698-8

Photo shows GC20698-8T-NPAA model

Highlead GC20698-8 extra heavy duty long arm industrial sewing machine for twin needle lockstitch sewing on heavy & extra heavy weight materials.

The long arm flat bed allows up-to 760mm* (30") clearance to the right of the needle, which is approximately Three times the length of a standard sewing machine arm, and has a high under arm clearance of 145mm.

The Extra Long arm + high arm is factory cast for greater strength & stability; when compared with cut and piece extended arms.

It features a triple feeding action by way of: bottom feed, needle feed & walking foot top feed and is fitted with 2x extra large vertical axis hooks 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, heavy duty covers, technical textiles and many other heavy or bulky items.

extra heavy duty twin needle sewing machine


Highlead GC20698-8T NPAA model features a back mounted puller feed system with bottom driven roller for extra feeding power and enhancements including: high torque full sized 1HP electronic needle Positioning motor, air assisted reverse device, air operated automatic foot lifter, air operated automatic puller feed lifter, Knuckle quick reverse system and electronic stitch count box with slow speed inching control.


  • Long arm, 760mm* (approx. 30") clearance.
  • High arm, 145mm clearance.
  • Heavy Duty Triple feeding action.
  • Twin needle lockstitch.
  • Long stitch feature.
  • Extra Large vertical axis hook & base x2
  • Hook safety clutch.
  • Top mounted bobbin winder.
  • Extra heavy long arm and high 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 x2
  • Lubrication: Manual

Additional Features on Highlead GC20698-8T-NPAA

  • Puller feed system with bottom driven roller.
  • Stitch program control input panel.
  • Electronic motor with automatic needle position (full sized HD version).
  • Knuckle quick reverse system.
  • Air operated reverse system.
  • Automatic air operated foot lifter unit.
  • Automatic air operated puller feed lifter unit.


Highlead GC20698-8T NPAA heavy sewing machine


Extra large sewing machine bobbin

Normal sized industrial sewing machine bobbin in comparison with the Extra large GC20698-8 bobbin.  For fewer bobbin changes and of particular use when using the thick sewing threads associated with heavy & extra heavy materials.


*approximate subject to application and materials etc.



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