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Highlead GC20638-25D FL2

Split Needle Bar Long Arm Sewing Machine

with Walking Foot & Automatic Thread Trimmer


Highlead GC20638-25D


The Highlead GC20638-25D FL2 is a lockstitch twin needle long arm walking foot sewing machine which features a selectable split needle bar system; together with automatic thread trimmer and electronic control.

The long sewing machine arm allows up-to 635mm* (25") clearance to the right of the needles, which is approximately 2.5 times bigger than most standard machine arms.

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

It features a triple feeding action by way of: bottom feed, needle feed and walking foot top feed and is fitted with two large vertical axis mounted hooks & bases for use with medium to heavy weight materials.

The special split needle bar system 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 stitching.

GC20638 split needle bar R
Right needle bar disengaged (lever set to R)
GC20638 split needle bar L
Left needle bar disengaged (lever set to L)

The machine is equipped with an automatic thread trimmer which is mounted under the needle plate for quick & accurate cutting of thread at the end of a sewing cycle. This saves considerable time when compared with manual cutting of threads using scissors etc.  The thread trimmer is electronically controlled and uses electric impulse solenoids to move the cutting knives.


The position of the needle is controlled by an electronic needle position motor & controller.  This will automatically put the needles in an UP or DOWN position (selectable) at the end of a sewing cycle: reducing the need to use the manual hand wheel. This function is of particular use on long arm machines as the hand wheel is further away from the sewing area.

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 Highlead GC20638-25-D FL2 is a feature packed machine and as well as its split need bar system, triple feeding (bottom feed, needle feed & walking foot) and automatic thread trimming, it comes as standard with programmable auto back-tack, auto reverse, knuckle quick reverse and built in stitch program module.

It is fitted with the latest quiet & energy efficient electronically controlled heavy duty servo motor, which only runs when you are actually sewing; If you pause or stop: the motor stops immediately and is almost silent.

The GC20638-25-D is a long arm, twin needle, needle feed, walking foot machine with UBT, 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, inflatable products, bouncy castles, awnings, tents, parachutes, gliders, hot air balloons, sails, banners, lorry curtain sidings, top stitching leather etc., + many other large items..


  • Long arm clearance up-to 635mm*
  • Split needle bar system (left or right disengage)
  • 6.4mm needle gauge (optional sizes available)
  • Triple feeding action
  • Long stitch feature
  • Large vertical axis hook & base x2
  • Hook safety clutch
  • Top mounted bobbin winder
  • Quiet balanced head
  • Electronic servo motor with automatic needle position
  • Stitch program control input panel
  • Knuckle quick reverse system
  • Automatic solenoid reverse system
  • Electronically controlled automatic thread trimmer
  • Automatic air operated foot lifter unit
  • 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: 2x large Vertical type

*approximate subject to gauge size



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