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Highlead GC188-MDZY-4

Direct Drive Sewing Machine

Automatic thread trimmer & auto devices.

Highlead GC188-MDZY-4 direct drive

Highlead GC188 MDZY-4 direct drive industrial sewing machine with thread trimmer, for general purpose use on light to medium weight garments and materials.

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 can save considerable time when compared with manual cutting of threads using scissors etc.

A powerful direct drive energy saving servo motor is fitted directly onto the sewing machine head;  replacing the bulky motor usually found mounted under the table on conventional models.

The Highlead Direct Drive motor system offers improvements including: quick start and stop, accurate positioning, low noise, little vibration, smooth acceleration and a feeling of greater responsiveness for the operator.

Direct Drive also eliminates the need for a motor drive belt (connecting conventional table mounted motors to the sewing machine head) offering improved safety with no exposed belts or additional belt guards.

Power consumption on the GC188-MDZY series is up-to 50% lower when compared with conventional V belt driven models; offering long term energy savings.

The position of the needle is controlled by Highlead's integrated electronic controller.  This will automatically put the needle in an UP or DOWN position (user selectable) at the end of a sewing cycle; reducing the need to use the manual hand wheel.  For example: setting the machine to stop with the needle down is useful when turning corners, or changing direction, as it allows the work to be turned and stitching to continue uniformly.


The built in operator control panel, with clear blue digital display, allows different stitch count functions.  For example an operator can set a number of stitches (up to 99) and the machine will stop automatically when the set amount has been sewn.

Programmable automatic back-tack stitching reduces the need to use the manual reverse lever and can save time.  This function is easy to switch on or off;  with the options of start and end auto back-tacking, which is user adjustable from 1 to 9 stitches. 

Highlead GC188-MDZY-4 control panel

The maximum sewing speed is push button adjustable allowing the operator to select a suitable running speed matched to the job at hand.  Speeds as low as 200 stitches per minute can be set for intricate operations or to allow an inexperienced operator time to get comfortable with using an industrial machine.  In addition, at higher speeds, the machines smooth acceleration control allows for a very slow start with increasing speed as you press the foot pedal harder.

Standard equipment includes: a knuckle operated reverse device; which is positioned just above the foot and allows you to reverse stitch without having to move your hands from the sewing area. 

A multi led "needle light" is included, which is positioned to illuminate the needle and presser foot area.

An optional automatic electric foot lifter device is available (if fitted this replaces the manual knee lifter) with semi-auto and fully auto foot lifting options.

Highlead direct drive sewing machine
Specification GC188 MDZY-4
  • Max sewing speed:  5000spm
  • Stitch length:  1-5mm
  • Presser foot lift by hand:  6mm
  • Presser foot lift by Knee:  13mm
  • Needle sizes:  11 to 18
  • Lubrication:  Auto pump type
  • Thread Trimmer:  impulse solenoid type
  • Motor: Direct Drive AC servo
  • Auto foot lifter:  optional
  • Back-tack:  manual or auto
  • Program: Digital panel blue display


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