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Highlead GC20618-1DZA

Direct Drive Walking Foot Sewing Machine

Automatic Thread Trimmer

+Shorter Thread End Trim Device

Highlead GC20618-1DZA

Highlead GC20618-1DZA direct drive heavy duty walking foot industrial sewing machine with large hook on a vertical axis, automatic thread trimmer and time saving production aids including a new shorter thread end trimming mechanism.

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.  The thread trimmer is electronically controlled and uses electric impulse solenoids to activate the cutting knives.

A new shorter thread trimming mechanism is available which can reduce the visible thread end, left after automatic thread trimming, from the usual 7mm-12mm to a shorter length of approximately 5mm.  This can be useful in improving the finish of the sewn stitch line and may help reduce the need to manually thread snip these areas after sewing. 

A newly developed Direct Drive high-torque motor system offers improvements* including:  quick start and stop, accurate positioning, low noise, little vibration, smooth acceleration and a greater feeling of responsiveness for the operator. 

With Direct Drive; power is transmitted directly from the motor along the drive shaft of the sewing machine, reducing power usage by up-to 40%* and lowering noise levels*.  Direct Drive also eliminates the need for a motor drive belt offering improved safety with no exposed belts or additional belt guards.

A dual electromagnetic thread tension system helps to produce a smooth balanced stitch without excess thread or skip stitching and at the push of a button you can switch between 2 different thread tension settings, without the need to manually adjust the tension dials.

A thread hold control device is fitted above the needle bar area, which automatically activates when you start sewing, to shorten the needle thread length; thereby reducing the "birds-nest" effect and the thread end visible at the start point of sewn stitches. This can also help to reduce the need to manually thread snip these areas.    

The sewing arm is approximately 15% Longer & Higher* allowing additional sewing clearance, to the right of the needle, for larger heavy items.

An electronic jog dial allows precise feeding and needle positioning for ultra slow and minute rotational control of the stitching process.      

The application of needle bearings for the arm+hook shafts and an automatic oil lubrication system combines to make the GC20618-1DZA quiet, smooth running and durable.

It features a safety clutch assembly which is fitted to help reduce hook damage should the machine become jammed.

Needle position is controlled by an electronic direct drive needle position servo motor & controller.  This will automatically put the needle in an UP or DOWN position at the end of a sewing cycle: reducing the need to use the manual hand wheel. 

The Highlead GC20618-1DZA is a feature packed heavy duty sewing machine and as well as direct drive, triple feeding system (bottom feed, needle feed & walking foot) and automatic thread trimming;  it comes equipped as standard with programmable Electro-pneumatic auto reverse, auto back-tack, knuckle quick reverse, Electro-pneumatic auto foot lifter, built in push-button control panel and LED needle area light.

Example applications:  medium to heavy weight materials such as car seats, sofas, upholstery, leather articles, belts, canvas, tents, awnings, handbags, webbing, outdoor wear, camping goods and other technical textiles.

Highlead GC20618-1DZA direct drive


  • Direct Drive
  • Automatic head lubrication
  • Automatic thread trimmer
  • Automatic reverse (Electropneumatic)
  • Automatic foot lifting device (Electropneumatic)
  • Short thread end trim system option
  • Triple feed (bottom+ needle+ walking foot)
  • Long stitch feature
  • Jog dial fine control system
  • Needle thread tension change over device
  • No "birds-nest" needle thread hold device.
  • Large vertical axis hook & base
  • Hook safety clutch
  • Quiet balanced head


  • Max sewing speed: 2500rpm
  • Stitch length: 0-9mm
  • Needle bar stroke: 36mm
  • Take up stroke: 74.5mm
  • Presser foot lift by hand: 8mm
  • Presser foot lift by air: 17mm
  • Hook: large Vertical type:
  • Lubrication: Auto pump type
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*when compared with a conventional model.

highlead GC20618-1DZA direct drive sewing machine

Twin needle model GC20618-2DZA available


Other Highlead walking foot sewing machines:   Highlead GC20688-1D 

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